Monday Morning Secret Pajamas

Soooo, IΒ΄m back πŸ™‚

IΒ΄m back at work (part time) and itΒ΄s been a real challenge getting things back in rotation. So if I want to blog more (because I want to) it needs to be quick and dirty πŸ˜‰

(There is no more room in my sewing room to take pictures so I tried some quick selfies in our bedroom mirror – which I need to clean #sorrynotsorry.)

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Long story short: Only one of the items on my Fall list has been sewn, finished it two days ago and what IΒ΄ll be blogging about today isnΒ΄t even that. Weather has been really nice so far but IΒ΄ve been wearing the same 3 Summer dresses non-stop to work. I needed something new, fast! IΒ΄ve felt very indecisive for about 6 weeks because how I think I look and how I actually look arenΒ΄t the same. In my head IΒ΄m still as skinny as I was 10 years ago πŸ˜‰ So the plans IΒ΄ve been making havenΒ΄t been the most flattering and I felt stumped.

Luckily, I foundΒ some inspiration in this Polyvore collection on Pinterest. (What did we do before Pinterest?)

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I started by recreating the black swing dress.

I took the Closet Case Files Nettie as a base. By slashing and spreading I made it into a tent dress which turned out very muumuu and tenty, with a very weird curved hem. So I sliced off 15 cm to make it short and sassy. (#nailedit) I used 1.5 m of black viscose knit, and about 15cm of black ribbing for the arm and neckline bands. I made the scoop neckline and the medium back.

I love how it looks with this cardigan and black tights. It might be a tad short for work but I need lounge wear too. This is perfect for everything and I donΒ΄t want to take it off, ever. So IΒ΄m guessing I need a few more which I can pair with blue or brown tights and the longer RTW cardigans in my wardrobe.

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See you later!

xoxo

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BFF Nettie twins!

After I made my two Nettie bodysuits I figured it was time for a Nettie dress. I had just bought this spongy ITY knit on sale (and bought 4 metres) and figured this was the perfect fabric for my new summer dress.

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I made sure to carefully cut the pieces so the stripes matched. I even cut the sleeves to match… But I cut the red on top instead of the blue so I didn’t attach them πŸ™‚

I didn’t make any alterations after my previous Nettie, I just graded out to a bigger size in the hips. I used a navy blue ribbing in my stash for the neck and shoulder bands. I initially wanted this to be a maxi dress but it looked like I was eaten alive by the stripes πŸ™‚ So I cut it off midcalf and finished it with a narrow lettuce hem on my serger.
WORKED LIKE A CHARM! Seriously, this dress makes me feel put together! Slip on some heels (and some shapewear – stupid postpartum belly) and I’m good to go!

I made this dress the day before a small scale blogger meet-up and decided to wear it! Before the meet up I met up with my best friend and went window shopping. She noticed that my dress was much like some RTW dresses she liked. But she tried those on and she just didn’t look good.(Totally the dresses’ fault, not hers) They were too tight, too short, too flimsy. So I promised her that next time she came over, I would teach her how to sew one herself!

I broke out all my suitable stash knits for her, but she hesitantly asked if I had any of my striped fabric left πŸ˜€ I did, so she made herself a Nettie dress out of the same fabric!

That ofcourse needed pictures!

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Side note: Best compliment about this dress was Hanne telling me she thought it was RTW until she saw the perfect stripe matching πŸ˜€