I tried shirring the middle of the Wiksten Tank with elastic thread! Here's what I did.... 1.) Cut the pattern out. 2.) Attached one side of the tank, side seam. 3.) Draw 3 straight lines across, starting where you are smallest around the middle. 4.) Shirred the middle and knot the elastic threads. 5.) Complete the top as directed in the instructions. It might look even better with a wide leather belt. At first I started to make the dress, but every time I end up cutting it, and making the tank top. The dress cut looks like a nightgown to me. Maybe it is my choice of fabrics. What are your thoughts on this pattern? Did you like it? Any one try something different? Best wishes and tons of stitches!