Two years ago, a sweater that fit like this would have been out of the question for me. Baggy, oversized tops? No way. I was all about the snug-fitting, body-conscious tees, tops, and dresses. Maybe it’s just me changing with the trends, maybe it’s because I realized tight-all-the-time isn’t that flattering (and it makes it challenging when you eat a big meal!), but I’m all about the loose and comfy these days, yet still looking chic.
I’m in lurrrrv with this sweater – the pattern is the Talvikki Sweater from Named (my second garment from them this year, I made an unblogged Paola Turtleneck last week). What drew me to this pattern is the funnel neckline, which is formed by darts across the front and back of the sweater. Rachel’s vintage Vogue top from a few years ago with a funnel neck had me on the lookout for contemporary patterns with this design detail, and the new collection from Named has just that.
It’s silly how quickly this went together – it’s four pieces total. The darts around the neckline probably took the more time to sew than actually serging all of the seams. There’s also a neckline facing that gives the funnel neck a little more oomph to stand up, it’s interfaced and tacked down at the shoulder seams and dart seams. I used a fusible tricot interfacing for the facing, but it doesn’t have a whole lot of give and it’s challenging to take this sweater on and off over my head.
The dropped shoulder sleeves add to the overall coziness and relaxed fit of the sweater. Named styles this sweater on their site with the sleeves rolled up, but I actually like them as-is and a little bit long over my hands. Also, the length in the back of the sweater is great for wearing leggings and not having your bum exposed, hooray! (I’ve relaxed my stance on “leggings are not pants” over the years, but still…)
The hi-lo split hem doesn’t bother me nearly as much as I thought it would (le trend, sigh) and I even debated shortening the back to be even with the front when I cut out my fabric. I’m glad I left it as is, I think it really adds to the overall style of the garment. The split goes up fairly high on the sides, so I’ll definitely wear this with a tank underneath for modesty and extra warmth.
This pattern is the perfect winter afternoon project!