Tenterhook Patterns: Jacaranda Dress Beta Version

Before I get into the project I want to show here, I feel like I need to put it out there that I have come to the realization that the pairing of shirt with skirt in my last post was not a good idea. Neither me nor my new skirt were done justice in that post. I don’t think the skirt was the worst of the problem, but I’m not even sure I can be objective about that right now. Obviously the way I envision how things will look isn’t always the way they turn out in real life; I don’t think anyone really has that kind of ability to get outside their own head, not 100% of the time anyway. I’d like to give the skirt a second chance with a better top, better lighting, and some solid (not soaking wet) ground under me so I can stand up straight and pay attention to what I’m doing while photos are being taken. I don’t feel like I currently have a better blouse/shirt/sweater option in my closet, so I’ll be planning to make something. I’m thinking maybe a solid black, silky Sewaholic Alma, but I’m open to suggestions for patterns/fabrics if anyone has other ideas for styling that skirt that they’d like to offer up for my consideration.

Of course, I could just avoid the whole problem of trying to pair separates and make nothing but dresses all the time. I also wouldn’t mind it if I could always have plenty of sunshine to take pictures in. Since I’m in Oregon, it’s definitely dark and rainy most days this time of year. The pictures in this post were taken a few months back when we did still have sunshine and looking at them is making me miss summer with a vengeance, even if it was broilingly hot the day these pics were taken. This dress is the test version of the Jacaranda Dress, just released by Tenterhook Patterns.

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Since this was a test of the pattern, I didn’t get fancy with fitting adjustments. This allowed me to give feedback to Amanda on her actual pattern without having to guess whether something was a certain way because of the pattern or because of something I did. She took all the information she got back from her testing group and decided to make some significant changes to the bodice of the pattern before releasing. Since she did make changes, this version isn’t going to be the best example of how the pattern makes up and I realize the bodice here does have some fit issues. Still, this is a dress I made and that’s what this blog is mainly about, so I’m going to show it. In the interest of full disclosure, I was sent a copy of the finished pattern in exchange for my feedback on the test version. No other compensation was offered, and blogging about the test dress or any other version of the pattern was not required.

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To start, the first thing about Tenterhook patterns that sets them apart from many other patterns out there is the size range. It’s plus-size only, and I’m toward the lower end of the size range (about a size B on an A-G scale), so this pattern is being offered in sizes often overlooked by other pattern companies.

The instructions are very complete. Since I was testing the pattern, I actually read and followed the instructions. I wouldn’t say there is anything really ground-breaking in them that couldn’t be found either in other patterns or in sewing books, but considering how few plus-size patterns are out there, I think it is good that the instructions are very thorough so other references aren’t needed. I could easily see someone, frustrated with ready-to-wear options, wanting to make their own clothing and choosing this dress as one of their first projects. I’m not saying it would be an easy first project, but I could see a determined beginner choosing it regardless of the potential for difficulty. The finished pattern does include a short version of instructions for construction order for someone who doesn’t need the details in the regular instructions and doesn’t want to print multiple pages they won’t be referencing.

Jacaranda Dress 1

I can’t figure out why this picture looks like it was made with two different fabrics here. It doesn’t look like that in-person

So, lets talk about what’s going on in these pictures fit-wise. As I said, I didn’t alter the pattern before making it up. I checked my circumference measurements to choose which size to make, but didn’t pay a lot of attention to length. You can see that the bodice is quite a bit too long in this version. It shows in the front, but is even more obvious in the back. If I were going to make up the test version again, I’d shorten the bodice pieces, but since the bodice length was one of the things Amanda changed for the final version of the pattern, I’ll compare the finished version to the old version before I shorten it any further. Looking at the sizing chart, I can make an educated guess that I’ll still have to shorten the bodice a bit when I make up my next one, since I am quite short-waisted. That said, if I can use a pattern where the circumference fits well, adjusting length is a much easier pattern alteration than doing the whole FBA and grading between 3 different sizes that I sometimes need to do.

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The other major change that Amanda is reporting she made as regards the bodice has to do with the shaping. She says on the final version, the upper bust and back is drafted smaller than in the test version, though the full bust remained the same, so she’s describing it as drafted for a “D” cup.  You’ll see the neckline on my dress looks a little loose and where the front/side-front seam ends there is too much fabric. I’d go back and take it in there, but with the bodice overall being too long, the odds are that I’ll mainly be wearing this dress with a jacket or cardigan thrown over it so it doesn’t really matter.

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The skirt here is practically perfect. The pockets are the envy of all my female friends. They fit my phone without making it feel like it’s going to fall out at any moment, even when I sit down. The skirt is shaped, but not so much that it needs to have any kind of slits or fussy pleats in order to walk.

It’s fully lined, and the construction is such that everything can be done by machine. Here’s some weirdly colored pictures of the inside and the back zipper. Everything lined up pretty closely, even in that tricky waistband area.

Jacaranda Dress Insides

I should mention the fabrics I used. The dress itself is a mint-green thick cotton brocade. It was vaguely reminiscent of a tablecloth when the fabric was all in one piece, but doesn’t really make me think of that in it’s current dress-shape. It has body, but very little drape, so it’s pretty much perfect for this structured dress. All those princess seams leave the pattern pieces small enough to fit into those awkward strips leftover when someone else cuts out a full circle skirt, so my fabric choice was partly motivated by wanting to use fabric I would have had trouble using for something else.

The lining is a piece of somewhat darker green crinkled polyester that I just happened to have in my stash. I’m pretty sure I didn’t buy the lining, it has a horrible feel to it and kept doing that thing where it wanted to make my machine skip stitches or make extra stitches, or fold underneath itself while I was sewing it. I think it took me 3 times as long to make the lining of the dress as it did the outer, just because of it’s tendency to misbehave. It’s great that I had the lining fabric and that there just happened to be enough, I just wish that if I have to have mystery lining fabrics sitting around they would behave better when I use them. Having things immediately available is one of the perks of having a large fabric stash. On the downside, those kinds of episodes make me not want to get rid of things because “someday I might need it. Just look at what happened with that green dress.”

Overall, I’m happy with this dress, despite the issues in the bodice. Considering it was a test dress made of scraps, the outcome for this one was good. Based on my experience with the test version, I’d recommend checking out this pattern. I have plans, now that the pattern is officially released, for several other versions. I’m thinking a leopard Jacaranda would be a wonderful way to celebrate Jungle January 2015.

Stash-busting Stats: 49/50. 107 1/2 yards.

Tenterhook Patterns: Snapdragon Skirt in Faux Fur

Have you heard about the new plus-size sewing pattern company? When Amanda put out a call for testers for her new pattern line, Tenterhook Patterns, I was all over it. I did get to test a pattern, but it hasn’t been released yet (spoiler: it’s awesome and I can’t wait until she finishes up her revisions so I can make a few more). Her skirt pattern, the Snapdragon Skirt, I didn’t test, but when it was released, I bought it. Then I went a little crazy with it. The skirt, as drafted, is above the knee. I prefer my skirts below the knee, so I lengthened it about 3 inches. Then, I decided I didn’t want to make view C, the standard pencil skirt; I wanted to make view A, an asymmetric mock-wrap skirt. My front wrap-edge doesn’t dip as low as it should because I went back and re-cut it after cutting out view C first.

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I was also using scraps from my faux-fur coat, so I didn’t have enough fabric to make a second front panel for the wrap skirt. I pieced it with some lining and only the bottom part is the fur fabric. Since the fur fabric is rather bulky, this probably worked out better than if I’d had enough for both panels in the first place. I just finished the edges, lapped things over and stitched it down. Sloppy, but if I didn’t put these pics up here, I doubt anyone would ever notice.

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Wrong side of fabric

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Right side of fabric

Since this was drafted as an above the knee skirt, the sides seemed wide after lengthening. I did that thing where I tried it on then took in the side seams. Tried on again and took in the seams. Tried on again and took in the seams. When I got it to the shape I wanted, I serged the edges, cutting off the extra fabric (and all that previous stitching) The pattern doesn’t really match at the sides. I don’t think it was all that well-matched to begin with, but all that playing with the seam width threw off any pattern matching that may have been there.

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Somewhere in all this I mused on Twitter something about houndstooth being an animal print because it’s named after a dog. I couldn’t make this fly, with several people telling me it just couldn’t be. It’s still faux-fur, so has a bit of an animal-inspired feel, but I’ll bow to public opinion and admit it’s more of a geometric than an animal-print. (but it’s named after a dog) About this same time I also learned that of all the animal-prints, head-to-toe cow-print is the most animalish animal-print of all and that it may not be the best look for a guy. I might have a friend who is trying to convince me I need a cow-print dress; she needs to find me a place to wear it and then…well, I won’t say I’ll do it for-sure, but I’d consider it, if it would get me some laughs (and if she does it too).

Snapdragon 1

All things considered, this maybe isn’t the best example of the Snapdragon Skirt as-drafted, but since Amanda’s tag-line is “Plus-size patterns without the rules”, I hope she’ll forgive me my crazy rule-breaking hacking of her skirt pattern. It was a really fun pattern to play with, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be playing around with making other versions in the future. I really love this finished skirt. It’s a little unusual, easy to wear, and does an okay job of matching that black and white blouse in my pictures (bought from Dress Barn sometime in the past 10 years) that only matches black and/or white separates.

It also managed to use up almost all of the scraps of this fabric out of my stash.
Stash-busting Stats: 48/50. 102 1/2 yards.

#Sewcialists Grease Theme: Tell Me More

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Last month’s Sewcialist theme was inspired by the movie “Grease”. What an awesome reason to finally finish up that UFO that I started about 2 years ago. That’s right, my pink jean jacket didn’t start out as an intentionally Grease-themed “Pink Ladies” jacket. I just happen to really, really like pink which leads me to believe that a pink jean jacket can and should be worn on a variety of occasions when I might otherwise wear a traditional blue one. Actually, I have a blue RTW jean jacket, and while I do wear it quite a bit, it has one major flaw that drives me up the wall. The sleeves are really tight around the bicep. It’s a combination of my own body shape along with the current trend for jean jackets to be cut very slim. It’s a pretty stretchy denim, else I wouldn’t be able to wear it, but I’ve wanted to have another option for quite a while. When I found this pink “satin” stretch denim at Fashionfabricsclub.com, (long-since sold out) I knew I wanted to turn it into a jacket. Unfortunately, the options for jean jacket patterns are few and far between. It gave me the perfect opportunity to try out an indie pattern company that’s been around for a few years, but that I almost never hear about, Petite Plus PatternsGrease 7

Their name pretty much describes their pattern block/philosophy. Patterns for the short, curvy, plus-size woman. Yup, that’s me alright. Most of their shapes are fairly basic, and not necessarily my style, but the dream of a jean jacket that I could make up straight out of the envelope made their jean jacket pattern nearly the Holy Grail of patterns. I cut out a size 18, then put the pieces neatly in a bag while I got distracted by project after project. It sat patiently, waiting for just the right combination of weather that would make me want to wear a lightweight jacket, white or pink thread on the serger, and no other projects in the queue that absolutely had to be finished first. I realized as I was cutting it out that jean jackets have a lot (a lot, a lot) of pieces, most of which need to be topstitched. This was not a quick and easy sew, and that really made me delay getting started on the sewing. Once I got into a groove, though, it wasn’t really that bad. The pattern is well drafted, all the pieces fit together like they should. The instructions are well thought out. They aren’t so detailed that I couldn’t find pertinent information, but they included enough information about construction order and when/where to do the top-stitching that my frustration level was pretty low for a project with this many construction steps. It helps that the designer seems to share my philosophy on stitching techniques (serge when possible, even if topstitching) There is a brief intro where alternatives to serging are discussed, but the rest of the instructions include serging as part of the process, so if you’re someone who doesn’t have a serger, you might be annoyed by the assumption made in the instructions that you do.

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The only thing I really changed about the pattern is that I didn’t do the back tabs. They don’t serve a function other than decor, and I could see myself catching them on things and ripping my jacket.

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The fit of the pattern is a little bit old-school. For wearing over other clothes comfortably, it’s perfect. I didn’t have to adjust the sleeves and I can still fit other sleeves underneath. If you’re ok with the retro look, this might be the perfect jean jacket pattern for you. If you’re looking for a more modern cut, then you’ll be annoyed with how this one turns out. Personally, I love it; so much so that I may end up making a basic blue one to replace my RTW one. The only thing I might change in another version is the sleeve length. I’m petite, but my arms are long for a petite, so an extra 1/2 to 1 inch of sleeve length would make me happy. The pattern does have information on the pattern sheet for making bust adjustments, since the shape of the pattern would make it a little bit harder to follow a standard tutorial. Another love is the pockets. They are sewn into the waistband, so they don’t flop around, and they fit a Galaxy S4 phone w/ a bulky holder (because I tend to drop my phone a lot) plus car keys without making me feel like they will fall out at any moment.

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Moving on to the rest of my outfit. The 1950’s were all about circle skirts. According to my Grandma, wool circle skirts, especially reversible ones from Pendleton Woolen Mills, were “must-haves” for all cheerleaders in the late 1950’s. If I was really going to hold to the Pink Lady theme, I probably should have made a wiggle skirt, but I really wanted to make a circle skirt from this thrifted wool fabric. I made a Pavlova skirt, including the pocket, but gave it a self-drafted wide waistband for a high-waisted look. I interfaced the waistband with fusible hair canvas (since the wool means the skirt isn’t machine washable anyway). No lining, I’ll wear a slip anyway since circle skirts tend to be caught by the wind and I like having something a little closer cut between the wind and my skivvies. I didn’t even try to match the plaids for the pocket, we’ll say I was going for a “casual” vibe.

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The top is Jalie 2794 in a jersey knit of unknown content. I received it as part of a mystery bundle from Fabric Mart. The dots are 3-dimensional, rather like the puffy-paints of the 1980’s, but with better adhesion to the fabric. I was scared to iron the fabric, for fear of melting gooey silver dots onto my iron, but otherwise it wasn’t difficult to work with. I feel like I’m a bit on display with as low as this top ended up. I guess that’s true to the Pink Ladies, but when I make this again, I’ll be doing some pre-cutting adjustments to raise that neckline. As I sorted through pictures, there were an awful lot of them showing me looking down, pursing my lips, and adjusting my top to a more comfortable level.

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Will I wear this outfit all together again like this? Maybe not so much. The skirt is really begging for a warm aqua sweater or a black or grey twin-sweater-set. The top really wants to be paired with a pair of Ginger jeans. The jacket will, of course, be worn with everything I own until I wear it out.

All three of the pieces in my outfit are made out of stashed fabrics (yes, I’m counting the one that was cut out–it was stashed in pieces). Stash-busting stats: 47/50 projects. 100 1/2 yards.

Optical Delusions 3 Piece Set

No stripes were harmed in the making of this set, but if you are prone to seizures, you may want to avert your eyes before it is too late.

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I had bought this fabric with the intention of making it into a set with at least 3 pieces. My original plan was dress, skirt, jacket of a rather business-like nature and that I could mix and match with other black and/or ivory basics. I liked that the striped print ran vertically with the grain, rather than horizontally; it seemed unusual. Unfortunately for my initial plans, when I received this mail-ordered fabric, which had been labeled “ponte” in the description, it turned out to be much more like an ITY knit than a ponte. I still liked it, but my original plans had to be adjusted and adapted to suit a very different type of fabric.

I still ended up making a 3 piece set, but went for a more casual feel compared to my original plan. First up, we have the dress, a Cake Patterns Red Velvet with the skirt lengthened out to maxi length. I had played with stripes with this pattern once before and still love wearing that dress, so I thought it would be fun to do one that was as exactly opposite as i could make it. The 4-way stretch of the ITY meant I could cut the waistband on the cross-grain (something I wouldn’t attempt with a standard jersey). I gave this one just a little bit more length on the bust compared to the last one I made and I think I’ve finally got this pattern where I want it for bust depth.

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Keep in mind that ITY fabric has a lot of drape along with a lot of stretch, so, yes, the silhouette of this dress is a little lumpy. It’s not the dress, that’s just how I’m shaped.

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I love the little pocket in the Red Velvet Dress pattern. It won’t fit a phone, but debit card, license, and lipstick fit very nicely and the zipper keeps things secure. As a bonus, this is a nice, clear picture of what the fabric actually looks like, which should give you some idea of why it looks so blurry in the pictures. It kind of makes me feel like I’m wearing a chapter of some Martin Gardner book.

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Next up, since it is going on winter and I was thinking long-sleeves would be a good idea, I made a Papercut Patterns Coppelia Cardigan. I’d never made this pattern before, but I will definitely be making it again. You know how sometimes we will talk about a pattern being “well drafted” then refer to “all the notches lining up” like that’s all there is that makes a pattern well-designed? The Coppelia is well-drafted in a way that goes way beyond just walking the seams. The band that goes around the neckline has some subtle shaping to keep it pulled up against the back of the neck, and when I realized that, I knew the Papercut peeps knew what they were doing. For something that looks so deceptively simple, Papercut really did a great job in making up this pattern. On my end, since my fabric had that 4-way stretch that meant pieces could be cut on grain or across if I really wanted to, it was fun to try to think about how the stripes would look when made up. I ended up trying to keep the cuffs and bottom band from breaking up the style lines too much.

Triple Stripes 1

I knew as I was sewing this up that I was making something “matchy-matchy”, and thought I was just making stuff that happened to be in the same fabric, but that would be worn separately with other things. I didn’t realize until I put them on together for pictures how much I really like the look of these pieces together. It may be a bit over-the-top, but the black and ivory combo is classic, so I think it works.

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My third piece might be the most fun of all. I made another pair of Cake Patterns Espresso leggings. Why have I never made ITY leggings before? I can’t think of a good reason. If I wear them with boots this winter, no one will know that my “tights” don’t have feet. I’m pondering possibilities for shorter dresses I can wear with them too.

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You might notice from these pictures that there doesn’t seem to be a hem on my leggings or my dress. You’d be right. After valiant efforts to hem previous ITY projects, I’ve given up. I’ve decided that it just looks nicer when I don’t hem them. I’ve never had one ravel on me. The leggings do seem to want to roll a little, but overall, I’m much happier without an ITY hem.

While I’m mentioning my previous wrestling attempts with ITY, I might as well also bring up that the Coppelia cardigan is most definitely a difficult project to create in ITY. The way the bottom band and ties are attached gives a lovely result, but would have been much easier to execute could I have ironed a fold into my fabric. ITY doesn’t hold a press, so there was a lot of pinning, a lot of slow stitching, and a lot of manipulating the fabric as I went. That said, since most of the cardigan edges are finished with binding or cuffs, the finished product is quite lovely made up in ITY (no unhemmed edges), even if it won’t be all that warm in winter.

Did this really come out of my stash? I think it did. Wow! I sat around way too long waiting to make these items up.

Stash-busting stats: 44/50 projects. 95 yards.

Queen Anne’s Lace Gloves: Gloves for a Lady of Leisure

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Is it just me or does winter sewing seem to take longer than summer sewing? Maybe it’s all those thick fabrics, linings, and long sleeves. I do have a few things I’ve recently sewn that I want to write about soon, but I don’t seem to have pictures of them yet. In the meantime, my sister had one of her British Movie Parties about a week and a half ago and included manicures as part of the fun (we watched North and South; she had plenty of time to do everyone’s nails). So long as my hands were pampered half-way into being photogenic, it seemed like a good time to get pictures of the Queen Anne’s Lace gloves I finished up a few months ago. Serious knitters, avert your eyes; my blocking leaves something to be desired.

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The pattern is from Seamstress Erin (I’m so glad I’m not the only person in the sewing-blog world who thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to refer to oneself as a “seamstress”)

I chose to use Shibui Knits Cima as my yarn. The colorway I had was called “nude”, and I don’t see it on their site right now. It’s a lovely soft pink color reminiscent of ballet tights. I don’t usually think of soft pink as being a difficult color to photograph, so either it was protesting my photo setup or how I had Romeo behind the camera because it seems to have tried to turn a different color in every picture we took. This yarn has less bulk than what Erin used for her pattern, so my “fabric” is a much looser weave than hers, even though I was able to get the correct gauge.

Queen Ann's Lace 4Obviously, these aren’t serious winter gloves, so the looseness of the fabric doesn’t bother me. Where I’m going to wear them, however, is something of a conundrum. I do like them, but the light color is really impractical. I won’t be planning to wear them in any situation that may involve the use of an ink pen.

I would recommend this pattern to anyone looking to knit a dainty pair of fingerless gloves. I wouldn’t recommend this as a first lace project, since some of the stitches are a little complex. I also wouldn’t recommend this as a first project for the use of double-pointed needles; there are yarn-overs that are set-up to be on the ends of the needles and it is really easy to accidentally drop these. I found the errata the hard way, by realizing my stitch count kept getting off and finally figuring out that it had nothing to do with dropping those end-of-needle yarn-overs. Errata info is up on the Ravelry site (and I think she fixed the pattern if you buy it new).

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Guinevere came to the movie party with me, so she got her nails done too and wanted to show them off in pictures. My gloves are a little big for her, as you can see. She decided she liked watching Richard Armitage better as Guy of Gisborne than she did as Mr. Thornton, and that she prefers Jonas Armstrong as Robin Hood over Richard Armitage in any role.

How about you, any transitional season knitting projects going on? Do you find your finished sewing product production takes a nose-dive in the colder months, even though your time spent sewing increases? Do you want to weigh in on Guinevere’s opinion of Richard Armitage vs. Jonas Armstrong? How about an opinion of Mr. Thornton vs. Mr. Darcy?

Bordeaux Sweater: A Wardrobe Basic

Yes, I know. This outfit looks awfully similar to my last post. The only difference is the sweater, so that’s the part I’m wanting to talk about today. This is the Bordeaux Pullover from Valley Yarns. I knitted it from the yarn it was designed for, Colrain Lace. It’s a merino/Tencel 50/50 blend. It’s warm, but not too warm; soft, but not too fuzzy, and it has just a hint of shine.

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The pattern isn’t too difficult, but does have multiple cables at regular intervals, so it isn’t entirely mindless either. I can’t say I’d recommend it for a total beginner, since the directions are overall pretty minimal, but if you’ve made a sweater or two, you should be able to figure this one out. It’s knit top-down and in the round, so there’s no pesky seams to sew together when the knitting is complete.

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You can see the lacy texture of the pattern better in the back without the black Nettie fabric showing through. I admit to a bit of trepidation in making a sweater of lace-weight yarn, but with size 9 needles, it was actually pretty quick to knit up. This was my number-one go-to wardrobe piece through the entire summer. It was perfect to layer over sundresses in the mornings/evenings, and while black is probably the least exciting color to choose to knit with, it made for the perfect neutral. I wore it with this dress, this dress, this dress, and pretty much everything else I put on.

I mentioned in my last post how I thought the Tania culottes worked a little better with long sleeves, so here’s a pic of the whole outfit. The lighting was really weird the day we took these pictures, so my legs look even paler than usual (but still shapely)

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I wore this sweater so much this summer that I’m wondering about making another. Part of it’s appeal, though, is how it well it matches everything because of it’s neutral color. Maybe I’ll make an ivory-colored one.

Tania Culottes/Nettie Bodysuit: I Love My Legs

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Ever since Megan Nielsen released her Tania Culottes pattern, I’ve been curious to make a pair for myself. Like many separates patterns though, I had trouble visualizing what top I would wear with them. When Heather Lou released the Nettie bodysuit, then, it seemed like the perfect match. I planned to put these two together back at the beginning of summer, but it took me until August to get them finished. Then it took another month or so to finally get pictures of them.

Nettie and Tania 3.2

This is a bit of a different look for me. Personally, I love my legs. I’m not trying to be all vain by admitting that; I have plenty of other body hang-ups, but my legs are definitely not one of them. Just because I love my legs, though, doesn’t mean I think I need to have all of them exposed to everyone all the time. I prefer to keep my skirts below the knee. Shorts, however, are another matter. These culottes are something in the middle between skirt and short, so I’m okay with them being above the knee. The volume makes them rather prone to fly-ups, so I wouldn’t wear them in a windstorm. The bodysuit is a little bit of protection, but I’d rather not flash that portion of it if I can help it.

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The Tania pattern doesn’t go up to my size, so I graded up by drawing outside the lines of the largest size, about as much as the distance between the middle/largest sizes. That isn’t a very scientific way to alter a pattern, but it worked well enough for my purposes. I added about 3 inches to the length because I think as-drafted they would be too short for my personal comfort preferences.

I used a rayon challis from my stash for the culottes.The fabric stretched while hanging before hemming, and I did a better job evening it up on one side compared to the other. Only time will tell if this will bother me enough to make me eventually fix it.

Nettie and Tania 2.2

I think my Nettie is overall a little too big. I sized up as Heather Lou recommended, but then I used a 95% cotton, 5% lycra, (Laguna cotton, again) and it has good stretch and good recovery and probably didn’t need to be sized up. I think I’ll go with the originally recommended size for my next one.

Nettie and Tania 4.1

I’m not sure that the proportions of this outfit really work for me in the most traditionally flattering way. Maybe the longer length of the skirt compared to the original pattern as well as the short sleeves on the bodysuit aren’t really working together. I have thrown my favorite summer sweater on with this outfit (I need to post about that sweater) and it seems to work maybe a little better than the short sleeves here. I haven’t tried this outfit with tights yet, though as the weather cools down, I think I’ll need to. Overall I think I like it though. It gives me something different to wear as an alternative to my usual dresses or skirts.

Stash-busting stats: 41/50. 86 yards