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Wiksten: Tova (Tova) thumbsup - Type:Tops    printable version
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Reviewed by:fattyboomboom
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Posted on:12/24/13 4:19 PM
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Pattern Description:
Intermediate level sewing skills required. Comes with sizes XS-XL. Instructions with black and white photos and sketches are included, as well as pattern pieces for both top and dress. (from Wiksten website)
Pattern Sizing:
I sewed size Small and made no fitting adjustments.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, but I changed the order of construction.
The method of gathering is to sew 2 rows of basting stitches above the stitching line. I prefer to sew one row above the stitching line and another row below. That just gives me better results, but I know there are a number of ways to gather.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the use of both photos and sketches. Occasionally it's a little bit difficult to see details in the photos, but I had no problem following them.
I'm very impressed that I could cut a tunic with sleeves and a collar using only a yard and a half of fabric, 45" wide.
Fabric Used:
Version 1: Mustard linen, medium weight
Version 2: Raspberry silk faille, light weight
Version 3: Print silk charmeuse, light weight
It's fascinating to see a pattern change its personality with different fabrics and colors, and I am so glad I used 3 different fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Version 1 has no changes except that I shortened at the hem by about 2 inches. (I'm short.)

For Version 2, I added buttons and buttonholes at the front inset and a button and ribbon embellishment on the sleeve cuff. I also reshaped the hemline by simply redrawing a curved line right on to the pattern.

Version 3 also has the curved hemline, which I love for these loose, untucked tops.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably won't sew it again; I think 3 times is enough! Suffice it to say that I love this pattern; it's easy to sew, comfortable to wear, and looks nice for casualwear. I would recommend it for advanced beginners because the front inset is a little tricky to sew. Don't hesitate to baste it first, and stitch slowly at the machine. Otherwise, it goes together rather quickly. I sewed the 3rd version in just 2 evenings.
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More info and photos on my blog: Style Me Mary
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canei said...
Nice!
12/24/13 4:33 PM
Immelu said...
I love all three versions!!! Thanks for writing the review!
12/24/13 10:21 PM
Jrhee said...
Beautiful pattern on you!
12/25/13 10:19 AM
Riversmocker said...
Love them! Casual classy at its finest! The linen is my favorite, the color is amazing.
12/25/13 10:29 AM
Michele Lommasson said...
Very lovely. I agree with you, the curved hem is wonderful, you did a good job.
12/25/13 11:06 AM
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