Tartan Nettie Dress

What’s better than Secret Pyjamas?

…a Secret BLANKET, of course! If you’ve got no idea what I’m talking about, allow me to enlighten you at once – the secret pyjamas movement trend promotes the wearing of clothes that LOOK like normal clothes – but are secretly like wearing pyjamas! I know Heather of Closet Case Files is a big supporter of this trend, so I’m sure she’d approve of my efforts to take this noble ideal another step forwards – to secret wearable blankets!! Using one of her fabulous patterns, no less – I proudly present my new Nettie secret blanket dress!

Tartan Nettie Dress

My second iteration of the pattern in dress form, the Nettie pattern and I are getting along like a house on fire. I love, love, love this style of dress – effortlessly stylish yet amazingly comfortable – and this pattern just goes together like a dream. So when I went out hunting for stretch fabrics to feed my new knit-clothing addiction, this absolute babe of a tartan knit jumped right out at me at Darn Cheap, and demanded I make it in to the comfiest, cosiest dress ever. And how could I refuse?!

Tartan Nettie Dress

I went with the straight high neck options for both back and front this time (as opposed to the turtleneck hack I did on my last Nettie). This meant finishing the neckline with a normal binding instead of the turtleneck one I used last time. I’m notΒ overjoyed with how the binding turned out this time – I should have cut it a bit wider – but it’s neat enough and looks absolutely fine when on πŸ™‚ I also opted for short sleeves, as I didn’t want to look like a walking picnic rug, and I’m very happy with how they turned out! I got very very close with my pattern matching (one side seam is almost spot on!), given I’ve only really just started attempting it properly, I’m pretty happy with that haha.

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Construction absolutely breezed along, much like the last one – sewing projects which can be done in three hours from cutting to finishing are insanely attractive! I’m still working on my knit hems – they always seem to stretch out a little on the normal sewing machine, anyone got any tips to combat this? I am hoping that maybe they’ll shrink back a little after a wash though, and it’s not too noticeable to start I think. And besides, it’s hard to care about slightly wavy hems when you have an amazingly cool TARTAN BLANKET DRESS. This knit is absolutely fabulous on, it’s like wearing a cosy hug all day πŸ˜€ And of all the me-made clothes I’ve been wearing out and about this year, I have to say it’s my Netties that have been pulling in the most compliments! Soooo I can definitely imagine a few more of them appearing in my wardrobe in the near future…

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I’m keen to try the bodysuit view of the Nettie sometime soon too – and maybe branch out in to some knit tops as well (yes, this IS the same girl who once said she’d never make her own t-shirts…). So expect to see this top-notch pattern morph in to even more forms in the coming months…

What are you favourite patterns to hack and alter into other styles? πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Miss Maddy x

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17 comments

  1. Elizsews · October 18

    Looks fantastic MissMaddy: another piece of fabric from your stash! It is always of great interest to hear about the origins of your fabrics! Handy to have a ‘blanket’ ready to wear when the local Spring weather is so unpredictable!

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    • Miss Maddy · October 26

      Thank you! Definitely been getting lots of wear out of it with the recent wild weather! :O

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  2. oneandtwentybuttonholes · October 19

    Such a flattering cut and fabric choice! Great make. πŸ™‚ For the hems, have you tried a walking foot? I found a similar issue when I have sewed knits with a regular foot. I’m yet to try a walking foot, but have read that it can help to get smooth hems.

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    • Miss Maddy · October 26

      Thank you! This is definitely one of my favourite makes so far this year πŸ˜€ I’ve heard good things about walking feet, if I try one out I’ll be sure to post about the results on the blog!

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  3. I love the plaid! You have a very cute dress there!

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  4. Maybritt Kirkeby · October 19

    What a great dress! Am a little jealous of the fabric, which probably isn’t available here in Denmark.
    About the hems, I find that steam will take care of most stretch in knits. Just hover your steam iron a little above the fabric, and it will shrink right back.

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    • Miss Maddy · October 26

      Oooh thanks for the tip! I’ll definitely try that out and see if it helps! πŸ™‚

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  5. Liz · October 19

    Looks great, will have to revisit this pattern… definitely recommend both a walking foot and a twin needle, they have really improved my knit hems and topstitching, to the extent that I now make all my T shirts despite once feeling like you did about that!

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    • Miss Maddy · October 26

      Thanks Liz! I really like using the twin needle, maybe I’ll have to give the walking foot a try! πŸ™‚

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  6. Splinters&Stitches · October 20

    Love this! Your dress is perfect and fits like a glove. πŸ™‚ I’m disappointed that there aren’t more knit plaid fabrics out there.

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    • Miss Maddy · October 26

      Thank you! I loved this fabric as soon as I saw it – I didn’t buy it that time and had immediate regrets, I’m so glad I went back for it! πŸ˜›

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  7. esewing · October 23

    This looks great , love the idea of blanket dress giving a hug ! Not surprised you are getting compliments on your nettles, look forward to seeing the next one ,

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    • Miss Maddy · October 26

      Thank you! It’s always so gratifying when someone says they like what you’re wearing, especially if they don’t realise you’ve made it!πŸ™‚

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  8. emeralderin · October 28

    Oh I love the tartan! It looks fabulous on you- and so rewarding for such a quick sew! I used the nettie pattern for a low back body suit, and then I massively hacked it to make an off the shoulder crop top- but it’s a great pattern for versatility- I’m sure that I’ll be using it again!

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  9. Shasterin · November 16

    Love the details on the dress!! I would love to have this dress for myself. :). I had to see options that i will have with this lovely fabric so I was doing a search online for a similar fabric and this is what I found.
    http://www.moodfabrics.com/dusted-red-white-charcoal-woven-wool-blend-fw12127.html

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  10. Tereza · November 20

    Oh wow! The dress looks so cool. For two years I have been planning to make a winter wrap dress from fabric like that. So thanks for the final push and I am off to search for a fabric:)

    All the best, I love your blog.
    Tereza from Dog & Pineapple

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