Caroline and I are both well.
All our kids are happy and healthy.
I am still sewing.
For me and the kids and even a little bit for Rob.
Without much direction.
But having lots of fun.
And still buying much too much fabric.
I really enjoyed the sense of community that blogging brings, so I have signed up for the Monthly Stitch and just posted my first project. For a little bit of fun I thought I would post it here as well. I am hoping the monthly challenges will create some focus in my sewing. I am also hoping it will result in some stash busting - otherwise one day I will drown in the sea of fabric that is taking over our home...
May Challenge - Sew Stretchy
For the month of May I thought I would try out the newNettie Body Suit from Closet Case Files. It appealed to me because it is a simple pattern and I have a soft spot for body suits. I loved wearing them when I was younger. I think I would have been in my early 20s the last time I wore one.
This pattern comes with lots of different options – high neck, scoop neck, high back, medium back, low back, a variety of different sleeve lengths and even a dress version. I kept it simple – high back and and scoop neck.
Despite the simplicity of this pattern, I learned a lot during this challenge.
I made 2 body suits in very different knits.
First there was a red and white striped version made from a Riley Blake knit – this is a very stable cotton spandex with a 50% crosswise stretch.
It is certainly much more prominent in the more stable stripey knit than the softer drapier one despite me using exactly the same sized
Checking back on the Closet Case Files website I noticed this post about the sizing of the Nettie pattern. I think that there has been some concern that the original sizing was on the small side and that the pattern has been resized to fix this. The general suggestion is that you should size up by one size. I think it may be a little more subtle that this. The drapier knit with the greater crosswise stretch looks pretty good. So I think that it is the combination of a stable knit and a high back that has caused most of the problems with my body suit. The deep and mid back versions are going to have much more give and naturally create a wider back than the high back version.With these versions of the body suit I would think a very fitted garment would be essential to stop it slipping off the shoulders.
I think this shows the subtlety I sometimes see when sewing with knits. Knit projects are generally quick sews. But there is always an unpredictability – how will the stretch and drape influence the finished garment? This is one of the great pleasures of sewing – yes there is science but there is an art that takes time and thought to develop. I am still working on the art!!!
So what else have I learned?
- I think this pattern has real potential and I will certainly be making more.
- I need to think more about the influence of the type of knit I choose in each project I make, even if I have sewn it up before.
- I will size up for all future high back Netties.
- If I am ever brave enough to make a low or mid back one, I don’t think I would automatically size up, particularly if I was using a stretchy drapey knit.
- I still like wearing body suits
Check out this Nettie. So, so beautiful. This pattern has so much potential!
Finally, note to self – next time iron your Hummingbird skirt before you photograph it!!