Tom Ford shirting from Sultan’s Fine Fabrics
Me Made May just finished and I had a lot of fun re-visiting my handmade wardrobe with fresh eyes. I’ll be posting many items over the next few weeks that I was able to finally photograph in detail to show you a closer look.
This Wiksten Tova dress was made from a luxurious Tom Ford shirting fabric that I bought at Sultan’s. As soon as I spotted the roll, I knew I needed to make a dress from it. I especially love making a Wiksten Tova using any type of plaid or check because one of my favourite things to do is cut the yoke on the bias. I was also very careful when cutting out the pieces to match the pattern from the front to the back piece, especially since the pattern is so bold.
I’m not sure if there’s a limit to how many Tovas a girl can have, but I think I could still use a few more.
Wiksten Tova Dress by Jenny Gordy
Red/Blue Plaid Cotton Shirting from Sultan’s Fine Fabrics
Photographed in the town of Morro D’Orro, Italy
Continuing on with posting some Italy photos! I really just LOVE this dress to pieces. Everything about it. This is my first Wiksten Tova as a dress and it was a wonderful piece to travel with. Super comfortable, but also very pretty.
This fabric is a dream. I bought it last year at Sultan’s Fine Fabrics. I adore this plaid colour combo, but the fabric itself is the most beautiful, thin, cotton shirting. I will have to go back and see if there’s anything similar. I could wear this kind of fabric all the time.
One lesson that I learned while making this dress was that if you are carrying your fabric pieces around and you go grocery shopping, it’s not a good idea to put a carton of blueberries in with your fabric. Oh yes, I got smushed blueberry stains on the back piece of the dress. Total disaster. Luckily, my lovely pal, Jacqueline of Soak Wash, took charge of the situation and had me Soak the fabric over night while she checked on it every few hours, giving it a light rub here and there. Miraculously, (or not, since Soak is amazing!) the stains were gone in the morning. Phew. Crisis averted & lesson learned!
These photos were taking in the little town of Morro D’Orro close to where we attended Squam Italia. We wandered the winding streets one afternoon with our tour guide telling us stories of how the town had been bombed during WWII and I snuck into an abandoned building to take these shots.
I have it from a good source that we’ll be seeing some new Wiksten patterns soon. I can’t wait to see & sew Jenny’s new designs!
You can find the Wiksten Tova pattern here!
Wiksten Tova Sewing Pattern by Jenny Gordy
Pink Pamela Judith Liberty of London Tana Lawn Cotton
A couple months ago, Angela posted a sleeveless Tova in Pink Feathers. What a brilliant idea. I just had to make one for myself. I chose this pretty pink Liberty print.
I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern, besides just leaving off the sleeves and doing a bias binding for the armholes. I already loved this pattern, but now I’ve got another version that’s perfect for summer weather.
You know the drill, there will be more versions posted. These Wiksten patterns just seem to sew themselves. Here’s Tova #1 & Tova #2.
Wiksten Tova Sewing Pattern
Nani IRO brushed flannel polka dot
Photographed at the Johnson Bank Parking Garage, Madison WI
It’s pretty darn hot in Madison. Definitely too hot right now for this flannel version of the Tova. But I’ve worn this top several times in cooler weather and it’s perfectly cozy. This is the first time I’ve worked with nani IRO flannel for clothing. I made a quick scarf a few months ago, pairing the flannel with a solid voile. It’s so lovely! Super lightweight and soft. It’s hard to see but the polka dots on the fabric actually have a bit of glitter on them. We sold out of this shipment quite quickly, but we’re expecting more nani IRO in the next few weeks.
I love how this shirt fits. I love the bib yoke and the sleeves. I also always love the way that Jenny finishes her hems and cuffs. It’s true, I just can’t say enough good things about Wiksten patterns. Having tried so many, I just really notice the difference in quality which makes sewing these garments so much more fun.
My other Tova in Liberty is here. I also heart it a lot.
Tova Shirt by Wiksten
Liberty of London : Mirabelle print Tana Lawn Cotton
I fell in love with the Tova shirt & dress the first time I saw it. This was years ago, before it was a sewing pattern. It’s perfectly my style. A simple tunic, a gathered yoke and gathered 3/4 length sleeve. I don’t know why I waited so long to order both Jenny Gordy‘s patterns (the Tank & the Tova), but now that I have them, I want to sew a dozen (at least) in each. I’ve made a few of the tanks. (Paris maps & Floral) But I had been taking my time, trying to decide on the perfect fabric for my Tova. I’m so happy that I finally decided to do it in Liberty of London Mirabelle. I’ve used bits of this fabric for other projects, but not yet for a piece of clothing. The soft drape of the Tana Lawn feels amazing with this pattern.
Jenny’s patterns are awesome. I love her details, the way she finishes hems & cuffs and the fit has been perfect for me. Everything about her design feels refined and I always feel like I’m making high quality garment as I work through her instructions. Fingers crossed that she continues to release sewing patterns in the future because they are the best.
I used Swedish Tracing paper to trace out my pattern and it is my new standard for pattern paper. It feels really nice, is lightweight, but sturdy. It is also sew-able, so if you want to baste a pattern to test it out, you can sew the Swedish Tracing paper! The trickiest part of sewing this pattern is attaching the yoke. My corners are more curvy than pointy. For my next version, I think I will hand baste the yoke in place and I’m sure that will help.
I’m getting ready to cut out my next Tova already. I’m just deciding which Liberty print will be next.
Happy Valentine’s Day! xxxxxo