Isn't it great when you use a sewing pattern and all the instructions, diagrams and photos possible are there to help? Well it certainly helps prevent those usual pattern frustrations. Such was the case with my Wiksten Tova top. I purchased this pattern way back when I also bought the tank pattern. I was so happy with that pattern and the cut, that it has ended up being worn more than anything else I've made to date. The tova looked much more complicated and I wasn't sure if the cut would swamp me a little. It was a great deal more than I usually spend on a pattern, but with so many people making more than one, well, there had to be something in that.
Surprisingly it was a breeze to make, and I finished it within a few nights (though dinner was a little late on the table last night as I pressed seams and stirred the onions). I had made an old sheet version for sizing, and ended up cutting out the size small, graduating to a medium in the hips. It turned out to be spot on fit wise.
I used this cotton, a colourful plaid, and it is a little different to what I would normally choose. I cut some pattern pieces on the diagonal, using this top as inspiration.
I love it! It's comfy (very important!), and feels very "me". It feels good to get one outfit ticked off the winter sewing list, though I daresay this is a little more suited to spring in our climate. But then again, there is always layering.
I hope that this will be the first of several Tova's. I am quite keen to try the dress version. But until then, I have a feeling that this one will get plenty of wear.