Wiksten tova, country style

When I made my last Laurel, I also managed to squeeze a Wiksten Tova out of the length of fabric I had – 2m in all.

This was mostly sewed up a couple of weeks ago, but then the collar happened. I had left myself a message on the pattern piece, instructing a future self to “add 1.5 inches on ALL sides”. Sadly, tho, I didn’t heed my advice and did not add a single millimeter to that pattern piece. I also decided the best use of the tiny square of left overs would be to cut bias strips.

Well, I thought, maybe it’ll just magically fit. Like that ever worked 😀 Of course it didn’t. I ended up with a pleat at the back collar, which made the whole shirt very Bellringer of Notre-Dame, if you get my gist. And really nowhere near enough fabric left to cut a new collar.

This caused a two week delay in finishing this shirt. Eventually, I got over myself, hacked the collar off and just did a bias finish. I actually quiete like it 😀

Wiksten Tova front
Wiksten Tova front,  while wondering what the burning object  in the sky is.

The fitting issues in the back are now completely dealt with, and this will become a TNT pattern for the hot summer months here, I’m sure.

Wiksten Tova back
Wiksten Tova back

Nothing new to say about the pattern – it goes together easily and quickly. The only other change than a broad shoulder adjustment was to put some lightweight fusible interfacing in the placket, to help it stand up a bit.

In other news, the house I’m renting came with a few rose bushes in the back. My first action was to give them a good (or so I hope … ) pruning. They thanked me by starting to bloom mere weeks later:


My tomatoes are also doing reasonably well … the birds have ripped out most of the Black Cherry ones, and I have only one left (unless I’m confused about what the other ones are, which is utterly impossible highly likely.) They are growing like mad, tho, so I have high hopes for home-grown tomatoes in a few months from now.

Author: kokorimbaud

Love all things vintage, especially knitting from the victorian era through to the swinging twenties.

9 thoughts on “Wiksten tova, country style”

  1. Cute! I had a problem with the back being tight on this pattern but you’ve got me thinking I should pull it out again…

    Too bad about the bird bandits! I hope they left some tomatoes for you.

    1. I had the same problem, that was fixed by adding an inch or so to the top of the armscye, then moving the lower end of it up accordingly (I appear to be sqaure in the shoulders … how german, lol!), and adding an inch to the shoulder seam, tapering the armscye to fit. Worked a treat.

  2. Your Tova is fantastic! Looks so casual with the fabric, yet dressed up with the style. And, I know only too well that perplexing feeling of “what is that great ball of fire in the sky??”. I wish it would stay around this time!!!

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