SEWING || TOVA TUNIC

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

pattern: tova tunic by wiksten
i know it's kids clothes week and this is definitely not kids clothes, lol, but i finished up my first tova tunic the other week to wear to vogue knitting live and i couldn't help but finally post some shots the hubs took of me in my new fave tunic. you may notice i chopped my hair off but please ignore my bad hair day in these shots. can we say mom frizz? not good. oh well, we all have our days right? as some of you may know one of my new year's resolutions this year was to do more selfish sewing for myself and i have been loving it so far!  i've been wanting to add a few more tunic dresses to my wardrobe so the tova was a natural choice for me.

i have to admit i was very nervous to make this.  my bust size isn't even listed on the pattern (i'm a 41" bust in case anyone cares...lol).  but after looking for ages on flickr and seeing other busy gals make it with no issues and having made the wiksten tank & fitting in the xl i decided to just go for it.  last summer i purchased some crazy sale price lawn fabric to use just for this tunic. it ended up costing me about $5/yd!!! needless to say i was not going to cry my eyes out if it didn't work out.  i sewed this bad boy up on a thursday and wore it to vogue knitting live the very next day.  so comfy! i traveled and hit up the show in this tunic!  i paired it that time with my fave dark grey leggings and knee high boots and got a lot of compliments on my outfit. . 


i really love how the fit of the tova covers all my roly poly bits. you know the ones that 2 babies and a c-section leave behind? yep, those nasty ones.  it flows without looking maternity and i found it flattering for my body type which i was worried it wouldn't be for me and my curves.  during sewing i stitched up the neck opening a bit so i didn't have to worry about cleavage flashing some poor unsuspecting passerby.  i think i stitched about 1 1/2 - 2" up from the bottom of the yoke.  i liked that i don't have to worry about that but also still have a flattering neckline. there are a ton of fun variations on the neckline all over flickr so i felt ok topstitching my flap down a tad.


all in all i am very happy with the tova tunic pattern and will definitely make it again.  i really enjoy how professional and clean the finishes are for wiksten patterns and both the tova and the wiksten tank (click here to see how mine turned out) are staples in my wardrobe. i'm going to splurge and get some softer fabric this time round and make one that isn't slightly see through (like the lawn i used) so i don't have to wear clothing under it in the warmer months.  i recommend this tunic and have been wearing it more times than i will dare to admit here on the blog :P

>> PATTERN <<
 - tova tunic from wiksten

 >> FABRIC <<
- cotton lawn floral multi (code FP-668) from fabrics.com (i can't find it on their site anymore)

 >> NOTES <<
- i made the size xl with no adjustments. i'm a size 41" bust.
- i would use a softer fabric next time. this lawn was great to practice on (use as a wearable muslin) but now that i know how much i like the tova i'm going to splurge on something that isn't as see through and that has a softer hand.
- i stitched closed my neckline opening by about 1 1/2-2" to keep the girls from showing too much.
- in case anyone is wondering the cowl i'm wearing with the tunic is my new pattern "the lansbury cowl". you can find it here if you're so inclined.

 have you made the tova tunic before?  how did you like it?  what tunic have you been wanting to make?  are you joining in and doing some selfish sewing this year too?  i love hearing what you guys are whipping up so join in the conversation :)

19 comments:

  1. I love this pattern! I have made it several times. It is great with knits too.....I like the tank pattern as well. Looks great!

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  2. It looks fantastic ~ definitely flattering for your shape ~ do you have any pics of it with the leggings and high boots? Not a pattern i'd considered before but might do now!
    Lucas

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    1. Hmmm, I'll dig through and see if I have any from VKL. Not sure though. I wear it more with leggings but for the shoot I paired it with jeans due to where we were shooting. It looks really cute. If you check out my Laurel Dress post it's the same bottoms and boots just imagine the tova instead.

      http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2013/03/sewing-laurel-dress.html

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  3. Very cute top!! I'm still working on that dress from Burda I mentioned. It's traced. I just need to cut it and sew it up. Not this week. Maybe next week. The boy needs pants. And shirts. His belly is showing at the bottom of the shirts and I'm just hoping I can hold out until I get him some new made and/or we get to his birthday in June!

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  4. Love it! I can definitely sympathize with the two kids and c-section bit. Great job on your Tova!

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  5. thanks so much for sharing this! i have wondered for a long time how this would fit over larger girls. its so sweet and waif like on that i wasnt sure it would fit well on someone bustier. now i know, and i think i might just sew up a couple for once this babe is born and i can wear real clothes again.

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  6. Oh cute cute cute! I LOVE tunics. In fact, just got a pattern to make one for myself.
    I NEVER sew for myself. Ever. Tunics are the best, I cannot wear fitted things.
    At all. Its so nice to see that you finally made your self something too! Its really
    cute. Love the little pretty print...and your hair is fine. Your outside, its breezy right?
    So glad you shared, if the one I am making turns out ok, I will share a pic.
    Oh man, just hoping it turns out good!

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  7. Your hair looks cute! And man, I know how you feel - once you make that perfect top for yourself, it's hard to take it off! :)

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  8. Great tunic, and of course what a great cowl!

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  9. You look gorgeous in your new tunic (and cowl)!

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  10. Not Tova related, but I wanted to see if you knew about this lady. She sells fantastic fabric from PRINCE RUPERT!!! And she's having free Canadian delivery until the end of April with $10 purchase. I don't know her, nor have I bought from her (YET) but she's Canadian and I thought you might like to give her a shout out if you don't already know of her.
    http://www.fishskinfabric.com/

    From your pal across the pond (in Chilliwack)
    Anne

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    1. Thanks, Anne. I have heard of her but haven't had a chance to order yet. Will check it out again.

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  11. I have made this twice & now want to try as a dress version. I stitched mine down a bit in the front - works for me too.

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  12. Love the Tova- I just bought the pattern from Spool of Thread! I am still finishing up from KCW- sooo yah theres that to finish before I get to sew for myself! Love the fabric you chose!

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    1. Which fabric do you think you'll make yours in?

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  13. so pretty! I like the description of it being flattering on post baby lumps without looking maternity. There is such a fine line between flowy enough to hide your belly and flowy enough to look like you're second trimester. Somehow I finally got the urge to sew a top for myself, but it's totally not the right time to do it now with my big third trimester belly. Maybe I'll make myself a wiksten tank once I've had the baby and hopefully gotten closer to normal (normal after Violet being not great at all.)

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    1. I know right! There is such a fine line. I love the Wiksten tank too. Hides everything without being too baggy. Can't wait for you new little bean to come!

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