Wiksten Top in the new Indigo Patchwork Fabric

I’m so excited to be writing this post for Connecting Threads! I work in the same building, just down the hall from all the sewing machines and fabric, but I generally stick to knitting and yarn as Catalog Director for Knit Picks. However, when my co-worker Heidi walked through the office with a stack of fabric from the new Indigo Patchwork fabric collection, I did an almost cartoonish double take. All that blue in one place was irrisistable!

I consider myself a pretty sporadic seamstress and only fire up my sewing machine at home for quick repairs and the occasional simple tote. I picked up the Wiksten Tank pattern recently because it seemed simple enough to whip up in an afternoon and had such a flattering silhouette. The only piece I’ve been missing was the perfect fabric… I think you know where I’m headed with this post!

I got 2.5 yards each of Ikat Stripe Denim Multi and Ikat Stripe Pale Blue Multi, enough to make two tunic-length tops just in case. I decided to make the tank length out of the Ikat Stripe Pale Blue Multi fabric and a tunic length top from the darker Ikat Stripe Denim Multi. I love how both tops came out, especially the shorter tank version. The fabric is just the right weight for layering at the office and as a stand-alone piece for the park in the last few days of warm weather before fall begins in earnest.

The tunic length will be nice layered over a pair of skinny jeans or leggings and is oh-so-comfortable. I have a little bit of fabric left over from both tops and I’m already thinking about trying my hand at whipping up a quick patchwork pillow of light and dark squares in a basic checkerboard pattern. These colors will look so good together in one project!

The new Indigo Patchwork collection instantly inspired me to try my hand at sewing again. What did your first peek at all the lovely new fabric inspire you to make? I can’t wait to see some quilts with all of these beautiful blues!


  1. Stephanie - September 17, 2013

    You did a fabulous job Hannah! Garment sewing is so popular again and Connecting Threads has lots of terrific fabrics perfect for all types of sewing. I love blues as well.

  2. Alisha - September 17, 2013

    Hannah – your tunic and tank look absolutely beautiful! You’re so creative.

  3. Jenni - September 17, 2013

    Hannah, You did such an awesome job! I love both pieces!! Thanks so much for doing this blog and sharing!!

  4. Debbie - September 17, 2013

    Love the fabrics and the tunics but would like to see them without the sweater.
    I’ve been looking for a tunic/tank/cami pattern that fits just right. This is fantastic.

  5. Jenna - September 18, 2013

    You are so cute. Love this post, I want to make this too!

  6. Maureen Henault - September 18, 2013

    OH my goodness, you did a wonderful job. I would KILL to work in that building. You are a lucky girl!!!

  7. Dorothy Van Pelt - September 19, 2013

    I just love that young people are sewing again. You did a great job. My grandson (7 years old)is learning to sew and we made a pillow he gave his mom. He was so proud. Keep up the good work

  8. Gwen - September 27, 2013

    I love your tops Hannah, you did a great job, I’m partial to blue also. I wish I could sew my own clothes, I’m a better quilt maker than I at making clothing.