I always say that Closet Case Patterns take me a year to fall in love with, because I’m so behind on trends! When they are first released, I think, “Stylish, but could I pull that off?” Sometime later, I suddenly become obsessed!
That’s the story with the Nettie dress, but much, much delayed. I used the Nettie bodice to make a Tiramisu mash-up in 2014, but didn’t pick it up again until this January! I’ve worn that striped version quite a bit with cardigans and leggings in winter, and now I have spring and summer versions as well!
The spring version is my attempt at scrap-busting and sustainable sewing. I had a bunch of large scraps left from other dresses, and I managed to patch them together into something new!
My inspiration was this Gorman dress, but because my underbust seams falls a bit higher, I actually feel a little Regency in this dress! Regardless, I like it a lot.
All the scraps come from Liverpool knit projects in the past year. I think Liverpool is perfect for someone like me who wants a skimming-but-not-body-con take on the Nettie. It’s what I’ve used in all three versions, rather by accident! (Not sure what Liverpool is? I talked about it in more detail in this post for Cali Fabrics.)
Here are the fabrics I used for this scrappy Nettie:
Here’s how I wore it in early spring:
Now it’s about 20 degrees Celcius warmer, so it’s time for a summer Nettie sundress!
That’s more like it! I blogged about this version in full on the Cali Fabrics blog, including how I did the split hem and the hidden shelf bra inside. I love, love, love the bright blue of this Liverpool fabric!
Shall we chat about fit for a moment? When the pattern was first released, it only went to 18, and was later released up to size 20 like other Closet Case Patterns. The CPP team was happy to send me the updated pattern when I asked, which is good customer service. I sew a size 18 bust, and a larger-than-20 hip. My hip measurements actually fit the 20 pretty well, but like with my recent Fiona dress and Jalie Lisette skirt, I know I feel best when I add some ease for my hips.
Here are my three Netties, all in a row! January, April, and June – so I wonder what version I’ll make this fall?
As the number of new pattern releases grows exponentially, there’s something lovely about digging out an older pattern, and seeing it in new light. I’m sure there are any number of other patterns that would give a similar shape, but for me, Nettie has certainly become a TNT!
(Maybe one day I’ll even make the bodysuit! OK, surely not? But who knows! Maybe it will be my new favourite in 4 more years!)