Saturday, January 14, 2017

Talvikki, Take 1

I don't typically post works in progress here, opting to post only the finished products, but I thought this could benefit from a few more eyes!

This is my first take on the Named Clothing Talvikki Sweater. I fell in love with those amazing radiating neck darts straight away- so elegant and interesting!!


However, I think I was so enamored with the neck darts that I had blinders on concerning the other pattern details that had the potential to break the garment for me: the dropped shoulders, oversize sleeves, in particular. Oops!


Sure enough: I love the fit at the bust and neckline, including the darts, and even the fit in the body.


However, the sleeves and shoulders, in particular, don't work for me. The sleeves are enormous and the dropped shoulder is not doing me any favors... I feel like one of those inflatable waving arm things they put out in front of car dealerships. These details look great on others, but I'm just not comfortable with them!


The side slits are a teeny bit high for me, too. I'd like them to be closed at least to the top of my pants. That's an easy fix, though.


Here's how I am thinking I will fix this Talvikki: 1) unpick the sleeves and side seams, 2) recut the armscye and sleeves with a closer fitting pattern with regular (not dropped) shoulders and narrower sleeves. Maybe the Toaster Sweater? Do you think it will work?


Speaking of re-cutting: I had to recut the neck facing on my Talvikki after cutting the knit interfacing the wrong way, with the stretch going vertically instead of horizontally. The neckline wouldn't stretch enough for my gargantuan cranium (it's like Sputnik, spherical, but quite pointy in parts). Rather than cry myself to sleep on my huge pillow, I recut the facing with the stretch and it worked fine.



My fabric, by the way, is this awesome cotton/spandex lattice textured double knit in lemon-lime from Imagine Gnats. This stuff is great- I wish I had purchased more! It's soft, but with body to hold its shape. And I love the texture!


So, what say you, sewing friends. Thoughts on Talvikki? My plans to fix it to suit me?


38 comments:

  1. I immediately thought toaster sweater arms too - I like the slimmer arms to balance the wider shape. I love the neckline and fit on this otherwise. The colour...!
    Rena

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    1. That's what I'm thinking, Rena: slimmer sleeves would balance it better for me!

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  2. I like your plan - because it is my plan for the Talvikki also lol. I was so enamoured with the neck darts I bought it knowing I'd hate the sleeves but figuring I could mash it up with another pattern to get my perfect sweater with cool neck darts! I haven't gotten to it yet though so I really look forward to seeing your round #2!

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    1. Ha ha, glad I'm not the only one! The neck darts are totally worth the alterations, though!!

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  3. I love the color of this sweater on you, so I really hope you are able to salvage it. I agree that the sleeves introduce too much volume against the silhouette of the body--it's my one complaint about my version of this pattern as well--so hopefully the Toaster sleeves are a better complement. Good luck!

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    1. I think I'll be able to make it work- the neck darts are too awesome not to! ;-)

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  4. Try and style it as shown on the pattern i.e. With sleeves up. It does help. Otherwise, sleeves redraft is a nice idea.

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    1. Yeah, I actually finished it in December and have been trying it on every few days to make sure I want to change it. I think I still do... good advice, though!

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  5. What about sleeveless or a cap sleeve, wouldn't you get more use out of that in a hot climate?

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    1. That's a good idea, Anne. I don't think I'd wear a sleeveless sweatshirt, though. Also, top secret (ok, not really), but I'm likely to be moving later this year to somewhere where I will need lots of cozy sweatshirts, so I am sewing for that!

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  6. I had the same issue! I'm looking forward to seeing your solution. Thanks for sharing the WIP.

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  7. Thank you so much for posting this! I recently bought the pattern and was a little concerned about the width in the arms as well. The neckline looks amazing though, exactly the reason I purchased this pattern.

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    1. Same! The neckline is totally worth it, but yeah, I found the sleeves a bit wide. It's just a little bit too much for me.

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  8. Does rolling up the sleeves to a cuff help any? It might bring them in a bit and make the blousyness (is this word?) work a bit better?

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    1. It helps a little bit, but I don't think I'm a sleeve roller, so I think I'll move forward with Operation Slim Sleeve.

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  9. I think with slimmer sleeves it will be a winner. look forward to seeing it!

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  10. Initially it looked to me it should have raglan sleeves to compliment the angles of the neck darts- maybe a redraft next time? Gorgeous color on you :-)

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    1. Raglan could be interesting!

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    2. I totally agree.... I was surprised that it wasn't raglan.

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  11. I'm so glad you mentioned recutting the sleeve to a set in style. I can never make this tentlike sleeve work for me. Your darts and neckline are so neat and precise, this top cries for neat, precise sleeves, too. It might be fun to shape the bottom of your recut sleeve with some darts. Good thinking and good luck.

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    1. My thoughts exactly! Good idea on the sleeve darts...

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  12. Lovely fabric, lovely neckline, shame about the huge sleeves. Hope your alterations work out because this is definitely worth saving.

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    1. I think I can make it work - the neckline is worth it!!

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  13. Some random ideas:

    https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/373376625341896393/
    https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/466967055086378911/
    https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/344455071479044976/
    https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/248823948134224925/

    My suggestion is set-in sleeves and ribbed cuffs or similar.





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  14. no advice, but thanks for the laugh at the 'where's Meg?' photo!

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  15. I look forward to seeing this with the narrower sleeves.

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  16. I love the pattern - I can see why you were drawn to it. What if you just rolled the sleeves up to mid arm? I can't stand anything that long on me - re sleeve length. I'm short. Thanks for sharing
    Marcia

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  17. Haha Sputnik head. You're hilarious! How about the good old hemlock sleeves and shoulder line?

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  18. Yes, its an interesting neckline, but those sleeves! It looks way too big as a result.... interested in seeing your reaoproach. Perhaps you can Franken the neckline to a TNT sweater?

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  19. This is so timely! I have this sweater all assembled and ready to be cut and I was wondering the same thing. It's really good to know! I also prefer slimmer fitting sleeves so I'll just alter my pattern right away.
    Lovely color by the way!!!

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  20. Hi Meg
    Since you are the most enthusiastic sewer I've ever met, I thought Studio Faro might interest you. They have free membership available now, but they say it won't remain free. Have you seen their work? It's amazing!
    Mary in Thailand

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  21. This is interesting to see. I have this pattern cut out and ready to sew up ... I'll be interested to see what the shoulders and sleeves look like on my body. Keep us posted on you fixes!

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  22. wash it a couple of times first - the fabric might become drapier and the sleeves hang differently.

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  23. I think the style would work with the Toaster sleeves however, the armholes on this garment are probably already too low. It's something to think about if you make another one. I love the fabric and the neck and darts. Someone else had the idea to make it sleeveless and that could be really cute! Especially with a tight sleeved shirt underneath. And... I agree that once you roll the sleeves up, it could take on a whole new look and be pretty nice as is.

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  24. Stop it, you're going to give him a complex. I know, he'll be crying himself to sleep tonight on his huge pillow! - You've quoted one of my all time favourites again. Yes, I did, and still do, have a thing for Mike Meyers, but especially in that movie. Like Wayne's World, it is a definite comfort movie for me.
    I am with you on this sweater, some details are great, but others not so much. I think your plan of using the Toaster Sweater is a good one, and I think it will work well. But I found the slits kind of high on it too. I feel like it shows too much skin for me with movement. So just be aware of that, especially because you are taller than me. The other thing, could you just shorten the sleeves and then slim them down by eye? That won't help with the dropped shoulder, but I feel like a dropped should can work if the sleeves fit. I'm interested in seeing where you end up with this. I've had this pattern on my list, but I'm not so sure now.

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  25. I agree that the sleeves and shoulders are not suiting you. I know that you will loose some length when you recut the sleeves, but at the current length, I'd add some thumb slits for built-in hand warmers. Maybe the next one, esp. since you might be moving to where they'd make more sense?

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