Did you ever have one of those makes that you were really excited about, that you just knew was going to be amazing, that you planned really carefully and then, when it was finished, just weren’t that sure about?
Yeah, this is that make for me.
I bought the Talvikki by Named patterns towards the end of last winter, hence it never quite got made up. But I loved it. The relaxed shape! The high low hem! And that gorgeous, darted neckline; heart eyes all over the place round here.
Whilst at Sew Brum last year, I fell hard for this fleece backed jersey in Guthrie Ghani. I think I may have been cuddling the bolt of fabric at one point! But I absolutely loved it and, possibly influenced by the pattern photography, decided it would be perfect for the Talvikki. For some reason, it took me a little while to pick it up when I got back (possibly because there was a definite need for snuggly jumpers in my wardrobe and in that situation, the tried and tested patterns often leap to the top of the list).
Anyway, I got the pattern printed up at NetPrinter along with a bunch of others and finally, FINALLY, got around to cutting it out last month.
The actual making up was pretty straightforward. I think I’d been a little worried about those feature darts, but they were actually relatively simple for the impact they can have. And everything else was nothing new, especially as the mitred corners on the hem also featured on the Toaster sweater which I did make last year.
And then I put it on.
I’m just not convinced by it. I honestly think it looks too big, which is a real shame, as I sized as per the pattern indications. I don’t think the shoulder shape suits me over much, and the sleeves just feel too wide (I may go back and re-sew the sleeve seam to bring them in quite a bit).
Worst of all, being oversized to this extent, combined with the high hem at the front, this actually isn’t the super snuggly cuddle of a jumper I was hoping for; it’s actually not that warm at all because it’s so loose on the body.
So for now, I’m wearing it largely at home and pairing it with a roll neck top, which does help a little. But I just feel a little sad when I wear it; all that potential feels to have been wasted.
Still, I guess they can’t all work out, right? There’s nothing massively wrong with it, as such; it just isn’t what I hoped for. And it is such bloody gorgeous fabric too.
Hey ho; win some, lose some.
Do you have makes like this stashed away? What’s the solution; make yourself wear it until you like it, or give up and donate to the charity shop?
Pattern Talvikki by Named patterns
Size cut UK 10
Adjustments made None
If I were to make it again, I would probably size down, slim the sleeves and lengthen the front bodice a little
Honestly it’s unlikely. I have other sweatshirt patterns that do feel good and are comfy and snuggly; I’m not sure this one is going to jump to the top of the queue again any time soon.