wiksten tank

August 30th, 2011

wiksten tank

This top is made from fabric botched in the dye pot, which was supposed to be beautiful ombre curtains for my dining room, which before that was a lovely soft sheet on our bed, which got horriblly ripped, so I thought it would make nice curtains until I screwed it up the dye job (and turned the bathtub blue) and now, it turns out, is perfect for this top.

me and my wiksten tank

The tank top pattern is from wiksten made. Sadly, she’s not selling them anymore, but I bet if you scoured the web, one would pop up for sale. (By the way, if anyone has a xs, s, m tova top pattern that they’d like to trade for the tank top pattern–and trade back–let me know!)

wiksten tank back

The pattern is incredibly simple and nicely done: french seams, all edges bias bound, nicely cut. Because I’m always scared I will make clothes too small, I cut out patterns too large. So with this one I just said fuck it and cut a small. The fit is okay, maybe a little close, but at least I don’t have to take the sucker in. I was a little on the edge about the contrasting pocket, but today I saw a lady with a freakin sequin pocket, so I think I’m good to go.

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28 Responses to wiksten tank

  1. Cate says:

    I agree! It’s such a good pattern. So far I’ve made one top and one dress. but the dress looks shit on me, sadly. I reckon I’m going to have a wardrobe full of them for this coming (southern hemisphere) summer… I’m working up the courage to cut into some liberty next! Your ombre job looks great, as does the contrasting pocket!

    • meg says:

      oh liberty will look bombtastic! I wanted to make the dress too, but few people can pull of what is essentially a potato sack. The top, though, is perfect!

  2. Elena says:

    What a lovely “mistake” that top turned out to be! I love it very much!!! I love to sew and craft…but never things for myself…this kind of inspired me to change that!

  3. lia says:

    It. Is. Beautiful.
    I love the botched dye job and the pocket is a perfect detail. It looks wonderful on you.

  4. erin says:

    i love it, meg. especially the pocket.

  5. Kelley says:

    I really like it! I have been into the ombre thing this season and really like the mistake and wish I had that pattern!

  6. Julia Staite says:

    I really like it! And for anyone looking for a similar pattern try this one:


    I’m just about to make my second one!

  7. Dorie says:

    You make me want to sew again.

  8. DANA says:

    beautiful Meg.

  9. anna says:

    so pretty, love the dye job.

  10. Sophie says:

    I know! I was devastated that I missed out on this pattern by a milisecond. You’ve done a beautiful job…now I’m off to hunt down that illusive pattern.

  11. Aleyta says:

    Oh my gosh I LOVE this!!!

  12. kristin says:

    it looks great on you, i love the ombre! that’s so funny, i’ve done the same thing with both of my “for me” projects recently – chose a pattern size that’s way too big, then haphazardly tried to take it in to fit. would much rather have something too large than too small. yours looks like it fits perfectly.

  13. katie says:

    looks great!
    I own both of the wiksten patterns and have noticed that they pop-up in her shop periodically – just watch her blog for announcements. I would bet that she’ll post some again. good luck

  14. Antoinette says:

    Mmmmm, nice dyeing. Dyeing is on my list for the month. Looks so well-finished, too!

  15. shelly says:

    I’m lovin it.

  16. Liz says:


  17. Liz says:

    Or is it Derrida?

  18. Holly Keller says:

    Fits you perfectly, I reckon.

  19. Suse says:

    That pocket needs a few sequins I reckon. Bling it up.

  20. Looks great- good save!

    I’ve got the Tova Pattern if you would like to swap/swap back!

  21. Jane says:

    Looks great … a happy accident.

  22. Neus says:

    I love your fabric!! Wonderful colours!
    I’ve made two recently and I’ve been wearing them a lot! Now I’m starting the tova dress.

  23. Rebekah says:

    I love this pattern and I think the “botched” fabric looks great as a tank top.
    I’ve also tried the Grainline pattern that Julia mentioned, it’s similar to this one, but has bust darts, which is really nice.

  24. Dacia says:

    love it! and the first thing i thought was how cute the pocket looked. your sheet quilts are super cute too.