4.01.2013

spring tova dress

spring tova dress
spring tova dress in progress

I sewed myself a Spring Tova Dress last week, using this glorious fabric by Anna Maria Horner.  If you're wondering why the Tova looks so different, it's because I customized the pattern by making a few changes.  First, I left the collar off and instead finished the neckline with a bias tape facing.  My Tank Top pattern includes directions for finishing a neckline that way.  I also applied a very lightweight fusible interfacing to the placket to give it more structure.  Thirdly, I added length to the hem because it seems my super short dress wearing days are over.  Last of all, I lengthened and tapered the sleeves and hemmed them instead of gathering them into a cuff, so I could roll them up.  I think when it gets warmer I'll take the sleeves off and just do a bias facing for the armholes.  This would make a great summer dress too.  It's been awhile since I've made a Tova, but I'm so glad I did.  There's nothing like having cheery new clothes for Spring.

14 comments:

janessewandtell said...

Lovely. I've never really like patterned versions before but this is fabulous.

Heather said...

Beautiful, and perfect for spring!

Reana Louise said...

What a pretty spring dress! Love the fabric x

Kate Sews said...

Beautiful dress, I like the longer length (my short dress wearing days are long over!). Great fabric choice- it looks crisp and fresh, perfect for Spring.

harmony and rosie said...

I'm badly in need of Spring clothing and fancy making a second Tova. I love this new version!

Rosalinda Tjioe said...

Such a pretty dress! xx

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Lois said...

I love the variations, the dress is lovely.

Lori ann said...

it's so pretty jenny, love all the modifications you've done. i am so happy with this pattern (and you) it is just what i had been looking for. even though i haven't done any dressmaking in years, your excellent instructions made it a joy to sew. i just posted my tova too. and just bought material for another. thank you dear.

habitual said...

Hi Jenny! What do you think of the rayon fabric? I've notice a few textile designers offering this fabric, mentioning the nice drape. I'm just have flashbacks to the late-80's rayons. What do you think?

Love the modifications- so inspiring! I've made 3 Tova's, it's a fantastic pattern.

Sarah Buck said...

This is lovely. Think i'll need to work on my sewing skills before i try tweeking patterns!

theslow catwalk said...

So lovely! Also here in Italy we love your Tova dresses;)
Ciao

Lori said...

almost bought this fabric today- saw a sample top made in the orange colorway which also made a great garment at Sew Modern in Los Angeles- cannot visit someplace without shopping for fabric

Cara Edwards said...

Amazing dress! The colours are brilliant! :)

Rachel Billington said...

So pretty! :)