A Wiksten {ish} Tank

Earlier in the season, when Wiksten tanks were popping up all over the blogosphere, I tried one for myself because they are awesome. It was an enormous FAIL.

Why was it an enormous fail? For this simple reason: I didn’t make a muslin first.

I like to make my own clothes, and I’m accustomed to just jumping in and making it work. When I use knits to make dresses, shirts and skirts this is no big deal. I just trace a top and GO. But with wovens, oh dear beautiful wovens, that approach simply doesn’t work for this bigger-than-b-cup-gal.

So my first Wiksten was a fail. About a month later I attempted it with a knit and the result was better. In the knit I made a smaller size (Medium) and narrowed the shoulders. (Smaller size in a knit = enough stretch for the curvy parts). Here is how it turned out:

It’s not bad. This style of loose-fitting tank is very trendy right now. HOWEVER. I feel this cut makes me look wide and let me tell you something from one girl to another: I do not like looking wide.

Allow me a moment to rant: Women with curves have enough trouble fitting into the latest fashions, which is why sewing my own clothes is so liberating. I can finally wear clothes that fit, without making me look like a tent!

So I made some major alterations to the Wiksten tank. The original is a beautiful pattern which looks wonderful on many women out there. I suspect the ones who don’t look good in this tank aren’t posting any pictures, so this post is for all of you who want to wear a Wiksten tank but don’t think it flatters your body shape. Fashion isn’t just about the clothes–it’s about how it looks on your body.  So here is what I did.

I basically blended two patterns:
1. The Wiksten Tank (great pattern, very easy and quick to sew)
2. A traced pattern from one of my favorite tanks

I laid my Wiksten tank on the cutting table and my traced pattern on top. I cut the shoulders and waistline from to the traced pattern and then sewed it back up. Of course, I preserved iconic bottom hem of the Wiksten because I would have been crazy not to.

Instead of finishing the arm holes and neck opening with bias tape, I finished them off with my serger, then folded them under and stitched ’em down with a small zigzag.

Here is the finished product:

So much more flattering. This picture isn’t the greatest, and I apologize, but I took it in my bathroom mirror before nap time and I’m pretty sure I had about one split second to nap it. Here are some more pictures, still in a mirror, but at least my pants go with the shirt. 🙂

I styled the tank with a lace vest from a consignment store in Oregon and a pair of white pants from T.J. Max. When did white pants come back in style? They sort of snuck up on me. I’m glad, cuz I love them!

These necklaces look perfect with the top. (Forever 21, a total of $4 for both.)

And there you have it: a Wiksten-ish tank! If you end up re-making a Wiksten tank like this, I’d love to see the pictures! You can always comment below (I LOVE comments) or email me at cailamade@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading, friends! 


  1. says

    Thanks for posting this! I have had some of the same problems with the Wiksten Tova Top. I love how it looks on everyone else but when I made it for myself, I felt that I looked too wide. Great ideas!

  2. says

    Just found your blog! This top looks so fantastic on you. I love the colour and fabric (what is the fabric btw?). I’ve been wanting to make this Wiksten top but felt that the shape wouldn’t suit me. I think I will make it now after seeing how pretty you made it look (really like the lace pocket). I love the look of white pants with such a pretty blue. Thank you for posting this!