15 July 2014

When Nettie Met Miette

 Nettie top sewn by Tilly and the Buttons
 Nettie top sewn by Tilly and the Buttons

Have you made the Nettie pattern by Closet Case Files? I'm in love! I think she makes the perfect partner to my Miette skirt, not just because of the tongue twister name combo, but because of the way the tight silhouette on top is balanced out with the flared skirt. Seventies loveliness, right there.

Nettie is a print-at-home pattern for a very figure hugging dress or body to be made in stretchy jersey (named after the gorgeous Wanette from Sown Brooklyn!). When I say "body", I'm talking about those things with poppers down below that we sported in the early 90s. I distinctly remember being impressed with my friend Emma Viner's crushed velvet body from M&S that she wore to the school disco. M&S seemed posh in those days, to me at least, and a crushed velvet body? The height of sophistication, particularly in contrast to my own school disco ensemble of carpet waistcoat, denim shirt and leggings. Wait... what was I talking about? Oh yeah, so the pattern is for a tight dress or body, but I prefer wearing less clingy stuff on my bootiful lower half and don't like the idea of a body cutting into said booty, as fashionable as they may be, so I redrew the bottom of the pattern to create a simple top instead.

 Nettie top sewn by Tilly and the Buttons

You get the choice of three different necklines front and back - I went for the scoop neck front and medium scoop back. Because of my petite frame, I raised the front neckline by 1cm, as well as shortening the bodice. I'd read that the shoulders on the pattern were narrow, which is perfect for me as it saved me a job. I also raised the medium scoop back by 2cm because I was paranoid about my bra showing. However, I needn't have worried, it is well covered - next time I'll use Heather's original cutting line for the back, she knew what she was doing. The sleeves ended up being a bit tight on me though, which is something I find quite often happens - I'm clearly doing too much body building. (Not.) Apart from that, fitting jersey is so easy as the stretch basically... well, stretches over the bits you need it too. I was slightly concerned about just how tight it ended up being, but my caring boyfriend reassured me that "there's no such thing as too tight". He's a big fan of Nettie. Soooo predictable.

 Nettie top sewn by Tilly and the Buttons
 Nettie top sewn by Tilly and the Buttons

Cutting stretchy jersey is, let's face it, a bit of a pain, as it wriggles all over the place and you need to be careful not to stretch it out of shape while you're trying to get it to play ball. Once I'd cut it out, the pattern came together very quickly and relatively easily, stitching it on a combination of my lovely sewing machine and overlocker. If you're a relatively new stitcher, you may find stretchy jersey a bit of a challenge, so I'd advise you to start with a low stretch knits pattern first. If you've mastered something like Coco and are ready for the next level, try Nettie! She's a good girl. You'll love 'er. I do.

[Soundtrack: 'Rumble' by Kelis]

33 comments:

  1. I love colour-matching tops and bottoms. Particularly love your red Miette!

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  2. Fab outfit and a match made in heaven, the two patterns look great together! Yes, we have the 'no such thing as too tight' rule in our house too (sigh) !! x

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  3. Ooh this is gorgeous, where do you get your stretch jersey from? I struggle to find good stuff in the shops I know.

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    1. Thanks Zoe! I got it from one of the shops on Goldhawk Road.

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  4. Nettie was pretty high on my to-make list but you've just push it even higher. Another fantastic design from Heather.

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  5. Looks great Tilly. Lady in red!

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  6. Hello Lovely Tilly sorry I haven't been around for a while - life is toooo busy! I adore your top - like you I am very petite so one has to be careful about the overall look and you do it perfectly. I am just catching up with all your wonderful posts Tilly, lovely to be visiting you again.
    Big hugs and loves
    Dorothyxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  7. Gorgeous. I love the scoop back of the Nettie. Wearing my red Miette today too. :)

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  8. YESSSSS! This is a marriage made in heaven - I guess we know what our children would look like now, huh? The colour! THE COLOUR!! How one earth did you get them too match so well?!

    Also, strangely tempted to make a crushed velvet Nettie now.

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    1. Do it! Thanks for making such an ace pattern, Heather x

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  9. Haha, sounds just like my husband! Whenever I wear a Nettie he's like "you look really good today!" Hmm... I wonder why he thinks that ;)

    Your Nettie-Miette combo is perfect. And you look AMAZING in red!!

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  10. i was just eyeballing the miette for some wax print... now i must have a nettie to go with...you look stunning in red!

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  11. This looks great, and yes, very 70's!! Makes me think of Kate Bush,for some reason.

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  12. Both of these patterns are on my To Do list and I hope I get on it soon because it would be just a shame if I didn't wear them during the summer.

    I love your red combo, looks like a match made in heaven.

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  13. Lovely, looks great with the miette.

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  14. Love that combo! I thought you'd combined them to make a dress at first! I like the idea of a dress look with separates even better.

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  15. What a great little pattern combo Tilly. Love the intensity of the red-on-red.

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  16. Tilly, you are a vision in red! I love the entire outfit!

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  17. What a great match. You look lovely as always.

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  18. Yes Yes YES! Looking lovely :)

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  19. You look amazing in that colour!

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  20. This is super great, so much lovely red. I need more red clothes and you look awesome :)

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  21. The top fits you beautifully, how did you finish the neckline, Tilly? Diana

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    1. The neckline is finished with a band of fabric - you fold and press it in half and stitch the raw edges to the inside of the neckline.

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  22. Blimey I remember all those poppers to fiddle with! Lovely job - red really suits you.

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  23. Very cool! I love the bright red, and photographing it against the teal background really makes it pop! Matching red lippie - tres classy!

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  24. Ahhhhh, these two look great together! So cute!!! You look like a ballerina!

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  25. I love the combination! I very never thought about making a bodysuit, but I totally remember having 5 or 6 of the silly things when I was little. One of them didn't have the snaps so it made going to the bathroom tricky!

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