Hey there! So, yesterday I posted a video on YouTube of my October Makes. This dress was one of them! It is the Closet Case Files pattern called the Nettie Dress, and I love it! I think that the dress is super versatile, and a staple pattern that everyone should have (I bet most of you do). Below is my pattern review.
Pattern: I used the Nettie by Closet Case Files. Aren’t the below illustrations super cute? This dress has many variations, and actually, you can also make a body suit. For me personally, I needed to have the option to make a high back, mainly because I don’t have awesome skin, and often I feel the need to cover my scars. I made the high back, scoop neck front, with 3/4 sleeve dress. I think I will continue to make more Netties. I mentioned this in the Seamstress Tag video, I posted recently, that this is a pattern I plan to make more than once. Oh, and I can soooo see a white body suit in the future as well.
Sizing: Originally, I cut the 18 , but made some tweaks, so really, I ended up with a size 16 pattern. I thought the shoulders and sleeves were perfect on me in the size 16.
Fabric: I used a cotton spandex knit fabric that I purchased from Girl Charlee. I wrote about them in this fabric haul post.
Skill: Beginners can tackle this, just make sure to measure out the pattern. It gives good practice with neckbands, and if you cut the body suit then you will gain some experience with the leg bands and crotch snaps.
Instructions: The instructions are easy to follow.
Adjustments: No adjustments other than the fact I sized down.
Final Results: I am in love. I mentioned in my October Makes video that I thought about trying out a jersey in this, and then I remembered I needed a fabric with good recovery, so I will research this a bit further, but I was really happy with the final results, using the cotton knit. I just think I need something a little thicker with good stretch, or I will just add lining.
Styling: There are countless ways to style this pattern. It is even appropriate for all temps. In my pics I used short boots, but I would use with my knee length boots as well. If you wanted casual, you would just need to put on some flat tennis shoes. Going out? Dress it up with high heels. You want sexy? Make the low back style, or even the mid back style is pretty hot. Want a little more covered up? Make the high back, and high scoop neck and accessorize as needed, with leggings and booties. The body suit can be paired with flowy skirts, or skinny jeans and heels and is seriously just as versatile.