I am back! I have taken a very long break from blogging, gosh time flies. I have been sewing like a fiend…as usual, but not taking any pictures. As we all know, lurking is half the fun of following blogs, the other half is learning and inspiration. So here is the first of a few posts I have planned.
When I first spied the Toaster Sweater by Sew House 7, I loved it….the simplicity of it needed to be among my Fall 2016 wardrobe.
I considered using one of my TNT raglan shirt patterns to just copy it, I know that sounds horrible…forgive me. But there was something about the proportions and the pattern photos that drew me in. I succumbed. Another pattern in my overflowing pattern stash. Speaking of stash…I have had a chunky sweater knit…100% wool that would be a perfect match. I bought it to make a pullover sweater for Mr. SABOYU 2 years ago, obviously never happened. It is quite rough in texture, scratchy you know?! He would never have worn it so there on the top shelf it sat.
You may ask, if he wouldn’t wear it because of the scratchiness, the why would I? Last weekend I made a gorgeous Archer with a Liberty of London Lawn that I wanted to wear under a sweater. No sweater in my wardrobe necessitated a make et Voila! The Toaster Sweater pattern was released + perfect color sweater knit stashed = coordinated look!
Pattern Review: Toaster Sweater #1
Description: “This is a closer fitting, semi-cropped sweatshirt/sweater. It works best when sewn in thick, stiff knits with some body to keep the neck standing upright. It features raglan sleeves, a wide waistband, a loose turtleneck, long cuffs and falls between the high and low hip. It’s great in a standard sweatshirt fleece (with stretch) however, it’s also extremely handsome in a sweater knit to dress it up a bit. This is a beginner level pattern.” from Sew House 7.
Sizing: XS – XXL
The instructions are well written although because it is such a simple design, I did not need them at all. A beginner maker would have no problem being successful. The only advice for a beginner would be to follow the fabric recommendation of a stable thick-ish knit in order to achieve the look of the funnel neck. If a drapier or lighter weight knit is used, the neck will fold and not stand at attention. What drew me to this design was the neckline. The silhouette is slightly roomy so you get the comfort level of a sweatshirt but with sophistication. I love that there is no ease per se in the hemband which sits at the high hip. I can see this top as weekend wear in sweatshirt fleece as well as an upscale sweater knit…cashmere perhaps??! MMM the possibilities.
I highly recommend this pattern. It is an extremely quick make at literally 45minutes from cutting to final press. Go forth makers! and pick up the Toaster Sweater #1 or #2. (I have no affiliation with this designer)
I haven’t worn it yet…probably tomorrow, the weather is getting colder but not quite wintery so I won’t need a coat. I have not even tried it on…admittedly I am afraid it will be too scratchy.
Do you like to wear wool or do you run from it? LOL
Thanks or checking out my come-back post!
xo and God Bless,