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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Modern Sewing || the Wiksten Tank


My girlfriends and I knit together weekly but we also sew together monthly! My sewing knowledge is limited but with each project I learn a handful of new skills and techniques. I really enjoy making clothing, and this month I chose to make the Wiksten Tank.


 I thoroughly enjoyed this pattern, I found it very easy to follow and the resulting tank is extremely comfortable and easy to wear. I will definitely be making more of these to wear through the summer. 


 I think one of my favorite things about this pattern were the finishing techniques. Firstly, there aren't any exposed seams, the instructions use a french seam to enclose all of the inside seams. And secondly, the written instructions for finishing the neck and armholes were fantastic. Applying bias tape is always something that gets me a little turned around and I end up having to search YouTube for videos to help me through it. Jenny Gordy's minimalist instructions were so easy to understand and really simplified the process and made the steps so much clearer to me. I think I'll use this pattern as a reference from now on when I need to jog my memory on how to sew on bias tape!




18 comments:

  1. i love it!!! so so much! gah i wish i could sew! it looks fantastic, jane! xo

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    1. Becca sweetheart you CAN sew, and you could SO make this tank, it's uber easy!

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  2. Very cute! I was just thinking how I need to get a few tanks turned out for the summer. I already have Grainline Patterns Scout Tee and Tiny Pocket tank lined up. I hadn't heard about this pattern designer prior to reading your post, so i'm going to keep an eye out for more of her designs! Thank you!

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    1. I highly recommend the pattern, it looks very similar to the Tiny Pocket Tank that you have lined up. This flowy style is incredibly comfortable to wear!

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  3. What a great little top! I'm such a sucker for pockets, so this definitely looks like a keeper. One of these days I will learn how to sew :)

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  4. You knit AND sew!?! :) Good for you and a great job on that tank. I keep saying I want to learn to sew, but I just haven't had the time to invest in learning. I'll get there though. Looking forward to seeing more if you share!

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  5. I'm making this tank too! Great pattern. I'm inspired to finish it tomorrow after seeing yours. Well done

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  6. i LOVE this tank - I have made like, 4 of them. And now, I've lost some weight, so I've gotta make some more for this summer (darn - lol!). I love that you knit and sew with ladies - I really need to start a regular group of those kinds here in the Seattle area.... thanks for the reminder/inspiration!

    cheers!

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    1. What an awesome reason to need to make more! I want to make like 4 more of them too!!! And sewing with girlfriends is so wonderful, I'm still learning and they teach me so much. Much more fun than sewing alone :)

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  7. that is such a great top! I'm super impressed.

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  8. Shirt tail hem, bias tape, pockets?! This looks pretty complicated to me, but so neat!

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  9. Love it, I've had my eye on this pattern for ever. I didn't realise there are no exposed seams - even better!

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    1. The enclosed seams are unbelievable satisfying, lol. I love the finished product!

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  10. So cute!! I remember when Shannon made one of these tanks, and it was also adorable. I'm dying to make one!

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    1. You should totally make one! It's super fun to make and SO wearable.

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  11. I have seen these all over the internet for the last few months but it hasn't been until now, seeing yours that I really want to make it. I love your hair, too!

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    1. Yay! I hope you do, I wear mine ALL the time. Now I just need to find the time to make more!

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