I made this second Tova (see the first here) when I ran out of steam on KCWC recently. Yes, 'selfish sewing' won over again :-) When I have a vision for something, it tends to sit and nag away at me, sometimes day and night, like an itch that needs to be scratched, until I finally give in and attend to it. And that's certainly how it was with this project.
In the cooler months my 'uniform' of jeans and long sleeved tshirts gets pretty boring. I get lazy and cold and dull. And not helping matters at the moment is that somehow I seem to have lost my desire to wear skirts. Hopefully that will come back. But in the meantime I thought a couple of tops I can wear over my 'uniform' would help. And this one will certainly brighten me up!
Back to the Tova pattern with a few changes this time:
• Larger size to add room around the chest
• Tunic length to sit nicely over trousers and jeans
• Curved hemline to break it up a bit
• Cap sleeves to add some balance without the bulk of the 3/4 sleeves. Jenny Gordy has a good tutorial here on making cap sleeves. I love cap sleeves, they're my favourite type of sleeve and I thought they'd look great with the Tova. If you have any q's about how I made them please email me and I'll be happy to help.
I also tried making a fabric belt and belt loops to tie loosely at the waist/hip but the fabric is a little stiff for this look and it wasn't working so I ditched it - filed away mentally for future use ;-)
Overall I'm pleased with it and it looks mostly like it did in my head, as usual time will tell as to how much wear it gets.
So that itch has been scratched, I guess you could say. I tell you though, I'm like an addict - I have a vision for just one more. Let me indulge myself for a minute (feel free to log out :-) It goes like this... ikat fabric (remnants of this), tunic length, sleeveless (bound armholes), French seams, and bound neckline with binding extended beyond collar to make ties, possibly with tassels attached. Someone call Sewaholics Anonymous, I need help. Itch itch...
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