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Sewing a Summer Wardrobe

Jackie Thomson

Front to Back: crop tank in cotton voile, Wiksten tank in cotton voile, Wiksten tank in chambray, Wiksten dress in cotton!

Front to Back: crop tank in cotton voile, Wiksten tank in cotton voile, Wiksten tank in chambray, Wiksten dress in cotton!

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Technically it's only spring, but spring has sprung here in Portland and it's been HOT (Hot for Portland....) so I've started sewing up a bunch of summer tops. I should preface this by saying, I am new to sewing, these are my first 4 garments ever, and I am so proud of how they turned out! All fabrics are from Bolt here in Portland. The front zig zag tank is a Butterick pattern (No. 5948) which sewed up sooo nicely! I learned how to do the bias tape arm holes and neck bindings from the previous 3 garments which are all variations of Wiksten's Tank and Dress pattern. I have to say, Jenny's instructions are what made it possible for me to make it this far without getting super frustrated. When I started the Butterick pattern, I was really really glad I had been walked through basics from the Wiksten pattern first. I think the commercial patterns, even the ones marked easy, or beginner, assume you know a LOT about sewing already.

Next up is learning how to do sleeves, because I really probably don't need a summer wardrobe of exclusively tank tops, no matter how fun they are! As of this morning I've cut out pattern pieces for a cute long sleeved pullover using that same Butterick pattern ( it has like 6 different tops in it- pretty awesome).