COMPLETED: my [toasty]Toaster Sweater!

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.  Print

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 liberty-tigerthat 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!

 

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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,

G

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A little bit of WILDness!

Every once in a while, I want to make something to run around in that is a little bit crazy and outside of my norm.

On a recent YouTube webcast by Peggy Sagers of Silhouette patterns, she showed some leggings using some new fabric she has on her website…neon greenish-yellow with black animal print.  Yikes!  you might say, but they are really cool.  So I made an entire outfit that I plan to wear to an afternoon birthday party with the family at a casual restaurant and arcade.  Perfect!

Pattern and Fabric Deets:

Self-made:  Poncho/Cape click here for a tutorial. Fabric: Quilted Acrylic/Virgin Wool blended with Nylon bought at FabricMart.com (unfortunately they don’t have it anymore).

StyleArc: Laura Knit Leggings. Fabric: Wild Cotton Jersey with stretch in both directions bought at SilhouettePatterns.com

Jalie: 2805 Long Sleeved T-Shirt. Fabric: CottonLycra Jersey bought at Natures Fabrics

RTW:  New Boots bought at DSW (the most amazing shoe store EVER!!) I swear they pay me to shop there ;).

Now for the pictures….

  

this is a little Michael Jackson “Thrillerish”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve reached the bottom….thanks for taking a gander!  I had so much fun planning, sewing and wearing this today.  I had many looks and compliments [blush] :). Do you ever sew outside your normal style box? Please do feel free to comment either way….like or not, I so love to read comments.

Disclaimer: none of the links in this post are affiliate nor do I get anything for linking. I simply want to share in case it may help a future sewing friend!

COMPLETED: Cape Super Express #224

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ISS Cape

Besides the awkward name of this pattern, it is on trend right now and I liked this as soon as I saw it. I pre-ordered it from Islander Sewing Systems when I got the email from Janet Pray. The hefty price tag made me pause a day or two, but I kept thinking about it and went ahead because there was a discount for the pre-order.  I like her method of factory techniques so I was sure to be happy.

I’ve never owned a cape before and with the rapidly decreasing temperatures, I began searching for the perfect fabric and found this AWESOME Wool/Poly blend at Fabric Mart (sold out, wah). It is a heavy weight Boucle suiting and was $5/yard; can’t beat that!  I had some really nice silk lining I’d purchased 2 1/2 years ago from the Vogue Fabrics booth at the sewing expo in Puyallup, WA. I think I paid $6/yard, but since it was fairly old stash, I considered it FREE.  But seriously it cost me $27 in fabric, $20 for the pattern and $5 for the buttons for a total of $52.  I’m not certain, but if I bought it RTW, I might have paid over $200 bucks!

The pattern boasts garment industry techniques, thus the “Express” as well as no fitting. Continue reading