Ever since the Nettie bodysuit was released ages ago I thought, well thats cute, but I just wouldn’t wear it. Something about a skin tight, one piece felt so revealing. But the more and more bodysuits I saw popping up on my Pinterest and Instagram feeds and the more and more comfortable I’ve gotten with my body and the very fact that now I even tuck in shirts to my jeans, I figured what the hell I’ll give it a try. And I am so glad I did! I had some red ITY jersey laying around in my stash and I knew I had a babysitter for the Saturday before Valentine’s so I figured why not try something new for a date with my hubby.
The Nettie Bodysuit is from Closet Case Patterns which is by far and away one of my most favorite indie pattern designers. Their designs are modern and fresh as well as endlessly adaptable. I am at the very top of their size range (I do wish they’d extend their sizing but I also understand
it’s not as simple as it sounds). In this pattern I made a size 20 in the bust which I graded to between a 16 and 18 in the waist and back out to a 20 at the hip. I also added a 1/4 inch in width to the hip as my hip measurement is a tad outside the pattern’s measurements. Again this probably wasn’t necessary as I used a super-stretchy material.
As far as modifications go I added 2 inches in length. In retrospect, this was not necessary, I probably only needed about 3/4-1inch in additional length. Although I am 6ft tall, my height is all in my legs (although I still don’t fit into standard one-piece swimsuits—RTW sizing is a mystery indeed!). I did not need to add any length to the sleeves. I chose the mid scoop back and the scoop front.
I used a red ITY jersey I found at my local fabric shop. This fabric was super stretchy with awesome recovery. I also lined this bodysuit with nude power mesh to give it a bit m
ore structure and support.
Originally I had made the standard sleeves for the bodysuit but was then inspired to add a little flare (literally)—enter the bell sleeve! I also opted to forgo hemming the sleeve because 1) knit doesn’t unravel, 2) circle hems are a pain in the butt, 3) I just wanted to be finished.
I love how this turned out. It’s flirty, fun and sexy—perfect for a night on the town with your Valentine.
I do hope you’ll give this pattern a try!!
Happy Sewing and Styling!