I jumped on the Nettie bandwagon minutes after I saw the pattern released a few days ago. I LOOOOOVED Heather's Bombshell Bathing Suit (I made two of them last year, one here and another here). Her design, drafting, directions with illustrations were stellar on that thang. Miss Closet Case Files seemed to really get that I don't usually wear bathing suits because they show bits and areas I don't like to show in public, plus it fit really nicely on my pear shape/full rear. And it has a super cute retro look.
This ballerina pink Nettie muslin isn't really meant to be worn (although I am wearing it under a shirt right now because it was so comfy... maybe I'll use it only under stuff?) I used a pink swimsuit material, it's a nylon/spandex with a 4 way stretch of about 60% each way. Good n stretchy but not freakishly so, it seemed ideal for this project. But it's a killer and it shows EVERY bump and roll. I serged all of my seams-- with black thread because I was too lazy to change it to a paler shade for a mulsin. I didn't top stitch or even finish the sleeve or leg openings.
I made slightly above a size 12 on top then graded to a 16 at the hip/bum--her sizing is very similar to RTW. For comparison's sake, for the Closet Case Files Bombshell bathing suit I did make a straight 12 for my first Bombshell bust a 16 hip for version one and then went down almost a full size for the 2nd version. I think it was all that shirred fabric that made the bathing suit a little loose. I am quite pear shaped, folks, if it's not obvious by all my photos. I'm also 5'8" without shoes, two inches (5 cm) taller then what the pattern is designed for. With the Bombshell Swimsuit I added 3" (7.5 cm) to the bodice length and it was good. I went ahead and added only 2" (5 cm) to the bodice here. It was NOT necessary. I went in on the crotch and serged off that added length.
Now, how well does this bodysuit cover the bra? I opted to make the lower dipping front neckline and the mid-rise back neckline. The mid-rise back goes good and low BUT still my bra is totally covered along the back band... very cool! However, I found myself tugging at the shoulders and back to cover the bra straps up. Loads of my photos show the straps off nicely, eh? I feel like I could add a touch of fabric to that area of the shoulder to help with bra coverage. The high back would fix that problem completely. OR I could be sassy and make the shelf bra included in the pattern? I'm not sure about the shelf bra here for me... but that's not saying I'm won't do it. But a patterned or darker fabric would disguise all those bra lines.
I am not showing you any pictures of the lower half of the bodysuit... it's not my bag to show that area to that degree on the internet (but check out Carolyn's blog for the full view, she did a great job with her photos.) There is some major butt and frontal coverage, just like the pattern suggests. But I have a really major derriere that needs a little more in back. Like I said I have been wearing this under a shirt (and skirt) and I find the back riding up some. Next go round I'll add a little extra to the back lower butt area.
So with this muslin I want to make more of these Netties! It is so quick and easy to sew up. The directions are really great and there are awesome illustrations. (A long sleeved one in a super soft wool knit would rule my world in the winter.) I barely used the directions, I used my own judgment on how long I wanted my neckline binding. I even excluded the snap crotch here, but it will be a breeze to sew one on. I felt like I needed to take photos of this to think a little more about the fit for my next one. Right now I'm doing a bit of a pattern hack from one of my favorite indie patterns (hint: it's a Fehr Trade pattern). That'll show up in the next few days or so here. So people, bring out more of your Netties. I wanna see. I'm terribly nosy. What's your take on bodysuits?