5 November 2013

Ikat Tova Blouse


Finiiiished! The Tova blouse by Wiksten, gifted by Backstitch, in a soft ikat cotton from John Lewis. I lurrrrve this blouse. I know I'm going to get loads of wear out of it - it's so comfortable and easy to wear. (Do excuse the dishevelled state of my hair non-style in these photos - I call this particular look "Autumn Mist".)

The pattern was easy to use and came together with no problems whatsoever. There are a couple of parts that may prove a little tricky for beginners, notably the part where you have to attach the corners of the inset to the bodice, but it's totally do-able. Plus remember that the seam allowance is 3/8" - something I kept forgetting myself.

The neckline is a little low for me, so in an effort to avoid flashing my bits, I'm wearing a camisole under it for the Autumn. Looks great with a Breton top under it too - then again, what doesn't? I'm considering adding a button or two come Spring - has anyone else done that? When I finished it I was initially a little confused about the floppiness of the stand, I guess I expected it to lie flat against my chest...



... but a quick Google search later and I was reassured that it looks like that on everyone, and looks really great on everyone! Seriously - Google Image search Wiksten Tova. Amazing. On. Everyone.



Love it! Have you made a Tova blouse yet? What did you think?

PS. Guys, thank you SO much to everyone who filled in my questionnaire the other day. It had an incredible 1,000 responses in 24 hours, after which I had to close the survey so it wouldn't explode. I've started reading through all your comments and am feeling so encouraged and inspired by what you've said - thank you!

[Soundtrack: 'Lovin' You More Every Day' by Etta James]

54 comments:

  1. Beautiful fabric. I love the Tova and keep reminding myself to make another for winter....something soft and drapy but warm. It is really a great pattern and Ikat!

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  2. Oh Wow! I'm jealous !! :) This blouse is perfect for a cute autumn style. Good job!! The choice of the fabric comes perfectly with the shape of the pattern. I really like it.

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  3. Beautiful! I have amazingly not made the tova yet, but it is definitely on my to buy list!

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  4. this is lovely! looks great on you (love that ikat!)

    I've made 4 Tovas, and love each one. You should try the dress version for winter - I think it would really suit you.

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    1. Shivani I consider you the Tova queen!

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    2. So do I! I'd even go as far as saying Shivani is the blouse queen...?

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  5. Beautiful, I really love the Ikat style fabric. It's nice to see you in a slightly different style from your norm too :)
    Tova is next on my hit list, after I finish my Washi dress (which should be tonight!).

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  6. My sleeves were a bit too tight on the one I made. I made it out of flannel and now I'm not too sure about my fabric choices! I'll maybe wear it later to see if I change my mind about it. I think I'd prefer it to be a bit more fitted, I feel a bit frumpy!

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  7. Ooh I love the fabric! And the blouse looks really good on you!

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  8. Looks lovely Tilly, I actually bought the pattern with your discount as I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it on here. Im currently making my 6 year old one of your picnic blanket skirts (she is so fashion forward and loves looking at the clothes you have made!) and will be making my own Tova after :)

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    1. Aw that's so cute, I'd love to see your daughter's mini Picnic Blanket Skirt when it's finished!

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    2. Here it is, http://www.flickr.com/photos/100825773@N03/10120173644/ she is so pleased with it she wants another, I must admit, I love this skirt, its so versatile and easy to make, plus gives me the chance to show off my collection of funky tights. Thank you for sharing it with everyone Xxx

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  9. Too cute!! I know someone who added two buttons to her Wiksten and that was always my favorite version :)

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  10. The blouse looks lovely on you. Such a simple design that you can snazzy up too with buttons etc if wanted :)

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  11. Yes! I recently made it in a lightweight silk faille and added 3 little buttons and buttonholes. Worked perfectly! Your version is just lovely!

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  12. Hi Tilly I love this blouse and think even at my advanced age I could quite happily wear it, not sure if I could make it but would love to try. Great pictures and so glad that your survey was a huge success. Big hugs to you
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  13. Ah that is simply darling! I love your choice of fabric. I've had the Tova pattern for over a year and still haven't managed to make it. Such a gorgeous pattern and your version is sublime. So glad you got a good response on the survey - do you think you might share some of the results?

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  14. So lovely! I put together a Tova dress recently and feel the same about it as you do your top! I found that anchoring the bottom of the placket with a square with an "x" in it makes it far less floppy/revealing. I haven't needed to wear a tank under it yet!

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    1. P.S. Where are your beautiful boots from please?

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    2. They're Caprice brand from Gill Wing Shoes. So comfortable!

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    3. Thanks lady! They're gorgeous ;o)

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  16. This is beautiful, the cut fits you really well, and the fabric is lovely

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  17. I've made it there times so far and have loved it each time. The first time I stuck to the button, the second time I added two buttons and the third time I made it with short sleeves and buttoned right up. I'm about to try making it with long sleeves in a very fine cord.

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  18. This looks great on you! I have made 2 tova blouses and one dress. The dress still needs some darts in the back - it's a bit too voluminous on me as it is - but the blouses are great. I just wear a camisole underneath to counter any flashing tendencies. It sews up beautifully in Liberty too (although, really, what doesn't).

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  19. Gorgeous! I started a muslin for a tova, but it needed so many little tweaks I gave up on it for the moment. I don't think it's designed for big busts!

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  20. Very cute blouse! I've seen this tunic at a sewing school near me, they offer a class on it, and it always looks great on everyone.

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  21. Gorgeous fabric and beautiful top! And might I add you look stunning in these photos. Your eyes in the first pic. Oh my! :)

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    1. You're too kind. Rabbit in the headlights!

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  22. I love Tova and your version is fab, really suits you. I love the ikat print.

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  23. Oh it's sooo pretty. Looks great on you and the fabric is lush.

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  24. This is a great top, I'm going to have a go with the buttons added as it looks a bit different and very flattering.

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  25. Tilly, I think this looks fantastic on you! Especially the print. You go girl!

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  26. Simply lovely (and now on my to-make list).

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  27. Wow, it looks really great, think I might need to make one.

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  28. My tova was too open-floppy on me, so I just stitched up an inch or two. It still fits over my head and stays together better in front. Love your fabric.

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  29. Man, I just love this pattern. I need to save up my moneys and get a copy. You look great in yours!

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  30. Super cute, Tilly! I'm glad you've found a bit of time to sew for yourself in the midst of all of your book deadlines!

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  31. Whoooohouhou! j'aime beaucoup!

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  32. You are too cute! Looks like a great pattern, I will have to try it!

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  33. It's lovely. Great fabric choice!

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  34. This is so pretty. the fabric is delicious and make such a good transition to colder days.

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  35. hey! this is really cute! and you could even make it into a dress. I would put buttons on it, but that's cause i kinda like that Nehru collar look. but i think yours is just as nice!

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  36. Everything is perfect about that blouse ! Great job !

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  37. Love your Tova! I haven't jumped on the Tova "bandwagon" yet, but I soooo want to!

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  39. I just added buttons to my Tova and I like it a lot better that way. I didn't want to have to wear a camo under it all the time. I love yours!

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  40. Love the fabric!! I am working on a Tova right now (as well as a Mathlide Blouse!), but I am having trouble with the corners being rounded instead of squared...any tips on how to fix that problem? Thanks!!

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