Closet Case Patterns Nettie Dress and Bodysuit


The Nettie is a quick and easy to make wardrobe staple. Close fitting with high cut arms, she can be made into a knit dress OR a bodysuit. This pattern is infinitely customizable with a choice of 3 sleeve lengths, 2 neckline and 3 back variations.

Go modest with a bateau neckline or show off some skin with a scoop neck and low back version. 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.


Pattern includes sizes 0-20.  For Closet Case Patterns' size chart, click here.

Difficulty Level

Closet Case Patterns has five difficulty levels.  This pattern is a level 2 pattern.

Fabric Needed

4-way stretch fabrics 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%.

How much fabric do you need?  Click here.

Haberdashery Needed

Metal snaps or snap tape for optional snap crotch; 1/4" (0.64 cm) wide clear elastic, twill tape or fusible stay tape; thread; double needle (optional); 1/2" (1.27 cm) wide elastic and foam cups for the shelf bra (optional)