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3dp5dt & a Wiksten Tank Dress

I spent the last two days sewing my first dress. I used the Wiksten tank dress pattern and a long silk scarf from a Sari. It took three tries to get the silk to not bunch when sewn. Turns out silk is NOT a good fabric for beginners. Things I learned while doing this project were:

  1. Pin the hell out of slippery fabric.
  2. The Wiksten neck and sleeve bindings are tricky. Be patient and set your machine on the slowest speed.
  3. Hems are hard but with enough pinning and some serious pressing they can be done.
  4. When you have legs as long as mine, you should always cut the dress with extra length if you want to be able to wear it to work!

I love this pattern for the simple shape and the way it moves with you when you walk. The scoop neck is just perfectly enticing while not giving away any secrets. The back hem is longer than the front, adding a bit of modesty to the micro-mini front.

I’ll be wearing this dress when Mr. Husband and I take our anniversary vacation to Ashville. I think it will be a lovely, slinky dinner dress. After that, I’m going to even up the hems and make a pretty tunic to wear with skinny jeans.

I have got to get some sun on the legs!

I plan to make a second Wiksten Tank Dress that is a little longer to wear on a more regular basis. I’m thinking a soft gray linen to pair with some navy espadrilles or my mustard Miz Mooz (like these but in mustard, my favorite color!).


I know it is only 3dp5dt, but I can’t help but symptom spot. This morning I felt a little queasy and crampy, sort of like my period was coming. I felt a few pinches, twinges from the uterus/ovary areas, but have a hard time deciding what is gas/poo twinges and what Pip. I was exhausted last night and started falling asleep during Downton Abbey – which is crazy because I’m obsessed with that show. This morning I slept through my alarm which is also unusual… unless my period is around the corner.

Mr. Husband decided out of the blue last night that Pip stands for “Person In Progress.” It makes my heart melt to know he was thinking about Pip even when we weren’t discussing him/her. I sure hope you stick around, little Pip.

Just 7 more sleeps till test day. (I count things down by “sleeps,” just like the Kermit’s song, ‘One More Sleep Till Christmas.’)



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  1. 35life #
    April 19, 2012

    Love the dress! You are inspiring me to move from quilting to fashion! Also love the art on the mantel and what Pip stands for! Ok, can I just love the entire post? 🙂

  2. April 19, 2012

    Um, I want that dress. It’s insanely cute and you are awesome for making it yourself!!

    I had absolutely NO symptoms that I was pregnant until 6 weeks….. EXCEPT for feeling like my period was coming. Actually, at 14 weeks I still feel like my period is coming (on top of all the other stuff). I hope this is a good sign for Pip 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • April 20, 2012

      Well that is good to know! I’ll take all the periody feelings in the world if it means I get a baby out of the deal 🙂

  3. April 19, 2012

    I love it! Absolutely adorable!

  4. Shelley #
    April 19, 2012

    My British friends count things down by sleeps. I absolutely love it.

    • April 20, 2012

      I did not know it was a British thing! Now I feel cool an worldly 🙂

  5. April 19, 2012

    Beautiful dress! I’m impressed!

  6. April 19, 2012

    Only 7 more sleeps! So soon! And Pip is already making you tired 🙂 just how it should be.

    Love the dress!

  7. April 19, 2012

    Ahhhh! Person in Progress!!!! That is the best. 😀

    I love this dress! I wish I had the patience to sew things. I saw a pattern for a cute dress I wanted to make and then I remember I broke my machine last time I tried to sew and anyway I get so angry at the machine every time I try it just wasn’t worth it. Ha!!

  8. April 19, 2012

    The dress looks great! I want one! (Without actually having to sew it myself.)

  9. April 19, 2012

    I love the dress and you look like a total hottie in it! I am 4dp5dt and trying not to drive myself insane with my lack of symptoms. It’s too damn early, right?

    • April 20, 2012

      Right! Too early! Or so I tell myself. Sigh… I so hope this is our month…

  10. April 19, 2012

    LOVE the dress.. try leggings under if you want to wear it to work. Go PIP go…. xo

  11. April 19, 2012

    The dress is beautiful!! Well done lady. Fingers are crossed for you and Pip!

  12. April 19, 2012

    Love the dress. I so don’t have the patience for that!

    • April 20, 2012

      You know, sewing is one of the very few things in live I have patience for!

  13. April 19, 2012

    Ok this is a seriously cute dress with a seriously cute backdrop! I love your living room! Did you make the fireplace art?

    • April 20, 2012

      Thanks Beth! I did not make the fireplace art. It was actually a quick fix to just fill the space and I ended up falling in love with it! I ordered it from Cb2 several years ago.

  14. Evelyn #
    April 19, 2012

    Awesome job on the dress. Pip – what a perfect acronym.

  15. April 20, 2012

    Love the dress! Counting the sleeps with you!

  16. EmHart #
    April 20, 2012

    You clever thing. I can’t believe you are a beginner! That is gorgeous. I love what Pip stands for. It is perfect.

  17. April 20, 2012

    The dress is fantastic and I love your decor even more. I also love Pip!

  18. veetamia #
    April 20, 2012

    Very cute!!! You seem like you have a very chic sense of style, and if that is your home, it’s beautifully decorated! 🙂

    • April 20, 2012

      Oh thanks! It is my home. I have had a lot of fun putting it together on a minimal budget. Maybe I’ll do some home shots to share one day!

  19. April 21, 2012

    That dress is beautiful! I can’t beleive you worked with silk! When I read what Pip stands for I started to cry a little. Isnt’ it sweet when the Hubby’s come out of nowhere with something like that?

  20. April 24, 2012

    Belle, that dress is lovely. I think it will go great with a bump. 😉

    • April 25, 2012

      OMG! I might have a bump????!!!!!

  21. infertilitycansuckit #
    September 15, 2012

    Love this sewing tab and your fabulous projects!!! Great work on this dress. So lovely!

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