Hello everyone. You may have noticed some changes around these parts with our recent move to wordpress.org, opening a shop, and releasing a pattern. Whew! It has been very exciting, but not without some growing pains. I wanted to say thank you to all our lovely readers and customers for hanging in there with us. Things should run smoothly from here on out, but don’t hesitate to shoot us an email if you run into any problems. Now that the move seems to be ironed out Laney and I can get onto the fun bits, beautifying this space and most importantly sewing.
So let’s do that, onto the Wiksten Hack…
- Wiksten Tank Pattern
- 2 1/2 yards of fabric
- Wiksten Tank Hack PDF (click to download)
- The usual suspects: sewing machine, scissors, thread, tailor’s chalk, pins, iron, etc.
- Optional: tracing paper and hip curve
A couple notes before we get started:
First, I designed this hack to wear with a pair of high-rise jeans that hit me around belly button level. I consider my torso rather long, but if you’re taller than me (5 foot 2 inches) you may want to consider cutting less from the bottom of your Wiksten Tank Pattern.
The side seams flare on this tank so if you decide to make your tank longer than mine you will need to add extra length to the Wiksten Tank Hack PDF pattern piece which creates the bottom band and knot. To determine how much to extend the pattern piece use the appropriate formula below after you have assembled the tank in step 14. Continue to cut your fabric on the fold.
(circumference of your tank along the bottom edge in inches – 34.5 inches ) /2 = length added in inches
(circumference of your tank along the bottom edge in inches – 36.5 inches ) /2 = length added in inches
(circumference of your tank along the bottom edge in inches – 38.5 inches ) /2 = length added in inches
(circumference of your tank along the bottom edge in inches – 40.5 inches ) /2 = length added in inches
(circumference of your tank along the bottom edge in inches – 42.5 inches ) /2 = length added in inches
Second if you’re like me and sometimes skim through tutorials you might miss that I took the tank in an inch at each side seam. Be aware that this is reflected in the Wiksten Tank Hack PDF. If you’d like to keep the side seams unaltered use the formulas above after you have assembled the tank in step 14.
Alright, here we go.
Assemble your Wiksten Tank Pattern (if you’ve never used a digital pattern check out Tilly’s tutorial here). Cut out your size or transfer your size to tracing paper as I have done. Now is also a good time to print off the Wiksten Tank Hack PDF that can be downloaded from a link in the supply list above. This pattern piece is tiled just like the Wiksten Tank Pattern. Cut out your size or transfer this pattern piece to tracing paper.
On the front pattern piece, measure 11 inches down from the neckline along the center front. Make a small mark on your pattern.
Starting at the armscye, measure 9 1/2 inches along the front side seam and make a small mark.
At the mark made in step 3 measure one inch in from the front side seam and make a second small mark.
Use a ruler to connect the mark made in step 4 with the corner of the armscye and front side seam. This will become your new side seam.
Use a hip curve or free hand a gently curved line connecting the small mark made in step 4 to the mark on the center front (step 2). This will be your new hemline.
Measure in an inch from the center front along the new front hemline (step 6). Make a small mark.
From the mark created in step 7 draw a line parallel to the center front that is 5/8 inch long. I have drawn a little T at the top of my line, but this isn’t necessary.
On the back pattern piece, measure down from the neckline along the center back 17 1/2 inches. Make a small mark on your pattern.
Measure 9 1/2 inches down from the armscye along the back side seam and make a small mark on your pattern.
Measure 1 inch in from the back side seam mark made in step 10. Make another mark on your pattern.
Using a ruler connect the point made in step 11 to the corner of the armscye and the back side seam. This will be your new side seam.
Similar to step 6 use a hip curve or free hand a gentle curve connecting the mark on the center back made in step 9 to the mark in step 11. This will become the back hem of your top.
Trim front and back pattern pieces along the new side seams and new hem lines created above. Use these altered pattern pieces to cut your fabric with the pocket and bias binding pattern pieces provided in the original pattern. Transfer all markings. Construct the Wiksten Tank as explained in the original instructions, but stop before hemming.
If you chose to make a longer tank than I outlined in steps 1 through 13 refer to the notes section to lengthen the Wiksten Tank Hack pattern piece.
Cut 1 band from fabric using the Wiksten Tank Hack pattern piece.
If you have not done so already use tailor’s chalk to mark the 5/8 in lines created in step 8 on the front of your tank. Sew a line of stitching 5/8 inch from the bottom edge that extends 1/2 inch or so beyond these marks. Clip fabric along step 8 marks to line of stitching. Be careful to only cut fabric and not stitching. This row of stitching will act as a guide for pressing in steps 16 and 17 and reinforces the fabric where it is clipped.
From wrong side of fabric, fold raw edge up 3/8 inch between clips. Press.
Fold fabric a second time this time along stitching line between clips. Press
Sew down mini hem between clips.
Pin Wiksten Hack band (cut in step 14) to the bottom edge of your tank. Match pattern markings (indicated for each size on pattern piece) to clips on tank front. Beginning at one of the clips sew band to raw edge of tank.
Clip Wiksten Hack band to match clips in tank front. Clips should only extend 5/8 inch into the fabric
Press seam allowances toward Wiksten Hack band.
Fold Wiksten Hack band along fold line with right sides together. Pin raw edges together along tie. Sew tie along raw edges using a 5/8 inch seam allowance. Stop sewing when you reach clip (step 20).
Trim seam allowances at tie points. Be careful not to cut stitching.
Turn ties right side out and press.
Turn the bottom or raw edge of the Wiksten Hack band up 5/8 inch. Press.
Wrong sides together fold Wiksten Hack band along fold line. Press.
Pin folded edge of band in place so that seam allowance is hidden inside.
Slip stitch folded edge to seam allowance or stitch in the ditch to secure folded edge of band.
And that’s it!
Let me know if you have any questions or something needs clarifying. Happy sewing.