Hey friends! I've finally battled through my horrid cold to return as promised with a few snaps of my finished Nettie. Naturally there are a few alterations needed but this first attempt is a most definitely wearable toile. I chose a high neckline for the front and medium for the back with three quarter sleeves.
I added the optional 'shelf bra', less for support and more to smooth and conceal undergarments. On the advice of Jasika I omitted the elastic to avoid pulling at the side seams but I think for future garments I would likely omit the shelf bra altogether (or certainly use a better matched fabric) as the stretch differentiation between the 5% strech cotton jersey and the 4 way stretch lycra still causes not only the side seams to creep forward at the bust but pulling at the shoulder seams as well (which in all honesty I should have anticipated -what can I say, it was already in my stash!). If it continues to bother me I'll simply cut it out!
You can see the overlocker differential feed / stitch length needs a tweak to reduce the bulk and rippling at the sleeve head. I'd omit it at the neck band next time too as the twin needle takes care of the raw edge (way to plan ahead!).
I used the leg openings which wouldn't be seen to try out two different topstitching finishes with the band application. Firstly (top) a narrow zig zag stitch, and secondly (bottom) my stretch twin needle. You can see the finish these yield on both the right side and reverse. After topstitching I trimmed back the excess seam allowance.
In all honesty I don't have a particular preference between the two -so if you have yet to give it a go then don't be at all concerned about purchasing a twin stretch needle to try out sewing with knits, a standard strech will do the job.
Aside from shortening the body an inch as I'm a tiny 5'3", this toile is not a bad start at all straight from the envelope.
Talking changes for version two, I need a little more room in the bust (sans shelf will help with this). I'd shorten the three quarter sleeves a touch and add a little ease in the upper arm. I think I'd also plum for a scooped neckline as I think this would be a little more flattering for my body type -that said I'm sure this one will still see a lot of wear.
x Happy sewing!