This is the pattern company whose name I hear echoing in the wide, open spaces of every fabric shop…Wiksten…W i k s t e n…. W i k s t e n. As a skeptic, I wondered what all the fuss was about for patterns in the $20 range. I mean, that just feels pricy.
It’s undeniable, however, that everything I came across made from a Wiksten pattern was somehow simply amazing. Not flashy or complicated but just seemed to fit right and look great in an easy-breezy, perfect kind of way. So, when I discovered the digital pattern for $10, I bought it. I really, really hate piecing together pattern pieces. Like full-on despise it. When it means I save almost $15, however, I will slap a smile on my face and happily piece together a digital pattern. I guess I can be bought. 🙂
I love my Wiksten Tova dress, it is as good as they say. The fabric is from my stash, the very, very special section of my stash of Pendleton Wool. My great-grandmother worked for Pendleton, the Omaha branch, and she and my grandmother had tons of their lightweight wool. When my grandma moved into a smaller apartment I was given all of her Pendleton. I know. Amazing. Trust me, I know how lucky I am.
I really like this dress. The wool is perfect, it keeps me warm and it has enough weight that this tunic-like length doesn’t feel like something someone my age shouldn’t wear. I did line it with a thin red polyester fabric because otherwise the wool would stick to my leggings and the lining keeps it from being a dress I have to fuss with. I also altered the neck facing. The pattern calls for a neckband twice the size of what I made. I just wanted a simpler neckband.
As you can see the side seams don’t line up AT ALL, which made me a little self-conscious at first. I decided I’m going to focus on how well the front bodice seams do line up instead of worry about the side seams. Ok, those aren’t PERFECT either but I’m not one to worry about perfection.
For whatever reason, though, I have the hardest time picking fabric for this dress. With uber-plain fabric it seems so boring (although lots of people are rocking it with the plain but sophisticated look) but with bold fabric it’s a bit like fancy scrubs. Example A is my version of the top in some long-hoarded Lotta Jandotter fabric:
Oops. If you’ve got any tips for picking fabric for my next one, I am all ears! Especially tips on how to mix and match fabric for the bib and main dress body! I’m terrified of doing that but really want to!