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Aug 15, 2014

Wiksten Tank - Take 2

Aug 15, 2014
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A little over a month ago, I made my first garment that actually fit. (yippee!)  In that post, I noted that the fit was a bit snug and asked for some suggestions.  After I have worn the tank a few times, I decided it was definitely too small.  So I decided to give it a go again.  This time, the next size up.
For this Wiksten Round 2, I used this sweet print from Doe Street Fabrics (grab yours now - it's only $7.50/yd).  It is so soft and feminine - I love it!  This time I cut a Small and added about 1" in length to the tank.  I love the barely longer length - it makes a big difference in where the tank hits me on the hips.  It's  more flattering a little longer.

I have found out that for this garment, I am most definitely between sizes.  This one is the opposite - too big in the neckline and arms.  BUT - it was super comfortable to wear compared to the first version.  I wore it for my oldest 2 boys' birthday party last Sunday.
So, for me, this tank will take another third round to tweak the sizing.  I'm debating whether I should add to the XS or subtract from the S.  Either way, I'm making all my versions wearable and am loving learning something new.

It amazes me how different garment sewing and quilting are. With quilting, you spend so much time pressing the pedal, sewing tiny pieces back together.  I am thoroughly enjoying learning a completely new-to-me skill and expanding my horizons.

*A few people suggested stay stitching along the neckline so it wouldn't flop forward when I made the first one.  What a big help!  Thank you so much - I think this neckline came out much better with just that simple step.

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4 comments:

  1. Use the small pattern but trace the neckline and arm holes from the xs pattern.

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  2. Carolyn Friedlander showed us how she put in back darts at the neck - the fit was then perfect!

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  3. Looks great AM! Adorable fabric too!

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  4. Looks like you could put a small dart at the armhole and also sew two long narrow darts down the back, just to pull in that extra fabric.

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