Named Clothing Talvikki SweaterMonday, October 03, 2016
It's not really a secret that I LOVE Named Clothing, but the new Evolution Theory collection set my heart a flutter even more than usual. I wasn't sure which pattern to buy first (because I wanted them all) but I plumped for the Talvikki Sweater first (after seeing an amazing one by my friend Erin - which she whipped up in record time). So here it is:
|Finished Talvikki Sweater!|
I bought this incredible navy blue stretch bubble fabric from Abakhan after the Big Simplicity Blog Meet in May. I'd never really seen anything like it, and totally loved the feel and design of it, so despite not having a use in mind, I just had to buy it. Each bubble has a thin layer of wadding in it - so great for being winter warm, whilst still being quite lightweight. I always thought I might try out a Linden or an Astoria with it, but when I saw the Talvikki, I just knew it had to be!
|The Talvikki pattern|
|Close up of the 'bubble' fabric, and blue crepe underneath for a future project!|
The fabric was really lovely to cut and sew, and worked even better than I could've hoped for with the pattern. I downloaded the PDF version, which makes use of the layered feature again, so you only have to print off the layer with your chosen size on it. The shaping on the neck was really interesting to construct with angled darts, and it creates such a cool silhouette.
|Drawing the angled darts with my favourite tool - the chalk wheel!|
- Stabilise the shoulder seams with elastic - I know this might be bad for my garment in the long run, but you know when you've never done something before so you put it off? Yeah that...
- Use interfacing on the neck facing - the pattern suggests using knit interfacing. I'm sure it's available to buy in any shop, but it's never been something I've considered/had to buy before so I panicked a little and skipped it. Although I think the neckline would benefit from a tiny bit more structure, the fabric I used is just about weight-y enough to hold it's own.
|First picture of the finished sweater|
In all, I don't think I can fault the pattern. The instructions are as clear as always with Named, and super easy to follow. As well as the neckline, I love the split side seams and short-front/longer-back style. The sleeves are quite long, but this suits me as I like to be able to turn them up a couple of times. It's a nice and relaxed, yet still quite stylish, jumper - the sort you might come across in Toast or Cos, but it feels so good to be able to make one for a snip of those prices.
|From the back - where the jumper is longer in length|
I wore it to the wonderful Sew Brum, and it received many compliments and a good few squishes and prods from those who were interested in the fabric. I had a great day meeting and catching up with sewing friends new and old, and came home with a top winter fabric haul, and a new-to-me Named pattern courtesy of Jess in the pattern swap (we managed to pick each others patterns without even realising, so Jess took home my V1395).
|A snippet of a fab day at Sew Brum|
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