fish swimming in pink, orange, and purple waves

Wiksten Tank Dress with Elastic Waistband and Pockets

So after making a bunch of Wiksten Tanks (pics later), I bought some cool fabric thinking I’d make matching tank tops for my twin Jessica and me. My thought process behind choosing this fabric: we are pisces and her wardrobe is full of black, white, grey, and stripes. So I thought this might add a bit of colour. Um, a lot of colour.

fish swimming in pink, orange, and purple waves
UMMM what was I thinking???

Lucky for Jessica, I didn’t have enough of the fish fabric to make two tank tops. So I decided to make myself a dress instead. With an elastic waistband (because the dress looks like a mumu on me otherwise) and pockets (because I hate carrying a purse. In fact, I don’t really own one).

wiksten tank dress
Evan took this picture of me when we rode our bikes up to the bluffs. FUN!!! Filed under “Photos taken by ex boyfriends”


  • raised neckline by 3/4”
  • S in armholes, neck, but traced between XS and S for side seam
  • added pockets using this tutorial. (Next time adjust from 1/2″ to 5/8″ to match the 3/8″ seam allowance. I don’t know what I’m talking about here but I feel like I should remember this note for next time.)
  • added an elastic (made it up): cut out a bias casing from fabric, 3″ wide, as long as the dress. Sewed it along waistline.


sewed the dress upside down
LOL the fish are upside down.
  • the fish are upside down!!!! What was I thinking?
  • the bias tape facing at the neckline and armholes doesn’t lay flat. I think that next time for the first step I’ll sew it at a 1/4” seam allowance (instead of 3/8”) — is this an error in the pattern? I don’t know. Or use this tutorial from grainline for getting bias necklines to stay flat
  • the bunching of the fabric because of the elastic waist looks a bit awkward but I don’t really care that much.


  • Try cutting the top part and the skirt part separately. Would eliminate some of the bunching.
  • Don’t cut fabric after midnight.

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