wiksten tank

by Nova on April 14, 2012

after making & loving the Tova, I launched straight in & cut out the Wiksten Tank. I really want to make it in the dress length but fell in love with this fabric at Spotty & thought it perfect for the top length.

It’s a really lovely, simple pattern. The design is great & I love the front hem being shorter than the back hem. I’m not so sure about the length of the top version for me but I enjoyed the make –  the french seams and bias make it feel very special.  I will prefer it in a more structured fabric though.

I made the size medium and the only adjustments I made to the pattern were to  stay stitch around  the neckline and armholes for a bit more stability when adding the bias. To make the hem part go a little easier (trying to iron those curves was proving a tad challenging for me) I stitched  a line all the way around the hem at just under 3/4″ and ironed the hem over this stitch line  –  i lengthened the stitch to make removing it easier after hem was sewn.

Pattern calls for 2 1/2 yds (45″ width) of fabric for the top version ( that’s a lot for a tank top, I guess it’s to accommodate cutting the bias)  but I only had 1 1/2 yards which was ample. Phew!

Pocket matching proved a bit of challenge too! 3 attempts and it kind of matches. if you squint.

I am looking forward to getting some heavier fabric (like a linen or similar ) to try the dress version for layering up. Here’s a couple of completed dresses I pinned earlier that made me fall in love with this design – here & here.

Have a great weekend whatever you’re up to. I’m making  chutney & stitching today & then tomorrow  I’m catching up with some crafty friends for cheese scones and  show & tell. Hurrah!


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Flying Blind April 14, 2012 at 8:28 am

Sweet top!
Have a lovely weekend x


Katy April 14, 2012 at 8:58 am

That pocket looks like a damn good match to me!


Kelly Rodgers April 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

Love your top Nova. Love the dress version too. It looks gorgeous.
Have a great weekend xxx


kerry April 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Very pretty! I shortened this a lot when I made one as I didn’t have much fabric, and I bias bound the bottom too. A dress in linen sounds good!


Kate April 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm

It’s great – and your hair and the first shot is so lovely – very catalogue-model-esque!!!


ruth April 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

great tank top, just perfect for summer! The fabric is lovely.


Dilla April 18, 2012 at 12:16 am

Seeing that you also live in the UK, I really appreciate it if you can share with me where do you buy your fabrics (especially American prints)? I find them quite expensive here. I’ve contacted fabric.com before and they are willing to ship. But I’m afraid there’s gonna be huge tax. Thanks (in advance)for your reply :)


Nova April 18, 2012 at 6:00 am

Hi Dilla, sorry I can’t reply direct to your email at the mo as I am having computer issues. Though I’m English, I’ve been living in Australia for the past 12 years so not much help regards to buying fabric from the UK I’m afraid x


The Warped & The Weft April 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Wow Nova! Love to see you’re using our Spotlight Fabric! Keep up the good work!

XOXO The Spotlight Buying Team


tusen May 2, 2012 at 1:30 am

It looks so lovely in this fabric – a perfect summer top.


Krista April 21, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Hello! Just wondering how you made it work with so little fabric? Did you just make your bias strips a little less on the bias? Thanks so much!!! It’s a beautiful tank :)


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