Summer Sailboat Wiksten Tank

I picked up the Wiksten Tank pattern after spotting a sample of the tank at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver. It was made of some awesome Liberty of London fabric and I immediately wanted to make the exact same one too – so I quickly snatched up the pattern and the same fabric. It must have been my lucky day because Fancy Tiger Crafts was having a 40% off sale for London of Liberty fabric. I wish I had picked up more as I haven’t seen as good of a sale since!

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I’m a bit too scared to cut into my Liberty of London fabric just yet, so I decided to make a muslin to test out the fit of the pattern first. I found this cute, sheer chiffon sailboat fabric at Joann’s (I tried to find a link for the sailboat fabric, but no dice) and thought it would make a cute Wiksten Tank for summer.

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The Wiksten Tank pattern came together really easy – it’s only 2 pattern pieces plus a pocket (which I left out). Using their size measurements, I made the extra small and it seems to fit pretty good as is, so I don’t think I’ll make any modifications when I finally make my London of Liberty version. You know, once I get the nerves to cut into it!

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The  pattern calls for making bias tape for the neck and armhole binding, however I found the chiffon material was a little tricky to work with as it was my first time sewing with chiffon. So instead of making some bias tape out of the sailboat fabric, I used some fun denim bias tape I had on hand. This was my first time doing bias facing, so I was really happy to learn a new skill with this pattern.

Sewbon.com :: Sewbon Sailboat Wiksten Tank

Sewbon.com :: Sewbon Sailboat Wiksten Tank

My wonderful sister Laura of Laura Murray Photography was so sweet to take these pictures for me! Thanks Laura!

  • http://sewinsteady.blogspot.com Sue

    This turned out so cute! I almost bought that sailboat fabric at JoAnn’s but was scared away by the slippery chiffon factor. Now I’m kinda regretting that.

    • http://www.sewbon.com Erin

      Thanks Sue! That happens to me all the time with cute fabric! I’m still trying to figure out all the quirks with all the different fabric types… or rather I’m still just trying to figure out what all the different fabric types are! :)

  • http://redagapeblog.com redagapeblog

    So cute!! Love the matching bracelet too. :)

    • http://www.sewbon.com Erin

      Aww, thanks!

  • http://Modernfoodie.blogspot.com April

    This is so cute and I love the fabric! I have a ton of cute chiffon fabric and I’m nervous to sew with it! But I’m planning to make a tank as well (from a McCalls pattern), hope it turns out as good as yours!

    • http://www.sewbon.com Erin

      Thanks so much, April! I hope you share your tank – I bet it will turn out great! :)

  • http://cisforcourtney.com cisforcourtney

    loving your blog! this tank is super cute! love the pattern and you did a great job sewing it!!

    • http://www.sewbon.com Erin

      Aww, thanks Courtney! :)

  • http://tifftoffee.wordpress.com tifftoffee

    Anyone who can sew this well with CHIFFON gets my absolute respect. I once worked with chiffon, and just cutting it drove me insane… I don’t think i’ve ever recovered from it :(.

    • http://www.sewbon.com Erin

      You are so sweet! Fingers crossed my seams don’t come undone! I had a hard time with the tension. :)

  • http://www.charmingdoodle.com Elisa Clark

    This is such a cute top! I had never heard of Wiksten before so thank you for introducing me to that gorgeous pattern. I need to make one!

    • http://www.sewbon.com Erin

      Thanks Elisa! I picked up my pattern in a shop, but I heard the PDF pattern isn’t too bad to assemble. Also, the pattern has an option to lengthen the tank into a dress. :)

  • http://sarahdudik.wordpress.com photosarah

    so cute! I love the all pastel outfit.

    • http://www.sewbon.com Erin

      Thanks Sarah! :)

  • http://adirondackinspired.com Adirondack Inspired–Monica

    Very cute! I have been eyeing this pattern forever, I just haven’t bought it yet. I think that needs to change. Your sailboat version is quite adorable!

    • http://www.sewbon.com Erin

      Thank you! You should! It’s a really easy pattern and the top comes together super quick. I’d love to see your version when you make it! :)

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