NEW ∙ Wiksten Sewing Pattern Collection
I'm delighted to have recently added the full range Wiksten sewing patterns to our online store. These gorgeous patterns are designed by Jenny Gordy in Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her husband Joe and their daughter Iris.
Jenny originally worked as a technical designer and fit model in New York City before studying Patternmaking at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
She launched Wiksten in 2004 as a line of handmade clothing but later transitioned to the home sewing industry after developing patterns, and teaching classes, in Brooklyn in 2010.
If you're wondering "why Wiksten?", well there's a personal reason for this since it was the Swedish last name of Jenny's grandparents, Ruth and Vernon, a doctor and a nurse who met and fell in love. In their spare time they would make things by hand. Jenny was inspired from the beginning by their love of making, and her grandmother Ruth spent hours teaching her to sew as a child and then to knit as an adult.
The Wiksten Collection currently consists of two adult patterns, the first of which is the Haori Jacket, pictured below. It's a Japanese inspired style with large patch pockets and a fold-over collar.
Their newest release is the Shift Dress + Top, and seeing the various samples made by the pattern testers over on Instagram a couple of months ago clinched it for me, and I knew that I had to add these patterns to our thoughtfully curated range. With three options to chose from, this loose shift is both comfortable and elegant, in fact it's the perfect wardrobe staple!
In addition to the two adult patterns there are three toddler and baby styles including a Smock Top & Dress, Harem Pants and Bloomers. All three have been thoughtfully designed and cleverly constructed, I just wish I had a little one to sew for!
I hope you'll love hand writing and thoughtful details of these patterns as much as I do, first up for me will be the Shift Dress in our Sevenberry Broken Stripes, one of our customers had a fabulous version which you can see in our Instagram feed, so I'm going to be shamelessly following suit....