Monday, September 17, 2012

Tova Tunic

At some point last week I got it into my head that I wanted to make one of these Tova Tunics that so many people seem to be making.

Buy the pattern here!
I haven't sewn any clothes from a pattern since before Allie was born - when I had to make a bridesmaid dress for myself -- at 7.5 mos pregnant! That pattern was not maternity friendly, and it was made of crepe - ugh. Never again! lol

I've sort of sworn off clothing patterns since then. But this one is different. I think it's more my style to begin with. On top of that I've done a lot more technical sewing since then. I'm pretty sure I can handle this.

I'm pretty nervous to do it though!!

Rolls and rolls of fabric at Vogue!

I stopped at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston last week, and picked up some yardage of fabric for it. I wanted a lightweight cotton chambray or double gauze... but no luck with that. I found some cotton shirting that was ok - but in a totally wrong color for me.

My fabric choices.
Eventually I ventured into the "unknown fiber content" fabrics. lol. I think the material I'm using now is rayon? It didn't shrink much if any at all - so I'm not too worried. It passed my pressing test too. At $1.30/yd I am not out too much if it doesn't work out. The other fabric is a bit thicker, more like a general shirting fabric. I'm still not sure about it. lol.

Guess who ran out of white printer paper and only had neon paper? hehe. It messes with the pictures!
Last night I cut out all my pieces from the fabric. Emily came over last night to chat and do some handsewing while I cut the pieces. It was scary; I needed the moral support.

My friends Sally and Elaine are taking on the Tova with me. :) Safety in numbers.


  1. I meant to get my pattern taped together tonight, but so far that hasn't happened. I got involved in making more of the mors bags and didn't get my pattern together. Hopefully tomorrow because I would like to work on it this week.

  2. I want to try it but I'm not quite there yet. Feel sorry for you with the bridesmaid story. Hope you at least had fun. :-)

  3. oooh, I'm watching with interest. I love the tova, but it looks difficult. You can be my pattern tester ;-)

  4. There is a similar style top sew along actually starting on this blog if you want to check it out

  5. Wow look at all the progress you've made! I'm finishing up two swaps and then I'm on this!