Sunday, 31 August 2014

Nettie Bodysuit by Closet Case Patterns

'Nettie' by Closet Case Patterns made my Julia Bobbin

I'm not going to lie, I almost called this post Nettie Spaghetti. This top has nothing to do with pasta but I'm partial to a rhyming post title.

Though one thing spaghetti and the Nettie both have in common is that they are both simple and delicious. How's that for a segue? You're welcome.

'Nettie' by Closet Case Patterns made my Julia Bobbin

The Pattern
A zillion years ago the incredibly talented and total MINX Heather Lou from Closet Case Files emailed me to see if I would be interested in testing her new pattern the Nettie bodysuit.

Recently I had found myself wishing for the perfect bodysuit that didn't make me look like I was sporting four bum cheeks. I had literally purchased two bodysuits the day before her email where I was forced once again to cut ugly slits in the bottoms. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the new sewing pattern. Clearly Heather Lou is a wizard (and possibly a mind reader).

Fabric
The garment requires a four way stretch/knit fabric for movement and a nice close fit. I made my Nettie with Ponte which is only a two way stretch and quite thick. It's not the ideal fabric for this top and you don't get that really fitted second-skin look, but I still love how it turned out.

'Nettie' by Closet Case Patterns made my Julia Bobbin

What I love
Firstly, there are two different neck versions depending on how much boobage you want to show. Then there are three different variations at the back from high to low. On top of that you also have the option to make this bad boy into a dress. So many possibilities. I made mine with the scoop neck and the medium scoop back.

The real genius of this design comes in the low cut bottom for extra comfort and the elimination of the dreaded pantyline. I can't tell you what a difference this makes! How has no one thought of this before?

The bodysuit also comes with a bust-shelf option for those wanting to go bra-less.

Oh and it takes only a few hours to put together! Emotional!

'Nettie' by Closet Case Patterns made my Julia Bobbin

Styled with
Skirt and belt from Alannah Hill
Personalised necklace from Strangely Yours

'Nettie' by Closet Case Patterns made my Julia Bobbin

I am loving this fabulous pattern and the fact that it's quick and easy means I can boost my wardrobe with many and without too much effort. LOVE!

30 comments:

  1. Love the rhyming title - I like to alliterate! This is a gorgeous Nettie and I love how you have paired it with the skirt. You look totally adorable. I feel a white one coming on...

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    1. Thanks lovely! And I love how comfortable it is to wear! Easy glamour :)

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  2. The perfect staple to match with that BEAUTIFUL skirt!!! Heather Lou is quite the genius is she not??!

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    1. A total genius! So glad she is in the pattern making business!

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  3. I'm in love with the Nettie pattern too. With one down I'm dreaming up about 10 other versions. Your is lovely, and such a perfect match for the skirt!

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  4. It's good to see the Nettie sewn up in a ponte. I've had that combo in mind as it could be a great winter staple. How did you find the sizing in a fabric with less stretch than recommended?

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    1. Thanks Kate! I made it in one size bigger than I normally would and it worked out well! It feels really nice in the Ponte too. I also have a shorter torso and normally have to shorten the bodice so I didn't have to do any alterations other than go up a size.

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  5. YES! You look fabulous and I'm glad the ponte worked out since it doesn't stretch vertically. No more bum slits! EVER!

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    1. The reign of bum-slits is over! Hooray! Thanks sensei!

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  6. Lovely!! I've been loving this silhouette myself these days! It's so feminine - and comfy! Plus it's a great pattern to hack. Also, thank you so much for revealing the origin of that fabulous coral lippy! Definitely going to check that out on my next trip into the big city!

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh the lipstick is awesome sauce. It's my favourite at the moment and I love the matt finish. It would look amazing on you!

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  7. You're looking like a total glamazon! Love this look on you!

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  8. That looks fabulous! It's such a perfect fit. I have a really silly question though - I have never worn a bodysuit because do you have to get completely undressed to go to the bathroom? Or are there snaps? (Sorrrry)

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    1. That is an excellent question and totally relevant! I forgot to mention in the post that the pattern comes with instructions to add snaps at the crotch so there are no naked bathroom moments!

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  9. Thanks Julia for the reminder that there is more to sewing life than dresses and skirts! I really need to get into stretch so that I can replace some of my gym gear and some scoop neck tops.
    Very nice look on you.
    Best, Miss J

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    1. Oh Miss J, once you go stretch you open up a whole new world! I was completely resistant until this year and now I love it!

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  10. Just a minor correction. The word is "segue". "Segway" is a mode of transportation.
    Cute top, though.

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    1. Oops, you're right! Thank you, it's not fixed :)

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  11. You are looking awesome! and the Nettie is pretty cool too. Me, not so keen on showing off my tummy but whatevs. Loving the AH with it too :)

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    1. Thanks Lizzie! We both have a lust for AH and I love this skirt. I reckon you could totally rock the Nettie!

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  12. Every version of this I see looks like such a great wardrobe basic. I had no idea the front came in two different scoop heights- genius!

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    1. It's absolutely genius! Thanks Amanda :)

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  13. Beautiful!!! It's nice to know it will work in a ponte since that is, in my opinion, the best fabric ever :)

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    1. Ponte feels so nice on doesn't it! Thanks Carlee :)

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  14. Yeye, you’re back in the blogging world! Missed your posts, love the Nettie very simple but yet comfy and can be paired with anything for a dressed up or dressed down look.

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  15. Ooh, I really need to make some of these to go under my cord belladone dress! Yours looks amazing :)
    Catherine

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