FO: Wiksten Tank

Written by Sarah on June 2nd, 2014 Posted in sewing, shirt

It’s no secret. I’ve been bitten by the sewing bug. I say it every time the seasons change, I’m a year-round knitter. But seeing so many gorgeous Me Made May outfits really got me inspired to enhance my wardrobe. While I always have this secret (unjustified) feeling that knitting is far superior to any other craft (I’m a craftist, I admit it), the warm weather and near instant gratification of sewing is really putting me on a roll.

That being said, it took just about forever for this top to come into being. When I invested in my sewing machine TWO YEARS AGO, I decided that the Wiksten tank would be a really easy beginner pattern to tackle. I’d already made a skirt and infant-sized jacket so this was a piece of cake. While I was trying to start out (and still am) using discount fabrics in case of failure, I treated myself to some beautiful Liberty London fabric. I figured I was safe in using it here. How bad could I screw up a tank?

wiksten tank

For once, those weren’t famous last words. I actually think I did pretty swell on it. The thing is, I got the shoulder and side seams all worked out and then threw the top into a box, pins still holding up the hem. I didn’t forget about the top, somehow that impulse that had lead me to purchase the machine and get through my first few projects had left me and I was back to knitting 24/7. I mean, in my defense, I have been getting some pretty serious knitting done since I started sewing.

wiksten tank 2

But when I was once again ready to start sewing, I got it done. I think that it’s not so fantastic in some respects. I didn’t have that much patience when I started the tank and I think I’ve got more of a hang of the process now. In spite of its imperfections, it’s a really great top that’s casual but can easily be dressed up. And that fabric is just great. I’m so happy I splurged on it because it really takes this simple garment up to the next level.

Are you finishing up any UFOs? Are you sewing this season or knitting?

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Comments (3)

  • June 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm |

    Mwahahahaha… we’ve infected you with the sewing bug!!! It’s really gratifying in the summer, though, when it’s too hot to think about knitting. This looks super cute on you and mmmm, Liberty!

  • June 2, 2014 at 1:27 pm |

    Your top looks so good! I think I’ve made 4 of these now (between dresses/tanks) and I’ve found it to be forgiving in the sewing-skills department. I might have to follow your lead and do a liberty print because it’s so lovely!

  • June 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm |

    I love this! I also sewed a Wiksten Tank on the weekend, though I have yet to splurge on such lovely fabric. My bust can make fitting tricky, but I think I’ve finally nailed it, so between that and seeing your FO, I see Liberty in my future!

    You should take advantage of your momentum to at least cut out a few more projects!

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