…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!
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?!
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 not 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 🙂 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.
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 😀 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…
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? 🙂
Until next time,
Miss Maddy x