The first day of school went very smoothly yesterday and while K filled her brain with knowledge, I finished up my second Wiksten Tova. As I happily sewed, I remembered how when I was a corporate drone, a colleague once told me that I always looked comfortable yet stylish. It was really one of the few nice things that happened to me while I worked there — I was so flattered and that has become my sartorial mantra though I don’t consistently succeed: comfort without sacrificing a sense of style. I feel like the Tova fits that description to a tee.
I love the first Tova I made. It was initially too tight in the shoulders and bust, but after a couple of wears, the fabric has molded to my body shape, and I can now lift my arms much more easily. It’s still a teeny bit snug, so for my second version, I added a scant 1/8 inch to the shoulders and 1/4 inch to the underarms of the front and back pattern pieces. I also added 3/8 inch to each side of the sleeve pattern at the underarms, like so:
And that’s all it took! What a difference an inch or so makes; the top is so much more comfortable now. Such a great pattern. As for this lovely plaid, yet again, I have to write: “I have no idea where I got this fabric from nor do I know what its fiber content is”, but the silver adds some much appreciated fun factor. The silver stripes aren’t bling bling shiny, but they shimmer subtly and give the top an unexpected twist. The look is lumberjack-meets-glam.
The fabric is very sheer, and I could have french seamed the whole thing, but I found that regular seams looked fine from the outside. I did attempt to match up the plaids and would say I managed to get about 75% to look seamless.
I’m already thinking of Tova 3.0…I see now why people sew this top over and over. I’m dabbling with the idea of trying a different sleeve shape and maybe lengthening it to a dress next time. I contemplated making this plaid more of a tunic length, but when I tried it on, I liked the shirt length A-OK. I think it’s a success! What do you think?