Experimental Strawberry Knit Mini Tova

I’ve been experimenting again–this time for Froo. On Labour Day, we visited Hart’s Fabric, where I purchased a lush jersey knit in Lilac Strawberry from the Briar Rose collection, by Heather Ross. I’ve seen the collection all over the Internet, but it wasn’t until I saw it in person that I fell for the print. It reminds me of a happy childhood summer.

Doesn’t this shirt look like it smells good?
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
I based this shirt on the Flashback Skinny Tee in size 5T (which is the best pattern ever for kids tees: the excellent instructions & photos for sewing with knits, the perfect fit and the versatility for modification make it a staple in my pattern collection). Then I went nutty with my alterations to make it look like my scoop neck tova.

I managed to get a full pleat in the center front of the shirt by adding 4 inches of extra width to the front piece. I drafted the inset piece and tried to get it to look like a continuous scoop, but it’s looking a little disjointed. I’ll just call this one a square neck shirt instead. The strawberry buttons are from Daiso.
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
The neck opening doesn’t require stretch since there are buttonholes in the inset, so I decided to bind the neck opening with bias tape. Besides, I had oodles of aqua dot bias tape leftover from my Datura blouse. Here’s a look at the inside of the shirt:
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
I shortened and widened the sleeves to use the same “Wiksten Tova” method of gathering the sleeves and putting in cuffs. Since the cuffs are narrow, I used a stretch tricot stitch to attach the cuffs and a double-needle to finish it on the outside to ensure that there is still a bit of stretch.
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
To reduce bulk in the sleeve cuffs, the edge is only folded once, making it exposed on the inside. I serged the edges to give it a finished look. This cotton jersey knit fabric is a bit thicker and the edges curl like crazy–it really helps to use a serger to stabilize the edges.
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
The hem is finished with a serger and a double needle:
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
Froo loves strawberries, the buttons and the shirt! But she scratched her foot on her bed a moment before taking photos and didn’t feel like wearing her new shirt. Her unhappy first pose:
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
She is covering up most of the shirt with her bunny, so let’s focus on the next best thing: pinkish taupe suede boots. Recently acquired hand-me-downs from Froo’s second cousins. How awesome are they?
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
I had a couple of head-scratching, perplexed moments while making the strawberry knit mini tova, but I’m so happy with how it turned out! I think it’ll be a great go-to shirt for school as the weather gets cooler. I lengthened the shirt by 2 1/2″, which provides extended coverage and the pleat makes it comfortable for Froo to run around in. I love this look for Froo.
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
Although, I’m not sure Froo is convinced:
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
Finally, a couple of photos of Froo & me in our new knit tovas:
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
Strawberry Knit Shirt for Froo
A couple of happy shirts for a couple of happy girls. Similar, yet different. Just like the two of us.

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16 responses to “Experimental Strawberry Knit Mini Tova

  1. This looks really lovely, the fabric is gorgeous!

  2. Gorgeous! I have a Japanese pattern very similar to this which comes in kid and grown up sizes. I may have to go down the mother/daughter match-y path too! You two look lovely!

  3. Lucinda

    so you both have kind’ve awesome boots! love that last pic:)
    Great job on the tova/flashback tee – love the pleat down the front and the rounded inset. I’m sure it will become a favorite of Froo:)

    • Thanks Lucinda! My boots are really old, I almost threw them out because the rain seeps in (useless in Vancouver). I’m so happy I didn’t now that we live in California!

  4. Oh my goodness, it’s such an ADORABLE top! And both of you look so stylish, gotta love the boots you girls are wearing!

    • Thanks Erin! I can’t believe the weather is changing so quickly. Although summer is always fun, secretly, I love fall. There’s nothing like a good pair of boots to welcome a new season!

  5. Oh my gosh – this is so cute! Love the Heather Ross – I’ve got to find some 🙂 It looks amazing!

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