The Wiksten Shift Dress & Top pattern is indeed versatile. On Monday, we reviewed two Wiksten Shift top versions by Jaime, and today, we're focusing on the above-the-knee dress version of this pattern made by three different makers in three very different fabrics.
Marta's Embroidered Shift
Size made: 22
Material used: Embroidered Cotton, (maybe vintage?) gifted from Caitlin’s stash
I feel like the Wiksten Shift dress is the ultimate square shape that I’ve been waiting for. It is boxy in all of the right ways, and the the little gather in the back gives it just a hint of a cocoon. It is easy and breezy to wear. I already have another cut out of some Nani Iro linen just waiting to be sewn up. The sleeves are a bit big and long on me, so in my next version, I am going to remove some bulk from there. To borrow a phrase from Lauren, it’s basically a dress and a purse in one because of the beautifully roomy pockets!
Amanda's Subtle Striped Shift
Size made: 16
Modifications: Graded down to size 12 through the body, shortened hem
Material used: Yarn-Dyed Ticking
My verdict: the Wiksten Shift doesn't touch me in all the right places! And it's even more dreamy in this super soft, lightweight hemp/cotton blend fabric. The dress came to my mid-shin (I'm 5'2" for reference), so I shortened it a little bit, thought it's still well past my knees. The back yoke and pockets feature stripes running horizontally because I do love a little bit of stripe play! It is comfortable and carefree and artful, everything you want from a summer dress.
Christina's Gingham ShiftSize: 6
Modifications: Reduced gather in back by 2"
Material used: Woven gingham
I used a mid-weight gingham fabric for my Wiksten dress. I like how it hangs and is not too sheer like many other gingham fabrics. I measured a size 8, but cut a 6 because, after checking the finished garment measurements, decided that I wanted it to fit a little smaller. I also took a bit of gather (about 2") out of the back because the fabric is a little heavier. I cut the patch pockets on the bias, so I wouldn't have to match the gingham. I love how the pattern pieces went together and am planning on making another out of a drapier fabric to compare.
And in you case missed it, Christina is teaching a Wiksten Shift Class this September!