If you’ve been searching for the perfect summer dress that you can sew in a snap, look no further than the Wiksten Tank by Jenny Gordy. It’s a simple pattern that comes with both dress and tank variations and has a beautiful silhouette that’s easy to dress up or down! I made the dress version and I couldn't be more pleased.
Pattern name/designer: Wiksten Tank by Jenny Gordy
Materials: 2 yards of Salmon Tencel
Size Made: Small, Dress variation
Modifications: Added a box pleat in the back at neckline and added neckband trim
The day the salmon tencel arrived at Fancy Tiger, I began obsessing over it. The color, the amazing buttery softness, the drape! – It was just too good. It is light and breathable, making it perfect for summer garments. I snatched up 2 yards and set to work on a Wiksten.
My favorite thing about the Wiksten pattern is the shape. I’m a sucker for a good shift dress & the little pocket on the front sealed the deal. I decided to use a contrasting top stitch so I could tie in the braided rope I stitched around the neckline.
This pattern was my first time creating French seams. I have to admit that I got a little anxious sewing the seams on the right side of the fabric first (it seems so backwards!), but once the hems were sewn and completed it gave a much more professional look to the inside of the garment. I like this technique and would definitely incorporate it more in future projects.
One thing I did notice about this dress was that the armpit hem sits a little high for me. Next time, and there will be many next times, I plan on lowering the armhole to provide a little more room.
Overall, I’m in love with this dress. The simple shape paired with the tencel make this an outfit for almost any occasion. I can see myself wearing this all summer and with tights later in the fall!