Me Made May 2017: Variations on Wiksten

It’s #MeMadeMay time and this year on the blog we’re highlighting some of our favorite indie sewing patterns. Not just the patterns themselves, but lots of variations! Sometimes it can be hard to envision just how something will fit, what it would be like in a certain kind of fabric, or how you might alter it to better fit your own personality and style. We totally get it and we’re here to help!

We’ve gathered together some of our favorite makes from our talented sewists to help inspire your own sewing with pattern variations and hack ideas, epic fabric combos and even some styling tips! 


This week we’re taking a look at another of our favorite pattern lines–Wiksten. There are just two patterns from Wiksten and it’s talented creator, Jenny Gordy. When a pattern is this classic and versatile, you really don’t need anything more and both have become iconic in the modern sewing landscape. They’re well-written, elegantly photographed, and are the kinds that you’ll need to make again and again for their classically stylish lines and the ease with which they can be made and worn. The printed patterns are also beautifully packaged and we’ve got a nice little stash of these harder-to-find copies right here in the shop for you!

Our fearless leader here at JP Knit & Stitch, Genevieve, lives in Wiksten tank tops year-round (and that is no exaggeration). She’s made one in almost every substrate imaginable from waist-length tops to knee length sun dresses, and even versions she layers through colder months. I think it’s safe to say this is a strong “uniform” look for Genevieve and you’ve got to check out all her styling inspiration above.

Both our quilting instructors, Kate and Rachel, sewed up the Wiksten Tova pattern as our first foray into garment sewing. Rachel’s blouse version is in a fun lawn from Cotton + Steel that repeats so nicely at this scale along the top (learn to quilt with the best in her intro course this July!).

Kate’s just-above-the-knee version is made up in the wonderfully plush mammoth flannel from Robert Kaufman that she loves wearing with leggings and boots in the winter for those days when you want to feel like you’re still in bed, but need to look a tad more put together (check out Kate’s popular embroidery crash course right here).

The real show stopper is Crista’s fully lined below-the-knee dress-length version. The lining gives it such a great drape and is stunning in all it’s lapis lazuli blue glory! We love the funky lion print she’s used as facing and that silky satin lining fabric. Crista teaches our kid’s sewing classes and designs her own line of hand-printed luxe project bags (come try your hand at fabric printing with her!).

Have you sewn up your own version yet or are you considering starting one? We want to see your makes! Use these tags to jump in on all the Me Made May action: #MMMay17 #MMMayJPKS17 #jpknitandstitch

You can also follow along with each of us on Instagram so you don’t miss out on any of the  Me Made May posts our instructors, staff, and friends are serving up!
Genevieve Day @jpknitandstitch
Crista Jaeckel @cristajaeckel
Jeanne Po @nightknitter
Lexy Agbay @autumnelix
Taylor McVay @blueprintsforsewing
Kate Herron @khgarts

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