Are you still there? Still sewing a long with your Tova? The end is in sight and it is an easy finish. this post is all about the collar and links in with stage 7 of Jenny Gordy's instructions. I rounded my collar (details on how to here). When you attach the collar, the important thing is to check that the front edge of the collar extends 3/8" beyond the front edge neck line- you can see the handy measuring gauge checking mine out. The basting stitches below are not for the collar but for my double thickness inset section.
(**edited to add**)You could staystitch the collar as Mel suggests here. Stay stiching is just stitching inside the seam allowance- 1/4" from the edge would be idea around the neck line to stop it stretching. A smaller stitch is a good idea for this.
I was incredibly lucky with the pattern matching, I centred the collar on the fabric stripes just as I did the back section and they all matched up nicely!
When you attach the second collar piece it helps to press the 3/8" seam allowance up just at the ends of the collar before you start pinning.
With the curved end collar the only difference is that you are stitching a curve around the collar end rather than a straight line, pivot and continue round the rest of the collar. It helps on both versions to use a really small stitch for the ends of the collar. You can use a usual length stitch for the rest of the stitching but the collar end seams will be trimmed back and small stitches gives the seam additional security.
You can hand sew the collar edge down or pin carefully and stitch close to the edge of the fabric all around the collar. And then your Tova is done!
I am just starting to see sew-a-long Tovas pop up but I would love it if you could link your Tova here so I could see them all! I would like to thank Jenny Gordy for such a great pattern, I can honestly say I have not seen a 'bad' Tova! And thankyou for you all for sewing with me, it really does make it a lot more fun- now get your Tovas out. I have given you a nice long 6 weeks to get your link in!