28 Oct Nettie Bodysuit and Silk Jacquard Skirt
Pardon the cliche, but it’s true…..
Once again I was inspired by a photo from the Oscar de la Renta RTW collection.
The ODLR look features a merino wool sweater with corded lace bell cuffs and a gathered silk jacquard skirt. Searching for a top pattern led me to the Nettie bodysuit by Closet Case Patterns.
I really like the pattern featuring two necklines and three back variations, but how I wish I had made the modest bateau neckline! I selected the scoop back which fits exceptionally well,
but combined with the front, I’m showing a little more skin than I expected.
I altered the sleeve to a 3/4 length and created the bell cuffs using leftover lace from an dress I sewed in 2013 (blogged here). The bodysuit fabric is a navy ribbed knit leftover from a dress I made this summer (blogged here).
Adding the cuffs was incredibly easy to do:
- cut a 7″ piece of lace 3-4″ larger than the circumference of the sleeve
- cut along a scallop if needed. My lace did not have a scalloped edge so I made one by cutting along the bottom of a floral design within the lace.
- sew the edges right sides together
- finished one raw edge before turning under 1 1/2″
- gather 1″ from the finished edge
- attach to sleeve (I did this by hand)
The Nettie’s snap crotch is a convenient feature – and worth taking the time to sew.
My only change to the pattern was omitting the bias neckband. My fabric was too bulky and I turned under the edge on the necklines stitched and trimmed closely to the stitching. ( leading to the very open neckline)
Unlike Oscar de la Renta’s fully gathered skirt, my skirt is an A-line and lined with a navy china silk. A gathered skirt would have produced a softer edge around the hem along with extra inches around my waist. It was a trade-off and I went for the smaller waist.
I used New Look 6492 for the skirt, and once again finished the waistline with Petersham ribbon – the preferred Susan Khalje method.
- Stitch skirt and lining at waistline wrong sides together
- Cut ribbon the same size as garment plus 2 inches
- Stitch ribbon to right side of skirt in a 1/2 inch seam
- Understitch, trim seam and turn ribbon to the inside of skirt.
- Turn ends under ribbon and handstitch ribbon to lining.
My friend Ruth, gave me the beautiful silk jacquard fabric. I was unable to match the pattern on the back of the skirt which was frustrating. The sides are fine, but the back refused to cooperate no matter ……. even when I thought it was matched……….
At least I don’t have to see it, but then again, people could be talking behind my back 😉
Motto of this post: Tis better to have sewed and erred than never to have sewed at all……………
Lots of little things I would have done differently, but what would I have accomplished by letting these fabrics and patterns remain in the stash?
Happy Saturday to all!