Tova Finished

I finished my Tova and am really pleased with it! The fabric is a beautiful double gauze called Fuccra from the 2010 Nani Iro collection .  The fabric is very soft and lightweight, perfect for summer. The weather today is dull and miserable, so I have done my best with indoor photos.

(I probably shouldn’t admit this, but the yoke and body matching is entirely accidental. I was really lucky!)

I also love how all the little pops of colour in this make it very versatile to match with other items I already have.  I made the small size, which fits very well but if I make it again I would add an inch or two more in the hip area as I like my dresses a bit looser and also maybe a couple of inchest to make it longer. The pattern was very easy to print and cut out once I’d worked out how to lay out the pieces. The instructions are also very clear, but the instructions that Kerry (over at Verykerryberry) put together as part of the Tova-along are superb and make it the perfect project for someone wanting to develop their dressmaking skills. The only problem I had was that the collar pieces were a bit narrow so it was a bit hard to ease it all together without forming pleats, but it was accomplished after a bit of unpicking. Next time I would probably make the pieces a bit wider. The fabric does fray quite easily so I didn’t want to keep redoing my sewing.

The back:

This is how I will typically wear my Tova:

I’m planning a couple of other Tova dresses, one in a beautiful sky blue ramie blend fabric and I also love this Tova in Innocent Crush voile, which I have in my stash ready to turn into a top.

I also have my eye on the Wiksten tank now – there are so many amazing versions in the Flickr pool!

Thanks to Kerry for the sew-along, it gave me the boost to get this done, and am so pleased to have taken part!


  1. April 8, 2012 / 6:21 pm

    That is such a pretty Tova, the Nani Iro print suits it so well- and your necklace is the best match!

    • April 8, 2012 / 6:37 pm

      thanks Kerry – I happened to find this necklace again in my jewellery box after months and it has all the same colours in it, yet another happy accident 🙂

  2. April 9, 2012 / 4:37 pm

    This is a lovely one – such pretty fabric!

  3. April 10, 2012 / 4:09 pm

    very nice! such lovely fabric, must be a treat to wear!

  4. April 10, 2012 / 5:48 pm

    What a beautiful piece ! Love the fabric too !

  5. April 11, 2012 / 10:15 pm

    Gorgeous! I made mine in a nani iro print too (flannel), but think I’ll do one in double gauze too.

  6. April 14, 2012 / 10:50 am

    This is beautiful. You can’t go wrong with Nani Iro but it looks like you’ve done a superb job as well.

  7. Sabirah
    April 14, 2012 / 10:13 pm

    Masha-Allah lovely 🙂
    May your hands always be blessed.

  8. April 15, 2012 / 10:53 pm

    I love your version so much, that fabric is perfect!

  9. Forsythia Design
    April 24, 2012 / 3:36 am

    What a beautiful garment! I love seeing this Nani Iro print in enough scope to let it shine.

  10. March 24, 2013 / 6:12 am

    Lovely! I love Nani Iro fabric and your Tova is stunning!

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