Saturday, June 7, 2014

Closet Case Files Nettie V.2: A Better Fit


The ole blog has been quiet, not for lack of sewing or daydreaming about sewing.  I've been travelling, folks have been visiting, I've been researching schools for my little guy, going to swim lessons with him, and dare I say... I just tested two different patterns for two different lovely indie pattern companies (soon to be blogged.)  Although I have thoughts and opinions on the subject,  I have nothing to add in text here on the interwebs about the pattern testing conversation at this time.   I heart patterns and sewing.  Anyhoo...  look at what I made: my second version of the Closet Case Files Nettie Bodysuit!  I made the lower front neckline with the mid-dipping option for the back.  It totally covers the bra band in back.


Now, my first go I was way to excited to add extra length because I did with the Closet Case Files Bathing suit here and here.  You can see my post for Nettie #1  right here for a visual reference.  I stuck with same  size as my original pink Nettie, slightly above a size 12 on top then graded to a 16 at the hip/bum.  I removed all that crazy extra 2" (5 cm) I added to the length, I did not need it at all even at 5'8" and an average length torso.   My fabric is from Fabric Mart (don't be so surprised.)  It was in a bundle so I'm not 100% sure what it is BUT I think it's this poly/lycra activewear material with a 4 way stretch which they currently have for sale.  It's really great stuff and I'll be using it for running gear soon.  

Hello, squinty face. 
With my first version I was troubled with bra strap coverage, my Nettie kept creeping over to show them.  Every photo with the pink version shows my bra.  I wore the exact same bra for these photos to show that I've totally corrected the problem without sacrificing the aesthetic of the neckline.  All I had to do was add 1/2" (1.25 cm) to the shoulder at the neckline on both the front and back pattern piece.  I see Miss Closet Case even posted a perfectly drawn image of how to get better bra strap coverage here on her blog, so I didn't even have to do that myself (it's at the bottom of her post.)


I don't have any brown thread at the moment so I didn't topstitch my bindings.  I didn't want contrasting thread.  I used black thread in my serger for the seams.  I also went ahead and made bindings for my sleeves.  But for my leg openings I used a stretch lace.  I *just* barely pulled on the lace to create tension as I zig zagged it to the edges of my leg opening.  I don't measure, I just sew.

 
I was going to be brave for the sake of science and post photos of me showing the whole bodysuit sans shorts... but the photos I took looked a little sketchy... the flash was on for my camera for some reason, it looked like some amateur half naked photo shoot, my face looked weird, you people don't need to see that awkwardness.  But the fit it great.  I did add a touch to the lower back butt cheek area on the pattern to better cover my bountiful rear. And look, no snaps.  I don't have any.  Or maybe I do deep in my notions stash.  Someone should check.


Check out my sweet veggie garden.  I'm on my way to a pile of homegrown goodness.  And I feel like all my neighbors are secretly peaking out of their windows while I take photos of myself next to my laundry.

8 comments:

  1. Great Nettie. I really want to sew one myself so appreciate the info on lengthening the body.

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    1. Thanks! I was a little surprised I didn't need any lengthening as I normally need to for patterns.

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  2. This is totally getting sewn soon. Love it! It fits perfectly and I love the idea of lace on the legs.

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    1. Yeah, this is a nice staple pattern. I forced myself to make a basic color that will be worn with lots of stuff.

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  3. Well done Kathy! Yay on the perfect bra strap coverage too. I can't resist all the awesome Netties I'm seeing any longer --- time to give in and buy the pattern already :D!

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    1. Thanks! I definitely recommend Closet Case patterns. They are well drafted and meant for real figures!

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  4. awesome! this looks like a great basic. and, thanks for the tip on the fabric!

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  5. Looks great! Your sweet little garden looks so lovely too :)

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