When I first bought my sewing machine I took a series of three beginning sewing classes. The projects got progressively more difficult (apron, robe, two-piece pajamas), but they all had one thing in common: none of that stuff is worn out of the house. And I’m pretty sure it’s no coincidence – probably a good idea for beginners to stick with garments that nobody sees.
Anyway, that was then, and this is now. Not to say that I’m all pro now or anything, but I made myself a shirt!
And I wore it outside!
Okay, just the backyard so far, but I have every intention of wearing it out and about.
The pattern is the Tova top/dress from Wiksten. It’s a beautifully crafted (and packaged) pattern – spendy as far as patterns go, but since my annual clothing budget hovers somewhere around $0.00 (I’m not kidding about this, I never buy clothes), I was able to justify it pretty easily. I was so excited about finally getting my hands on the pattern that I traced it the day it arrived in the mail. Then it languished in the corner through KCWC and Halloween until I could give it my undivided attention.
The fabric is a super soft, lightweight organic cotton, checked on one side and striped on the other. It feels like voile and has a similar drape. I’d been eyeing it at Fabric Depot for months, but didn’t have anything specific in mind for it, so I held off. When I bought the Tova pattern I knew I finally had a project for this fabric…though I did have a moment of doubt when Lila saw me cutting out the pattern pieces and exclaimed, “Hey! That looks like daddy’s underwear!”
I know pattern sizing can be really weird, so I was pleasantly surprised and more than a little relieved when I tried this on for the first time and didn’t have to make a single adjustment – I made an x-small and the sizing was perfect. And I’m fully prepared for the next pattern I try to result in a completely ill-fitting garment, just as payback for this one. Or better yet, maybe I’ll keep making this shirt over and over again…