Nikko Dress and Top

True Bias



Buy the Nikko top and dress sewing pattern from True Bias, is perfect for a confident beginner who wants to sew with stretch fabrics. View A and B are simple turtleneck tops with a fitted silhouette great for tucking into something high waisted. Views C and D are a little straighter through the waist and hip, extending to the ankle, with knee-length side slits to complete the dress. Views A and C are both sleeveless, cut to resemble a racerback, but with enough coverage to wear a regular bra. Views B and D have long fitted sleeves that reach the wrist.

What We Think: Having made this pattern we really loved the fit of it, it’s the perfect layering piece. The dress version looks fantastic and you can have one whipped up in an afternoon.

Suggested Fabrics: Medium weight knit fabric with an approximate 75% stretch such as rib knit, sweater knit, bamboo knit, or stretch velvet.

Size: US 0 – 18 (approx. UK 8 – 20).

Materials & supplies:

View A: 145cm: 1.2 M

View B: 145cm: 1.9 M

View C: 145cm: 1.9 M

View D: 145cm: 2.4 M

This sewing pattern is available in Paper and PDF format. The PDF pattern will be available to download immediately after purchase.

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Additional information


Jersey / Knits / Scuba


UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

Half a day

Pattern format


PDF Printing

32-56 Pages Depending on View

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    5 out of 5 Nikko (x2)

    Karen L

    I made two Nikko tops yesterday afternoon, including the striped one in bamboo jersey – what with all the stripe matching – which means these are super fast to make.

    Size 4 (I am a D-cup and the top shockingly takes this into consideration) – there’s actually enough room for everyone, although the fit of your bra becomes a focal point of this top… 😉
    Also, because the top is extremely fitted, it’s important to take this into account when choosing your size. I have a planet sized noggin and I couldn’t get my head through the neck hole until I cut about an inch from the front and half an inch from the back. I also lengthened the collar band to 16″ so it could function more as a turtleneck and also widened it by at least 2″. There was a lot of trial and error.

    I also had to lengthen the arms of the striped version by 2″ – but I have extremely long arms. On the mid-sleeve version, I ended up adding a cuff in the same way as the neck band, measuring a rectangle to fit the arm hole (minus 1/2″).

    Highly recommended – but probably in a much stretchier fabric than I used.

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    5 out of 5


    I picked it up from 3 turtle neck top patterns (Hepburn Turtleneck of itch stich, nikko top, Rise & Fall Turtlenecks of Paper Cut)
    This pattern clears everything that I expected for, such as sleeve length, turtle neck height, and shoulder balance.
    It is very comfy but looks elegant enough to wear work.
    Fabric used: merino wool knit from The Fabric Store
    pattern: view B
    size: 0
    machine: overlock and tailor-use sewing machine

    More in my blog →

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  3. One person found this helpful

    Nikko Dress & Top


    True Bias are making huge waves in sewing world with their latest releases and Nikko is no exception. Perhaps one of the draws of the Nikko are the options to make it as a either a top or dress/sleeveless or with long sleeves.

    There are a lot of turtleneck patterns out there, so I wasn’t really sold by the Nikko top alone. I fell for the styling and dress version completely, but actually ended up making the top as I had just enough of this Stoff & Stil rib jersey leftover from a previous project.

    I cut the size 6 Nikko Top, grading to a 4 at the waist and hips. I did a bit of comparison with the front and back pattern pieces laid on top of the Rise Turtleneck pattern to show the difference in drafting, which you can see on my blog if you’re interested!

    Nikko is drafted with negative ease and is noticeably longer in the body and sleeves. Also, interestingly, the neckband of the Nikko is drafted with a slight curve, meaning it sits closer to the neck than the Rise Turtleneck.

    Nikko is drafted for a C cup – arguably quite generous as far as sewing patterns go – and I’m a not so modest FF-G cup and it still fit just fine! The rib jersey unfortunately turned out to be way too stretchy for this pattern and I actually had to do quite a bit of taking in. I was quite surprised as the pattern specifically lists ribbed jersey in it’s recommended fabrics, so I guess the amount of stretch is still definitely something to watch out for.

    Overall, I really love my finished Nikko. It sits a little wider on the shoulders than I had expected, but this again could be related to the excess stretch in my fabric. It was a good first run of the pattern and use of leftovers and I’m looking forward to trying both the top and dress in fabric with hopefully more suitable stretch soon.

    My matchy skirt and accessories in these pictures were all about using leftovers to make a more cohesive wardrobe. More thoughts on this and the Nikko Top are on my blog if you’re interested:

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    Nikko Dress & Top

    Admin TheFoldLine

    Absolutely loved this top pattern sometimes you just need a speedy make and this one ticked all those boxes. It’s deigned to be a close fitting top and I used a viscose jersey to make it. In terms of the fit I cut out a UK 12 and I added about 1cm from the waist down as I have bigger hips and this seems to work well for me.

    I made this in under and hour so if you’re looking for a quick fix sew this one’s for you.

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