Nettie Dress and Bodysuit

Closet Case Patterns


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Buy the Nettie bodysuit and dress sewing pattern from Closet Case Patterns, soon to become your wardrobe staple! The pattern is close fitting with high cut arms and can be made into a knit dress OR a bodysuit. This pattern can we made many ways with a choice of 3 sleeve lengths, 2 neckline and 3 back variations. The bodysuit variation has a low cut bum to prevent  annoying panty lines, along with an optional snap crotch so you don’t have to get naked to use the ladies’ room. The leg and neck openings are finished with the same stretch fabric you’ll use to make the bodice, so this is a budget conscious project – you don’t need any extra notions unless you’re adding crotch snaps or a shelf bra.

What we think: The bodysuit is perfect for wearing under skirts and will be a really fast sew too. There is a great neckline on this pattern, it’s low but modest at the same time. If you need a little hand holding why not checkout Heather’s sew-along for this pattern.

Suggested Fabrics: 4-way stretch jersey with good recovery and at least 50% crosswise stretch; cotton-lycra and lycra are ideal. 2-way stretch fabrics such as ponte are only recommended for the dress variation, as long as they also stretch at least 50%

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

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Additional information


Jersey / Knits / Scuba


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

Half a day

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    Nettie Dress and Bodysuit


    I’ve made the Bodysuit twice and I LOVE this pattern. It was the first one I made when I started sewing clothes, I’ve just made another one and I’m planning to do more.

    The pattern is easy enough to cut out and assemble, as the instructions are very clear. The first time doing this I struggles with the neckband, but there is a very helpful step-by-step tutorial series on the closet case files blog.

    Several things to notice about my versions: The second one I made I changed the neckline to be wider and deeper than the scoop neck, as I have a fairly large chest I prefer scoop and V-necklines. I also decided to grade in between two sizes in order to get the width in the chest area.

    So I think this is an excellent beginner pattern, not just to learn about sewing jersey/knits, but also to learn about how to make alterations.

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    Nettie Dress and Bodysuit


    As an avid LOVER of bodysuits I am so excited to say that this pattern was a complete hit. The first day I wore it I (quite literally) had four people ask me to make them one and honestly I have no problem doing that because this was a sinch to make.

    All up from cutting the pattern out, cutting the fabric and sewing everything together it probably took about 3 hours to make and I think the more I do it the faster I will get.

    The most tedious part of this project was definitely hand sewing the claps for the snap crotch and in all honesty I think next time I would potentially forgo it altogether. However if you are interested in the snap crotch A WORD OF WARNING: don’t buy small clasps, I did and found that they weren’t strong enough and kept snapping open.

    Pattern Size: I cut a size 10 and it was perfect. If you are in-between sizes, say your top is a 10 and your bottom is a 12, they walk you through how to adjust the pattern.

    Fabric Used: I used a cotton-elastin blend. It is and MUST be a 4-way stretch with a really good amount of snap back and the material is about a medium/heavy weight so acts almost like shapewear.

    Did It Look Like The Photo/Drawing On The Pattern When You Were Done: Yes it was really spot on. It was a beautiful snug fit as they described, incredibly comfortable and flattering.

    I cannot wait to have another go at this pattern and all its various options, I am even thinking ahead to next summer when I think the really low back option would make for a great swim suit! This is such a versatile pattern and I have seen some really interesting and creative variations of it online. Bodysuits are brilliant staple to have in your wardrobe, personally I even prefer them to regular t-shirts (which always bunch up on me) and this pattern is the absolute BEES KNEES!

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    I used the Nettie pattern as a base for a pair of bathers – and they turned out just great! The pattern is so versatile, it was easy to pick necklines and use the lengthen/shorten lines to hack it into exactly the design I wanted. The fit and sizing were absolutely spot on, and it sewed up just like a dream. I can’t wait to use this patter again!

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    This bodysuit is a great basic, but at the same time it’s such a cool look! The various necklines really make it interesting, even if you make it in a solid color. One small issue I had with this pattern is the shoulders sliding off sideways. This may have to do with my choice to combine a scooped neckline with a medium back: there’s not much holding the shoulders in place. I think a high back or a high front would solve the problem. Sewing Nettie was quick and easy – very much like sewing a t-shirt. Although I did get the lining bit for the snaps wrong the first time… that’s the only part that’s somewhat counter intuitive.

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    Super pattern. I made it in two contrasting wild prints in spandex from FunkiFabrics and it sewed up quickly and pretty easily once I got the tension right!! Great instructions and the sizing was spot on. I have shared a picture of my crotch as I couldn’t find a single picture of how the bottom looks online so I have decided to show you mine and sacrifice my modesty!! 😉

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    I love this pattern, such a sexy bodycon shape that is designed for pear shapes like me! I’ve made it several times now. I’ve made them successfully in pontes with a decent amount of stretch. Heather provides good instructions on how to choose a fabric for this dress and I have ignored them on occasions to my peril. All the instructions are really clear and the dress comes together very quickly, if you have all the materials to hand and discover one afternoon you need a dress for that evening, you’re all set! I’ve made it with and without an overlocker so you don’t need a special machine to sew this one up.

    I made a size 12/14, despite this being designed for the curvier among us, I still graded up a size from waist to hip. I really like this pattern and there will be more of the dresses in my future and I really want to try the bodysuit version.

    My versions can be seen here:
    And here: This one also features a cute bow back version courtesy of a tutorial from Tilly and the buttons.

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