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corduroy tova dress

So I tried another Tova, remember the one I made over the summer?  The one from fabric that felt like dryer sheets?  Well, ever since I made it I knew I needed to make another out of some proper fabric.

I’ve been trying (kind of hard, or maybe not) to use up my stash.  This corduroy is so soft and warm.  I think I had originally bought it to make something for the girls with, but now it’s mine!

The dress came together pretty quickly.  I think I might be able to go down a size next time though, or maybe it’s just the dress/fabric combo that makes it look a little big.  Anyway, I’m hoping to wear it a couple times this winter.  I love the way it looks with a cowl and the tights.  Or maybe I look like I belong on Little House on the Prairie (it’s possible I’ve been channeling that look because we’ve been reading the books).  Oh well!

Oh, and a little tip about the collar, use wonder tape (fusible tape) to hold the collar down before topstitching, it keeps everything in place so nicely, way better than pinning! (learned that from Figgy’s wonderful patterns!)

Pattern:  Tova Top by Wiksten

Hope you had a great weekend! ♥


54 Responses to corduroy tova dress

  1. Jeni 01.14.2013 at 10:32 am #

    Eeek, so pretty Anna! I bet it is so cozy and warm! :)

  2. Jane@Buzzmills 01.14.2013 at 10:36 am #

    Fantastic! Thanks for the tip on the wonder tape!! I’ve got one of these slated to make for myself as a birthday gift…so i will definitely be using your tip! :)

  3. Cranberry Morning 01.14.2013 at 10:41 am #

    LOVE this. And love the subdued fabric you used. So nice. Would be great here today in this 0 degree weather!

  4. Michele 01.14.2013 at 10:42 am #

    Cute! It looks so comfy.

  5. QuiltyGirl 01.14.2013 at 10:56 am #

    Love it! I made this dress, too, and thought it was a bit big. I went back and took in the sides after wearing it once. Now I like how mine fits much better. :)

  6. beki 01.14.2013 at 11:05 am #

    Very nice! I made myself another Tova top this weekend. Thanks for the collar tip, I’ll have to remember that next time I make one (which I will!). It’s such a versatile pattern :)

  7. Mary on Lake Pulaski 01.14.2013 at 11:08 am #

    Very cute and great idea! I have some lightweight corduroy that I might just use for the same pattern!

  8. ~ko 01.14.2013 at 11:12 am #

    This wonderful!

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  10. Diane 01.14.2013 at 11:16 am #

    LOVE the dress. Looks great with the outfit you put together!

  11. Anna 01.14.2013 at 11:17 am #

    Looks great! I agree…the cowl and tights are super cute!

  12. Rachel O. 01.14.2013 at 11:17 am #

    Um, love it. It looks ridiculously comfortable.

  13. gpc 01.14.2013 at 11:18 am #

    Super cute — I love it!

  14. Carolyn 01.14.2013 at 11:19 am #

    I’m trying hard to sew from the stash too…I think getting our credit card bill in the mail from Christmas greatly motivated me to do this! :-)
    This version of the tova looks fantastic! I love it in corduroy. It has such a nice fall/winter look!

  15. kate 01.14.2013 at 12:00 pm #

    oooo it looks so cozy! very cute!

  16. eva maria 01.14.2013 at 12:04 pm #

    It looks great! But yeah, one size smaller should be ok too I guess.

  17. Krista 01.14.2013 at 12:08 pm #

    It looks so good! Totally warm and comfy!

  18. Miss Sews-it-all 01.14.2013 at 12:17 pm #

    It’s fabulous, it looks great on you!

  19. Darcy 01.14.2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Gorgeous! Wish I lived some where cool enough to wear corduroy! And you’re cracking me up with your Little House on the Prairie reference – you’re way more stylish than Laura Ingalls!

  20. Marla 01.14.2013 at 12:23 pm #

    so cute and comfy. I love those tights.

  21. SoNa Ku 01.14.2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Anna, you really are a cutout and gray color) And if highlight the waist, it will be elegant! And thanks for the tips! I’m just starting to learn to sew!

  22. Christie 01.14.2013 at 12:40 pm #

    You look great! Beautiful sewing, as always:)

  23. Miranda 01.14.2013 at 1:10 pm #

    I love this Anna! I’ve seen that pattern floating around, but this version might put me over the edge. Thanks!

  24. Exil-Rheinländerin 01.14.2013 at 1:17 pm #

    This dress is beautiful and you look beautiful in it! The pattern looks awesome! :-) Have fun with the dress!

  25. Maria 01.14.2013 at 1:19 pm #

    You look great in it. Well done.

  26. Amy Friend 01.14.2013 at 1:21 pm #

    I love it! I really need to make one of these.

  27. Delia 01.14.2013 at 2:35 pm #

    Just beautiful Anna! Great tip too. Thanks!

    Oh and I like it as is, but you could always belt it to make it look for fitted? :)

  28. Angie from Dear Spring Green 01.14.2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Wow, it turned out beautifully! And the corduroy looks so soft!

  29. Lynne 01.14.2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Ach! I want one, now. Beautiful work.

  30. Erin 01.14.2013 at 4:04 pm #

    i think it’s so cute on you- and great for winter! mad props for giving that a try… corduroy scares me!

  31. Katy Cameron 01.14.2013 at 4:45 pm #

    That looks lovely and warm, great idea!

  32. annie patch 01.14.2013 at 5:21 pm #

    I’ve just bought the Tova pattern – I’m going to have a go at the shirt first, but then I’ll definitely be doing a corduroy dress! This looks gorgeous! Love the tights and cowl too!

  33. Jessica 01.14.2013 at 5:32 pm #

    You’re so cute! It really looks perfect with that scarf and tights and boots combo.

  34. Michele 01.14.2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Love it!!

  35. Deborah Hamilton 01.14.2013 at 7:13 pm #

    That’s a very nice dress! I like corduroy because it’s easy to sew and makes a nice warm garment. You did a good job.

  36. kristin 01.14.2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Add it to the list of things I’m going to come steal out of your closet in the night! Looks fantastic. And that photo of you with the wind blowing your hair??! Couldn’t be more perfect!!

  37. busy mama 01.14.2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Looks really nice! Maybe I’ll be courageous enough to try to make one for myself!

  38. Tracy K. 01.14.2013 at 7:36 pm #

    I’m reading Little House on the Prarie to my kids right now! We finished Little House in the Big Woods just before Christmas :). I love the whole look you put together, you did a great job.

  39. Brandy Wentzler 01.14.2013 at 8:27 pm #

    I just got my Tova pattern in the mail! Your dress…. All I can say is lucious! Grey cord has to be one of my favorite combos ever.

  40. thingsforboys 01.14.2013 at 9:13 pm #

    This looks like one cozy Tova! I’ve just ordered the pattern and I’m hoping to use up some of my stash too on it!

  41. sew.darn.quilt 01.14.2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Great dress great combo with the leggings and cowl. Well done.

  42. Poppyprint 01.14.2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Great job, Anna. Love the sweet taggie detail! As long as you’re not channeling Ellie Olson, it’s all good.

  43. lisa marie 01.14.2013 at 10:26 pm #

    Nicely done! And you’re right – it looks adorable with the tights and cowl. Nice warm look for a cold winter day! I might have to try this pattern. Thanks for sharing!

  44. Adrienne 01.14.2013 at 11:50 pm #

    I love the idea of the ribbon loop at the back! And thanks for the tip on sewing the collar.

  45. Fiona 01.15.2013 at 12:57 am #

    It looks great! I would love to try that pattern out for myself sometime this year. I love seeing it in corduroy.

  46. Cirque Du Bebe 01.15.2013 at 6:43 am #

    Looks cosy as! And beautifully finished. What size did you make? I’d really like to go for a tova this coming winter in the southern hemisphere and not sure whether to go a small or medium. It looks like you probably could size down and still be comfortable…

  47. house on hill road 01.15.2013 at 8:18 am #

    it’s lovely! i love the tip about the collar…will try that on my next one!

  48. Meg - Lilybird Stitches 01.15.2013 at 4:57 pm #

    Oh I love it. And it looks amazing on you! And I love dresses like that that have a little flow because it lets you pair it with a chunky belt up on your hip and it will look like a totally different outfit!

  49. Jacinta 01.15.2013 at 9:55 pm #

    This looks so comfy. And I saw something similar in corduroy on the Boden website. I’m sure yours didn’t cost as much though! :)

  50. Jaime Hirst 01.16.2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Great minds must think alike as I made a red one to wear for the holidays :) I love gray and yours looks wonderful!!

  51. Kyla 01.17.2013 at 6:05 am #

    You’re clever! I love it!

  52. KerryQ 01.17.2013 at 10:03 am #

    Love it! I think Little House on the Prairie-chic is coming back. It was big in the ’80s, too. Think brown lace-up boots. The dress is great. A little dressed up, but looks comfy.

  53. ayumills 01.17.2013 at 11:50 pm #

    It looks so pretty on you, Anna! The little plaid ribbon is such a cute accent 😉

  54. janae king...sewing patterns 01.29.2013 at 8:38 pm #

    i love your dress! so cute. i bought the pattern. yay!

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