My Tova Top


Ever since seeing all the different versions made by Film in the Fridge, I've been dying to make (and sell) the Wiksten Tova top pattern. We started stocking the Tova and Tank patterns a short time ago, and I finally finished by Tova top made with the Walkabout print from the new Alegria collection by Geninne D. Zlatkis for Cloud9 Fabrics. The pattern was straightforward and easy to follow. I had a little trouble with the inset "bib", but it was mostly due to unfamiliarity with the particular construction technique. Once I relaxed and slowed myself down, it came together nicely. I ended up shortening the top by about two inches after trying on the completed bodice. I'm short-waisted (or am I high-hipped? Either way you call it, I've got some big ole hips that need to be reckoned with) so I like my tops to hit me a bit shorter to they don't snag at the hipline. I also stitched part of the neckline closed so that the collar didn't flop open so much. I plan to make another version using our Liberty lawn, but I might adjust the collar so that it is rounded at the center front instead of square. I might even remove the collar all together and replace with a binding. All in all, this legendary pattern certainly lives up to its hype, and it's the perfect go-to when you love a fabric and just HAVE to make something with it. Please excuse the grainy iPhoto pic - this was taken last night at 10 pm after finally finishing it. (I honestly can't remember the last time I pulled my DSLR out.) - Callie