Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tova for my mom

This is my fifth (!!) tova.  This summer, I made a white linen one that my mom admired when we were on holiday together so I decided to make her one in some cream-verging-on-yellow linen from

She's shorter than me but mine fit her well in the shoulders and chest so the only change I made was to take an inch off the bottom.  Otherwise I did my now standard (hehe!) changes: added SA for French seams, dropped armscye (not sure if that's the right word but it sounds better than armpit!) by 1/4", increased bust on sides by 1/4".   I also stitched up the placket a couple of inches.

It's in the mail on the way to her for her birthday so I hope it fits!

As the linen is slightly sheer, I doubled the inset piece (thanks Nina for the suggestion!).  I used the inside piece to enclose the seam allowances so it's almost as nice on the inside.  Here's a really crappy in progress photo of how I did it: I treated the two inset pieces as one when making the placket but left the inside free until after I sewed the inset to the rest of the top.  I slip stitched it to the seam allowance before topstitching everything from the outside.


  1. Just seen this - and you're welcome! I've been trying to work out a way to sew the double inset without creating an extra seam inside the placket, as I did with mine. How did it work out at the point where the left and right insets cross over at the centre front?

    1. I left the lining loose when I sewed the inset to the body. Then I snipped the seam allowance of the inset and body down to the stitching where the left and right inset would overlap. I was then able to tuck each side of the seam allowance into the lining before I topstitched. I'm not sure if that makes any sense at all (or is even what you were asking!!). I thought I took a picture but I can't seem to find it.