So this week I have two Named Talvikki sweaters to show you and a tale of uncertainty, happiness and uncertainty again!
The Talvikki sweater is part of Named Patterns Evolution collection – I love the darts at the neckline and the split hem. I wanted to make a top that was a step above a sweatshirt but with all that cosiness!
I used the same fabric for both versions. This fabric is from Ditto Fabrics in Brighton, it is a viscose with some elastane. It feels like a lightweight ponte rather than a regular viscose jersey – it is very stable and feels a bit like a sports fabric?
The colour of this fabric is very rich – in both the blue and red – and it has a slight sheen which is really lovely.I made the red one first and I initially went for a size 40/42 grading out to a 44/46 at the hip – in line with my measurements. The pattern is described as over-sized and this is absolutely true! When I first tried it on I was slightly horrified by how baggy it was and I had a really strong feeling that I was wearing an art smock!
I narrowed the sleeves quite a bit from the wrist to shoulder and I also brought in the funnel neck a bit – I really didn’t like the way it stood away from my neck and seemed very wide, so I reduced the slope of the funnel at the side.After this I rolled the sleeves up to balance the silhouette and I was happy again. I have worn it to work a couple of times and I was feeling pretty happy with it.So, as the fabric was also available in blue, I decided to have another go! I cut the pattern down to size 36/38 and kept the reduced neckline and I think it works better in the smaller size – I feel slightly less swamped. But… when I look at these pictures I feel uncertain again! I just don’t love the funnel neck on me and the front neckline feels high and pulls on my neck slightly. I also think it seems to hang from my chest in a slightly tent like way. I think some of the front neckline issues are caused by needing a forward shoulder adjustment but overall I wonder if a cosier and less drapey fabric might have been better?
So – the jury is out….I suspect I will wear this because it is very comfortable and even if it is an art smock – it is a beautifully coloured one with amazing neck darts..!
Have you thought twice about something you made – and then thought again and still not decided?