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Yardage Chart for Women's Shift Dress + Top Sewing Pattern

Shift LinenWiksten Shift Yardage Chart

Shift Dress + Top Sewing Pattern: Choosing Your Size


Shift Size Chart Inches

Wiksten Shift Size Chart CM

The Shift Dress + Top is meant to have a very loose fit, especially in the body, and slightly less so in the arms.  It's a style designed for comfort and ease.   Often people say that Wiksten women's patterns run big, based on their experience with the Haori.  That's because we like an oversized look.  If that's not your thing, you may want to size down from what's recommended on the pattern.  If you choose to do so, make sure the bicep won't end up too tight.  We recommend choosing your size mainly based on the bust and bicep measurements.

If you look at the body measurements and the finished garment measurements, you'll notice there's a lot of ease.  Look through your wardrobe for a similar garment that fits you the way you want and measure and compare to the Shift's finished garment measurements.  We only list the circumference at the hip, but it's the same for the bust and waist.

Most people's measurements don't fit neatly into categories on a size chart.  It doesn't matter so much with this style since it's basically shaped like a box.  We've included a waist tie option for those that want to give it more shape.  I've tried on a few different sizes, and I can fit into and be comfortable in 4 different sizes in this pattern just fine.  However my favorite fit is the one that stays true to the size chart.

Below you'll see photos of some of our testers wearing different variations of the style in different sizes with measurements listed so that you can get a general idea of how the Shift looks on different body types.  I love how it looks on everyone we tried it on!  We worked for a really long time on getting the grading and fit right for all of the sizes.  In fact the size 20 fit model tried on about 5 different samples until we got the proportions just right.



Wiksten Shift size 0

Sara, @girlwhoknits
Height: 5'0"
Bust: 31 1/2"
Hip: 37 1/2"
Bicep: 11"



Wiksten Shift Size 2

Wiksten Shift Size 2

Wiksten Shift Size 2

Parikha, @productbyprocess
Height: 5'4"
Bust: 33 1/2"
Hip: 34 1/2"
Bicep: 9 3/4"



Wiksten Shift Size 4

Wiksten Shift Size 4

Wiksten Shift Size 4

Jenny, @shopwiksten
Height: 5'7"
Bust: 34"
Hip: 38"
Bicep: 11"



Wiksten Shift Size 8

Mackenzie, @mackenziesasser
Height: 5'6"
Bust: 36"
Hip: 40"
Bicep: 12 1/2"



Wiksten Shift Size 10

Wiksten Shift Size 10

Wiksten Shift Size 10

Jenn, @jenndumon
Height: 5'2"
Bust: 40"
Hip: 41"
Bicep: 11"



Wiksten Shift Size 14

Wiksten Shift Size 14

Wiksten Shift Size 14

Emily, @thestoryclubpdx
Height: 5'8"
Bust: 41"
Hip: 44"
Bicep: 12" 


 SIZE 16

Wiksten Shift Size 14

Wiksten Shift Size 16

Height: 5'5"
Bust: 41"
Hip: 47 1/2"
Bicep: 14" 



Wiksten Shift Size 22

Wiksten Shift Size 22

Wiksten Shift Size 22

Jacqui, @jacquelinecieslak
Height: 5'6"
Bust: 47 1/2"
Hip: 52"
Bicep: 19" 
*Adjustments: square shoulder/full bicep adjustment (tutorial coming soon) to add 1" to sleeve circumference


Wiksten Shift Dress Size 22

Wiksten Shift Dress Size 22

Melizza, @melizzamakes
Height: 5'6"
Bust: 49"
Hip: 48 1/2"
Bicep: 18" 
*Adjustments: square shoulder/full bicep adjustment (tutorial coming soon) and forward shoulder adjustment (tutorial coming soon)


We hope that seeing the Shift in different sizes will help you find the right fit for yourself.  Some people are more particular than others about how a garment fits their body, so we'll be providing some information on common fit adjustments that might be needed very soon.  


*Note that the size 22 testers both made fit adjustments, but we also tried the dress on two other size 22 friends that did not need bicep adjustments.  Every body is different, and it's not possible to create a style that will work perfectly for everyone right out of the package.  With the modifications we'll be posting about, we hope to provide a fit that will work for a wide range of people.

Metric Charts for Women's Shift Dress + Top Sewing Pattern

Metric Size and Meterage Charts for Shift Dress and Top

Cropped, Straight Leg Pants for Kids

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You know those cute, cropped, straight leg pants that are so popular in women's fashion right now?  Fall is unquestionably creeping in here in Oregon, and the transitional weather is perfect for this style.  So of course I had to make a pair for Iris!

Did you know that a pattern for these is included in our Bloomers pattern?  All you have to do is make the pants version and leave out the elastic at the leg openings, which makes them even faster to sew.  

The crop is built in to the pattern already. For this pair, I used a beautiful black linen and added an extra hem allowance to sew a wide, 2" finished hem for a nice detail. A benefit of adding hem allowance here is that as your child grows, you have the option of letting out a little length.  I also added extra waistband hem allowance to mine to make the waistband wider.  Neither of those changes is necessary for a cute pair of pants though.

Iris is a size 3, but for this version of the pants I opted to cut the size 2 while maintaining the size 3 length in the crotch and leg. This keeps them just a little slimmer. Because sizing down for this pant version works very well, it means you could even use the size 3 to make pants for a child up to 4 or 5 years old. Just be sure to measure the child from waist to ankle to ensure the right length.

Button Loop Tutorial

 This button loop tutorial is used for the Wiksten Iris Pullover, but is a great technique for adding afterthought button loops to any knitting - the front of a kid's cardigan, the end of a flip-top mitten, the edges of a buttoned scarf. It can be made to accommodate any size button, and is also an opportunity for a little hit of contrast yarn if you so choose.