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Marimekko Wiksten

SURPRISE! I made another Wiksten! this brings the total to 4 (….I bet you’ll never guess what I did for One Week One Pattern).

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IMG_4394 Dress: me made; Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft; Necklace: me made; Belt: thrifted; Boots: Steve Madden.

This beauty may be my favorite yet. I’ve been hoarding this fabric for aaaaages. I bought it at a Crate and Barrel outlet over a year ago and couldn’t decide what to do with it.

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I only bought about a yard, which was foolish. In fact, the whole trip was a bit foolish- I think I bought one yard of about 6 different non-coordinating prints. I’m not really sure what was holding me back from investing in serious yardage, since Crate and Barrel retails it for $4/yd (about 10% of what Marimekko does). I think it was a a deer in the headlights moment….. struck temporarily senseless in the face of such large and majestic prints, I grabbed everything in site and can’t be held responsible for what followed.  Not even the blog post that followed.

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Anyway, I still have several of those one yard pieces lying around. One turned into this timeless, priceless, completely unintentionally, hilariously misjudged apron.  A larger piece turned into curtains. Which are unblogged. And likely never to be blogged. Because ugh, curtains. If I did blog about them I would title it “rectangles that block the sun so that I can sleep.”

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This, however was the most beautiful of all of the kings children piece of fabric and I hoarded it for months. I didn’t want to break up the print by making it into anything too complicated, so when I finally stumbled upon the Wiksten it seemed like the perfect match.

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I made not one alteration except to leave off the pocket and use the bias as a facing rather than a binding. It’s a pretty big departure from my normal wardrobe of dreary solids in navy, grey and black, but…dare I say it….I think my shell may be cracking. There’s a whole world out there of loud prints, and it’s just waiting for me to start rolling around in it.

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That’s all folks. Stay tuned for my next post, because GUYS I made jeans. JEANS! I’m actually that excited about it.

3 thoughts on “Marimekko Wiksten”

  1. It’s such a thrill to use hoarded fabric and end up loving the make! I love your tank but I also love how you styled it. Beautiful!

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