Sewing the Wiksten Tank

It's only taken a move to France for me to get my sewing machine out, and even then to date it's been sporadically. But I've made a start, and I have an allocated spot in the loft as my sewing space (alongside Andrew's music set up, the spare bed for guests, and anything we haven't managed to find a space for in the house yet!) which just needs beautifying!

Andrew bought me my first sewing machine a good few years ago now. I had just read 'The Gentle Art of Domesticity' by Jane Brocket and had dreams of making quilts for the family that would be passed down through the generations. I have yet to make my first quilt, but I have had a go at a cushion, a doorstop, some bunting, Christmas decorations, and other items that sneak their way around the house. It can be daunting when you first start sewing, but I've learnt you really just have to have a go and not worry about that wonky seam (of which I have lots!)

This summer I've had my aunt staying next door who, as the only other sewer in the family I know of, is slowly passing on her wealth of sewing knowledge and giving me the confidence to get making. After watching the Great British Sewing Bee last year I've decided there are only so many cushions a home can have and I want to start making my own clothes. I'm starting as simple as I can (no zips or buttons for me...yet.) I came across this pattern for the Wiksten Tank and thought it would make a good project as only beginner sewing levels were required. I bought the pattern online, downloaded the PDF, printed it out, then proceeded to take up as much floor space as I could cutting and sticking the pattern together.

I then managed to get as far as cutting out my fabric, lovely linen bought from John Lewis, but struggled with the first part of the instructions, mainly due to fear of getting it wrong. Sewing instructions often seem like another language to me, so a lesson from my aunt at the kitchen table was needed to get me started sewing my seams. The real challenge for me with this pattern was the bias binding, but only because it was something I had not done before. Another quick lesson sewing the neckline gave me the confidence to finish the armholes and here it is...

The pattern can be used to make either a dress or a top. I started with the dress, though I would call it a very long top as it's quite short on me. I have some lovely fabric from Ray Stitch (one of my favourite fabric shops in London) which I will be using to try the top pattern. I can see myself using this pattern a lot for a simple summer top that's quick and easy to make. I thoroughly recommend the pattern if you're a beginner sewer.

Are you a sewer? What have you been sewing recently? Do you have any good patterns to share?

Becky x

1 comment

  1. It looks lovely and very nicely finished!
    Looking forward to seeing your next project.


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