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