Don’t mind me… I’m just making up words, like ruffle-tastic, as I’m excited about a little bit of sewing pattern mixing-and-matching I undertook while at Sewjourn (a sewing retreat) in August.


I’ve always adored the ruffle sleeve on the cover of the first Kana’s Standard.  In fact, it was the main reason that I purchased the book.  I’ve looked at that ‘one size fits all’ a-line top so many times, and every time I come to the conclusion… boxy silhouettes suit me much better than a-line ones.  So, I borrowed the ruffle sleeve pattern piece from this book and I transplanted it onto the Wiksten Shift.


It was a happy match!


I performed my usual forward shoulder adjustment, but wasn’t thinking how this would effect the ruffle placement on the sleeve.


Oppphhhs… the ruffle and shoulder seam don’t align.


In an unusual step for me, I decided against fixing this minor error.  I’m just trying to pretend it didn’t happen!


For this version of the Wiksten Shift Top, I added an inch (2.5cm) to the length and left off the pockets.



I’m really happy with this make.  If it gets lots of wear this summer, I would be tempted to make another.


Pattern:  Wiksten’s Shift Dress and Top with a borrow sleeve ruffle from Kana’s Standard (Japanese pattern book)
Size:  8
Fabric:  Floral linen from  The Cloth Shop and the silk/cotton ruffle fabric was from a friends offcuts
Alterations:  3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment, I lengthen the pattern by 1″ (2.5cm) and left off the pockets
Outfit:  Jeans from Witchery, necklace by Sonia Rykiel (a favourite) and as-new second-hand Funkis shoes
Photo Location:  Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne


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  • Beautiful top. And because of the floral fabric, I haven’t seen that the ruffle and shoulder seam don’t align, so no need to worry.

  • Anna – I notice you always reference a 3/8th inch forward shoulder adjustment on your tops and dresses. For what reason do you do this? On most patterns, I always end up with a gap at the back neck and wondered if this would help that problem in any way.


    • Back necklines gapes, front necklines that choke and tops that want to fall backwards are a sign that a forward shoulder adjustment might be required. Look at yourself side on in the mirror. Does the shoulder seam on your makes sit in the middle of your shoulder. If not, measure from the shoulder seam to the bone in your shoulder… this is the size of the adjustment required. I hope that helps.

  • I always admired the cover photo on this book as well – it’s simply perfect as a boxy top in your stunning fabric & contrast!
    Count me as inspired! – Another gorgeous top Anna 😉

  • WOW … I am so in love with your top and your fabric choice is AWESOME … FIESTA 🙂