Nettie Bodysuit

Nettie Bodysuit

Nettie Bodysuit

To continue my sewing with knits adventure, I decided to try my hand at the Nettie Bodysuit! I remember in sixth grade I had a black ribbed bodysuit that I paired with a pleated plaid skirt and patten leather loafers, and it was one of my favorite outfits, so why not bring it back, 20 years later?! This pattern was actually released on the same day that I was lamenting that I had nothing to wear with these high-waisted, loose-fitting black pants, so when I saw the Nettie, I thought it would be the perfect solution!

The Nettie is a really versatile, PDF pattern, that can be made with long or short sleeves, a variety of necklines and backlines (backlines?) and can also me made as a dress. It was released by the awesome lady behind Closet Case Files (I have admired her sewing for a long while), and I really think it’s a great pattern!

Close up

Close up

For this version I cut the size 4 for the shoulders and arms and then graded out to the size 8 to accommodate my J. Lo booty (is J. Lo still relevant? Is there a more current big-bootie celeb I should be referencing?) (Beyonce, perhaps?). Anyway, that was a smart move because the bottom part actually covers my…. bottom part? 🙂 So it’s really comfy and no wedgie! Yay! I think the 4 would probably be too tight if I was making this a dress, but its good as a shirt, and the tightness helps keep the arms from falling down, so it works here.

The Nettie before the legs were finished

The Nettie before the legs were finished

I made the medium dipped neckline, and the medium-low back, and I like both. I think the amount of scoop is really flattering. The back does kind of show my bra straps, but I dont mind my strapless bra, or there is the option to sew in foam cups, so that would take care of that (and be comfy!), so maybe next time I’ll attempt that (I dont like to have to learn too many new things per pattern!).

From the back

From the back

As a side note, check out my hair! Longest its ever been 🙂 The fabric I used is a cream-colored knit that I sell in the store. It is really soft and a nice quality, its a nice weight but not at all bulky, and it didnt curl too much when sewing, which was nice. I dont usually sew solids, so this was sorta boring, but I needed something basic, and it will look cute with lots of different skirts (including the neon green one I’m about to start) so I guess sewing basics is needed too.

Also I used my new sewing machine to sew this (a Husqvarna Viking Opal), after I took the machine class, so I was able to use some good knit stitches and it made things much easier! I also followed the Nettie Sewalong on the Closet Case Files blog, so that made things pretty easy because there were lots of pictures! I am not positive that I sewed the neckline and leg bindings on right, but they are on and look fine, so I guess it’s ok!

Hand sewing!

Hand sewing!

The only bummer was hand sewing all these snaps. It took me forever but thats because im really slow. I didnt think about it at the time, but I should have used voile or something other than knit to attach the snaps, because it made that part really bulky, with all the folded layers of fabric. But thats fine, Im just proud I actually did it!

Anyway, I really like the Nettie, it is quite quick to sew, even for a newbie like me, and the pattern doesnt take long at all to tape together because it isnt very many pages. Highly recommend! I think my next one will be stripes, or possibly flowers…decisions decisions!

 

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Washi Dress Class at The Fabric Studio

Starting Wednesday, June 18th, is the Washi Dress class at The Fabric Studio! It is a three week class that will not only teach you many useful skills, you’ll also end up with a Washi Dress of your very own! The Washi Dress truly is one of the greatest modern sewing patterns, and there is a reason that so many people have made one (or two, or three, or ten).

Firstly, it doesnt just tolerate quilting cottons, it looks great in those fabrics, which is awesome because there are so many amazing quilting cottons out there today. But it also looks good in chambray, linen, double gauze (like the Nani Iro version above), or even silk! (ooh lala).

It’s also great because its a great showcase for fun patterned fabric, but done in solids it becomes a great staple piece.

 

Secondly, it is versatile, and over the years since the pattern has been released so many modifications have been posted online. It can be a short dress, a maxi dress, a tunic. It can have a collar, or a bow at the neck, or buttons, or a zipper.

It is also a great project for beginners because there  is no zipper closure or buttons or anything too tricky. But, its not boring for those of you who have been sewing for a while, because it can have a lining, a cutout neckline, and whatever other fancy additions you want to make.

So, taking the class, from the awesome Devon (pictured above), you will learn how to read a pattern, find your size, pick out a fabric, how to cut out the pieces, construct the dress, sew shirring with elastic thread, insert sleeves, add pockets, and hem. You will be going at a nice slow pace over 3 very informative weeks and since the class is full at 4 people you’ll get plenty of individual help when needed. And when you’re finished you’ll have a great summer dress that you can wear all the time, as well as the skills to make plenty more!

This class will be meeting 3 Wednesdays in a row, June 18th, June 25th, and July 2nd. Can’t wait to see you there!

Click here to sign up for the class!

Welcome SewDown Nashville!

Last Friday I was lucky enough to be able host the entire group of women who came to Nashville to attend SewDown Nashville in my shop. We had discussed setting up a small “pop-up” version of the store at the hotel where the convention was taking place, but since I had no one to watch the store while I would have been at the hotel, and I also didnt really know what I would bring, I asked if they would come to me instead! Luckily they already had a tour bus (in fact it was 2 tour buses!) driving them to Franklin to go on a studio tour at Anna Maria Horner’s (which looked amazing), so they added my store to their itinerary.

I luckily had two good friends who agreed to help run the register while I cut fabric, and thank goodness they were there or it would have been absolutely impossible. At around 7:00 we saw this bad boy pull up outside the shop:

Bus 1 of 2

Bus 1 of 2

It was huge! And then the woman in charge informed me the second bus was about 10 minutes away. Ok! My store very quickly filled up and within about 2 minutes people were picking things out and handing them to me to cut. I even cut batting for Angela Waters…. it was pretty exciting!

This a picture the Modern Quilt Guild posted on Instagram of my shop looking like a Jeni's ice cream store :)

This a picture the Modern Quilt Guild posted on Instagram of my shop looking like a Jeni’s ice cream store 🙂

They were in the store for just about 1 hour exactly, and in that time I had 38 transactions. It was crazy, and it was so, so fun! It was great to see what people bought (happy to report that the pink zebra fabric was a hit) and talk to people who are super excited about sewing and fabric, just like me. I met a woman who owns a fabric store in New Jersey and she organizes a “shop owners” dinner at Quilt Market (which I’m going to in Pittsburgh next month), so that was also really fun. It was a great whirlwind, and I was so happy it worked out!

Fabric frenzy

Fabric frenzy

Now Open!

The big day has finally arrived, and the shop is officially open for business!

Last night was the opening party and I was so pleased with how things went. Lots of people came by to say hi, have a mini cupcake and a mini glass of champagne. It was great to feel lots of creative, excited energy surrounding something I have brought into being. It was nice to have family around and also new friends from Nashville! (And future friends in Nashville!).

the fabric studio

Cupcakes and beautiful flowers

It got sunny right before the party, so my sequin skirt was extra sparkly 🙂 It was nice to see familiar faces and also meet new people who are excited about the shop. Great feeling!

the fabric studio nashville

Old friends!

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New friends

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Sadly I did not get pictures of most people who came, but it was a really great time and lots of fun. Plus there was pink champagne which never ruins a night!

So today was the first day o’ business and I was going to consider it a success if even one person came (havent gotten around to too much advertising yet, but that is April’s goal) and I have definitely met the one person goal. Even met some awesome new people!

This month I’ll be getting some more Japanese fabrics in, packing up some scrap bundles, planning for May’s class schedule, and maybe creating some fun cross stitch kits…. Stay tuned!

 

Good Friends

One of the best parts about opening The Fabric Studio has been the amazing amount of support I have found here in Nashville. Of course my family is awesome and supportive from afar, (and from near, when Mattie visits), but the people I’ve met in town have really helped me do things that I could have never done on my own.

From the very first week I had the space, Keri and Amanda have used their unparalleled drilling and furniture-building skills to help me so, so much. They hung my bathroom shelves, whipped together all kinds of Ikea Expedits, helped me build my cutting table (which is so rad, I’ll show pics of that soon).

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Then this week they came back and expertly hung my pegboards on the front wall, which will house patterns, scissors, rulers, pins, and all kinds of fun stuff like that. That was a professional job that I never could have accomplished (even if my drill had drill bits). They are awesome people even without their construction and hanging skills, but I definitely appreciate the skills!

I also had help from my friend Miranda’s basement workshop, and she took on the task of helping my frame out the pegboards so they’d have finished edges. She even hand sawed all the pieces of trim I needed, and the boards look so good now! She also supplied me with a spray paint area, and transported the finished boards. Awesome!

The peg boards

The peg boards

Another awesome lady who has made The Fabric Studio come together, is Meghan Wood, who is a sign-maker extraordinaire! She hand painted my logo on the front wall, and today delivered the outside sign. She also designed my business cards and postcards, and everything she does is a million times cooler than I was imagining it in my own head.

Meghan hard at work

Meghan hard at work

I’ll update soon with more pics, but for now  just wanted to thank all the awesome people who are helping me in such concrete ways. Not to mention being so excited and supportive. Nashville is an awesome town!