Yep, we've got another new pattern for you this fall - meet the Nicks Dress + Blouse! Part of what we've been internally calling the "Canyon Collection" (along with our recent Mitchell Trousers pattern), Nicks is a beautiful design to transition you into fall and beyond, and we think you'll love wearing and sewing the many variations we've included with this pattern.
Nicks was inspired by the beautiful boho dresses and blouses of the 1970s. Far and away one of our all-time prettiest and most romantic designs, it features lots of soft gathering and delicate details and can be made as a full-skirted tiered dress, a hip-length tunic, or a simple yet elegant blouse. Quite honestly, I am obsessed with this pattern. It reminds me so much of a vintage Indian print cotton blouse I had as a teenager that I wore until it literally disintegrated, and I suspect I'll be getting the same wear out of my own versions of Nicks. So easy and fun to wear, it just makes you feel like twirlin'.
We started designing this pattern with the dress, and it holds a special place in my heart. With a comfy elastic waist, a billowy tiered skirt and a loose-fitting bodice, it's an easy-to-fit pattern that looks like a million bucks on everyone. What makes it special is our attention to detail. Featuring a V-shaped neckline, sweet rouleau loops add a lovely finish (and no buttonholes, yay for those of you who dread them!), and the gently gathered shoulder adds dimension and interest to the front. In the back, the burrito method is used to create a pretty gathered yoke.
All views feature interchangeable sleeves. For both dress samples, we chose the long sleeve. With a gathered slightly puffed cap, it also features subtle pleats at the wrist for shaping. I love how it can also be pushed up on the forearms thanks to the elastic cuffs. This is a really beautiful sleeve!
We wanted to give you the opportunity to also make Nicks an elegant blouse with a faced neckline in lieu of buttons along the center front. This neckline variation can be used for all views and is a great option if rouleau loops aren't your thing, or if you want to speed up the sewing process. The blouse ends at mid-hip and you can wear it long and layered over pants, or tucked into pants (maybe with your Mitchell Trousers?!) The gathering details along the shoulder and back are the same, and once again you have the option of short or long sleeves.
Nicks is a great pattern to hack and customize because of the fun you can have with the gathered tiers. As we were playing around we realized you could make a lovely, swingy tunic-style blouse by omitting the elastic waist and adding the middle tier to the waist seam. With a short sleeve (also featuring a gathered/puffed shoulder) it's casual yet elevated, and long enough that you can layer over leggings. You can sub out the rouleau buttons for the facing here as well.
We will be talking fabric options in an upcoming post, but know that your Nicks will be happy with any light to midweight woven with a bit of drape, from linen to viscose and cotton voile.
We are rating the difficulty of this pattern as "confident beginner" but it's a great project for all skill levels. Beginners will appreciate the absence of buttonholes and zippers, and more advanced makers will love making rouleau loops and the meditative gathering.
This pattern is available in PDF (sizes 0-32) and print (0-20). Please note that due to a huge increase in material costs, the print pattern is $22 USD instead of our typical $20 (the same goes for Mitchell). We're hoping prices will come down in the coming year, but due to supply chain issues, we had to switch printers for the pattern tissue and could not avoid a price increase for this pattern. The PDF pattern has not increased in cost.
Finally, can we talk about Stevie Nicks? We named this pattern after Stevie for what I think are compelling and obvious reasons. There was never a flounce or gather that Stevie wouldn't twirl in, and her witchy, bohemian, hyper-romantic style continues to be a huge influence to me personally and fashion in general. The Nicks Dress is absolutely one she would have worn - I can envision her in a bold floral print sheer chiffon, spinning and singing on stage or in the studio. Along with our Mitchell Trousers, our mini "Canyon Collection" truly embodies the contrast of 70s fashion, that tension between masculine and feminine and elegant and bohemian. While both patterns were inspired by the past, we know you'll love wearing them today and into the future.
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