22 October 2013

What's On My Sewing Table...


Run a Google Image search on "Wiksten Tova" and you'll be greeted with squillions of absolutely beauuuuutiful homemade blouses. I want in. To celebrate their website makeover, Backstitch sent me the pattern to play with, so on breaks between writing I'm making it up in a super soft ikat cotton that I bought aaaages ago from John Lewis.

It's my first time using a Wiksten pattern and there are a few points of interest worth mentioning. The first thing that struck me was how stylish the pattern looks. While the format is simple - black and white A4 paper print outs - the minimalism and DIY vibe is rather appealing. The instructions are illustrated with black and white photos and hand drawings. It kinda got me thinking that converting my own patterns from print-at-home to ready-printed doesn't necessarily have to be a major, costly operation. (Although if I do go down that route, knowing my perfectionist tendencies I probably will turn it into a major, costly operation.) The pattern comes in two versions - sizes XS to M or sizes L to XL. I usually straddle three pattern sizes, so was relieved to discover that with just an inch or so of grading I could get away with using one size. And one final thing to note if you're using a Wiksten pattern - the seam allowance is 3/8", which is fine with me as it saves both fabric and trimming seams, but worth remembering before you start stitching.


I'm really enjoying making the Tova blouse so far and am already dreaming of another version in a snuggly Nani Iro double knit.

If you fancy getting your own copy of the pattern, or anything else from the shiny new Backstitch website, then I bring good tidings! Alice from Backstitch is offering you 10% off all products from today until Thursday 24th October (midnight GMT) - just use the code WLTIL at checkout. What's more, anyone who places an order with Backstitch in the month of October gets entered into a Grand Prize Draw, with the chance to win money off your order and generous discounts. For all the details of how to enter, check out the Backstitch blog.

What's on your sewing table please?

[Soundtrack: 'Motoring Home' by Sweet Baboo]

22 comments:

  1. Love the fabric! On my sewing table: I still need to hem my (cough) Miette skirt, just can't decide if I want it knee-length as it is now, or a bit shorter (hubby voted "as is", but isn't convinced of the wrap behind, he thinks a strong wind will blow it and wants me to stitch it ;) ). And I'm tracing the Belladone dress by Deer and Doe :D

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  2. On my sewing table is a mess mostly! However, I have the By Hand London Charlotte skirt with some navy fabric with white polka dots that is begging to be made. Also a cute little Oliver and S Ice cream dress pattern for my little girl which I am more tempted to start.

    http://asaucystitch.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. I love that pattern - so far I have only made a sort of muslin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/87934385@N07/8985467809/) but I would love to make more. I have a small fitting problem with tova and, since you are working on it right now, I wonder whether you could offer any tips about it: I need some more room in the front, exactly at the bust area, let's say 1 inch or so, I guess it;s a FBA, but I cannot see how it could be done with two pattern pieces involved (front and front yoke). Any ideas?

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  4. I was admiring Laura-behind-the-hedgerow's Tova the other day, saying I had long been a huge fan of the Tova but never made one! I will have to rectify that at some point, Look forward to seeing your ikat version. On my table ATM...a Kitschy Coo skater dress. Hoping for simple sewing.

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  5. Now I've finally got the FBA right I've got 3 more BHL Anna dresses to cut out - I very naughtily bought some beautiful floral fabric today for one version - roll on summer! Off to check out the Backstitch blog ...

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  6. I've got yet another Vogue 8772 (http://www.sewdirect.com/acatalog/Vogue_-_8772.html ) partway done. It's become my go-to pattern for work shirts, and this will be number ... er ... six.

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  7. Hi Tilly this looks just lovely and I can't wait to see it - on my table I have just finished some cushions - exactly the same fabric as John Lewis ones but at a fraction of the price as my lovely sewing teacher is always on the look out for fabric pieces - got a large piece for £6 which was enough to make 3 large fox cushions (one of each side!) plus some left to make some little bits and bobs - what a bargain, love it. Thanks for a great post Tilly, always look forward to reading your blog. Big hugs
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  8. Currently on my sewing table is a pair of PJ pants, made of snuggly cotton flannelette, in dark blue with big chintzy roses all over them. It's the kind of pattern I wouldn't _dream_ of wearing out of the house, but as warm winter pyjamas, it's perfect. I'm hoping to finish them this evening, and then I am determined to clear away my own projects and get down to work on the hand-made Christmas presents I've promised my family this year! This may have been a rash promise to make.

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  9. Great post :) Love it.. xxx



    Regards,
    Katty

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  10. Thats one of my favorite patterns! I cant wait to see how yours turns out :)

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  11. I like the look of the pattern instructions, they remind me of a vintage sewing book or craft magazine.

    What's on my sewing table? Let's see, a stack of books, random papers, some earbuds, cough drops, a sugar dish (how did that get there??) and some postcards. What I would *like* to be on my sewing table is a new Renfrew with 3/4 sleeves for fall. Perhaps if I get all of the other stuff put away, that would be more likely to happen?

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  12. I just finished a Hollyburn skirt (uuuh my first zipper!) after making two adorable Miette skirts of which I will be sending you pictures!!! Started sewing in May, thanks so much Tilly for thinking of us complete beginners, I am very much looking forward yo your book!

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  13. Soon as i saw this i had to have it, so just ordered it, thank you so much for the discount :) my sewing table is currently full of a quilt i am making for my mum for christmas, although i can see that being pushed aside for this top when it arrives :D

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  14. Top fabric and pattern choice. I'm on the look out for Ikat fabric but never seem to come across any. I'm currently working on a wool jacket and am using a Burda Style mag pattern for the first time. Hope to get it finished before it gets too chilly.

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  16. Thanks for the site tip! I found the *perfect* apron pattern that I've had my eye out for - appreciate the Tilly savings code, too (especially with the weak American dollar ; ) heehee

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  17. I love your fabric, it will be superb!!!!
    I realized last summer. You can see it if you want from this link:

    http://wild-hibiscus-fr.blogspot.fr/2012/07/tova-top.html

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  18. Ohh, what a great looking pattern, thanks Tilly. As I can only buy pattern tops and I need some plain ones this is going on my todo list.

    On my sewing table at the moment is a girls shirred dress (inspired by GB Sewing Bee) made from the gone wrong bit of a skirt project and 9 utility sashes for a steampunk Molly team.

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  19. Oh, your blouse is going to be so lovely! This is such a gorgeous design, and your light cotton is going to be perfect :)

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  20. I'm currently working on a nice sweatshirt out of the sofffftest rayon/cotton knit.
    I recently made a modified dress using the Tova pattern, it was really enjoyable to put together. I've been wearing it constantly! The fabric you're using is awesome, it's going to be a winner for sure!

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  21. Ooh this patterns look ace thank you for sharing!! Well currently (til Tuesday when I sit my driving theory test) I am not allowed to sew, must study! But waiting for me is a gorgeous new circle skirt, cut out and ready to sew!
    http://bugandsquish.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

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  22. Fab patterns, I just can't WAIT for the 60's coat patter to be available - I missed out on the workshop as it was fully booked.

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