19 May 2014 • • by Heather Lou

Nettie Sewalong Pt 3: Outfit Inspiration & Pattern Hacking

bodysuit inspiration, how to wear a bodysuit

How to wear a bodysuit? Children of the 90's will remember pairing them with overalls (one strap undone, natch) or with a pair of Guess mom jeans. Probably with a Blossom hat and/or a scrunchie. But that was then. This is now.

(Sources above: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 )

Why not pair one with a full circle skirt for a flirty French vibe? Baguette optional. The braver among us may reach for something slightly sheer (I still pine for a skirt Elisalex made years ago). Paired with a maxi it's covered up and sexy simultaneously, and it's a sleeker alternative to a t-shirt when paired with jeans. I've been wearing mine with high-waisted, wide legged Katherine Hepburn pants to the office.

bodysuit inspiration, how to wear a bodysuit
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

I'm really excited to see how people modify and hack this pattern. Why not mix a solid body with lace sleeves? Or line the lace and blow minds like Maddie in her cream beauty. Cut a clean line off the top and show off your shoulders. Play with seam lines and add a sheer mesh panel. Combine several fabrics for colour blocking fun. Embellish with applique or beading. Divide the Nettie in half for a fun swimsuit, something By Hand London showed in their Sewing Indie hack last week. The option to make a marijuana print 2 piece is completely up to you (ask Oona to tell you the story about accidentally buying 2 yards of the aforementioned fabric, thinking its was just pretty leaves).

bodysuit inspiration, how to wear a bodysuit
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

I'm loving these back hack variations. Add cutouts, a sliver of mesh, sweet bows or buttons, or drop the back even lower for some drama-rama.

bodysuit inspiration, how to wear a bodysuit
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

And then there were crop tops. I seriously can't get enough of these right now. Cut Nettie off at the waist and you have the perfect summer top to pair with high waisted skirts or pants. That little sliver of exposed skin is surprisingly flattering on a wide range of figures; seductive without trying too hard.

ed: Deepika from Pattern Review just mentioned to me that the Nettie would make a great sari top! I really hope I get to see Nettie paired with some extravagant Indian textiles....

bodysuit inspiration, how to wear a bodysuit
Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

The Nettie dress will be fun to play with too. If you're a little shy in a bodycon silhouette, use a thicker ponte or double knit - they're surprisingly forgiving. Clingier knits glide over the body if you're wearing a slip. Go from Sunday casual to bombshell by playing with length, fabric and styling. I love the idea of using swimsuit lyrca or sequins for something evening approriate; striped cotton is perfect for day.

I hope this gives you some ideas for making Nettie your own. I'll be back in a few days with some instructions on choosing your size and making pattern adjustments. Have a great week!




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