Wintery Floral Wiksten Shift Dress

Posted Friday, 19 March, 2021

As the weather turns decidedly chilly in my part of the Southern Hemisphere, I've turned my attention to thinking about my winter wardrobe and transitional pieces.

My latest make is the Wiksten Shift dress (pattern provided for review by Indie Stitches). The Wiksten shift has been on my list for a while as I have loved nearly every version that I've seen on the hashtag (#wikstenshiftdress). This pattern bridges the gap between chic, modern, minimalism and classic styling. As someone with a penchant for the fashions of the past, but who also drools over some of the sleek silhouettes out there right now, I feel as though this pattern is so versatile. I have seen some divine colour-blocked versions which I'd love to try! I keep imagining making a silk noil version, so watch this space!

My Wiksten Shift with my recently completed "Find Your Fade" shawl by Drea Renee Knits

Love that stich definition

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Sewing Notes:
  • To be frank, I was initially a bit worried about my rayon shift as the fabric is so light and slinky. But I think that the length and the fact that the fabric is nice and smooth means that it will be a good piece for layering without bulk.
  • Length-wise, I didn't make any adjustments. I sewed the long dress version and am approx 158cm in height. The split was so simple to sew and is just such a sweet detail.
  • Another small, but lovely detail includes the gentle back yoke gathers and the fact that the facing is sewn in place.
  • Size-wise, the Wiksten shift is a relaxed fit. I think that I may size down for my next version, as the neckline is a little gapey, and there is a lot of excess fabric around my waist. At the same time, it's not a big deal at all because I think that some of that may be due to me not being used to the style. The Wiksten shift is designed to be oversized and doesn't have any closures. This brings me to my next point:
  • It's such a quick sew! A few people have messaged me recently and told me that they're feeling a lack of sewing inspiration. It's a topic that I've write about before, but in lieu of just riding it out, I'd suggest that starting with a simple project, such as the Wiksten shift, would be ideal. It's low stakes as it's such an easy garment and also doesn't require the toiling or time commitment of other patterns. Less time sewing, more time basking in your creativity!