Turtlenecks are making a huge comeback this season so it was not hard at all to find inspiration for the Nikko in shops and online. I love how so many of these images include high waisted pants and skirts. This combo is definitely my go to outfit right now.
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I hope these gave you some good ideas. I know that I am dying to make a a middie version like you see in so many of these images. Blog post for that coming soon!
If you would like to purchase the Nikko pattern you can buy the pdf version here or the paper pattern here. I will be back early neck week with fabric ideas and recommendations and the sewalong will begin on Monday Feb. 19th.
I am so excited to introduce the newest True Bias sewing pattern, the Nikko Top and Dress. The Nikko is a mockneck knit pattern with four views. Views A and B are tops with a fitted silhouette that is perfect paired with high waisted pants (like the Landers) and skirts. Views B and C are ankle length dresses with a straighter fit through the waist and hips and side slits from the hem to the knee.
I have found the my Nikko tops have been my go to with winter layering. With lots of coverage but a slimmer fit, they are perfect under chunky cardigans and vests or tighter fitting jackets. It’s my winter tshirt. View A is sleeveless. The cut is similar to a racerback, but with just enough coverage to wear a regular bra. This view is especially great for transitional weather. View B is a long sleeved mock turtleneck. This is probably my most worn of all of my Nikkos. A simple black or striped long sleeved Nikko is perfect for almost any occasion. I love it with jeans for everyday, or tucked into a fitted short skirt with thick tights for something a bit more dressed up.
I love to wear my dress length Nikko with ankle booties and my leather jacket, although it’s also great with a maxi cardigan and a statement necklace. It fits with some ease in the waist and hips for some added comfort. It is not a body con dress. It’s flattering while still being easy to wear and move in.
The Nikko is an advanced beginner pattern. It’s super quick to make (think a tshirt without the difficult neckline) with the hardest part being hemming the knits. I suggest using some kind of knit hem tape such as HeatnBond soft stretch to make it easier, but we will go over that more during the sewalong. Fabrics for this pattern are knits with about 75% stretch. If you use fabric with less stretch than this you will have a hard time getting it over your head (I know from experience). I have found that my favorite fabric to use for the top is a bamboo knit. For the dress length I like a fabric that’s a bit less clingy so a rib knit is perfect for this. It has tons of stretch and recovery with the added thickness and coverage that the ribbing brings.
The Nikko Top and Dress is being released today as both a pdf and a paper pattern. You can find them both in my shop. I am also releasing the Ogden cami as a paper pattern today which you can find here.
I will be back during the next couple of weeks with ready-to-wear inspiration and also fabric recommendations. The official sewalong will begin in two weeks on Monday Feb. 19th.
I hope you love it as much as I do.
I bought this amazing camel and white striped linen at my favorite NYC fabric store (Gray Line Linen) in the fabric district. I immediately knew that it would become a buttonup and the Grainline Archer is a pretty easy choice. I actually bought a black and white striped linen and two 4 ply silks at the same time which I can’t wait to sew up next.
I wanted to play around a bit with the stripes for some added interest. After seeing some great inspiration on pinterest I decided to go with vertical stripes over all and then horizontal stripes on the back yoke, front pockets and cuffs. I love how it turned out. Still a great everyday buttonup, but the stripe play makes it feel a little more modern and intentional.
As for fit, I measured in at a size 8 and went with that. The only change that I made was to shorted the sleeve by 1 inch. Next time I will take another inch off. I am 5’3″ so this is not surprise. I end up rolling my sleeves most of the time anyways so it really doesn’t matter. I may also thin the sleeves a bit overall. I havn’t decided for sure though. I like that slightly oversized boyfriend fit of it and don’t way to mess that up. I think this oversized look works especially well with the crumpled linen style that is inevitable with this fabric.
You can pretty much say that I love this Archer shirt. It’s my favorite color palette right now and it’s just so easy to throw on when I want to be comfortable on work days, but still put together. I can’t wait to make up the other 3 versions that I have ready to go. I see some batch sewing in the near future.
I wear my first batch of Lodo dresses all summer long. Especially my wide striped version. I find it to be the perfect comfy, yet elevated knit dress that I can wear with sandals to the playground or dressed up for a date. So, I decided that I needed a couple that also would work for colder weather. Although it is short sleeved, paired with some thick tights, a leather jacket, and some booties, I think it works perfectly for the fall and winter.
I sourced both of these cozy knits from The Fabric Store online. The first one is a boucle that is so lush and soft to the touch. You can find it here. It’s pretty much like wearing french terry but dressed up. One great thing about this boucle in particular is that it has a super subtle silver strand going through it. Now usually I am a hard no to anything with sparkle, but for the holiday months this was perfect. I actually wore it out on New Year’s Eve and it was awesome. So comfy and easy to wear, but still just special enough for a holiday event.
I especially love this dress paired with my leather jacket, thick tights and leather booties. Put together, intentional, on trend and yet also casual in a way.
At the same time that I sewed up the boucle version I also sewed up this black ponte one. I am a big fan of ponte in general because it holds it’s shape so well, although not all pontes are created equal. They often have too much polyester for my taste and pill, but this one is really nice quality.
You know how I love sewing up things in pairs to get more bang out of my sewing time and this was an easy one. In fact, I started cutting out both of these dresses at about noon and wore one of them out that night.
I especially love this black version because I know that I can wear it in the spring and summer too. Paired with some sandals this is pretty much my perfect everyday warm weather dress. But, paired with thick tights, booties, a cuff (from Native Clutter) and some dark lipstick it’s perfect for winter too.
What do you guys think? Do you think that I pulled off the Lodo dresses as cold weather appropriate? I know that I can’t wait to wear these all year long.
I was finally able to carve some time out after all of the crazy holiday chaos for a photoshoot of my New Look 6493 jumpsuit which I made for my husbands holiday party. I thought this was going to be a pretty easy make, but boy was I ever wrong. So many little road blocks that turned this simple jumpsuit into a bit of a nightmare of a project. In the end I am OK with how it turned out, but not thrilled. Mostly I am glad that it is done so that I can move onto new projects.
The pattern is New Look 6493. This pattern got a lot of love in the sewing community when it was first released. It has a cool shape and the wide leg pant that is so on trend right now. I like the easy elastic waistband covered with a cool waist tie to cinch it in (although I am thinking about pairing it with a thin gold belt next time I wear it). I also think that the cross over front and back bodice make for an easy changing situation which is always something you have to think about with a jumpsuit.
After reading any review I could find, I decided to go down two sizes from what the pattern suggested and I am really glad that I did. I still feel like I am kinda swimming in it, but it would have been way worse. I also had to do some adjustments to the bodice. It purposely has a deep cut in the front, which I think looks amazing on some women, but I was not gonna rock that much cleavage. So I did an fba along the princess seam and also I added some coverage t0 the center front panels. I also had to raise the armhole by about an inch for it to cover my bra.
The fabric is a gorgeous silk crepe de chine from The Fabric Store in LA. It’s a deep navy (although I meant to order black but chose my swatch in the basement – oops!) which I ended up liking a lot. The great thing about a navy is that I could easily wear it for a spring wedding or something down the line. It dresses it down a bit. Plus I love navy and black together right now so it ended up being a happy accident. I am a big fan of silk crepe de chine. I love that is feels amazing against your skin, but also presses and sews pretty easily. Plus it’s not see through (usually), which always makes me happy because I don’t generally like to line things unless I absolutely have to.
And there you have it. Would I make this pattern again, probably not. Too many other patterns to sew and this one just wasn’t a clear win for me. I wore it with my favorite new bracelet from Native Clutter and my leather jacket from Zara which has become my jean jacket equivalent for winter. It goes with everything.