practice makes perfect

I promised to post more of my sewing and since I can’t really put it off any longer, here are two more tops that got made this summer: a striped blue top from a vintage 40’s pattern (the same as this one) and a Wiksten Tova Top.
I was reluctant to post them because I don’t really like how they came out. The great thing about sewing your own clothes is that you can make precisely the kind of clothing you love. The bad thing about it is that you’re bound to go wrong some time, it’s part of the learning process.

I love the look of the blue top, but it doesn’t really fit me. It’s not very noticable in the picture but the bust area is much too big for me and it looks funny with the tailored waist. I have since learned how to make a small bust adjustment. Also the fabric is too stiff for this pattern, it worked much much better with the light cotton voile I made it from the first time.

The next top is a Tova from a light-weight cotton lawn (maybe, it’s not voile but equally light weight).

I loved the fabric when I saw it and I love it still…just not on me. I don’t do patterned fabric very well, I am finding out more and more that I should stick to solids.

So with each item I make I am still learning and learning. Making clothing can sometimes be frustrating and it will always be very time consuming. But it is also very rewarding and I for one am always thinking that the next thing I sew might just be the perfect item that I have been searching for🙂

13 thoughts on “practice makes perfect

  1. tidytipsy

    Thanks Sarah and Lynda!!
    Lynda, it’s partly the pattern but it’s still too big and the stiffness of the fabric makes it more obvious than the flowy voile. I do actually wear it though, so it wasn’t a complete fail🙂

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    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Lauren! The fabric for the Tova is red and purple which makes it tricky to choose a cardigan for it. Maybe a white wool cardigan would go with it.

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  2. Neus

    I’m completely agree with you! I’ve been sewing another Wiksten tank top, and I always do the back part too big… or may be I have a narrow back.ufff… Learning and learning, but sometimes it can be a bit disappointing!
    I think that the blue top and the tova top are very good!! I say it sincerely, I would wear both of them for sure! And yes, the tova top it would be perfect with a cardigan maybe in red or in brown…white also!😉

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    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Neus! Definitely learning and learning🙂 Maybe I’ll grow to love the tops and just have to have them out of mind and sight for a while.

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  3. Ana GR

    Your posts are so lovely! And they bring me sweet memories of other times when I had the time to sew my own clothes, and I remember the feeling when the result was not the expected one, but it was always surprising! The learning side is fascinating. And your creations are just awesome! Remember that most of the times it is only you who sees the flaws!

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    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Ana! It’s true, you never know if the result will be like the one pictured in your head! And I really hope so, that I’m the only one seeing the flaws😉

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  4. Rachel

    I think the top is darling. I’d totally wear it. But I know what you mean in a way. I like fairly neutral colors and have made a few things lately that would have been AWESOME if they were less colorful. You like solids. It had to stray from what you like.

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    1. Kristina

      Thanks Rachel! It’s so hard to really know how a garment will look on the person before it’s made, right? We might fall for a certain fabric and find out later that it’s not quite right for us. Live and learn🙂 I think I am doing well sticking to solids lately and I wear solids a lot more.

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