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So you've bought your pattern and now you are thinking fabric. I thought the best way to look at this is to use picture of Tovas that show a range of prints and fabric weights.
Jenny Gordy has made lots of Tovas in different fabrics. This dress version is in a Katie Jumps Rope print with a contrast for the panel. I know a lot of you will have lengths of quilting fabric at home. Some quilting cottons are thicker than others, I would plump for a lighter feel. The benefit of quilting cotton is the Tova will not be see through, the downside is if the cotton is a bit thick the gathers on the panel at the front and the sleeves could get a bit bulky. I have some white Echo Little Flourine print and I will use that for one Tova, I am already thinking multiple versions.
Kate at Harmony and Rosie made a lovely flannel plaid version. What I like about this choice is that the fabric looks the same on both sides, so if the collar falls forward the inside looks like the outside. With any patterns, you do need to consider that you will need to match sections, I can see how Kate has matched the panel and the side sections of the shirt so they all blend together. You could also cut the panel section on the bias with diagonal plaid- no matching to so and it would look great. Flannel is a great choice for colder weather. It does tend to cling to other clothes-something to consider if you are making the dress version, and thicker flannel like Anna Maria Horner's flannel fabric would be too bulky, Kate is designing and selling clothes herself and has just opened a very pretty shop- check it out here
Ashley from Film in the Fridge has just made these beautiful Liberty lawn Tovas and I know some of you are thinking of cutting into your treasured Liberty stash. I think this is a perfect fabric for spring/summer. Lightweight, crisp and easy to handle and sew and not so flimsy as to be transparent. Perfect! There are other lawns too, Rita has made this beautiful Lisette lawn Tova
Rita has also made a maternity Tova with a few alterations to the basic pattern
I think it looks incredibly stylish, especially for maternity wear.
I have voile sitting and waiting for this, I know it can be a b*tch to sew at times but it is so silky and floppy and shimmery, it is hard to resist.
Leila's looks so pretty and soft, I can imagine wearing a voile version in the summer. Voile is often a little see through, OK if you are planning to wear it over your cossie at the beach as a cover up or with a little vest, not OK to show everyone your bra at work when you thought you could get away with it.
I am intending to make two Tovas, a quilting cotton Lotta print and a Anna Maria Horner Little Folks pastry voile in water.
These are different widths so check your pattern for your fabric width as the length needed varies according to width. On the voile version will be attempting to used a balanced layout for my stripes so they are centred on the Tova and cross cut fabric for the panel so the stripes run the other way.
What ever you chose, consider making a test version first. From reading others' experiences many say they didn't have to make alterations but the seam allowances are small in this pattern, 3/8 inch in most places so you may not want to cut into that expensive Liberty lawn before you have had a test run with a bit of cheap cotton. Bust measurement is the deciding factor to work out the best size for you and there is a size chart on the pattern that relates bust to size. Check your chest measurement at the fullest part and use that as your guide. Sleeve length and garment length is easy to change, width across the shoulder and bust is harder. Once you have chosen your fabric, prewash it just incase it shrinks a little and press it ready for cutting out and transferring marks Wednesday 21st March. Don't forget thread- good quality general sewing polyester thread like Gutermann Sew All or Coats Duet. These are polyester and they have more strength than cotton and a little stretch. If you plan to zig zag or finish your seams on your machine buy two spools, if you are using separate threads on a serger/overlocker, one will be fine. Get your pattern taped together and either trace the size you need onto more paper or cut it out from the print out.
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