This pattern was a total surprise for me. I have always admired other people’s versions but I never thought It was for me. Enter Gillian with her sewing dares challenge! Gillian quickly saw the lack of body-con dresses in my closet and challenged me to step out of my comfort sack and into a Nettie dress. Well, thank you, Gillian, because I am loving this pattern!
I’ve tried bodycon dresses in the past, like these cheap staple versions from H&M and American Apparel. I’ve always found that while I like the look in the mirror, I feel uncomfortable once I’m out in public. I am constantly aware of my posture and sucking in my tummy to make it work – not fun. After making my own version out of a soft, bamboo knit, I realized that my issues with this style were mostly due to fabric and fit. The ones I had gotten in the past were too tight and the fabric would cling like crazy. With a more relaxed fit, I can feel much more comfortable and not be so focused on my lumps and bumps showing through.
For this Nettie, I have left off the sleeves and finished the armholes and neckline with a thin band that has been folded in and sewn down. I left off the sleeves to make this more summer appropriate and because I loved the look when I tried it on for fitting before adding the sleeves.
I opted for a high neck and high back on this dress. I love the look of the low back bodysuit, but I am a bit self-conscious of my back due to years of acne scars. I’m glad I went with the high cut on both sides because it makes me feel more comfortable in this look. I also added about 5 inches in length to this dress because I love the below the knee look in a body-con dress.
I am really enjoying wearing this dress. It stands out due to its fun shibori print, but it also works as a neutral for me. I can throw it on and feel fabulous any day. Thanks again to Gillian for daring me to give this pattern a try!
Now, can we talk about this rose for a moment? I love pink roses so much and this one is growing in my alleyway, covering this old garage with its beautiful blooms. Every year it gets bigger so I hope to take pictures here again next year and keep watching it grow!