Mock Turtleneck Maxi Dress

My Handmade Wardrobe, Sewing

This DIY turtleneck maxi dress is the perfect winter-to-spring transition outfit and even includes a sleeveless option.
Check out my version of the Nikko dress & top sewing pattern by True Bias.

Sewing pattern testing for an independent designer is a fascinating process. It can be maddening when you’re the designer; it’s certainly more fun as the tester!  I got to help out with testing the new Nikko mock turtleneck top and dress by True Bias recently and it’s a fantastic pattern.

I grabbed a ton of this cheap ribbed knit from my local discount fabric store (you know, the kind with all the fabric bins and treasures hidden amongst the dust??) hoping that I’d end up with something relatively useful at the end of the process… and voila!  This little number turned out just perfectly.


There’s really no trick to the pattern. It’s super simple and just involves a front and back bodice, sleeves and neckband.  It came together quickly in one afternoon and after I first tried it on, I didn’t even want to take it off to hem it! I made a size 10 which should’ve been a bit small in the bust (#breastfeedingprobs) but it ended up being spot on.  I especially love that it’s not clingy in the belly area even though I’ve got the remnants of 7 pregnancies hiding under there.

The only sad part is that it’s getting too warm to wear already here in Phoenix…but I’m keeping it out for the cloudy days and might even end up chopping off the sleeves to get more wear out of it.

You can grab the Nikko pattern here and see some amazing ready-to-wear sewing inspiration for this pattern here.  I’m excited to try it out as a top as well!

I hope you’re as glad as I am to have finally posted some sewing inspiration around here.  Tell me what kind of sewing project you’d like to see next!

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Photography by Let Me See You Sparkle

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