The Nikau Dress – more me!

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I had so many comments on my previous Myosotis Dress blog post. It’s interesting how many people loved it but I’ve still not been persuaded.

It remains hanging on the spare room door until I take a pair of scissors to it!

But first I needed to get back in my comfort zone with this Sewing Revival Nikau Dress.

The Sewing Revival is based in New Zealand with the patterns bought straight from the Company as pdfs.

They have a modern clean aesthetic. based on clever design but simple construction.

The Nikau dress popped up in my IG feed but I knew of the Sewing Revival from my friend Alex Judge in praise of the Stitch Bird Dress.

I quickly made up a toile, sizing up slightly in the bust ( which I would normally do, cautious of my broad back) which put me at a US size 8. From this I could see that I needed to grade down a size over my hips. It was fine every where else and I was pleased with the shape.

With hindsight I should have made up the toile in a more drapey fabric as my adjustments did not stop there.

I went on to cut out my beautiful loose weave linen type fabric, bought recently from Waltons Fabrics in Goldthorpe – a box of surplus and deadstock delights but not online.

I opted for the sleeveless dress with the in-seam wide sash belt option. This used a combined neck and armhole facing which you attached similar to the burrito method for a shirt yoke and left a nice clean finish.

It does have pockets, however, once I tried the real thing on again I knew that in this drapey linen I wasn’t keen on the fullness in the skirt.

I also found it a little loose under the arms.

So I took the side seams in 1cm on each side and took out some of the flare of the skirt by cutting straight down from the hip, following the pattern in the check. This resulted in about 3 inches width removed at the hem. At that point I didn’t feel the need to but the pockets back in!

Next time I’ll just size down to a US size 6 and take off the flare. Sizing down would also reduce the width on the shoulders and raise up the bottom of the neck slit, which needs a couple of stitches to close it up just a little.

I left the length as per the pattern. I’m 5 ft 3.

It’s a quick satisfying make. It pops over your head with no closures.

I love the cut out detail of the sash so you can thread one end through the other and create a neat effect at the waist.

You can wear the collar folded, as I have, or flat with just the neck slit showing. But that also depends on your fabric. I find a v neck suits me more.

Lovely pleat at the back.

This is so definitely more me!. The fabric just elevates it.

I need to promenade down a Mediterranean seafront and be taken out to diner!

Love, Lucie xx


  1. Wow! Just went and had a look at the Myosotis dress!!! Did you like the sleeves?
    I think, take the whole skirt off and add back a really straight skirt just like the one on this Nikau. And drop the frill. Pity but I know what you mean. You’re more of a “sporty” “natural”.
    It reminds me of a romantic dress I made when I was 19 – in the 70s – for a wedding. But it was in a bright pink heavy knit seersucker fabric.
    I was very skinny. And short. 5 feet . Now no longer skinny.

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  2. Now this I really like. I love the belt detail. I did buy a RTW tiered dress (knee length) and, although it’s not very flattering, it’s very comfy and easy to wear. However, this one would be much more me too and I love it in the inen type fabric

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