I did it!!
I am not sure if I spent more time sewing or unsewing my third Tova top trying to get the fabric to behave and the print to line up, not to mention fretting over all the little details. But it's done and I am very pleased with it.
I took your advise on the whole grain vs. print issue and cut the pattern pieces so that the print best lined up. There are places where it just wouldn't, but I don't think it is too obvious when I am wearing the top. The grain issue shows most in the collar pieces but I wear the collar open anyway and like it best when it's a bit floppy.
I made a few adjustments to the pattern, first I followed Kerry's Tova Sew Along instructions for adjusting the collar width, and lengthening the sleeves. In the end I decided against the longer sleeve length and shortened them again ;) I reduced the length of the top quite a bit and took the side seams in a little for a more fitted look.
I am so pleased I persevered, I learned lots and gained more confidence in my dress making skills. I absolutely love wearing this silky soft voile, it is just so comfortable!
Pattern: Tova top by Wiksten
Fabric: Four Square Voile by Anna Maria Horner
I sewed along with Kerry who has some excellent tips and tricks! (click on the button below)