Review: Closet Case Patterns | Nettie Bodysuit!

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Let me start by saying that this is my first PDF pattern.  The idea of piecing together sheets of paper like a puzzle and THEN cutting out the pattern pieces didn't appeal to me in the least.  No matter how fabulous the garment it would produce. Until I saw the Closet Case Patterns - Nettie Bodysuit.
A bodysuit?  With a low scoop back?  Um, yeah!  That is so me!  Maybe it spoke to my inner Beyonce... 
...because it definitely caused me to breakout in a rendition of "Single Ladies"!
In my stash was already a nylon power knit with 4-way stretch.  I dropped down 2 sizes than what I would normally cut.  What makes this pattern so easy is that basically you can use only your fashion fabric with minimal notions.
Everything I used is from my my notions drawers.  I stabilized the shoulders with clear elastic.  I omitted the snapped crotch and just sewed that part up.  Since I made the low back version, I don't have a problem with peeling down to use the restroom.  And I created a shelf bra.
The pattern provide excellent instructions on constructing a shelf bra with a cutting line already placed on the pattern piece.  In case you ever want to add one to a bodysuit or a top, here's how:
  • At around 7.75 inches from the top of the armscye in your bodice front pattern piece, fold your pattern.
  • Cut out your shelf bra in either your fashion fabric, a nylon tricot (that you would use to line a knit garment) or mesh.
  • Cut a piece of 1/2" elastic 85% of the width of the bottom of the fabric that you've cut out for the shelf bra.
  • Fold your shelf bra in half lengthwise and mark the half point.  Fold that in half to mark for the quarter.  Do the same with your elastic.
  • Match the markings.
  • Stretch the elastic and sew with a wide zig zag stitch.
I love this bodysuit pattern.  It has made me a PDF pattern convert.  I'm pretty open to trying more now.  I attended a fashion show at Saks Fifth Avenue I wore my bodysuit with a my black and white wool pinstriped pencil skirt - (OOP) Vogue 1092 by Tracy Reese.  This is an old one.  But with my original fabric choice, it's a classic -- hence the reason I was able to pull this out of the closet.  And since this fabric has absolutely no stretch, the fit is now perfect!  And here's another skirt I like that would work with this look.  And my tweed and leather bomber jacket -- Burda 7210, that I made last year.

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  1. I've recently downloaded the Nettie - mostly for my daughters, but maybe I could wear one too. Love the look with pencil skirt and bomber jacket.

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    1. You could totally do it! I want to make different variations in colors and prints. I love the idea of not having to worry about my top coming untucked! Thanks Gail!

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  2. clunk. That is the sound of my jaw hitting the ground. You look HAWT! Everything you make is flawless and this is no exception. That is all.

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  3. Love this pattern and love Closet case files the gal is cool and her last pattern was uber cool too with a sewalong toboot. Not that I have used them but anything with a sewalong for a pattern I like I save. Fortunately most of the indie pattern ladies tend to do one. If you are going to be a PDF convert there are loads on Burda Style website OMG you would be a terminator on there. They have released a man Burdastylke USA recently with patterns but if you didn't want to trace you could find PDF equiv on the site. Abso!utely looove yours. Love low scoop backs.

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    1. I have pinned a lot of patterns from there. I think I'll be purchasing. I'm a convert now! Thanks Sassy T!

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  4. Ah damn keyboard meant to say 'mag' and 'burdastyle'

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  5. A shelf bra? Is that even feasible for the busty, or is it only for those with smaller busts? I've bought RTW garments with shelf bras and they were a joke, but then I am a DD cup. Love this body suit, and I have a nice back and would love something like this, but the bra thing is always an issue.

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    1. I don't know. I guess you have to know what you need for support! There is also a version of this bodysuit with a scoop back that's bra-friendly!

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  6. i had to do a double take on that first shot, i thought it was mikaela!!

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  7. Your basics are anything but basic! Amazing outfit--I'm so happy to see the Tracy Reese skirt again.

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    1. Thanks Julie! I'm so glad I never parted with this skirt!

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  8. Whatever a wonderful new outfit! However, after printing, taping and cutting out a few pdf patterns I'm still on the fence...they just don't match the convenience of a paper pattern. Although I understand why some others love them. As for bodysuits, it's a great look but been there, done that, still have 3 in my dresser drawers. So glad this pattern worked for you!

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    1. I've seen a lot of interesting styles that I can't find in Big 4. So for those, this option will come in handy! Thanks Carolyn!

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  9. Hot Tamales!! You look incredible!! I love this pattern, and in classic black with the low scoop back it is just perfection!

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  10. You totally rock that bodysuit. So inspirational!

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  11. Wow -- this is a sensational look, Erica. And I love the simple, classic styling. Great job!

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  12. Love this look, clean lines and so flattering. You'll be wondering why you haven't made 5 more soon!

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    1. I already want to make more! Thanks Kathy!

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  13. Wow! Beyonce never looked that good. You look great and love how you styled it with the jacket and yellow bag. Your sewing is as impeccable as your styling.

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  14. Love it! You look great!

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  15. I love your bodysuit! It turned out so well.

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  16. Great looking body suit on you!

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  17. You’re looking magic. The styling is fabulous. And that bodysuit is drool-worthy.

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  18. You look sensational !!!! Your line is amazing.

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  19. The Nettie bodysuit spoke to my inner somebody too, so it's been in my stash since early summer. Haven't gotten around to making it yet though. Yours is gorgeous.

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  20. You slayed this look Erica, yes gawd!

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  21. Wow! What a fabulous bodysuit. You look amazing!

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  22. Wow! That bodysuit is on point!

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  23. You look amazing, l am seriously considering trying it. What a great combination!

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  24. You have officially put the Nettie on the map....for REAL!! I have had this on my list for a while now along with a kazillion others. But I can attest to the PDF's, I have never had a problem with it, I love it well over the tracing chores that come with the burda mags. I just download, print and I'm gone.

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    1. PDFs currently excite me! I can't wait to try more! Thanks Andrea!

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  25. Sooooo beautiful

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  26. Erica, I literally GASPED when I saw this! I can't even wrap my mind around how beautiful this looks on you!! So glad I was your first PDF, haha.

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    1. Thank you so much for this pattern Heather. Sorry it took me MONTHS to make it but I'm so glad I finally did!

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  27. You look absolutely showstopping.

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  28. Really fantastic results Erica! I'm glad the PDF experience worked out for you.
    Do you have any tips for serging that gel tape to the shoulders? Mine always gets chewed up so I think I'm starting the seam wrong, but I never have that problem if I use twill tape.

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    1. No Grace... I've never had a problem with mine. Do you think you may need to replace your needles or get a new blade? Thanks!

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  29. Yes Ms Erica! YES!

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  30. Just come across this whilst doing a bit of online housekeeping. Might be useful in terms of using less ink etc. http://sewaholic.net/how-to-assemble-pdf-patterns-quickly-efficiently/

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    1. Thanks Sassy T! I added this to my Pinterest!

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  31. I love your Nettie top and how you paired it with the skirt and the jacket !!!
    Nettie is a really great pattern. I made several maxi dress from it !

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    1. Thanks Threadie! I want to make this again too!

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  32. WOOOW! You look very very beautiful!! so sexy and classy!! so elegant! your complete outfit is so great! Love to see your blog I wish I could sew liek you.....and of course the clothes look like that on me ;)

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  33. Absolutely stunning, Erica!

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