a tova dress for fall

(ha, should have taken these photos before I wore it! Please excuse the wrinkles!)

Well, it’s official! I’m definitely in love with this pattern. It’s the Tova pattern by Jenny Gordy of Wiksten. I’ve previously made three shirts using this pattern, and then decided to also test out the dress version.

I used a lightweight wool suiting for this version, thinking it would be good for Fall. And indeed I think it is! My sister even approved, saying it didn’t even look handmade (which I guess means that the other things I’ve made do give off that handmade vibe!)

The only change I made was to lengthen it by about an inch. And next time I might even go a teensy bit longer? The pattern doesn’t include pockets, but my next dress will definitely have some. You just can’t beat a dress with pockets!

It’s comfy and easy to wear (though not so great for feeding the baby… I didn’t consider that aspect!) and I think it will get lots of use. The only problem? –

It seems I should have thought to add a lining! It was fine when I tried it on without tights, but as you can see here, with the tights I spent the whole time trying to keep it from sticking and inching its way up my legs! Ah yes, a good look for sure! (but luckily nothing a slip or an added lining won’t fix!)

The next two dresses are already planned…


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28 Responses to a tova dress for fall

  1. 1
    Cary says:

    Super cute!!! Looks comfy!

  2. 2
    Jan says:

    Great dress. I was going to suggest a slip, but you already figured it out.

  3. 3
    Kerstin says:

    Beautiful dress, great alteration of that pattern. I’d love to get it as well, but with international shipping it’s just a bit too expensive for my taste…

  4. 4
    nicke cutler says:

    very cute dress ashley. love those boots also!

  5. 5
    anna says:

    i loooove it! looks great on you, and slips do come in handy!!

  6. 6

    I like the way you styled it with the boots and tights, Ashley. Makes a cute outfit.

  7. 7
    emily curfew says:

    adorable! very very cute fall outfit.

  8. 8
    Cindy says:

    Looks adorable on you Ashley!! Love the look with the tights and boots!

  9. 9
    Kerry says:

    Love it, really does look good and very adaptable too with different fabrics/lengths etc!

  10. 10
    ashley says:

    super cute!

    If you rub a dryer sheet on your legs, it will reduce the static and stop your dress from riding up!

  11. 12
    Dani says:

    Great colour choice! It looks super comfy

  12. 13
    Mary says:

    I really love it! I tried to find the pattern but looks like it’s sold out!

  13. 15
    Barbara says:

    That is so cute. I have the pattern but not tried it yet but seeing how good it looks on you I need to give it a try. Was it an easy sew?

    • 16
      ashley says:

      Surprisingly, yes! I think the pattern is really well written and it comes together quite smoothly and quickly! (I’m currently working on my 5th item from the pattern, if that tells you anything!)

  14. 17
    Beth says:

    It’s official, I must buy that pattern! You look fabulous in your dress!!
    Happy Day! Smiles~Beth

  15. 18
    Dolores says:

    Love the dress! Instead of dryer sheets did you know you can use a little bit of hand cream?!


  16. 19
    Angie says:

    Cute dress on you. Hard to believe that you just had a baby a few months ago! You look great!

  17. 20
    LeAnn says:

    So cute and comfortable and versatile! Great job!

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    Erica says:

    Love it! Also, love your boots- where are they from?

  20. 23
    Toni Coward says:

    I LOVE this dress Ashley! So gorgeous, looks great on you 🙂

  21. 24
    Jessica says:

    love that dress!!!! 🙂 great job!

  22. 25
    Jenna says:

    Yes, the boots are amazing, details please!

  23. 26
    Kate says:

    Your Tova is lovely, I can see you’ll get loads of wear out of it this year. I’m working on mine at the moment, hoping to get it finished in the next day or two!

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    Bethann McCarthy says:

    The dress came out really well. Did you diverge a little from the pattern – doubling up the inset, rather than using a placket? It looks much more “finished” than some that I’ve seen. I put more of a facing (not a fully lined), instead of a placket.

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