Fellow sewists, we have gathered here today because of our mutual love for sewing quilts. But believe it or not quilting (though it’s definitely my personal fav) is just the tip of the iceberg in the beautiful world of sewing. Our next blog series, Meet the Maker, is going to feature other creatives in the sewing space, showcasing all of the incredible things that needle and thread can do!
For example… have you ever considered dabbling in the garment-sewing world? A simple, elegant pattern is the perfect place to start. Introducing Wiksten, your new go-to shop for easy-to-follow sewing and knitting patterns!
The Wiksten Aesthetic
Jenny Gordy is the founder and designer behind Wiksten, a Portland Oregon based company. The simplicity of her designs brings a certain level of accessibility and mass appeal to garment sewing. But beyond being easy to follow, Jenny’s designs are timeless and upscale, while still maintaining a practical, everyday vibe.
Wiksten’s signature style is represented by the Haori pattern, a kimono-like jacket that you can wear with basically anything. So: confession time. I love dressing in layers because for some reason there's only one exact temperature when I'm comfortable – a degree colder and I'm freezing. Two degrees hotter and I'm sweating. I have a cardigan in every room for this very reason! Jenny's Haori jacket looks like the exact thing I need multiples of scattered about my house.
With its loose fit, you can slip it on over a sweater or T-shirt. And pockets! Did I mention those fabulously enormous pockets?? I could probably put Scrappy in one and Desi in the other.
The Haori pattern is true to Wiksten’s commitment to utilitarian practicality, but is also versatile enough for a dressed-up night on the town, or, like I said, carrying your adorable baby and dog around the house.
My Pattern Picks
In her shop, you can find linen fabric, sewing (and knitting!) patterns for women and children, as well as the occasional hand-made clothing item by Jenny herself. Though she doesn’t have any free patterns available, her sewing and knitting patterns are beautiful and reasonably priced.
The Wiksten Journal has lots of helpful posts on pattern adjustments, fabric suggestions, yardage charts and tons of photographs showing off different variations of the patterns available. Here are a few of my favs:
For Baby: Toddler Harem Pants
Every toddler needs a pair of harem pants! This pattern is cut slightly long so they can be cuffed or uncuffed while the child grows. The simple construction of these pants makes them a breeze to sew!
For Kids: Smock Top
With a simple design and huge pockets for all your little one’s treasures, this smock pattern can be made into a top or dress, with long sleeves or no sleeves at all! (Again with the pockets! I’m in love!)
For Really Big Kids (aka Adults): Tank Top
This pattern is great for beginner sewists, so maybe there's hope for this quilter after all! You can use this simple pattern again and again because of its versatility.
Knitting: Toddler Pullover
Um.... does this come in adult sizes? I love the color blocks and the triangle eyelets in this baby sweater pattern. Each piece is knit flat from bottom up (and if you don’t speak “knitting language,” that basically means you can handle this pattern even if you don’t speak knitting language!)