The Wiksten Tank
The Wiksten patterns seem to be very popular in blogging land, so I splashed out on both. I intend to make the Tova top for a friend's birthday, as I nearly always try out new patterns or techniques on my long-suffering friends. (They seem quite used to this and don't complain nearly as much as I would in the circumstances.) I thought I would try the Wiksten Tank pattern for myself.
I used voile fabric from my stash, from the Wrenly line by Valorie Wells.
|Click on pic to buy this fabric from my favourite shop, Hawthorne Threads!|
The Wiksten Tank is a SUPER-EASY pattern, just two pieces, no darts or fastenings. I think a soft, flowy fabric is a must, to give it some shape while wearing it. I'm not usually one for flowing shapes, but I'm happy with the way this turned out. I used bias binding on the arm holes only, instead of on the neckline as well. The batiste I used for the lining worked well with shaping the neckline. I made the size XL and it fits fine, although it does pull across the bust of course! I think I'll try the FBA on this pattern, because there's nothing else to interfere. Also the lining... I did get a bit confused and ended up basically sewing the lining to the voile all the way around. So instead of the lovely drape of the voile, I ended up with quite a thick fabric for the top. I've never sewn with voile before and it was fine, I needn't have worried at all!
I got Pete to take these quickly on our way out to the door yesterday, hence my somewhat annoyed expression! He really is a terribly photographer because he takes soooooo loooooong to just press the button! By which time your expression has gone from "I'm so charming in my handmade dress" to "I'm going to kill you".
Also as you can see, I am very short. Just about 5'2", or 155cm. The pattern I used was the 'dress' length, but I'm personally not game to wear it without jeans or leggings! The back is longer than the front but I thought I would save you a picture of my beauteous backside (and also I didn't think of getting a picture from behind). Even with that additional length at the back, this is more of a long tunic for me. Certainly if you're thin/young/fashionable, this length is more than sufficient as a dress, and lends itself well to be being belted. I'll probably end up wearing this as a beach cover up most, and the length is great for me for that. If I use a sheer fabric again, I won't bother lining it but just wear it with a cami and leggings. Alternatively, I would probably cut the back into two pieces and line it properly, the way I do with some of the bodices on Alice Loves dresses. Also of course, for the crafty types, the embellishment options are endless.
And finally, I've been searching for a nice Flickr widget which would embed into this page and show what other girls have been up to... This is the best I could find! You can click the arrows for faster loading. These are from the Wiksten handmade group on Flickr, specifically the ones tagged 'tank'. Enjoy!