This is a cautionary tale about checking what you are printing very carefully! I was so frustrated that my first Wiksten tank was too big – it’s close to being the perfect pattern and I knew I’d be wearing it all summer (if we ever get a summer…) as long as I could get the sizing and fit right.
A trawl through some blogs – and thanks to people for comments on my last post – revealed that most people found that if you use your bust measurement the tank came out a pretty accurate size. As I’d done this I began to realise that I should stop blaming the pattern as it was probably a mistake that I’d made ;-). I printed out the pattern again, making doubly sure I checked the “print at 100%” box and lo and behold, when I taped all the pieces together and cut it out, it was quite a bit smaller than the pattern I used last time.
Although I was feeling a lot more confident, I decided that it would be a very good idea to make another muslin! As I didn’t want to spend too much time on it, I left off the pocket (though I think it would have been very satisfying to match up the pattern like other people have!). I also used shop-bought bias binding – it looks fine but I did feel as though I was cheating…
Here’s the finished top:
Best of all, it fits! The fabric is great though very thin so I will need a vest underneath – lets face it, in the UK that’s not going to pose much of a problem, even in summer!
What have I learnt? Read the printing instructions and follow them CAREFULLY, even if the OH is standing over you muttering darkly about how long you’re taking I’m planning on NOT making that mistake again!