I undertook a major sweater-making endeavour in October. I’d ordered 2m each of black fleece lined sweatshirting and pale grey ponte from Fabworks Online for myself at the beginning of the month and decided not to let them enter my stash. This was the start of a whole heap of sweaters!
I started with the black sweatshirt fabric, having decided it would make a very nice new Talvikki. Following the first one I made back in the beginning of the year, I knew I needed to widen the neck. It’s always been a “little” snug getting on over my head! And I didn’t think I had a big head… So I made the darts in the front neckline narrower and widened the facing accordingly, making it 1.5cm wider overall. What a difference it made! Easy peasy to get on now. The only other adjustment I made was to shorten the length of the slit on the sides, lengthening the seams themselves by 5cm.
But – now I had left-over black sweatshirt fabric that had nowhere to go but into the stash. This was not ideal. I really didn’t want it sitting around, so had a browse through some of this year’s Burda magazines. August’s issue came up trumps (I didn’t have to go too far back!) with a cropped square-cut top, pattern number 112. So I traced the two smallest sizes, confirmed with daughter no 2 that she liked the idea of a black cropped sweater and went for it. There was just enough fabric in all the right sizes and shapes for the pieces.
The padded neckline is supposed to be stuffed with wadding – which I don’t have. So I cut a length of the sweatshirting and rolled it up instead, worked a dream! Dead easy and very quick to make, this top is a doddle. It does need a sturdy fabric to hold the shape nicely. When daughter no2 finally came home she approved, big time! Maybe her only request for the next time would be to make the sleeves a little narrower, keep the cold out!
Next up was the third version of a Burdastyle top from 2015, using the pale grey ponte. While I love the style lines of this top, it’s actually been slightly disappointing in the execution. It’s too square, too baggy, and the lines get lost. But – it’s great to wear anyway and comfy too. I was hoping this fabric would work better than the previous two, but nope. Ah well, you win some, you lose some. I’m wearing it anyway! But I may be calling time on this one, I don’t think I’ll be making another – for me anyway.
However, once again, I have left over fabric. I really do wish Fabworks would make it easier to buy half metres, this only having whole metres on offer unless you email and ask nicely is a pain in the wotsit. So this time I decided to make a top for daughter no1! Same pattern as the black top for daughter no2, but in the smallest size. Being a thinner fabric than the sweatshirting, the finished top has a different look to the first one, but was received just as well! By the way, daughter no1 got her sweaters first.
So, four sweaters and 4m of fabric! NO WASTE! Well, what there was has gone in the rag bag for textile recycling, but nothing has gone in the stash, result! However, while I was happily using up these fabrics, I was eyeing out more… Daughter no2 wondered if I could make her another sweater with sweatshirting fabric. And I was looking for coat fabric. So I ended up back on the Fabworks website, putting 2m of racing green sweatshirt fabric and 3m of Autumn Maple lambswool into my basket. I mean, you can’t just spend £5 on postage for only £10 of fabric! It has to be worthwhile… And that wool is just divine!! (coat to follow soon-ish)
I decided this time to make her a Talvikki sweater and traced the 8/10. It was whipped up in an afternoon, but of course, it left a fair bit of fabric behind – again! I wondered if she wanted something else with the green, another of any of the other sweaters, but nope, she didn’t want another green one. Then daughter no1 came to visit and collect the other things I’d made (some still to be blogged).
Let’s just say that green Talvikki went home with her and I had to make another, likkity split!! I had a day between daughter no1 going back to her home and daughter no2 arriving at mine for her reading week, to replace the original one. But this time I had been warned to widen the neck, just as I’d had to do for my own. Even daughter no1, whose head isn’t exactly large, had a problem in getting the Talvikki on over her head. I wonder if that’s something other people have had an issue with with their Talvikki sweaters? Have you made one and had trouble pulling it over your head,or is it just us??
I made the same adjustments for the second green sweater as I’d made for my own and it all seemed to work out fine. I was pretty glad there was enough of the racing green sweatshirting to run up another sweater, but the girls need to make sure they discuss outfits before they meet up anywhere!
So that covers some of the sweaters I’ve made in the last few weeks, but it’s not all of them! Stay tuned for my first adventures with the Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater that everyone and their best friend was sewing earlier this year.