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!
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 Tank sewing pattern by Jenny Gordy
Fabric : Peach Birch from Jay McCarroll’s Habitat collection
I had been saving this one metre of Birch for ages. Actually, I was kicking myself for only getting the one metre. There really aren’t a lot of clothing options for such a small amount of fabric. I got it into my head that I could squeak a Wiksten Tank out of it with a little creativity a few weeks ago. With some clever fabric folding I was able to get all my pieces cut out, including a pattern matched pocket piece and I just had to piece together two strips to make the bias binding for the neck. Whoo! I cut out the extra small and I doubt this would work with any of the other sizes. It’s always worth a try though! There’s nothing more satisfying than making the fabric you have in your stash work with the pattern you choose for it after.
The Wiksten Tank list continues to grow!
- Kerry’s Flock
- Paris Map Fabric
- Martha Negley
We sell the Wiksten Tank & Tova patterns at the workroom!
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.
Tank Top Sewing Pattern by Wiksten
Liberty of London : Kerry’s Flock print Tana Lawn Cotton
Photographed at the Extended Stay Deluxe in Madison, WI
Hello from Madison, Wisconsin!
I haven’t been here for ages, so we have lots to catch up on. I’m going to focus on the little things first and work up to the bigger things, if that’s okay. It feels easier to talk about this new tank top rather than the life changing things that have happened in 2012. We’ll get to that stuff.
It’s true though – Andrew, Maisy & I are living out in Madison, Wisonsin for a month. I prefer to tell that story with photos right now, so you can visit my personal flickr site which is updated everyday. In particular, the Madison photo set starts right at the beginning.
I have quite a few sewing projects that I’ve completed in the last little while. I brought a bunch of them along on this trip to photograph in Madison and share with you. Plus, I have my sewing machine with me! Having my Bernina with me is the best and I’m working on several new projects.
Being on the road, my Wiksten tank tops have been in constant rotation. With jeans or shorts, they are the perfect thing to wear in any situation. This Liberty version using the Kerry’s Flock print is the newest addition to the collection. The lightweight tana lawn cotton is heaven to sew with and wear.
By now, it seems like everyone has tried this pattern. If not, you should! We have both of Jenny Gordy’s Wiksten patterns available at the workroom now (both online and in our shop on Queen Street). We can hardly keep them in stock, they sell so quickly. The patterns were just mentioned in this week’s THE GRID article on the workroom and some of our most favourite items.
My growing collection of Wiksten tanks includes this Paris Map version and this Martha Negley version. Many, many more to come.
I stitched up this Schoolhouse Tunic a little while ago, but didn’t get to taking proper photographs until the other day. It’s my second version of this great pattern. I made the first one out of voile from the Greenfield Hills collection. I knew my second version would be done with Liberty of London and I’m so happy that I chose this spring-y Kate Ada print.
I tried out the gathered elastic sleeve for this version and I really like it!
I’ve had a busy start to the year with an unexpected project. I’ll finally be sharing some photos here very soon to show you what I’ve been up to for the last few months.
Speaking of Liberty of London, there’s a shipment due to arrive ANY day now (hopefully tomorrow) at the workroom full of Liberty of London Tana Lawn Cotton!!! It will be our biggest shipment of Liberty yet! You can sneak peek the prints that are arriving here. You can expect to see Liberty on our shelves on a regular basis now. Just in time for spring/summer wardrobe making!
One more piece of exciting news!! the workroom will be carrying Wiksten printed sewing patterns! I absolutely adore both the Tank pattern and the Tova pattern, so I’m over the moon that Jenny is making them available to us. Not only can you now buy these patterns locally, but look out for these projects as classes at the workroom very soon. The patterns will arrive in the next few weeks. I’ll let you know when they arrive.
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
Pattern : Wiksten Tank Top by Jenny Gordy
Fabric : Paris Map from the ‘Etchings‘ collection by 3 Sisters
Let’s talk about the fabric first. This Paris Map fabric is incredible. It’s the kind of fabric that I could use over and over again and never get tired of it. It’s the kind of fabric that only lasted in the shop for about 24 hours before all 3 bolts of it were gone. It’s the kind of fabric that you want to hoard forever and never not have it in your life.
I really wanted to enjoy this fabric on a regular basis, not just visit with it in my stash. I knew that this tank pattern would be a satisfying way to cut into this print. You just can’t go wrong with the Wiksten Tank. It is so versatile and easy to wear. (I have fabric picked out for my first Wiksten Tova that I hope to be able to sew up soon)
Again, I have to say that I super proud of my pattern matching on the pocket. (See my first Wiksten Tank here) You can barely see that there is a pocket!
I still have at least a metre left of these Paris Maps (plus every little bit of scrap from cutting out the tank) and the rest will likely go into some future quilts and definitely into my Blue & White Farmer’s Wife Sampler.
- Our dear Kristiann, has recently launched her own line of pdf sewing patterns. Her company is called, ‘Victory Patterns‘ and I know you’re going to fall in love with her designs. I have my eye on the Hazel dress with those sweet front ties.
- I’m adding this DIY Fur Pom Pom project to my list of things to do
- Have you seen the online magazine, Covet Garden? It is SO good. Each issue features a different house in Toronto and this issue features Arounna & John’s home from ‘Bookhou‘!
- The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery is starting a Dessert of the Month club. Each month you get a new adorable dessert cross stitch pdf pattern emailed to you. the workroom will be working with the Pumpkins to create Cosmo floss sets every two months that will contain all the colours you will need to work on your desserts. We sold out really quickly on the January/February sets yesterday, but more floss is on the way. Let me know if you’d like to buy a set when they are back in stock!
I’ve admired everything Wiksten for so long and finally I ordered her two sewing patterns a couple months ago. So far, I’ve just made the tank top (twice!), but I’ll be making the Tova as soon as possible. I’ve had a crush on that shirt for ages.
The tank pattern is awesome. Jenny’s patterns are hand drawn and incredibly well designed. You don’t even need a serger for this project, since it is sewn with french seams and bias finished hems. Genius.
I am MOST proud of the pocket on the tank. I PERFECTLY matched the pattern on the fabric so that you can barely even see that the pocket is there. Small details like that make me so happy.
With winter approaching, I’ll be wearing it layered with cozy cardigans.
It doesn’t at all seem unreasonable to me that I might need a rainbow of colours in this tank. It’s clearly a wardrobe essential.
You can order Jenny’s Wiksten sewing patterns from the workroom’s online shop!
I had the horrible realization last week that all the skirts in my closet are the wrong length! I’ve apparently just left behind a ten year phase of wearing skirts that hover close to or below the knee. Right now I’m loving the idea of a mini-ish skirt with tights and flats.
I’ve had Jenny Gordy’s Tulip Skirt pattern from Stitch magazine on my list for months so this was the logical place to start building a new skirt wardrobe from. I’m a huge fan of her lovely line, “Wiksten“. I would happily wear anything she designed. Luckily, Jenny just posted her errata from the pattern which helped to sort out some things that confused me when tracing the pattern sheet.
The sewing is simple for this skirt, the most confusing thing were the directions and lack of diagrams to help clarify. I’m still not sure if I did the facing correctly, I ended up just using the regular waistband pieces to create a matching facing. It seemed like there were other pieces I was supposed to trace on the pattern sheet, but they didn’t make sense to me. The one thing I modified was the tie. I wanted something a bit bigger, longer, perhaps evoking some Blair Waldorf.
As I was cutting out the fabric (which is a Daiwabo print) and eating some blackberries Andrew bought me, I realized that they were both the same colour. I’m loving this dark purple-y colour so much right now. I was pretty sure I’d find a good quote mentioning blackberries in ‘Peter Rabbit’ by Beatrix Potter for my typewritten label. I have the entire set of her charming books.
As for the buttons of the skirt, I’ve been holding on to a set of typewriter keys for a very long time with the intention of using them as buttons on a skirt. Let me first say that these came from a typewriter that I found banged up on the streets of New York. I took it home to see if it could be saved, but really it was beyond repair. I would never harm a working typewriter and neither should you! I carefully removed all the buttons and have kept them all these years. Of course, then there was the dilemma of what to spell with my five buttons. Keeping in mind I couldn’t repeat any of the letters. In the end, the perfect word seemed to be, ‘SKIRT’.