Still playing catch up on makes from last year….there is this one and one more to come.
Anyway, this is the Talvikki Sweater by Named Clothing, made in a petrol blue boiled wool purchased locally to me. This is my first experience of sewing with this Finnish pattern company, and I am very pleased with the finished garment, although it did require some fitting adjustments.
The back story to this particular garment is that I actually made an initial version to gift as a my office secret Santa gift. We have a £10 limit and as I already had the pattern all I had to purchase was some ponte knit. (We pick names out of a hat so we know who we are specifically buying for). You can see the initial version here on Instagram. Let me be clear, I wouldn’t make something for everyone I might get for my secret Santa, but this was for a good friend who I felt would appreciate it 🙂
Anyway, getting to the point, for my friend, who is smaller than me, I decided to cut the size 12/ 14. But of course I couldn’t resist trying the finished garment on, and I decided that the 12/ 14 was the best size for me, with some modifications (which you can read about below). So take home point: this garment – which is designed to be oversized – runs large. I would probably have cut a size 16/ 18 for myself.
Can I take a moment to talk about the faux leather leggings I am wearing with the sweater? It’s my version of Vogue 1411, which you can read about here. Now, I really like these leggings and have worn them a few times, but I am not happy with the fit: I think they need to be slimmed down overall (I had to remove a fair bit of fabric when constructing them), but the main thing that is bugging me is the line of fabric above the back of the knees, which you can see in the photograph above. Any fit experts care to comment? Do you think I actually need a full calf adjustment? Would that release the fabric? Or do I need to shorten the length above the knees? I would like to make these again and improve the fit…
BTW, before anyone asks, I am absolutely fine wearing wool next to my skin so I don’t have any problems wearing this sweater (although I would probably always wear a vest or a shirt under it). But if you have issues with wool then maybe make it in a sweatshirting fabric, fleece or ponte knit instead?
- Oversized and cuddly sweater
- Turtleneck with darts on the neckline
- Dropped shoulder and extra long sleeves
- Deep vents at the sides, and an uneven hemline
UK 4 – 6 to 20/22
Pattern sizing is generous: I probably should have cut a size 16/ 18 but ended up cutting a size 12/ 14 through the shoulders/ bust (with modifications – see below), and graded out to a size 16/18 below the waist.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they are ok, but I was personally a little disappointed that given one of the recommended fabrics for this pattern is boiled wool that the instructions just talk about using an overlocker. I chose to press all my seams open and topstitch them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I am really happy with the fit and finished garment: it looks very contemporary and stylish. Nothing to dislike.
Boiled wool with stretch.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I cut a size 12/ 14 through the bust and shoulders
- I raised the bust level by taking out 1.5 inches 1 inch below the armhole notch, using this tutorial on the wasted weekends blog
- I did a 0.5 inch full bust adjustment using the Jennifer Lauren tutorial for a dartless FBA on knits
- I lengthened the pattern above the waist by 2 inches, which brought the vent position down by 2 inches
- I graded out below the waist to a size 16/ 18
- I did a 1 inch sway back adjustment and added the removed length back to the lower hem
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don’t know if I need another one of these in my wardrobe, but yes, I do recommend.
A very stylish way to keep warm.