The True Bias Nikko Top and Dress pattern was released just over a year ago. This “mockneck” pattern has lots of mix-and-match options, making it a great for all seasons! Bonnie and I both made up the long-sleeve shirt version and love it. It’s a quick sew with your favorite knit fabric, and even quicker with a serger (but as always, don’t let a lack of serger stop you from sewing with knits! Use a zig-zag stitch and a little seam stabilizer and you’ll have no problem!).
It’s interesting how one pattern can deliver so many different looks. I’ve always admired the sleeveless long dress featured on the pattern envelope, but that glamorous dress is just one option. The sleeveless top would be so chic in summer, while the long-sleeve top is a great layering piece for fall and winter. And how cute would a Nikko Top be tucked into some high-waisted pants, like the True Bias Landers? Yes, please! For our versions, Bonnie used this super soft designer rayon knit, and I used a cotton stripe from Art Gallery Fabrics.
Tips for a Great Nikko
- Look at the finished measurements on the envelope. This is meant to be s-n-u-g! I made a size 8, based on my measurements, but because of the negative ease it felt too constricting around my neck. I ended up going with a size 12 just in the neck!
- Super stretch is a great fabric choice, like these rayon knits. Kelli at True Bias recommends a fabric with 75% stretch (because of that negative ease), but beware of cling in lighter-weight knits.
- If your fabric is less stretchy knit (like the cotton knit I chose), or you’d prefer a looser fit, size up.
- Use a sharp rotary cutter to cut out knit fabrics, and do one layer at a time—especially if you’re sewing with stripes!
- Knit stay tape is great for stabilizing shoulder shoulders and necklines and for hemming. Try it on the seams too if you’re working with a lightweight fabric.
- Play around with hemming knits. There are lots of options! A twin needle gives the appearance of a cover stitch, or you can try a blind hem if your machine has that stitch. A simple zigzag stitch (or an actual cover stitch) works great too.