Wiksten Tank - Spring Has Sprung!

Warmer weather is here down-under, and I thought it was about time I sewed something for myself! And the Spring Has Sprung blog tour was the perfect excuse.

Knit Wiksten Tank

I have to say, my main inspiration for sewing for myself came from Ros at Sew Delicious. I follow a lot of amazing bloggers who sew beautiful things for themselves, but it doesn't inspire me, I don't connect with them as much. My feelings when reading those posts are "oh my that is beautiful, but I could never sew that!"

But for some reason, when I see another blogger who sews mainly for their kids, branch out into sewing for themselves and having success with it, my feelings are "oh my that is beautiful, surely I can have a go too!"

Anyway, go check out Ros' 2 Sorbetto topsCerisy skirt and her recent Washi Dress success!

Now, I have no idea why I chose to sew my first Wiksten Tank from a slinky knit, but I did. It drapes beautifully, but sewing it is an absolute nightmare.

Knit Wiksten Tank

I bought this awesome chevron print over 6 months ago when I went on a shopping trip to Cabramatta. If you live in Sydney it is worth a trip out there, they have about 5 or 6 fabric shops on the same street. When I saw this fabric, it was love at first sight! Funny story, the other day I noticed my local Spotlight store decided to order some of it in :-P haha.

I decided to size down to a medium, to avoid any gaping issues. The fit is pretty good for my first go! I am very pleased.

Knit Wiksten Tank

I chose to do the binding in a similar fashion to the instructions and I think it turned out quite nicely.

I cant wait to sew up more of these tops, but this time in some nice easy woven. I think I will follow the tutorial from Grainline for the neck and armhole binding too.

I am really inspired to sew more for myself. I think next I want to make some shorts for summer, some nice dresses and maybe... if I can get the courage... a swimsuit.

Knit Wiksten Tank

Make sure you head on over our lovely host Jane's blog, Lil Pip, to check out all the blog posts and give-aways for this amazing blog tour!

Spring Has Sprung Blog Tour

Sunday 1 September - win a 5 pattern pack with thanks to Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop
Lil Pip Designs
Things for Boys

Monday 2 September - win $90 worth of fabric with thanks to The Oz Material Girls
Cass Can Sew
Sew Cook Laugh Live

Tuesday 3 September - win 3 new earrings for your Spring wardrobe
Sew Delicious
Mend and Make New

Wednesday 4 September - two chances to win a book and pattern by The Janelle Wind Collection 
The Janelle Wind Collection

Thursday 5 September
Max California
Sew Jereli

Friday 6 September
Sweet Little Pretties

Saturday 7 September
Blossom Heart Quilts
Actually Amy
Cass can sew and Lil Pip Designs Spring has Sprung


  1. It looks fab! I bought this pattern after seeing Jen from Mend and Make New make one. I still have to make one, but really want to for spring/summer.
    Cant wait to see what else you whip up for yourself.
    Thanks for joining in our spring series! xx

  2. Gorgeous! I'm planning on making a few Wiksten tanks, wish me luck.

  3. So gorgeous - the fabric is amazing and it is perfect for this pattern. Can't wait to see what else you make for yourself.

  4. Wowsers I totally love it! It looks awesome on you - great fabric choice! Thanks so much for your lovely words about me *blushes* xox

  5. Love it! I've managed to get a start on a little bit of selfish sewing this week too. Love how colourful your fabric is!

  6. It looks great! I am having a go at sewing some of my own clothes this week. First is a wrap skirt then I want to sew a tank but haven't decided which pattern to use. I am trying to decide if I should by the grainline tank or the wiksten tan... decisions decisions!

  7. Toni this is awesome!! Looks really great on you. One day, I will venture into sewing for myself (and then actually wearing it)

  8. That's beautiful fabric Toni. You look awesome!

    Anne xx

  9. Wow - the shirt and you both look FANTASTIC!! Go you sewing for yourself. I think I need to do something for me now too.

    Thanks so much for joining our Spring has Sprung blog tour.

  10. That is such a beautiful print!! And thanks for the neckline tutorial - I'll try that one next time I attempt the Wiksten tank, as my neckline is not that great!

  11. I really like your tank top, the fabric is so cool!