tova top in voile

by Dorie on April 1, 2013

little folks tova top

I made myself a shirt this weekend, partially on a whim, partially because I’ve been wanting to forever, but totally because it is spring and that makes me want to sew an annual tunic.

This is my first tova. I’ve had the pattern forever. I almost made a corduroy tova top this winter, but I didn’t quite have enough fabric. I did trace out all the pattern pieces at that time, which made it much easier to make a spring top just because I felt like it. Any other time I had thought about making a tova, I just couldn’t make the fabric commitment. I didn’t feel like making a muslin and I didn’t want to make something that might not suit me using any of the nicer garment-friendly fabrics in my stash. Yay for me that both Sew Mama Sew and Pink Castle fabrics have been having $6 voile sales. This is doable, and PS, the voile is wider so I was able to fit the sleeve up next to the front while cutting, and I think that saved me half a yard.

ponytail tova top

I made a small because that’s what went with my measurements. It fits nicely in the top, and while it goes over my hips, I would grade the bottom up to a medium if I make it again, just to have more room.

Overall, I like it. It’s a cute folksy style without all the billowing blouseiness. I’m curious to see how much I’ll wear it.


Rossie April 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

It’s awesome! It looks so happy and springy (as do you!)

Dorie April 1, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Thanks :-) Because this Michigan winter will end someday.

Kris April 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Love! It looks awesome and seems like it would be great for summer evenings!

Dorie April 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Thanks! Yes, and I’m thinking of doing a longer one as a swim cover up.

Jen April 1, 2013 at 4:41 pm

What’s a tova? I hate making clothes for myself, bc I hate sizing them. I’m not confident enough in either my drafting skills or my body image. But this looks amaze on you! Nice work. Cute fabric, too. I love voile.

Dorie April 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm

ug. I did a completely terrible job of linking in that post, huh? Here’s a link to the tova pattern, and thank you! Lot’s of people have written about modifications – it might not be a bad one to try.

erin April 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

it looks great, dorie! (i agree – $6 voile is the best!)

Dorie April 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I had forgotten that it is wider, so the surprise was an extra bonus.

CitricSugar April 5, 2013 at 2:04 am

Cute Tova! I made one last year and I love it but due to my hasty (on-hand versus shopped for) fabric selection, I rarely wear it. I’ll probably make another one and was thinking about voile. This is the nudge I needed….

Dorie April 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

It is goooooood in the voile.

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