Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In Triplicate

 At long last, I've had some time to sew the
Wiksten Tova top, and not just once but three times,
and each a little differently.
Can I start by saying how much I love this pattern?
 The instructions are clear and offer plenty of helpful 
photos, especially for details like this smart sleeve band.
 For this top, I made the neck band exactly the same way
as the sleeve band. I prefer this look because 
it doesn't overwhelm my frame.
 By the time I sewed this one, I felt pretty confident 
with my personal adjustments to the pattern; for example,
I altered the shoulders and sleeves for my petite size,  
 reduced the size of the bib and added buttons to the placket. 
I decided to gather the pleats at the center, too.
These sweet antler buttons are from my friend,
Christine Johnson!
From cutting to finishing, each top took about one work day.
Wearing any of these tops makes me feel comfortable 
and happy. I'll set my sights on solids next, perhaps linen.
With so many examples of the Wiksten Tova top online, 
inspiration will be easy to come by!

Have you sewn this top?
I'd love to hear what you think about the pattern
and your results!


  1. Oh my word - this style is so up my alley! And yes - your last one would be my favorite as well. Believe it or not, I have this pattern - I have never gotten beyond receiving it and filing it away (via regular mail - long before it was available through a pdf - or something!) I am now inspired to track it down and get sewing!!

    1. Yay! I'd love to see how you make it your own!

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks, Mary! They really are fun to sew, and solids are definitely on the way.

  3. What a charming top (I can see why you like it). I love your fabric choice too. Clarice

  4. Thank you, Clarice! The pattern is so nice to sew and easy to modify. I've recently naturally dyed some organic cotton sateen. Soon, I'll have enough of these tops to become my uniform!