Friday, 10 May 2013

Tova Number 1

So a couple of weeks ago I took the plunge and invested in the Wilksten Tova pattern.

I had been put off previously by the deluge of pictures on the web of gorgeously made Tova dresses and shirts. They were all for fabulous women who look stunning and don't have my curves - think big boobs and you are there with me!

I was nervous about starting, how do even adapt a pattern to fit me and my lovely boobs?

Well I took the plunge, I bought pattern to download - mega easy by the way - and started trying to get from the 40" large to my bust of 44".... I found out that adding an 1" to each pattern piece would get me there.

Luckily that was pretty easy to do on this pattern because I had printed it off, so I could just reprint pieces where the additional sizing had overlapped onto other pieces.


I had to be careful to make sure that I followed the curves getting bunched like above.

I needed to make the central part sat on the chest properly, that was my only big worry.

I also learnt how to make pattern weights and use my rotary cutter to cut the dress fabric:


It made cutting out so much easier.


I took my time putting the dress together and I was as patient as possible, which for me and dress making is unheard of!


It quite roomy which means that I have space to move and it covers all my lumps and bumps perfectly!

It feels comfortable and sits perfectly on my chest. It might be good to make a slightly smaller version I think, but for my first attempt at adapting a pattern I am pretty chuffed!



Linking up with TGIFF over at Quilt Matters



15 comments:

  1. My first Tova came out a little too big for me too, I like things to be a bit more fitted.

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  2. Way to go, Anna! It looks great! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

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    1. Thank you! Love the Link ups!

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  3. It looks great Anna - well done! You could always just take the sides in if it's too big? I quite often grade the sides in from under the arm to the waist as I'm a typical pear shape!!!!! Love the trim you've added to the collar and cuff x

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    1. Thanks Sonia! I actually really like the size, been wearing it all day and it mega comfortable!

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  4. Great stuff Anna, you are right to feel please with yourself! :)

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  5. Looks cute!
    Amandak@whatthebobbin

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    1. Thanks you Amanda! I loved making it!

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  6. Good job I am still just sitting her and trying to decide which size to cut out for myself at least you got on the ball and you did a great job.

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    1. You should take the plunge and get sewing! They are so comfortable - I made a shirt on Friday night!

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  7. Love it! I have been looking at my Tova pattern for a year now! I think the problem is trying to decide on just one fabric! Too used to pulling a pile from stash!

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    1. I know, took me a while to decide what to buy! So glad I did though!

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  8. Well done, this looks great. I really want to start making some things for myself. I like the look of the Staple Dress that is all over IG at the moment, but this looks great too.

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