23 November 2013

A Wiksten in Wiksten

Finally, five days after having wisdom teeth out and I'm in some sort of state to string a sentence together. Not through my mouth, since I'm still looking like an angry rabbit, apparently. So before the op, I bundled my machine off for a service and since the op there's been the distraction of food. What can I eat? When can I eat again? When can I eat Ultimate Pork Tacos with Spicy Black Beans & Avocado green salad? Yup, totally been torturing myself watching Jamie and Nigella all week, from the couch at my parents place. But now, back home, there's the exciting proposition of an empty sewing table. Best feeling ever! It's looking like Vogue 1247, but also possible a random will jump the queue. 

Pattern // Wiksten Tank
Fabric // Silk crepe de chine from Spoonflower.
Before we go further, just take a moment to behold the small victory of pocket placement. What pocket? That's right, see, left breast. No, my left. It wasn't necessary to match it up but I liked the idea of an incognito pocket and the challenge of matching. Like sewing Tetrus. I made my first Wiksten early on in the piece, my second one died a horrible death recently and now this one, which won't be the last. Simply, it's a satisfying sew, I love the fit and insides are pretty (french seams). Its a feel-good project and you need feel good projects when you are just starting out sewing for yourself but also when you're in a sewing slump or just come out of sewing hell (see gold sequin amazing nightmare dress). Which is why I chose it as the project to introduce my lovely, workshop guineapigs goers to the world of sewing for themselves at The Craft Sessions retreat.

 Well it's no secret anything Wiksten Tank designer, Jenny Gordy, touches turns to gold. More than once I've longed to have an actual piece of actual Wiksten clothing hanging in my wardrobe and Jenny must have sensed this because, quite amazingly she contributed a whole bunch of beautiful fabric designs from her collections to Spoonflower, where you and I can get them printed out onto silk, cotton, jersey and have our own piece of Wiksteny goodness. I've loved this print so hard but been unsure how to make the most of it (the pressure! the pressure!) and so decided to sew a special version to take down to the Yarra Valley. Along with a bunch of other ridiculously inadequate wardrobe choices for a frosty weekend in the Victorian highlands. Seriously it was so cold, I spent the first night in a random cardigan hand-knitted by someone's grandmother. Which now that I think about it, may have been the catalyst for wanting to learn to knit....

You know what gets me going in the morning? PRE-WASHING! See this?! If you pre-wash your fabric this thing happens where your top stays the same size the next time you wash it and again after that. Or, also kind of magic but mostly depressing, if you choose not to pre-wash, you get to see all your hard work turn into a shrinky dink, like Wiksten number two...three inches shorter, not even wearable as a crop.

34 comments:

  1. Love how this turned out! I've made Vogue 1247 in silk, and love it! Super rewarding and not too complicated (I added 2" to the length) --the cuff on the sleeves did give me a little trouble, maybe I didn't cut it out right? I have a light-weight linen to make it again! Can't wait to see your version!

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  2. Oh you cute thing! Some people have that knack I think. I love your top. Sweet and simple looking sewing that complements a beautifully patterned fabric. I'm so not brave with pattern or colour. I would not have been game to purchase fabric like that, but it works so well. Yep, the knack, you've got it!

    Are the workshops in Melbourne? Wishing you every success with them! :)

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  3. I love it! I don't have this pattern yet and am feeling like I really need to get it! And I agree with you, anything wiksten I have loved...I love the simplicity of all her designs!

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  4. ah yes, pre-washing is a good thing! love this tank and the fabric. so gorgeous! and i feel your pain on the wisdom teeth... had mine out three weeks ago! the holes in my mouth are finally closing up...

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  5. Dental. Work. Sucks.

    you pick the best fabrics! have you ever done a shot of your closet? i imagine it's mindblowing.

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  6. Yikes, I had my wisdom teeth out when I was 16, which was a LONG time ago- and I still remember how much it sucked. But on the plus side your tank is gorgeous, I do need some of that fabric...I keep dreaming of a maxi skirt in that print!

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  7. This looks beautiful! Thanks for pointing out the spoonflower fabric - I love everything Wiksten puts out! I hope you recover quickly from the wisdom teeth... I had a horrific time that I think is not the norm, so don't worry :)

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  8. I too have been eyeing off this most amazing fabric. Great choice and perfectly made up into a Wiksten. Love!

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  9. This is one of my fave patterns! Your version is gorgeous, have been drooling over that print for ages ;-)
    Hope you feel better and can chow down some of those taco's soon!

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  10. Oh wow I love this! Beeeeeeauuuuutiful fabric; wiksten tanks are pretty great. Good idea having newbie self-sewers make this, it was a big confidence builder for me.

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  11. Love this fabric! Such a great wearable top.

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  12. Cute!! I wanna be Jenny Gordy and sell sweet patterns and wear cozy hats and snuggle cute cats and have a beautiful face and sell awesome fabric prints online, too. I love this print.

    I'm getting out my wisdom teeth in two weeks. I shouldn't have read this! Scared.

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  13. Spoonflower wins again! So worth the 4 week or so wait ;) This colour in this design is so vibrant and looks wonderful on you. Great simple top that looks awesome!

    I love seeing my new fabric on the washing line and it takes no time at all to dry, especially now, so no excuse not to pre-wash! :)

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  14. Your pocket matching skills are RIDICULOUS. As are your shirt making skills. As is your prettiness. x

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  15. that fabric is gorgeous.. and i love the top, love how simple it is.. i wonder why i never do that type of simple top, but add some sort of collar or bow or sleeve or shit and than make it too compliccated and never wear it

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  16. I love this pattern, it's so great for a wardrobe filler. Your fabric is all kinds of awesome too. Loving your stealth pocket :)

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  17. gorgeous! so weird seeing somebody in a tank right now too when it's fall on our side of the earth. I love tanks though. Someday I may actually make this. You convinced me of the bomber.

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  18. I mean, you just HAVE to pair this amazing Wiksten fabric with a Wiksten pattern! No brainer! I totally love the way this turned out - incognito pocket and all. And yes, I'm a HUGE fan of prewashing my silks. A lot of people worry about using steam on silk because they think it will leave water marks, but if you PREWASH, then the WHOLE lot is watermarked! It makes it such a luxurious AND practical fabric. Love. Okay, end my prewashing silk rant!

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  19. This is absolutely adorable! I love that print-- it really livens up the simple tank! Really nice! But I have to say that now I'm super hungry and reallllllllly want some Ultimate Pork Tacos. Like, right now.

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  20. I have never made a shirt/top/blouse and I don't own any shirt/top/blouse patterns.
    This post makes me want to change all that!!
    Gorgeous!!!!

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  21. Nothing like a satisfying sew and adding a lovely new piece of clothing to your wardrobe to get you through an angry rabbit phase in life...

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  22. I really, really need to get myself to Spoonflower. Such a fabulous colour on you.

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  23. glad to know the worth of detail horror has gone… This fabric is making me drool… I cannot add any more adjectives on how lovely this top by everyone else.. small projects well executed are top of my fill good list!

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  24. Hahaha, its true, I am working on somethinge easy peasy right now because oh god, sequins. Absolutely loving this tank. The print is gorgy gorge gorgeous!

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  25. Ooh I just got give this pattern! Your version makes me excited to sew it. Love that fabric! And the pocket placement, you are like a sewing genius!

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  26. It's gorgeous and looks so great on you!! And so luxurious in silk! Hope you've been able to move on to solid food again, wisdom teeth suck :)

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  27. totally off topic, but i just realised you are a fellow Aussie blogger. Hoorah! Do you know of any other Australian fashiony-crafty blogs?

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  28. Yay! I'm happy you've recovered from your wisdom teeth removal :) Have you heard about the Homesick Texan blog? She has some amazing Tex-Mex recipes if you're having taco cravings.. Love your Wiksten and the fabric too!

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  29. Wiksten fabric on Spoonflower = awesome! Great pocket placement, such a cute top!

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  30. What pocket? Wow, that really is a very well-placed and well-hidden pocket. Such a cute top too :)

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