sewing the Nikko Dress
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Teal Nikko Sweater Dress

October 24, 2018

I’m back today with Nikko Dress number two of three for 2018! As you may remember, I fell in love with this dress earlier this year when I sewed up my dusty pink version LINK and realized how well it worked with my pregnant belly. I had a couple of other rib knits in my fabric stash, and immediately cut out two more colorways – this lovely teal version, and another in olive green. The olive green is still sitting on my table, waiting for a free minute to be sewn up, but this lovely one was the next top priority. I wanted something to wear to my baby shower with my Oklahoma friends and family that would show off my pretty pink earrings, without going over the top head to toe pink. This color was the perfect option – a color I love, that pairs great with pink, and worked perfectly for my second Nikko vision.

sewing the Nikko Dress

This particular fabric was featured in the Stylish Fabric clearance on clearance sale at the end of the summer, and I couldn’t love it more. It has a fairly wide rib knit, and is brushed on one side. I chose to keep the brushed side to the inside, thinking this would be so cozy and warm once the temperatures start to cool down! Though this particular colorway is now sold out, they still have quite a few beautiful colors that would be perfectly on trend this season. I’m actually wondering if I need a cream / beige version after I finish my olive Nikko! I’ve linked the page below with all of the colors, if you’re interested!  

sewing the Nikko Dress

I’ve styled this dress pretty similarly each time I’ve worn it, with these beautiful pink earrings, and either some cute chunky suede heels or neutral colored flats. The earrings are from Flying Cactus, the artisan jewelry shop out of Miami, run by my lovely sister-in-law. I love her designs, and was so excited to be able to make a dress that felt great to me that also did a great job of drawing the attention to her lovely earrings!.

sewing the Nikko Dress

When I posted about my first Nikko, the lovely dusty pink version, i mentioned that the fabric was just a tad bit thinner than I would prefer, and I felt like smoothing undergarments were a great option so that bra and panty lines weren’t visible underneath. This fabric is a bit thicker, and none of that is needed! It is truly a sweater knit, and the weight is perfect – plenty of drape, toasty warm, and incredibly soft (with no concern for panty lines!).

sewing the Nikko Dress

This dress was sewn up in a size 6 again, consistent with my current bust measurement – no modifications need be made to accommodate my maternity needs!! The dress is so cute and flattering, and I truly couldn’t believe that it still looked this great at 37+ weeks pregnant when these photos were taken. It has gotten plenty of wear so far – as I mentioned before, it was worn for my Oklahoma baby shower, a couple of times in regular wear, and then again here for a combo day of blog / maternity photos! It has certainly earned its’ place in my wardrobe!

sewing the Nikko Dress

As with my first Nikko, I sewed all the hems using my handy heat and bond fusible interfacing tape. Are you sick of me singing the praises of this stuff yet? If you are, sorry I’m not sorry, I love this stuff and I actually just got 3 more rolls in, myself!!! I’ve included it with the key ingredients below, again, as well as a couple of other awesome tools that helped me make this awesome dress – my handy, massive cutting board, as well as a pack of GLUE STICKS. I don’t know how you guys prefer to piece your .pdf print-at-home patterns, but if you are still using tape I would highly suggest giving glue sticks a try!! Game changer.

sewing the Nikko Dress

So there you have it – another Nikko! We’re only one week and one way away from baby’s due date right now, and I’m excited to see how this dress will transition into the post-partum holiday season for me. The Nikko is certainly one of the most classic and workable pieces in my closet right now, and I hope you guys find you might want to give it a try this year, too!!

sewing the Nikko Dress

Dress: handmade by me
Pattern: True Bias – Nikko Dress (View C)
Fabric: Teal Cloud Brush Rib Sweater Knit Fabric (the teal colorway is sold out, but I’ve linked all others here!)
Earrings: The Flying Cactus
Key Ingredients: Heat & Bond Soft Stretch (Lite) Massive Wonderful Cutting Board of Dreams Glue Sticks for the easiest .pdf pattern piecing 

sewing the Nikko Dress

Though the fabric used in this post was generously provided to me by Stylish Fabric, all opinions expressed are my own, as always!

  • XX Elizabeth

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  1. The fabric is described as having minimal stretch on the website, but it sure looks like it’s stretching! What would you say the stretch is like?

    1. Oh man! The stretching mine is great, but I will also note that the specific fabric that I used was from their clearance sale back in August, and it does have a different SKU number than the fabric I listed as similar! So it is very possible that they’ve got different stretch – I would go by what they describe on the website! I intended to list the closest thing they had available right now, but I’m so sorry if that was misleading!

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