Paul has been encouraging me to make more clothes which celebrate my curves something I’m always slightly nervous about doing. I thought the Nettie Dress by Closet Case Patterns would be an ideal style to try.
Nettie is a quick and easy to make knit garment. Nettie is a close fitting pattern with high cut arms. It can be made into a knit dress or a bodysuit. It is customizable with a choice of 3 sleeve lengths, 2 neckline and 3 back variations. The leg and neck openings are finished with knit bands, with an optional snap crotch or supportive shelf bra.
When I was in my teens my mum and I read Trinny and Susannah books. Trinny and Susanna are British stylists who help women celebrate their bodies. In the section of the book on hourglass figures, they mention wearing dresses which cling to your body like a loved starved barnacle. The concept of wearing clothing this tight has never appealed to me. It’s not that I’m ashamed of my body, far from it. My stomach is an area which I prefer fabric to drape over rather than cling to.
Making the Nettie was an experiment for me and to be honest I’m trying to decide if it’s a garment that I’ll make again. During my style analysis, I was told my style personality prefered wearing structured garments. This made a lot of sense to me sometimes feel a bit silly in floaty fabrics. Knit dresses for me sit in the floaty fabrics arena. I have a couple of Rachel Wrap Dresses which I think I look good in and they are great for travelling which I do a fair bit of for work. However clingy fabrics do make me feel self-conscious about my body but maybe this is just me trying to figure out my best barnacle impression.
My Nettie dress is a size 14 graded to a 16 at the hips. I chose the long sleeve option and made the sleeves 7/8. Is that odd? The front neckline is low and the back neckline is mid-length, for the record my back does get cold. The fabric is a polyester Ponte knit.
I added a triangular panel to my dress as the dress was far too clingy. It measures 2 inches at the hem and extends to 20inches up the dress. I would add at least this amount to the pattern pieces before making it again. I tend to wear a slip with the dress (just not in these photos) a slip encourages the dress to glide over my stomach just a little bit more.
So, dear reader. I would love your opinion on this make. Should I embrace my inner barnacle or should I resign this pattern to the one that didn’t work for me?
Thanks for reading and happy sewing.