It turns out that the Tova top, by Jenny Gordon of Iowa City, has been all the rage among the sewing bloggers for some time. As a newcomer to the sewing blogs, I thought I oughta try my hand at it too.
I ordered the pattern about a month ago now but have been preoccupied with other projects, a visit from my mother, work, and, of course, my son, and wasn't sure what to do about fabric selection. I've been so into Japanese floral prints of late, and the idea of doing the inset and sleeves, or placket and collar and bias tape, in complementary colors was somewhat appealing. But then I came across this rendition using striped shirting fabric by Ashley at Mohr Studio and decided to copy her idea. I found some very pretty sky blue/white striped light, light cotton on sale at Fabric Outlet (thanks for your patience while I shopped, Mom).
Unfortunately, there was only a yard and a third left of the fabric, but I figured I could stick with the top, instead of the dress version, and make short sleeves, even though the three-quarter length on the original are super cute.
Now, here's where I share the secret (or not, if you know me and pay any attention) that I'm one size on top (bust and shoulders) and a size larger on the bottom, (waist to hips). I haven't had much in the way of formal clothing construction training, and am aware that there are more elegant ways to modify patterns, but I'm about to show my quick and dirty way of modifying my patterns so that my clothes fit well.
The pattern was relatively easy to follow. Like Ashley at Mohr Studio, I cut the inset on the bias, for a little added interest. I wish I had put some fusible interfacing on the back of the inset because it did stretch a bit and made it a little more challenging to match it to the collar. In fact, the collar and placket could have used some fusible too. I like a little more structure than my light cotton provided.
And, of course, there were the shortened sleeves. I started with a French sleeve as I had made one recently on a blouse I found in Simple Modern Sewing by
Um, clearly this is weekend styling, but I'm sure I could dress it up for work too. And I suppose if I made a longer one, it wouldn't need the long tank underneath when worn with leggings. . . but I kind of like the faux bandage mini look. . . .