Pixelated wiksten dress


Pattern deeds: Wiksten Tank dress. A simple shape tank top, curved hem and tiny pocket. All sewn in french seams, finished with self made bias binding. Perfect for summer.

It’s been a while since I shared a muslin shoot. I don’t make many muslins these days (I prefer flat pattern alteration) since I was about to teach some lovely ladies how to sew this top, I wanted to test it. When a pattern is too simple, like no darts, it often offer fitting problems, specially on me.
Ready for very unflattering shoots! Why ‘muslin’ always look like hospital gowns?

Clearly too big. Low armholes drives me crazy! Wrong size. I recut the pattern size S on the front and xs on the back, lowered the neckline, adjusted for slopped shoulders and kept the size M length. 

Tah Dah!

Before you think I was at risk of flashing, I’m wearing a nice pair of white shorts underneath. If it cover my summer shorts surely the length is appropriated for a summer dress cover up.
When I make ‘shorter’ outfits, it is really clear to see my body proportions… My legs are a lot longer than my torso!

Fit is fantastic! I love how relaxed this feel but still sits nicely on the shoulders.

Instead of a narrow hem, I did a rolled hem on the overlocker with a contrasting thread. I had only a metre of this fabric from Classic textile. The pocket is tiny pokadots quilting cotton from Brazil. 

This was perfect outfit to be worn  during July heatwave when I taught at FQR. Yes, I’m so late on my makes. Instagram followers have seen a peak on my feed and from my students. 

It’s that too OTT matching my nails to fabric?

  • Rachel this is gorgeous! The Wiksten is my favourite tank pattern, I love the fit and the lack of darts and have thought often about making a dress version. So helpful to see your mods and process, the result is beautiful.

    • Thank you Sophie. I normally don’t wear tank tops but loved this dress and how easy to wear on the summer

  • Glamazon lady…

  • Very cool fit Rachel!

  • Gorgeous! I love that print! Simple and so perfect for summer!

  • Perfect summer dress.. Looks great.

  • If i had legs like that, i would be flashing them too 🙂 The dress is gorgeous, it really suits your style. I think i will need a few of them come summer too, adding some more length to cover my old woman legs. x

  • Beautiful! I have a question, how did you fix the back? because that happens to me very often but I don’t know how to fix it

    • For my body my cheat method is to cut a size smaller at the back pattern.

  • I love the fabric, very cool! Great fit on you too 🙂

  • I love this! Perfect summer dress and it looks amazing on you!

  • This looks so great on you! You look amazing! I really, really like that fabric, too!

  • So pretty! I really like the fabric you chose, and this looks like a great summer dress

  • ficou lindo! arrasou 🙂

  • Ridiculously gorgeous, Rachel- both you and the tank!

  • What a fun and easy summer dress. Would be cute with tights too!

  • That’s an amazing top/tank.

  • Never OTT to match your nail polish! Love these photos xx

  • Love the Wiksten Tank- there’s something so effortless about a dartless top isn’t there? I’ve only ever made the shorter version but your dress reminds me of a Sorbetto dress I made many years ago that I love & still get heaps of wear out of over summer. Your fabric is to die for & is such a gorgeous match for this pattern. Absolutely love it 🙂