Hey everybody! I’m currently in sunny Florida on my last day of vacation, but I wanted to pop in and show you my first make for Project #SewMyStyle. In case you missed the info on this, each month participants sew the same garment, selected by Alex from Blackbird Fabrics. Then we all share our makes on the last Sunday of the month. I love the range of patterns we’re going to sew up this year. There are some that I never would have chosen for myself, but I love the challenge of making them feel like me. I also love that one of the goals of this project is to inspire younger people to see making their own clothes as a viable option for themselves. Let’s get some more #millenialsewing up in here!
The pattern for this month was the Toaster Sweater 2 from Sew House 7. Time to get down to business and do a little pattern review.
Toaster Sweater 2 Sizing and Preparation
I find I’m most often a small in indie patterns, and the Toaster was no different. I laid out my PDF pattern pages and traced the pieces onto tissue paper. In the past, I’ve just taped and cut, but after a while that gets to be a lot of folded paper to store. The only #sewingtall modification I made was to lengthen the sleeves by 1″.
I chose a knit from JoAnn Fabrics for this project. It’s a windowpane print, which I have been obsessed with lately. I hate pattern matching but love plaid, so windowpane is a great in-between for me 😉 . It’s thick and cozy enough to be a winter staple, but not overly heavy.
Sewing up the Toaster Sweater 2
The Toaster is an awesome pattern for many reasons, but one of them is that there’s just three pattern pieces! I love its simplicity and its ease. It comes together in around an hour, making it a great afternoon project. I found the directions to be clear and easy to follow, with lots of really nicely done illustrations. At the end of the PDF version of the pattern is a page for your garment construction notes. I’ve never seen that in a pattern before, and I loved it! Even though I keep my instructions digital, it was a very thoughtful inclusion on the part of Sew House Seven.
The garment also has a lot of neat little details. I particularly liked the uneven hem and the instructions for mitered corners. It’s not a step I often take the time to do in other pieces, but I think I need to do it more often. It truly does look beautiful on the inside. I also really liked the twin needle finish on the hem and sleeves. I actually zig zagged it with my twin needle. I used black thread in one needle and white in the other for visual interest, and liked that the zig zag broke up the straight lines of the print.
The one part of the Toaster Sweater 2 that I’m not loving is the way the neckline finishes. Part of it could be my fabric choice and weight. A press doesn’t really keep it in place, unfortunately. I put a blind hem into the neck and that seems to be helping. I mentioned in my monthly sewing plans post that high necks are an uncomfortable style for me, so it’s nice to theoretically have some control over the height.
I also wish I had paid more attention to the #sewingtall suggestions I’d seen on Instagram. The only modification I made was to put an inch into the sleeves, which was the perfect length for me. The body is also really short on me. The front hits the top of my jeans with a little to spare. It’s okay the way it is, but I wouldn’t wear it to work without a cami underneath, for example. I saw several people putting two to four inches in the body, and I wish I had. Two inches in the front and four in the back would have made it much more comfortable for me, as well as shortening the vents.
Overall, I really enjoyed making the Toaster Sweater 2. However, I won’t be making more for myself, mostly because of the neckline thing. I plan to modify the neckline on my Toaster to make it rounded. I just can’t comfortably wear a turtleneck or mock neck, I guess. I can see myself making some for my mom who doesn’t have the same turtleneck preoccupation that I do, though!
Yardage needed: minimally 1 5/8 yards, but I think I used 1 1/2.
Level: Beginner comfortable with knits.
Time: approximately 2 hours
General modifications: none
#SewingTall modifications: Lengthen sleeves 2″, lengthen body 2-4″.