It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for Sew Our Stash!!
How did you do this month? I’m super excited about the top I made!
I’ve had the Wiksten Tova top on my list for ages and I have finally made one up. I see why this pattern is so popular!
I found this fabulous retro style print at Jo-Ann so I bought it kind of as a “muslin”, as well as a yummy blue flannel. I didn’t get to the flannel, it took me a bit longer to get this one the way that I wanted, but it was definitely worth it. I see lots more of these tops in my future!
I was surprised that the inset went in so easily and I love the little ruffles at the base of it. The fit is cute and flattering, but still loose and very comfortable. I wanted a little extra something to break up the print so I added a row of coordinating lace on each side of the plackets. I think it’s a fun touch, don’t you?
The sleeves are a loose, 3/4 length so they are really comfy too. Overall I’m happy with it!
Here’s how my process went:
I cut out the large, but it was too big overall. When I sewed the shoulder and side seams, I took in them both in about 1″. I left the sleeve size the same because I wanted them loose, but I forgot to cut some off the arm hole on the bodice. So after sewing the sleeve in, I had to take that in about 1 1/2″. That was fun. I cut about 3″ off of the bottom and the top hits me about hip length, perfect for a tunic.
I had a little trouble with the collar too – I had forgotten that taking in the shoulder seams meant that I should cut some off the collar, so I sewed it on, top stitched it (of course) and realized it was way too bit. Awesome sauce. I ripped the whole thing out, trimmed the collar and sewed it back on. Still too big. So I folded the collar in half and sewed it down on the inside. Not the way I’ll do it next time, but it definitely works on this one. Or maybe I’ll just do a half-width collar to start with – I like how delicate this looks.
I can’t wait to make up my plaid version – it’s going to be so soft and cozy! Have you made up a Tova yet?
Make sure you head over at visit Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings – she has two cute sweatshirts to show off this month! Yay!
We’d love to see what you made too – leave a link in the comments!
Very cute, like the lace it is adorable.
The fit sounds like what happens to most of us – that’s why garment sewing has fallen off
and replaced with blocks and quilts – Keep up the encouraging tutorials, I’m hopeful that garment sewing will serge (no pun intended) again.
marissa | rae gun ramblings says
Oh I bet that looks so good on you! And that blue lace is the perfect touch.
I used to make loads of clothes and now I hardly make any at all, seeing lovely things like this is very inspiring. The print is so cute, the lace trim is lovely.
That’s it I’ve decided, 2016 is going to be the year I make something from scratch I can wear! (rather than just tweaking and refashioning old stuff)
I love this top but I don’t trust my sewing skills! It’s been a long time since I’ve bought a pattern and made myself something but this is a super cute top so maybe… Visiting from Worthwhile Wednesday linky party.
That’s gorgeous, I love the trim you’ve used.
Jeanne Grunert says
You’ve inspired me to try this pattern! Thanks for sharing it on the #HomeMattersParty
Theresa @DearCreatives says
I bet this is cute on. I haven’t sewed myself some clothing in a while. Might have to try this sometime.
Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon.
Frugal Hausfrau says
How cute! Although I didn’t have anything patterned like that way back when, I had several smocks as we called them cut just like this! Fun post and thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday – I can’t wait to see what you’ll bring next time!