Sewing dresses is all well and good but I’m in desperate need of some basics. It’s been a while since I made any tops, and the T-shirts and sweatshirts in my wardrobe are looking a little well worn. Bearing this in mind, and needing something warm and cosy to layer up, I embarked on making a Named Talvikki Sweater. It was seeing Shauni’s at the last SewBrum meet up that led me to add it to my ‘to sew’ list. Here’s the blurb:
· 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
· Pick a medium-weight to heavy stretch fabric with at least 30 % stretch. For example sweatshirt jersey, cable knit, knit fleece or a boiled wool.
My fabric is a heather Ponte from the Fabworks Mill shop which I bought at the Sew Down Dewsbury meet up. As with other Named patterns there’s a good size range, from a UK 4 (30-23-33) up to a 22 (46-39-48) I cut a size 16/18 but shortened the body and sleeves by two inches.
It was impossible to use chalk or frixion to mark the darts so I used tailors tacks instead. It’s critical to sew the darts perfectly to form the structure of the turtleneck. I sewed the shoulder seams and attached the sleeves with my overlocker, then finished the sleeve and side seams by overlocking down each side before using my normal machine to stitch them together. I reduced the length of the back hem by an inch just to get it in proportion to my height, and used a slightly long straight stitch to finish the hem and sleeves. The neckline is finished with a facing which is easily kept in place by tacking it to each dart and shoulder seam.
Looking at the pictures I really should have given it a press beforehand but I was a bit eager to wear it (the hem ripples have straightened with a good press since). I was a little worried that it was too ‘oversized’ but after putting it on realised that the ‘cuddly’ description was very true and the fabric lends itself perfectly to the pattern. There’s a lot of volume in the sleeves which I was initially not sure about, but after wearing it a couple of times it doesn’t seem to be an issue.
I intended to only buy knit fabric at the Dewsbury meet up. I did very well but a couple of woven pieces sneaked in, a navy version of the floral I used to make my Bruyere and I couldn’t resist the bees.
I’m going to try and focus on practical sewing for the time being, Spring is here and I really need some more T-shirts. I’m thinking of trying something different from my TNT Plantain, Hemlock and Kirsten (all free to download, all excellent patterns) I’ve just got one more dress to finish off before I can get started!