I have been seeing many pictures of the Wiksten Shift Dress on Instagram. So I thought I can give it a try since it has been a while since the last time I sewn.
Because I don’t have much experience in sewing, I thought I would do a test run with the short version and a lower end fabric. This would be the second dress I made on my own. I used Neon Neppy by Robert Kaufman in Denim. It’s a quilting cotton, $10/yard at Fancy Tiger. So some ironing is required after each wash.
According to the measurement, I should be making a size 2. I don’t think I cut the fabric right. So I ended up making a slightly smaller than a size 0. As you can see at the picture below, my back gathering is off center. Overall, I thought this ended up looking like a patient’s gown so I accessorized with a belt. Because of the stiffness of the quilting cotton, the sizing down turned out quite form fitting for me.
With the long dress version, I made it size 2 again. This time I used Bouquet Burst by Cotton + Steal (designed by Oka Emi). This is 100% rayon. This fabric drapes very nicely, it isn’t as big of a deal if it’s a little too big.
I am pretty happy how these two dresses turned out. I don’t have much of a body shape, but this design made me look like I have a smaller waist 😛