Nettie Dress & Bodysuit

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Nettie Dress & Bodysuit Pattern


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Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Pattern Description:


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.


The Nettie bodysuit is best suited to 4-way stretch fabrics with good recovery and at least 50% stretch. Cotton-spandex is ideal, but other medium weight spandex or lycra blends work as well.

For the Nettie dress, you can use 4-way OR 2-way stretch. Ponte is a great choice, but for the dress variation only. It does not have enough vertical stretch to be comfortable in bodysuit form.


This download includes detailed instructions with step by step illustrations. The pattern comes in 2 formats: 8.5" x 11" letter/A4 for use on a home printer and one large 36" x 48" sheet that can be printed at any copyshop with a large format printer. If you are printing at home, be sure to specify "No scaling" in your printer settings to ensure the pattern prints to the right scale.

You do NOT need a serger for this pattern (although it does make for cleaner seams). I include instructions to make The Nettie using a regular sewing machine with a zig zag stitch.

The Nettie is beginner friendly, however anyone interested in more step-by step information should check out the sewalong on my blog (starts in May):

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Size 2 - Bust: 32" / 81 cm, Waist: 25" / 63cm, Hip: 34"/ 87cm Size 4 - Bust: 33" / 84 cm, Waist: 26" / 66cm, Hip: 35"/ 90cm Size 6 - Bust: 34" / 86cm, Waist: 27" / 69cm, Hip: 36" / 91cm Size 8 - Bust: 35" / 90cm, Waist: 28" / 71cm, Hip: 37" / 94cm Size 10 - Bust: 36.5" / 93cm, Waist: 29.5" / 75cm, Hip: 38.5" / 98cm Size 12 - Bust: 38" / 97cm, Waist: 31" / 79cm, Hip: 40" / 102cm Size 14 - Bust: 40" / 102cm, Waist: 33" / 84cm, Hip: 42" / 107cm Size 16 - Bust: 42" / 107cm, Waist: 35" / 90cm, Hip: 44" / 112cm Size 18 - Bust: 44" / 112cm, Waist: 37" / 94cm, Hip: 46" / 117cm


  • 4-way stretch fabric

You Will Also Need:

  • snap closures, foam cups, double needles (all optional)

About Designer

About Designer

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Iím Heather Lou, a Montreal based designer, blogger & sewist. An interior designer by trade, a fashion lover since I began making clothes for Barbie when I was wee, an enthusiastic home cook, a voracious reader, a woman in love with her Bernina.

I started sewing in earnest a few years ago when I realized my relationship with shopping was financially, environmentally and ethically unsound. I ...

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