Nico — Bias Cut Dresses & Tops

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Ready to be in the designer's seat? Your Nico sewing pattern includes a collection of sleeveless, bias-cut dresses and tops with side bust darts and a scoop neckline you can slip over your head and go! Made "on the bias", Nico's unique design is so flattering that no matter your size, you always get an effortless look! Available in Maxi Dress, Short Dress, Tunic or Camisole - you choose!

What you get with your pattern:

- 1:1 fit and pattern consultation with our in-house pattern maker and fit expert.
- The latest in sizing. We use up-to-date technology and body shape data to get you a better fit.
- Professional clothing construction techniques. Developed by industry insiders with 100 years of shared experience.
- Illustrated instructional booklet to get you from start to finish. Written with the beginner in mind.
- Comes printed on crease-free, rolled plotting paper. Professional quality.
- Your pattern comes with only the sizes you requested printed in vibrant colors. Less clutter for easier cutting.
- Complimentary pattern storage tube and pattern hook.
- Pattern card for easy reference.
- Sew for your business? The pattern license is free with purchase.

Pattern specifications:

Type: Paper Pattern
Skill Level: Beginner
Design Variations: 4
Sizes: 2 to 8, 10 to 16, 18 to 24
Illustrations: Yes
Instructions: Yes

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Nightmare, zero stars
Reviewer: Chelsey

This pattern is absolutely awful. I took this week off to make some lovely items, only to be completely dissatisfied. All I have made is two mock ups of just the cami, and I cannot get it to fit. I am 5'10" and wear a size 10. I had to drop it just below the armpits by 1.5 inches because the darts are so high, and the armholes are still gaping wide. I don't want to make a third just to find out it still doesn't fit. I usually have no trouble with regular patterns (Simplicity, McCalls, etc) so I thought this would be great. How did you get Laura's dress to fit, who is 5'10 and wears an 8, as your booklet states.? There's no way she could wear it straight out of the envelope without LOTS of adjustments. All I can think is that this pattern must have been designed for someone much shorter, stockier, and bustier than I (the darts seem huge?), and that this is just a "bad" pattern for my body, and it won't ever work, not like you state. Very frustrated, feeling lied to and ripped off. Thanks. It was pretty expensive for nothing.

FS Team profile image F|S Team

I'm so sorry you had trouble with your Nico Camisole. Please lookout for an email from me, Lauren. I'm the fit and pattern expert and I hope I can use my expertise to help resolve this.

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Mariann profile image Love the swingy feel of this dress
Reviewer: Mariann

This pattern is part of what drew me when I discovered the Fabrics Store this spring. If I make several variations of the pattern, I love that for the cost of less than three yards of high quality linen, I now have a dress that FITS ME for less than $50 and about 2 hours of my time. Bonus, I have enough yardage left to make a linen tank. I made my first one in Medium weight, signature finish, Autumn Gold and could not be happier! I put off making this partly intimidated by the massiveness of the pattern pieces. I knew I would need to lay my fabric out on the floor due to width and I am old and my knees hurt :). I made the maxi dress, graded size 10 on top, 12 for hips. I did not make a muslin, instead opted for flat-felled seams throughout. I made certain to allow for enough material in the hips, tried it on before finishing seams in case i wanted to take in more. Did the should seams after the sides so I could adjust length (cut off 2 inches each side). The fit is perfect! I felt like a dancer when wearing it! Color so lovely, outside my usual blues and greens, many compliments. As an aside, after reading some of the reviews, Please don't change the paper weight. I use tracing paper to create the size I need, never cutting out the actual pattern received. I love the ability to make several sizes without damaging the original. This gold Nico is my first of several, picture later...Love your stuff!

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mostly great
Reviewer: Marybeth

This went together easily and fits as I expected. The only problem is a bubble of fabric above the derriere as a couple other reviewers have mentioned. I have a rather flat behind, and it fit well through the hips with plenty of ease, so I don't understand where this came from. I had to put in a couple french darts at the back waist to correct. Wondering how to adjust the pattern so I don't have to do so next time.

FS Team profile image F|S Team

Hello! I'm Lauren, Fabrics-Store's fit expert. I'd be happy to help out with alterations for your next Nico dress. Please feel free to email me for assistance. it would be helpful if you also included photos of you wearing your dress, so I can see the 'bubble' you mentioned and suggest the most appropriate pattern adjustment for your body :)

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I'm in Love with this pattern!
Reviewer: Kelly

I'm an experienced beginner when it comes to making clothes. I love how this pattern is on heavier paper. I plug it in my glass dinner table with a nightlight underneath, and then put my fabric on top with weights on top to prevent it from moving around.. I could see the pattern just fine. I did have to alter a little bit.. but the paper is so great for it. I was able to draw in pencil without ruining the pattern. Cut it out using my new lines! I hate tissue patterns, they are so one and done (unless you iron them onto stabilizer before first use). Anyway. Thank you! I bought this pattern when it was first published by you. Is there some place that lists the changes you have made that I see referenced in some reviews? I'm curious. I almost always have to make a size bigger on the top than the bottom. But that's my body. I don't expect a pattern to fit first try. I get help with fitting a pattern, then I can make it in my own. Still I am curious about what has changed.

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Update on previous review.
Reviewer: Susan

My package came with incomplete instructions, but Fabric Store responded, almost immediately, and sent new instructions by FedEx express. I am now very happy and excited to start my dress, tunic, and cami. Thank you Fabric Store!

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Good news/ bad news
Reviewer: Dorit

The pattern fit me with just a few alterations. This dress is comfortable and flattering. And easy. Love the fabric The bad is that I emailed that I did not get any instructions, was told she will contact warehouse but I struggled through (I'm a beginner) to the end and still have not received it.

FS Team profile image F|S Team

Hello, We're sorry you didn't receive your pattern booklet. We sent out a copy last week after contacting our warehouse, so you should have it by the end of this week.

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First time using your patterns
Reviewer: Mercy

I too had issues with the sizing and the weight of the paper. First time using your patterns. I measured and re-measured before cutting and it was still too tight along the bustline and hips. Details: dart placement --I am busty (for reference 5'4", 132 lbs, 38D); neckline a bit too low and bra shows, so I raised at the shoulders. This helped as before there was a bunch gap above my butt in the back. The fabric is great and I plan to buy different color fabric to try again.

FS Team profile image F|S Team

Thanks for letting us know about your experience with our Nico Pattern. We offer free 1-1 fit advice with our Premium patterns, so check your inbox from an email from our fit expert who can help you out with making adjustments.

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Much Improved Nico Pattern!
Reviewer: Dana

I had bought the Nico pattern in May of 2019 but did not make the tunic and dress until January of this year (2021). As some reviewers mentioned I, too, had much difficulty with the fit even though my measurements fell well within the size 12 measurements posted in the size chart. I found that the bust fit, but the hip section did not have enough ease which caused a bubble of material to form in the back waist area. I was surprised by this as I have several patterns from the Fabric Store and never had issues with fit. I bought the Nico pattern again this year (2021) in size 10-16 thinking that I would have to alter the hip area to a larger size, but to my delight I found the pattern had been altered radically and for the better! The new pattern now has plenty of ease needed for the bias cut which allows the material to sway around the body. The only alteration I made was to shorten the shoulder straps and shorten the length of the maxi dress. Bravo! I have made the tunic, short dress and maxi dress and I love them all. I now highly recommend this beautiful, easy pattern.

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Trish profile image Sweet and so versatile
Reviewer: Trish

Easy and quick sew. I did botanical printing on it when finished with sumac leaves. First I made the tunic and have started on the maxi dress

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Lost 50 pounds, now need both sizes
Reviewer: Kristi

Since I bought the larger size pattern I have lost 50 pounds. Unfortunately it mostly came off my chest and shoulders. I can not adjust the top of the pattern enough to compensate. I had to order the smaller size and will have to figure out how to combine them. Kind of bummed

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Love this linen
Reviewer: Kathleen

Adding to my review. While I'm having trouble with the stiff paper, the 019 fabric is very soft and drapes nicely. I also have some heavy weight linen in the natural color that is much stiffer. I'm looking forward to placemats and a table runner. I will post my progress!

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Having trouble with stiff paper pattern
Reviewer: Kathleen

I bought this pattern last summer and am finally cutting it out. I've used the tissue paper patterns since I was a child. The tissue paper is soft and light and therefore is easy to pin. I'm bending my quilts pins on this stuff paper. Also having trouble cutting it accurately. Because the paper is so stiff it does not Dow with the fabric. Part of one of the bias strips used for lining the neck opening is too narrow and I'm going to need to recut it. Part of the armhole curve is off too. Not thrilled with the heavy, stiff paper. Recommend that the patterns be printed on lighter paper. I'm noticing that many patterns are now available for download. Haven't tried that yet, but my printer paper is definitely lighter and more flexible.

FS Team profile image F|S Team

Thank you so much for your comment and feedback! It is quite understandable that you would favor tissue paper from having used it for so many years. :) Many of our customers trace their desired size with tracing paper to preserve the original as a template. You might enjoy the weight of the tracing paper better. Another thing to try is trimming around you pattern pieces first, and laying them on your fabric with weights instead of pins. We do have quite a collection of free downloadable PDF patterns if you would like to give that a try! I will let the rest of the pattern team know about your "vote" for the paper to be a little less thick. :)

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Bust, neckline and armholes not right for mature women
Reviewer: Virginia

Looking for interactive "sew-along" events for our Nico Pattern. This will cover sewing, fitting, and even customizing to new styles such as adding sleeves!

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Sizes in question
Reviewer: Anonymous

I bought this original pattern assuming i was recieving at 18 to 22 fit. I realize i am chesty and have been sewing my own clothes for more than 40 years and always have to adjust placement of darts. Even with that this dress was way too tight. Even with bias cut. I understand that you are currently working on sizing issues. I hope to see this soon. I like your designs and would purchase them

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Be profile image Not totally thrilled
Reviewer: Be

I wish I had cut traced and cut a tissue pattern before I cut the pattern. I made the dress and it was too small. I would have made more from the pattern but the larger sizes are gone. I did find the instructions clear and very much like the French seems. My finished product looks very professionally done.

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I want plus sizes, I have asked multiple times
Reviewer: Mary

I think that making PLUS size patterns should NOW be a priority. I have wanted to purchase your patterns, but you DO NOT MAKE THEM IN MY SIZE. I have one pattern that you made in plus sizes. The majority of women in this country are a size 14 and ABOVE. Why are you ignoring a potential gold mine for your company?

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Nico dress review
Reviewer: Dianne

I love the dress, and I love the pattern delivery. The paper is sturdy and will last for a dress made many times. I was between sizes. I wish I had gone a size up as I find the pattern runs small. I love the dress. I will make more.

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Julie profile image to Elaine:
Reviewer: Julie

I LOVE your neck treatment! (The green on white( I'm going to do that. I have been sewing a minimalist line and am always on the look for something different to add to the solid color. Your applicays are beautiful too. I have done some robin work, and tie dyeing but your application will be my next try!

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Julie profile image Great
Reviewer: Julie

I notice a lot of complaints about fit. I also notice a lot of ladies of my age sewing. We all have to look at the model compared to your own shape and make the necessary adjustments from there. The FS team will help you if you need help. I have made 2 dresses and now am on to the tunic and chemise!

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Incomplete order
Reviewer: Raquel

I love this pattern and I received it some time ago. I had not opened it since I had been waiting to upgrade my 25 year old sewing machine. Today when I opened the box, the instructions were missing:( The pattern and the hook were the only items in the box. Being Saturday I couldn't get in touch with costumer services. I hope that I can get it soon, I was hoping to wear the dress for a Summer weding next month.

FS Team profile image F|S Team

Good afternoon - I am so sorry the warehouse didn't include the book. I've already emailed them to send you another copy and will email you the digital copy to your aol address now. Please email me if you have any question. Have a great day.

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Nancy profile image I like this pattern
Reviewer: Nancy

Pattern was easy to make up, especially in your linen. It amazes me how well the bias binding goes on when I use linen. I had to reposition the dart because I'm thick around the middle. I made the Cami first to test fit. Very cute.

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Haven't made yet so no product review
Reviewer: Karen

The pattern came quickly and in good shape, however I haven't worked with it yet so I can't offer any feedback on the pattern itself. I will try to add another review in the future when I get around to using it!

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Elaine profile image The Final Word
Reviewer: Elaine

I decided to follow the instructions for slashing and spreading the bust area for the FBA. I made NO changes to the neckline, nor armhole the way I normally would (easing the fabric tighter at the edge in the curves). When I tried on my muslin, I couldn't believe the dramatic improvement. I leaned over - no gaping at neckline, nor in the armholes. I graded the pattern down from a 16 to a 14, then enlarged the bust area following Rima's instructions to the letter. The results are amazing - I may not have a beautiful body any longer, but I can still have a beautiful fit!

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Elaine profile image Addendum to my review
Reviewer: Elaine

After reading some of the other reviews: (1)Yes, I am experienced. (2) I tested the pattern by making a camisole, (3) I am 75 years old, shaped like a diamond - not an apple, with a 40-D cup. My point, even the most experienced seamstresses need to test a pattern. I will make the adjustments needed for my bust size. If you don't know how, you can find instructions in the tutorials: I prefer a different method, called "Pivot and Spread" for my large bust. There are tutorials "out there" for the method.

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Elaine profile image Easy, breezy leisure wear
Reviewer: Elaine

Beautiful: the presentation, the excellence of instruction, the design, and the source. I have been a Fabrics-Store customer since 2014 but had no experience with the site apart from buying the wonderful linen. Being so impressed with the pattern led to digging deeper in the offerings of the site. Imagine visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art wearing a blindfold. That is how I felt I had visited Fabrics-Store before getting this pattern. The fabric - I remember the stock number by thinking of it as I LOve 19. Having retired from a career custom dressmaking, and currently a consultant to a manufacturer, I don't need to curry favor, nor do I have anything to gain from giving a good review. Except the pleasure of sharing a very good thing.

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Dart placement unflattering 34C
Reviewer: Janet

I've made all versions of this dress, the crop top, tunic, kneelength dress and anklelength with slits. The packaging is beautiful and the instructions are extremely clear. I found the dart very strangely placed. It left an unflattering bagginess at this side bust. I ended up changing it to a French dart and did the usual alterations that I need (gaping neckline, full back adjustment, gaping armhole, swayback) and it worked out great. Because I made so many alterations I had to completely re-draw the pattern in Swedish tissue paper and kept the original pattern intact. I'm 5' 7", 135 pounds and 34C bust. A friend bought the next size up pattern for me to make for her. She's very curvy. I'll see what the dart looks like on a different bust size and will review. I gave this pattern 3 stars because it's advertised as a beginner pattern and that the dart placement is flattering. I'll change my review if it's flattering on my curvy friend. If you know how to adjust patterns than you will figure how to adjust the fit.

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Not quite ready to rate...
Reviewer: Charmelle

Where do I find the yardage needed for pattern? Do I have to wait to get the pattern to see what I need? Thanks!

FS Team profile image F|S Team

Hi! Yes, the yardage is included on the instructions themselves. But, I will post it right now in the finished work where it will let me add pictures.

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Blythe profile image Thanks, Catina, for your reply
Reviewer: Blythe

Thank you, Catina & the FS team for your reply. In re-reading my post, I see I wasn't very clear. The steps I took with the fabric were 1) serged raw edges & washed; 2) used mordant/fixative process of simmering in sumac "tea" and repeated dips in soy milk (drying on clothesline between dips) 3) cut out pattern pieces; 4) arranged plant materials on pieces of fabric, applied fixatives of copper & iron, rolled up, steamed 3 hrs, left overnight, hung out to dry next day; 5) rinsed and dried again (on clothesline); 6) sewed. What I *should* have done was to serge or staystitch all the edges right after cutting all the pieces. Also, when hanging to dry, I should not have hung by shoulder straps. Still, it all worked out. I wore this dress nearly every day on a recent trip to Hawaii and it was absolutely wonderful! Love the way it moves with your body when you wear it. Love the way it breathes. Love the French seams. Definitely going to make another one. I think making a draft dress out of an old sheet or something would be a simple way of seeing where to adjust.

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Blythe profile image Eco Dye Nico Dress Turned Out Great
Reviewer: Blythe

I really debated a long time on whether to pay that much for a pattern. I decided to take the plunge and am glad I did. I really appreciate the thick paper and detailed instructions. I am getting back into sewing, so this dress (maxi version, size 6) was a bit of a challenge for me. I needed to shorten it about 2" and wasn't sure where to do that. I ended up taking it up just above the top of the side slit near the bottom. In retrospect, I should have taken some there and also some at the shoulder straps. Or is there a better place? The other modification I would make would be to take small tucks in under the arms. All-in-all, though, it is a good pattern for a variety of body types. I only had 1.5 yards instead of 2, but I managed to make it work. My main problem was with the triangles at the bottom, which I must not have gotten on the bias right and they ended up a little wonky. My biggest mistake, though, was that I wanted to eco-dye it with my garden plants, and so I serged the edges & pre-washed the fabric (ILO19 bleached, softened), and cut out the pieces so I could better arrange the leaves & flowers. BUT I should have serged the edges of the cut pieces first. Steaming the fabric & hanging out to dry caused the edges to fray a bit & the triangles to stretch (and possibly also the shoulder straps). Still, the dress turned out absolutely beautiful! Very forgiving fabric! I am looking forward to making another one! Love the options provided for in this multi-purpose pattern & hope the designers will perhaps provide an option for short sleeves. I give 4 stars only because of lack of direction on how to shorten or lengthen. A more experienced sewist probably wouldn't have a problem.

FS Team profile image F|S Team

Blythe! First, let me say how beautiful you look in your custom-dyed Nico! Thank you for sharing those wonderful photos and your project. With your talent, I'm so happy to hear that the Nico inspired you to get back into actively sewing! Feel free to contact me directly at our customer support email ( anytime you have questions about our patterns or sewing with our linen. You are right though, you may have benefitted from taking out that 2" length over a few places... it just depends on our individual proportions. It sounds like you could have used an inch taken out of the waist length. For the shoulder straps since the fabric is on the bias, they can stretch out very quickly if the raw edges are not single-needle staystitched. I'm not sure if you meant that you washed the full fabric yardage first or the cut/serged pieces first. If the latter, I would not suggest that since the pieces being on the bias can become very skewed and warped. In the near future, we hope to have exclusive, interactive "sew-along" events for our Nico Pattern. This will cover sewing, fitting, and even customizing to new styles such as adding sleeves!

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Superior pattern
Reviewer: Cathy

I have made this pattern six times and varied it slightly with each garment. This dress/top pattern is one of's best. I raised the neckline about an inch and a half. (Just tape more paper to your pattern top.) This is the perfect dress pattern for garments that you can dress up with jackets, light knit sweater cardigans, or chunky jewelry. It can also serve as a slip or under dress for layering under other garments if you get very sheer linen.

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Reviewer: Margaret

Easy download and easily printed by those that know the process. The sewing may take someone that has sewing experience which I do. The dress is well worth the time and being cut o. The bias makes it hang beautifully and I will definitely purchase fabric and sew from y'all again. The fabric is some of the most beautiful linen I have found. I am not a small girl and found the neckline to be a bit wide and deep so just check it out as you may want to simply pull up the shoulder seam before you put the binding in place. Nice job!

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Nico Pattern
Reviewer: Barbara

I made the Nico dress. I cut it on the bias for my 8 year old grand daughter. I did adjust the arm hole to make it smaller for her thin arms and cut the back lower to give her more room to put the dress on. I raised the front neck so when she bends over her entire front body is not exposed. As a girl may do, she made her own adjustment to the style. She likes the dress backwards! Regardless of my plan she did want the front lower and the back higher as the dress was originally designed. The pattern sewed up beautifully and she loves it. She is such a pretty girl. I called and got Magnolia's exact measurements and the size 6 fit her perfectly. I would have chosen a larger size by her age but the pattern measurements worked perfectly. Thank you for your care in styling and pattern making.

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LINEN...The ONLY Fabric for me
Reviewer: Jessica

For me Natural Linen is the best. I am an Heirloom Sewing Master and many of my designs are made using Handkerchief Linen.I have taught many classes using this fabric as well as Swiss Batiste and French laces. My specialties are Wedding dresses and accessories, I also love to design Christening gowns. Your Linens are ideal for my work. Thank you for making them available.

So I am an experienced seamstress, been sewing since I was 13 and am now 69 (did I just say that???) I've never seen a pattern quite as bad. I made this in White 4C22 linen. The neck and armhole binding strips were all too short and had to be recut and extended. They were also way too narrow, the seam allowances didn't make sense and I had to make them much narrower and it JUST fit. The armholes came out with slightly different widths. The dart was huge and the ending instructions were confusing. The illustration that went with it did not show the slight curve it said to make or in what direction. So I took out stitching and did it over several times. The dart was still pointy. It also must be cut for a larger person, I ordered a 4 and it was still too large. Now I need to take it in with finished armholes, which is nearly impossible. I'll do it anyway and cut excess fabric off under arms. I think it's only letting me post one picture, although I took several. Big fail and wasted all that fabric.

Posted by Melanie

Another View of my Nico in IL020 lightweight softnened. Super comfy and I can see myself making a few more!

Posted by Lauren

I made the cami but lengthened it and added a 5" slit. The side seams measure 16" long. I made the size 6 bust and graded it out to the 8 for my waist and hips.

Posted by Lauren

My Nico dress: Love my dress going to make a pink one with small ruffle in the lower diagonal line.

Posted by Janet

Beautiful very light soft material for Florida weather. Nico pattern short dress.

Posted by Pamela

The making of the dress went so smoothly and took only a couple hours. It's a simple design that is well patterned and easy to follow. I was drawn to the NICO pattern set for its French seams and bias binding neckline/armholes. These are two of my favorite sewing techniques because they are simple to sew, while producing a high-end finished seam with enclosed raw edges. The little details like the bust dart, bias cut, and side slits make this dress fit wonderfully and feel so comfortable. I followed the pattern exactly, with the exception of shortening the hem by six inches so it hits right below the knee instead of a maxi length. For reference, I'm 5'7" and typically wear a size 2.

Posted by Morgann

In my over two decades of sewing I don't think I have sewn more than one piece that is cut on the bias. The NICO Dress Pattern was a very good pattern for me to stretch myself on bias cut pieces. The NICO Pattern has two dress length options and one top. All three are cut on the bias. I decided to make the first one for my youngest daughter Amanda. My daughters call this style a "slip dress" and she had been asking sweetly if I could make one. She is a stunning 6'1" and because of her great shape, we found that she needed two different sizes per the pattern measurement estimate given: one for the bust, one for the hips. We went with the higher size and then took in the top under the arms to the dart once we started the side seams. You can read more about this project here:

Posted by Alisha

Lovely easy sew with good fit. After completing the sew, I did botanical printing with sumac leaves from my yard. The linen from this site is so great for botanical printing.

Posted by Trish

First things first, this NICO pattern is great. Not only does it come in the most high quality packaging, but it is simple to follow, gives you four styles to sew, and looks brilliant when finished. This dress will fit perfectly into my wardrobe. The size I chose was spot on, which is hard for these hips! I usually have problems with this kind of more fitted maxi dresses because of my curvy body, but I was so happy to find out that it fit me perfectly! I chose to sew the maxi version because I love the side slits and unique triangle accent at the bottom.

Posted by Brooke

This is the Nico short dress. I raised the front neckline and slightly reduced the depth of the armhole. This was bleached mid-weight linen that I modified with shibori stitching and indigo dye.

Posted by Kathleen

The Nico dress layered with the Zina shirt. I LOVE the way it turned out, but I too had some sizing issues. BUT what I LOVE about your patterns is the attention to detail and the use of quality sewing techniques like hiding seams and the way cuffs & collars are applied. I haven't used these techniques since college tailoring classes. I know my garments will last a LONG time which is critical to me as I have started a NO CLOTHES buying campaign about a year ago. With the help of the FS team I'm sure everyone can make this pattern fit. I had to add a little to the hips, shorten the top area, but it works!

Posted by Julie

Back hem detail.

Posted by Elaine

Neckline detail

Posted by Elaine

I made the Nico Maxi, ILO19- with a mini-piped neckline and armholes (IC64 - Pistachio Green). I used the same green to applique a vine, starting at the back, and going to the front and up. The hem is also applique'd in green. I used a machine point d' paris stitch for all the applique in the Madeira style.

Posted by Elaine

Long Nico in ceramic linen, from the pieced pattern right before the printed one came available. I chose the color to match these shoes! I ended up taking it in at the shoulders once it was all done, with the extra folds visible on the outside and embellished with abalone buttons.

Posted by Maggi

Back side of the Nico dress with plant dyes.

Posted by Blythe

Eco-dyed Nico Dress in ILO19 bleached & softened

Posted by Blythe
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