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Finishing the Wiksten Tova!

There’s been lots going on here at the moment and as a result, I seem to have lots more of half-completed projects lying around awaiting just a little bit of attention so that they can be claimed as finished.

The  Wiksten Tova was one of these. I cut it out a-g-e-s ago – back over Easter I think – got most of it sewn up the following weekend and only had the bottom hem and tidying up of the inside seams to do, but ran out of steam and had orders to do. I finally got around to finishing it last week and then photographing it yesterday.

Sewing the Wiksten Tova by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I really enjoyed sewing the Tova, it’s a lovely pattern to sew up and as a dressmaking novice I found it relatively easy to put together. I also managed to cut all the pieces out of half a metre less than the pattern notes recommended, which is always a bonus! The trickiest part for me was sewing the inset panels into the front of the shirt and getting the corners nice and neat….it kind of felt like I fudged it but I think it looks okay! I found VeryKerryBerry Tova sew-along really helpful, and would definitely recommend checking this out if you’re thinking of doing a Tova.

Sewing the Wiksten Tova by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I love the gathering around the inset and going into the sleeve cuffs – it makes me feel very accomplished when really it was a lot less tricky to do than I thought it would be! I really like the inset panel as well, but am not sure about the collar and open placket although I think that could be because it’s not a style that I would normally wear. 

I feel that it fits well – maybe a little tight across the back – although looking at these pictures it does look like it’s pulling a bit across my chest so maybe I should go up to a medium next time? Still, I will definitely be making more of these, I think a full-length dress with full-length sleeves would be great for winter! So, details…

  • Pattern::: Wiksten Tova, size S
  • Fabric::: 1.5m of polycotton
  • Mods::: none!  

I hope you’ve all had great weekends and managed to clear the decks a little!


Today’s sky ● blue!


  1. May 30, 2012 / 11:09 pm

    I love your top, such a pretty shape and the fabric is so sweet too!

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my coasters and if you ever did come round for a tea, you'd definitely get a flowery one! 😉

    S x

  2. June 18, 2012 / 6:46 pm

    Lovely result and very pretty fabric!

  3. June 18, 2012 / 10:00 pm

    Thanks for popping by Kerry! And for all the tips I picked up in your Tova-along – so useful x

  4. Florence (Flossie Teacakes)
    November 9, 2012 / 9:12 pm

    It's a beauty!

  5. November 9, 2012 / 11:16 pm

    Thanks Florence 🙂