A Tale of Two Toaster Sweaters

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Hi all – – My photos were taken indoors again because of this!img_1525-2Yes, that’s about a foot of snow. In Oregon, this much snow is an event! No one tries to drive and many of my neighbors just shut themselves in. Some folks freak out, and long for it all to end. But, I love this weather. It’s perfect for skiing around the neighborhood, baking cookies and sewing Toaster Sweaters.img_1768-2The Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater pattern comes with two versions,

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Version #1 screamed color blocking to me. The sleeve bands, collar and lower band are great details that make using contrasting fabrics so simple.

img_1652 I cut the sleeves from leftover ponte from my day dress (Day and Night Dress challenge) as well as the collar and hem band. It’s my plan this year to use leftover fabric right away.The bodice was cut from a remnant I picked up at Fabric Depot, a cozy thick cotton knit.

Version #1 went together nicely. The cropped  length is just about right for me, but I’m only 5’4″. If you’re taller, you might want to add a few inches in the length. I made one modification to the pattern. I shortened the collar by 1. I’m really glad I did because otherwise, that collar would have hit me at the chin which would have annoyed me to no end.

img_1704It’s a pretty easy sew and the instructions are great. My ponte knit had very little stretch though, and the pattern calls for 20% stretch. Next time I make it (and there will be a next time…), I’ll use a knit with a bit more give. That way the bottom band won’t be quite so snug. I love this cozy look, and can imagine making it again out of a furry knit, like the one on the pattern envelope.

Version #2 went together in less than two hours…(almost) instant gratification! The sweater knit came from the Mill End Store.

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I like the boxy shape of this top, and the easy look of the high low hem. It’s pretty fitted through the shoulders and in the sleeves, so it doesn’t overwhelm my small frame like some boxy shapes do. I like how it widens gradually to the hem, giving it a swingy shape. It has a funnel neck, mitered side vents and a hi-low hem.

img_1792This is an easy sweater to sew. Honestly, you can do this while you’re binge watching Game of Thrones. The funnel neck is actually cut as part of the bodice, so there’s nothing too tricky there. One warning though; This top is the perfect length for me (a shrimp) so if you’re worried about the top being too cropped, you might want to add a few inches. Next time, I might make it a bit longer so that I can wear it over leggings.

I think this pattern is destined for tried and true status. I plan on making more – a longer version of #2 and a cozier knit for version #1. This is my first Sew House Seven pattern, and I must say, I was impressed. Have you tried their patterns before? Any recommendations?

In spite of the snow, my winter sewing is starting to taper off now, making room for Spring projects. How about you?

Happy Sewing and thanks for stopping by!

 

18 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Toaster Sweaters

    • ellegeemakes January 18, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      It’s a good one and it’s nice that they included two distinct views. It’s almost like getting two patterns for the price of one!

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  1. carmenross88 January 18, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    I’m so jealous of all your snow. I wish we’d get hit with that much snow in Kentucky so I can have some paid days off 🙂 Cute sweaters. They look really cozy. I’ve never tried that independent pattern maker before. I did sew up a cute cozy sweater myself but haven’t gotten around to blogging it yet. I also made three new baby outfits this week because my cousin just had a baby. They turned out super cute! I have never sewn baby clothes before. I don’t think I’ll blog them, though, at least not until she sends me cute pictures of the baby wearing the outfits.

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  2. Naomi January 18, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Nice work! I love #1 because raglan sleeves – always! But both look awesome on you.

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    • ellegeemakes January 18, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      Thanks! I know,,,the Raglans make the sweater if you ask me!

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  3. craftysewandsewindorset January 19, 2017 / 11:18 am

    These look great. I have these patterns and made #1. I have a knit fabric ready to make #2 but a bit anxious about cutting into the wool like fabric!!

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    • ellegeemakes January 19, 2017 / 11:29 am

      I know what you mean! Great fabric is hard to cut…, but I think this pattern is a sure thing. Version #2 is easy and nice. I saw your #1. It’s really cute. Can’t wait to see your #2.

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      • craftysewandsewindorset January 19, 2017 / 11:31 am

        It’s stripy chevron as well. Should look great once I get on with it. How cropped is the #2? I am 5’5″ and found #1 fitted perfectly length wise.

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      • ellegeemakes January 19, 2017 / 1:58 pm

        The front hits me right below the waist and I’m five 4. To me, that’s a comfortable length but it isn’t for everyone.

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      • craftysewandsewindorset January 19, 2017 / 11:35 am

        It’s stripy chevron as well but I am sure that it will be fine when I get going
        How much shorter is #2 compared to #1? The first one fits me well at 5’5.

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    • ellegeemakes January 19, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Thanks so much! It’s so great to get two decent options in one pattern!

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  4. Ebi Poweigha January 20, 2017 / 5:06 am

    Your is the best version of the Toaster Sweater I’ve seen so far! Really love the color blocked one.

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    • ellegeemakes January 20, 2017 / 7:13 am

      Thanks so much! It was so fun to make, and for me that’s what makes or breaks a pattern for me.

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  5. sewbussted January 20, 2017 / 10:14 am

    The perfect tops for the cold and snow! They look great, and I’m sure they are easy to pull on and keep you “toasty” warm 🙂

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    • ellegeemakes January 20, 2017 / 11:40 am

      Yes, I love tops that you can just pull on and go. Yes, very ‘toasty’.

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  6. Peggy Mead January 20, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Hello fellow Portlander! They turned out great! Thanks for trying out the pattern.

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    • ellegeemakes January 21, 2017 / 7:17 am

      Thanks for designing it! It’s perfect for the snowy weather we had last week. I’m guessing a similar weather experience inspired the design 🙂

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