sheet as top

drunk off the success of my first wiksten tank, i decided to remix it! honestly, i’d been waiting for a great-fitting base pattern that i could work with to create something new, so this was a really fun challenge.

i drafted elbow length sleeves (holy cow, full grown women sleeves look GINORMOUS when you’re not used to sewing anything larger than a 3T!) and gathered them at the top for a little puff. then i created the bow collar by cutting a really really long, 5″ wide strip. i folded it in half and sewed around all edges, leaving enough open in the center to fit around the raw neckline of the tank. i turned the tube right side out, finished just the chest area of the neckline with bias, sewed the open part of the collar on around the rest, then topstitched it in place.


so this is kind of funny – my grandma always used to wear bow collared shirts to family Christmas parties. that’s my point of reference for these things, and until i saw THIS beauty by sophie, i was never really interested in wearing one myself. once i saw hers, though, i wanted to try making one. as i cut it out, i had no idea whether it would actually work or not, and it made me so anxious while i was sewing! was i wasting my time with a flop, or would it turn out? i think it turned out! :)


after i tried it on, i decided i wanted it a bit more fitted, so i pinched some fabric at my mid back, then just sewed it down on the inside. i’m going full blown romance with this shirt – puff sleeves, big bow, floral, and a sort of peplum back!


i shortened the front by a couple inches and i wish i’d done that in the back too, for the sole reason that it peeks out from under my jacket when i wear it to work. and i have worn it to work! it feels so subversive when i do, because it’s actually a vintage bed sheet! OH YES! this sucker was $4 at goodwill, and i’ve already made a toddler dress, skirt, and a sash for myself out of it. pret-ty good. and i would be remiss if i didn’t show you our mother and daughter matching vintage sheet garments in the same shot, so behold:


it only felt dorky once i took my jacket off. ;)

37 thoughts on “sheet as top

  1. Cirque Du Bebe says:

    Haha great title! And um, SO cute, not to mention creative. I don’t ever dare to go off the path with patterns, you brave thing you. Would be very interested in a tutorial! Thanks for the mention too.

  2. Rachel says:

    I really like your new top ~ I would totally wear something like that !
    amazing you got 3 sewing projects out of one $4 sheet ~ what a deal !

  3. Kathy says:

    This is so cute and feminine. I love the use of the vintage sheet…it has to be so soft and cool to wear….what a great material for spring and summer. I also like it a little longer in the back. It gives it a special feminine flow.

  4. Trinh says:

    i’ve always loved bow tops and yours is great! i would never think the wiksten tank could turn into that. great find on the sheet too.

  5. Stef says:

    You are such a thrill seeker, Kristin!! haha. I think the top is gorgeous. Seriously. You should throw off your jacket with pride. Love it!!

  6. gail says:

    sheet as top, hehe. it looks great on you, and i’m totally floored that you created that shirt from the tank pattern! amazing, i tell ya. :)

  7. Crystal says:

    Oh my gosh. You did that with the tank pattern. I need to try this. Maybe you do need to do a tutorial…. or I could just buy that shirt off you :) It turned out so well!

    • kristin says:

      Jess of Craftiness is Not Optional talks about how to make sleeves – I just used the same idea for mine. Check out her tutorial section – but maybe I’ll do one down the road for “grown up” clothes. Hehe.

  8. craftybynight says:

    I’m absolutely in love with bow collar tops and I have to say this might be one of my favorites! It turned out great and the vintage fabric is so sweet. Though I own a bow collar shirt (and wear it to death) I’ve never made one. I just might have to give it a go now – you’ve inspired me!

  9. carolyn says:

    You put us all to shame! I love this top and am so impressed that you drafted so many parts of it! Gorgeous!
    And, of course, I’m a big fan of matching clothes…I embrace all forms of dorkiness.

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