Summer casualwear : Nettie bodysuit and Origami skirt

To bring you up to speed with my unblogged projects, I'll start with this casual pair.


Heather from Closet Case File knew what she did when she released her Nettie bodysuit because everybody needs one! I don't like to tuck my tops in. But a bodysuit - it's another story: it would stay perfectly in place whatever your body movements are!


I decided to go with the low back variation in size 4. Although, according to the measurements, I should be a size 6, my fabric had enough stretch to fit into a 4. I did not make any adjustments but I wish the armholes were located slightly lower.  Next time I would redraft and position them lower by approximately 3 cm. The armholes are not tight or anything but you can clearly see from pictures that my biceps don't fit the armhole which creates wrinkles. But, hey, I should have muslined it beforehand!


For this Nettie, I did not add bra cups but used super-duper adhesive bra cups from Women's Secret. I bought them when I studied in Barcelona in 2003 and they still work, I swear! On average, I use them once or twice a year and clean after each wear. I don't know how they work for girls with bigger breasts but for my 34A they do wonders and I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys dresses with opened backs.
Magic adhesive bra cups!

Sewing the Nettie with a low back, I had to overcome another personal hang-up : a scar left after heart surgery. This scar contributed to so many complexes and feelings of un-femininity that when I was a teenager I never kept my back straight let alone wear a dress with opened back. Now I really don't care!





Last month, I had the honour of meeting the adorable Maria, a.k.a Velosewer, who stopped in Dublin overnight on her way to the Northern Ireland. Seriously, bloggers' generosity knows no bounds: Maria brought me some knit fabric all the way from Sydney! The fabric is a medium-weight knit, very soft and drapes nicely. As soon as I sew it, I knew which pattern I'd use it for: the Origami skirt by Klein Format. The Origami skirt #1, which I sewed from a woven fabric in the past, became a real staple in my wardrobe.



I enjoy sewing casual outfits, especially for the very practical reasons: since I moved to Dublin, I cycle everywhere and, let's be honest, pencil skirts are not super practical for biking. So I decided to alternate: cycle one week and wear more casual clothes, then walk to work on another week in fancy dresses.


Does your lifestyle/commute also dictate what you wear?

Comments

  1. You look amazing in this outfit. The Nettie is hard to beat for a great body suit.
    I'm so glad you made something stylish with the Tessutis knit.
    Thanks for meeting up with me when we flew threw Dublin. I still haven't found better chicken than we ate that night.

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  2. So sexy back!! Очень красиво!! Я сейчас тоже все время на велике, и у меня на нем рама высокая, то есть не очень в юбках в принципе поездишь, поэтому буду сейчас выкройку шорт переснимать срочно!:))

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  3. Very nice colour palette … the whole outfit looks great on you :)

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  4. Woser- this looks all kinds of fierce Inna! You were made for rocking bodysuits!

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  5. Looking great! You have a beautiful back that's worth showing off! And you might be on to something with that bra thingee, I might need to invest in one of those....

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  6. I'm not a big fan of body suits but I love the low back on yours!
    I've been recently thinking about this self adhesive bra but I am 34D... But if they make them in this size, they should work on my boobs, right? Must try!
    I guess we grow up to some realisations and being brave (don't care) about some things about our bodies, I keep wearing over the knees dresses this Summer, for the first time ever!... (and I used to be much thinner in the past! *^v^*) Who knows, I may even wear shorts in Japan, since it's going to be hot. *^o^*

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  7. I'm a D cup and have tried a self adhesive bra. It was a bit of a disaster tbh. Maybe different brands have better options, but the one I tried (La Senza, about six years ago, maybe the technology has moved on since then) wasn't able to offer any support, and I might as well have not been wearing a bra.

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  8. This looks great! I work in an office where I think I could get away with wearing most things (except jeans), so I'm quite lucky. However, the air con is freezing, so that dictates that I must always wear trousers and carry a cardie.

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  9. Thank you, Laura! I've just ordered one from the Polish (I think) company Julinex, it was cheap so it won't be a big waste of money if it's a disaster. *^v^*

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  10. Awww Thanks a lot Julia!

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  11. I wear this skirt most of the time. A colleague recently asked me if my washing machine broke :S

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  12. Да! Тут надо выбирать: или велик, или юбки. У моего рама низкая, так что пока справляюсь. А шорты - это очень хорошая идеа! Ты из какого журнала выкройку берешь?

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  13. You are sweet! Thanks

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  14. RE: Bra. This adhesive bra does miracles and it works for me. If you can find something like this for a reasonable price, it's worth trying :)

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  15. The a/c in my office kills me! But it's always an excuse to start on a knitting project :)

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  16. Взяла из бурды 06-2010, но это первый раз, так что не знаю, как она:) Но по ревью вроде ок:))

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  17. Oooh, please report back with your findings! Good luck!

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  18. You look awesome! I love the low back on you! I can't see the scar at all, to be honest, but I can relate a tiny bit- I have an ugly scar on my side from a lung surgery. It's only visible when I wear a swimsuit, so not that big of a deal, but it's ugly. Oh well, if someone asks us about our scars we can scare them with hospital horror stories, I guess!

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  19. Oh no! Poor thing! I think it takes some time to get over scars and moles etc. We should live with our bodies and scars! By the way, if you want to share hospital horror stories, I will be in NYC in November (12-17th). Will you be around? I would love to catch up with you :)

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