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.

That’s the way that it goes

You know what they say – if it rains, it pours.

Without wanting to bore you all to death, things are still such that my overall state of mind is a tad more fragile than is usual for me.

So when this happened, it felt like the end of the world:

Wiksten Tova – dead!

This was my second make of the Wiksten Tova (apparently unblogged, I have no idea how this could happen … ). It looks like this, just in a different fabric.

Now, I fell in love with the Wiksten Tova the moment I first saw it on the Pins and Needles blog. After I’d made my first one, I noticed a few fitting issues.

Mainly, the shoulders were too tight. Now, as mentioned before, this is not a new thing for me, but one I tend to forget about.  And at that point in time, I had not yet discovered the wonderful world of fitting.

My solution to the issue, which I misdiagnosed as the armscye being too short, was to add an inch to it’s depth – or so I thought. Basically, I just cut it a little deeper in the side seam, thinking that would add the extra room.

Ha – now I know how wrong I was, and as a matter of fact, once I tried on my second make of the Tova with the “adjusted” armscye, I immediately realized that my “fix” had made the issue worse, not better … but I really like(d) the fabric, so I wore it anyways. To be fair, it was a bit wrinkly over the shoulders, but not looking too bad.

The biggest problem was getting it over my head when I wanted to take it off again, and that’s when it happened – one night last week, I tugged and I pulled, and I heard the distinct “rrrrripppp” of tearing fabric. At first, I thought it was the seam, though.

So when I realized that my seams had actually held up fine, and it was the FABRIC that had ripped (WTF? C’mon, I mean, really?!), I felt a tad proud of my seams.

Seams mostly intact

Nonetheless, this Tova is dead. R.I.P., little Tova ;(

And now, I’ll set out to actually FIX this pattern – I still love it, and want to make more. And I might or might not listen to this song while doing so.