a tova for fall

Back at the sewing machine after a too long break. I made a skirt during my days off which I’ve yet to blog but I couldn’t resist sharing this Wiksten Tova blouse first. I won’t go into how much I love these patterns (again)…
tova blouse. tidytipsy
I am consciously trying to slow down, in keeping with the season but also with what I know is good for me. Due to an annoying old horseriding injury I move slower as well and I try to enjoy being in the moment more.
What’s this got to do with sewing? I hadn’t stopped to actually enjoy sewing, the motions of making something wearable out of a piece of cloth, for a while and I did that with this blouse.
tova blouse. tidytipsy
the love of sewing. tidytipsy
I took my time, savouring each step of the process. The fabric is a lovely, buttery cotton batiste which was a joy to handle.
the love of sewing. tidytipsy
the love of sewing. tidytipsy
the love of sewing. tidytipsy
I even handbasted the seams that the pattern called for and yes, it does save time in the end and makes the seam finishes so much prettier.
As always there was a bit of a hiccup with the front inset corners but apart from that, sewing up this pattern was smooth sailing and pure joy.
tova blouse. tidytipsy
tova blouse. tidytipsy
I think it shows in the result too. It’s well made and I even like my topstitching. There are imperfections and parts I’d like to redo (as always) but on the whole I’m really happy with it.
tova blouse. tidytipsy
tova blouse. tidytipsy

10 thoughts on “a tova for fall

    1. Kristina

      Thank you🙂 Hm, I’m not sure exactly how long it took but I would guess, including the cutting of the fabric, around 6 hours.

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  1. awfully nice

    Yay I love seeing you sewing again! This looks amazing, I love sewing in that way when I force myself to do it, and you can really tell the difference in the finished product. Your front gathers look perfect – I always have a tough time getting those even on the tova top.

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    1. Kristina

      Thank you! It sure feels good to be back at it! I’ll try and sew more in this mindful way and really enjoy it. I hope it lasts, ha🙂

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  2. tinynicethings

    It’s very nice this tova version, I was thinking that I need a tova dress too, but I don’t really know the size I need right now!
    Your version it seems so clean and neat, I never handbaste anything and I always regret it at the end of the process.
    **I wish we live closer, because I really like your baby photos!

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    1. Kristina

      I think the tova is pretty forgiving but yeah, if I were you I would wait until after the baby. I don’t think you’ll need a bigger size than before then, the dress will hide the last bit of baby belly well😉
      I’d so love to take your baby photos but yeah, Spain is pretty far to travel for photos🙂

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  3. Stephanie

    It’s beautiful! That batiste sounds lovely. There are few things more satisfying to me than a nice shirt and perfect topstitching.

    I’m so glad you like your necklace! I just bought supplies to restock that one.

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