Here's a new summer dress, it's a Nettie dress with a few modifications. I wanted this to be more of a day dress rather than a slinky going out number, so I cut a few sizes bigger, lengthened the skirt and raised the neckline a bit. Turns out that this fabric from Clear It in Melbourne, which comes in a number of colourways, has been very popular and has either already been made into some fabulous creations or is residing in the stash of many Melbourne bloggers so expect to see it pop up again!
- Pattern: Nettie by Closet Case files
- Size: 8. Going by the pattern, my measurements put me as a size 4, but this pattern is drafted with negative ease and I wanted a slightly looser fit. I think I used about 1m of 160cm wide fabric.
- Fabric: Double -sided knit from Clear It, $5 pm. Soft, stable fabric, easy to sew and lovely to wear. I used the 'wrong' side of the fabric for the sleeves and neckband for a bit of interest (and also because that meant less stripe matching!).
- Added 2cm to both the front and back neckline and rounded off the curve a little bit with my french curve so that it was less square.
- Added 6cm to the length of the skirt by slashing the skirt pattern piece and adding in the extra.
- Used a 1/4 inch seam allowance instead of 3/8 inch.
- Cut the neckband slightly wider.
- I contemplated adding a contrast pocket in leather but decided that the dress would be easier to accessorise without.
|Stripe matching and cat photobomber|
What I learnt from this project
- I've already made the Nettie bodysuit so it was a pretty easy project. The hardest part was cutting out and matching the stripes.
- On stripe matching, I think I did a pretty good job - it's not perfect but good enough. I pinned every other stripe, based using my walking foot on my sewing machine and then used the overlocker to sew the seams. The hem and sleeves were finished with a twin needle.
- I still need to add some bra strap holders like I did in my last Nettie. Even though the neckline is higher, it still slips off my shoulders, perhaps I need to bring the neckline in a bit if I make this again.
I think this will be a great summer staple. Even though it is form-fitting it still feels comfy and casual enough to wear during the day, and the neckline makes it a little bit different from a regular T shirt dress. Thanks to Alison for taking the pictures :)