Faux Lace Nettie Dress

Close Front - Nettie Dress Side View - Nettie Dress Back View - Nettie Dress
It’s very rare that I use independent pattern companies. It’s even more rare that I decide to use them right after they are released. Unless you have been living under a rock buried under your stash the last few weeks, you have seen many many iterations of Nettie, the bodysuit pattern released by Closet Case Files. Frankly, I am not sure a bodysuit would add anything in my life (but I understand that it can be useful to others) so I had a look but did not pay all that much attention. But then, I saw this dress made by the lovely Lindsay. I did not have a choice anymore, I NEEDED IT NOW. Unfortunately, knit is NOT an easy thing to find in Port-au-Prince AND the old man tends to make those comments about new fabric purchases that cool me down a bit. So I know I had to be sneaky. And sneaky I was! When I was told that the daughter of our friends dreamt about having a mermaid tail she could swim in (more later), I happily volunteered myself, knowing that it would mean a trip to the fabric store without The Old Man. And there it was, waiting for me, lace printed knit that looks A LOT like the one Carolyn used recently or the illustration of the Nettie pattern. The worst part is that I did not even realize it was the same as the illustration until Heather pointed it out on Instagram.

Close Bottom - Nettie Dress Close back - Nettie Dress

In the same weekend, I completed my mermaid making commitments, I ignored the less-than-convinced comments from the old man about the fabric and tackled the Nettie on Sunday afternoon. By Sunday evening, after taking a nap and a break for dinner, the dress was done. The old man was so impressed that i/ he admitted he was wrong about the fabric and ii/ he wondered why my other projects are all so long. Men… But I mean COME ON, he admitted he was wrong about something, that NEVER happens.

Regarding the pattern I used the high front neckline and the lowest back. I was a bit concerned about the sizing since I had the initial version of the pattern, before Heather amended it. But I decided that my knit had enough stretch so I cut a size 4 (so if I understood correctly this size would now be a 2 and is not included in the pattern anymore) and graded out to a 6 at the hips just to be sure. I also shorthened the sleeves because I have creepy baby length arms and the cropped sleeves would have ended at my wrists…

Dressform front nettie dress Dressform Side - Nettie Dress Dressform Back - Nettie Dress

I did not really use the instructions, first because I did not use my regular machine but my serger (and I don’t baste, I hate basting) and second I prefer to construct knit flat as much as possible (except hems). That means that I joined 1 shoulder, added the neck binding, closed the second shoulder, sewed the sleeves in the armholes and closed the side seams from the bottom of the hem to the end of the sleeve. The hems were serged, turned and topstitched twice to mimic the effect of a coverstitch.

Neckbinding - Nettie DressInside Front - Nettie Dress Inside back - Nettie Dress Inside close - Nettie Dress Cup - Nettie Dress


I used the instructions to add the shelf bra. I am still undecided about the cups. I destroyed an old bra to steal the cups but I don’t know if they add to the silhouette or detract from it. The dress has not been taken out on a date yet so I guess that a few hours of test wearing will tell me if I like the cups or not. By the way, yes, I know this dress needs a date. I told the old man and I wore it around the house to signal my impatience so it should be coming soon. Unless we get knocked down by the epidemic of Chikungunya. And I really hope it is not the case because we are leaving to France in 10 days. I do not want to be sick, I want to be able to sneak around to by fabric and hide it in my suitcase!!

Finally, I believe that the Nettie dress requires a Vixen pose, so here it is :

Front - Nettie Dress


To finish on an unrelated note I changed the design of my blog. I hope you like it and that it makes reading easier! Let me know if you have comments.

What do you think about bodysuits ? Do you wear them? And more importantly, do you have to hide to buy fabric???

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  1. That is stunning! So beautiful on you. A perfect fit and perfect fabric. You have single-handedly convinced me that I need a Nettie.

  2. Fantastic. Perfect dress. Ooh I wish I had the courage to wear it! You look great. And my laugh for the day “creepy baby arms”. And….I did notice the blog redesign. Nice! Stay well. :)

  3. Wow this looks amazing. Good work being sneaky! You should do that more often

  4. Gorgeous dress in that print. Wow!

  5. Ugh, the old man just doesn’t have vision. You look *lovely*.

    I don’t have to hide fabric. In fact, I have the exact opposite problem: fabric presents from well-meaning relatives. I’m drowning in a stash of fabrics that aren’t quite right.

    I’ve never worn a bodysuit, but the Nettie might be converting me. I wear enough skirts to need something that won’t get untucked, but I’m still on the fence.

  6. That left me with my jaw dropped to the floor! That dress is amazing and you look soo credibly hot in it I don’t know how the old man doesn’t wisk you off to a date right this very minute.
    My husband is long suffering as far as my fabric purchases go – but he’s got 20 years of practice so he has learned by now to just smile quietly.

    • Thanks Chris! I’m happy to report that the date finally happened! I’m not sure if I can hide fabric purchases for 20 years until he develops the quiet smile ability…

  7. Sometimes I need to be sneaky and other times my hubby is an enabler, so it’s all good. ;-) Holy cow though, this dress is ah.maz.ing!!! How could the old man NOT admit that he was wrong about this dress? ;-)

  8. You look amazing!! I’m so glad I helped inspire you to make a Nettie dress! Isn’t is fantastic? Sexy AND comfortable. Oh, and that fabric is gorgeous! Love, love, love!!

  9. Stunning dress!! I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award over at my blog, The Reckless Needle :)

  10. This looks amazing! I would be really nervous about getting enough support from the shelf bra so I’m not sure I would make this one. Fortunately I live alone and don’t have to hid my fabric stash from anyone but my inner conscience.

  11. Luscious!!! I have a wonderful fabric for this pattern. Loved the “old man” comments. My husband recently had lasik eye surgery and as soon as he was called in, I drove one mile to my favorite fabric store. I ran in and said “quick, ladies, he’s unconscious and won’t know a thing” and had them put my very large purchase in a large brown bag. I said “I’ll tell him it’s dog food. He won’t know the difference”! :-) He knew, of course, but the fun is in the game.

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  14. excellent collection!


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  2. […] I made this dress before, so I did not change anything, except that I did not add bra cups inside. The fabric is a viscose jersey bought in Paris while I was there in June (at Sacré Coupons), and although it is very soft, it is slightly less stretchy than the printed lace I used for my previous version. Therefore, I am trying to feel what the reviewers stated about the arms being on the tight side. However, please note that I use the smallest side of the initial pattern release, before Heather corrected it. […]

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