Nettie bodice + Bonnie Sleeves + Moneta skirt = Bonetta!
Recently I purchased some jersey knit fabric from fabric.com with all of the patterns above in mind: Black for a Nettie bodysuit by Closet Case Patterns, cream for another Bluegingerdoll Bonnie top and mustard for a Colette Patterns Moneta dress. I ordered more of the mustard than the rest because I intended to make Eddie some leggings out of it too. After looking at the fabric all laid out I realised I could get a skirt out of it as well. (Does anyone else buy way more fabric than they need out of fear they'll stuff up and need more?) Instead of making a full Moneta I decided I’d try the Nettie bodice on the Moneta skirt. I had just made up my second Bonnie top (not blogged yet) and really love the flutter sleeves so I popped those on too.
Heather Lou has a Pinterest board here showing some lovely Netties if you're keen to have a squiz. I chose the medium back version of the Nettie pattern for my dress. Initially I was making the bodysuit to wear under high waisted skirts and I still will but I’ll wait until it cools down a bit and make a long sleeve version.
It was fairly simple to fit together. The Bonnie Sleeves slotted straight into the Nettie as if they were made for it and the skirt being a gathered skirt was easy to attach. I did try to make it with pockets to start with but for some reason they looked a little bubbled and wonky on the sides so I took them out and just sewed straight up the sides. I measured the same length on the Nettie bodice piece to the same length that the skirt is to be attached to the Moneta bodice piece and it worked out nicely.
After I’d overlocked the neck binding I realised I hadn't caught about an inch of it on the back. Instead of unpicking alllll of the overlocking I tried to cheat and just sew over that section again. Its left an uneven finish where its caught too much of the binding at the back. Once upon a time (not that long ago) this would have driven me mad. I would have unpicked the whole lot, cut a new neck band and tried again BUT I’ve decided that my sewing time, as little as I get of it these days is too precious to be a perfectionist. I’ve given myself permission not to do everything perfectly and I must admit, I am enjoying being more relaxed. I’ve not given myself the same flexibility when I am sewing, knitting or making in general for someone else though. I don't think I’d ever be able to give a gift that I didn't think was perfect no matter how relaxed I tried to be with things.
I’d really like to make a long sleeve version for winter, in a plum colour. I think plum would be a better colour for me than mustard. Wal saw Eddie’s leggings before he'd seen my dress and said “You’re not making a dress out of that are you? The colour is the same as that of calf poo”. Hmm thanks Wal. Mustard is my favourite colour though so I’ll continue to wear mustard colours and wear them proudly at that.
I’d love to know if anyone else still wears colours that don't really suit their own colourings because they love them so much... surely it isn't just me?