This pull on, open neck dress is a versatile all season staple with several mix and match style options. Decide between the 3/4 featured balloon sleeve, wear your dress sleeveless or choose from 2 new sleeve options (the barrel sleeve or 3/4 standard sleeve - both purchased separately).
Professionally finished with a simple front facing, the collar can be worn folded or standing depending on your preference. Sew an optional waist belt or simply leave unbelted for a more casual and relaxed fit.
Beautifully cool in 100% cotton or linen for summer or sew in a wool or warmer woven for cooler months.
This dress will take you from the beach to the board room.
In seam side pockets
3/4 balloon sleeve (gathered at both the shoulder and wrist) or sleeveless style options
Adding a barrel sleeve or 3/4 standard sleeve makes the Nikau dress extremely versatile (purchase separately as a sleeve Add On).
Easy sew combined neck and armhole facing for a professional looking finish (for the Sleeveless option)
Please refer to the FABRIC REQUIREMENT CHART as one of the last images on this product listing. You can magnify this image if viewing it on a mobile phone whilst in a fabric store.
WOVEN fabrics : Most light to mid weight fabrics will work with the Nikau dress. Linen, cotton and linen/cotton blends are highly recommended for summer. Wool blends and suiting or other mid weight wovens are great for winter.
Confident beginner ready for the next step. Easy Intermediate (3/5).
SIZE & FITTING
The Nikau is a pull on dress that can be worn with or without a belt. It is neither fitted or too loose and easily graded between sizes (if you have a smaller bust and larger hips for example).
Each purchase comes with 4 sizes(please refer to the last image for size chart and international size comparisons):
Small - (NZ/AU/UK 6-8-10-12 | US 2-4-6-8) Medium - (NZ/AU/UK 10-12-14-16 | US 6-8-10-12) Large - (NZ/AU/UK 14-16-18-20 | US 10-12-14-16) X-Large - (NZ/AU/UK 18-20-24 | US 14-16-18-20)
This pattern was updated on 8 October 2021 with the following changes: * Optional neck tie was added * Size range extended * 2 more sleeve options were added (to be purchased separately) - Barrel sleeve (fitted at the shoulder and gathered at the forearm) - 3/4 length - 3/4 standard sleeve * The double belt was removed
The instructions provide tips on how to easily turn the Nikau dress into a top or shirt.
WHAT DO I GET WITH MY PURCHASE?
Please note you are purchasing a digital pattern that will be sent directly to your email inbox after payment. You can print this pattern at home on A4 or US letter-sized paper or take it to a print shop for large scale printing (AO size). *You will not receive a hard copy printed pattern.*
Instant download available immediately after checkout includes:
2. PAH Pattern file(PAH=Print at home) For printing in A4 or US Letter on a home printer. Printing at home (PAH) is the most cost-effective, and sticking your pattern tiles together to make your full size pattern is easy. Further information for printing at home can be found in our Resources sectionhere.
The number of pages to print for each size bundle:
Small - (NZ/AU/UK 6-8-10-12 | US 2-4-6-8) PAH*=37AO=2 Medium - (NZ/AU/UK 10-12-14-16 | US 6-8-10-12) PAH=40AO=2 Large - (NZ/AU/UK 14-16-18-20 | US 10-12-14-16) PAH=40AO=2 X-Large - (NZ/AU/UK 18-20-24 | US 14-16-18-20) PAH=41 AO=2
*PAH = Print-at-home pages (A4 and Letter) *AO = large scale for printing at a Print Shop
3.AO Pattern file
AO is a large scale file designed to be printed at a Print Copy Shop. You cannot print this on your home printer as it is too big. If you choose to use this large file you will pay extra to have it printed but you do not have to stick anything together.
You can use theADOBE LAYERS FEATUREto open the PAH pattern file and print only the size you need (and eliminate the "noise" of the unwanted sizes). You can also use the URL and bookmark links within the file to quickly access information and support. DownloadAdobe Readerfor free (for Windows and Mac) here.
This is an incredibly versatile dress pattern with lots of options for different sleeves and belts, so it is great value for money. I bought the barrel and straight sleeve add-ons so have 4 sleeve options altogether. I first made the sleeveless unbelted version in a medium weight linen, folding down the front neckline and it is a lovely day dress. I especially like the combined neck and armhole facing which gives a super neat finish and the pleat at the back adds interest. I then made the sleeveless double belted version, also in linen, and left the neck up which gives a much dressier version more suited to summer evenings out. I have plans to sew the barrel sleeved, single belted version in a drapier fabric for the UK autumn. I thoroughly recommend this pattern.
Ordering was easy. The pattern is beautifully cut - such an elegant line. Instructions are excellent, like a mini-tutorial in themselves. The pattern is very versatile. Lots of options here from just the one pattern.
Very happy with my dress great pattern to sew very straight forward with great results. I did do w few changes as it was a bit to full in the skirt for my liking so have put 3 tucks in the bottom and just one tuck on the sleeve. The add-on sleeve pattern is an excellent fight well done to the pattern makers. I will be making this dress again as it has so many options.
This was the third Sewing Revival pattern I’ve used so you can see I’m hooked! I did have some trouble with the markings on the pattern for the pockets - notches not lining up correctly but it all worked out in the end.
I put a small decorative button with loop at the neckline as it was a bit low for me and I don’t want to wear a cami under it.
Hi I found the pattern quite easy - no problems really but I was disappointed that there weren’t and back views of the dress either in photos or in sketch. As I didn’t really want the pleat at the back.
Hi Beth, We do include garment sketches on all the product listings as well as all views. The back pleat is clearly marked on the pattern sketch and there is a rear view image visible is you scroll through the images. I am sorry it wasn't obvious.
I made the Nikau Dress
I was thrilled to get the expanded size of the Nikau Dress and the expansion pack with two more sleeve options. Overall the pattern was good with just a small problem of markings on the side seams that didn’t match. I added the 3/4 length sleeve which is a nice length but a little too wide at the elbow, so I’ll just take the seams in about 1 1/2 inches. Other than that, the Nikau Dress is an easy dress to sew and wear, so much so that I can see this becoming my ‘uniform’ this winter and have a couple of more planned in various lengths.
I loved this pattern and thought the instructions were very easy to follow and with well detailed finishes. I chose the option without a belt and was hoping you might give me a tip on how to fix the bubble it creates at the back.
Hi Lana, please send us a photo of your "bubble" so we can see what you mean. Either email us at email@example.com or send you pic via social media DM function. Kind regards, Janine
Great Summer Dress
I made a wearable muslin of this pattern (sleeveless version) using a printed fabric. It went together so quickly! The pattern was easy to adjust for petite alteration. I am planning to sew anothe one using a solid linen to show off the nice details like upper back pleat, front V opening and belt more accurately. Perfect for all skill levels!
I have made one dress with a narrow belt and am finishing my second with the wide belt. For both I narrowed the sleeves ( I am not an Anne of Green Gables style girl) and for the second dress I shortened the sleeve to a short sleeve. I found the size very roomy on the first and so made it in the smallest size ( I bought M/L) for the second which fitted me better. The V in the neck is also very deep and I had to sew that up a few centimetres. I love the versatility of the pattern and the sleeve and belt options. It is a perfect dress for our Durban, South Africa winters. I am going to make a sleeveless one for summer.
I made the sleepless version of this dress for my daughter, who is short (5’3”) and curvy. I cut between a 10 and a 12. going by her measurements, and raised the waist an inch and took 2 inches off the hem. Unfortunately, she lives quite a distance away, and I was not able to fit it as I sewed. The armsyces were too low, and the top too roomy for her liking. I should have done a muslin first, but I’m not sure I would have had better success with fitting the bodice and armsyces without more tailoring experience (it may just not be the best pattern for shorter frames). The pattern was easy to follow and sewed up beautifully in a seersucker, though. This is my second Sewing Revival pattern (I made the Fernbird for myself), and I will definitely be making more.
I recently created two Nikau dresses for my family vacation. I loved both the 3/4 sleeve and sleeveless versions. The pattern is user friendly with intuitive instructions. Very easy to succeed with this lovely pattern.