For pattern reviews it is very helpful to have a person’s measurements! So before we begin, I am 5 foot 9 with a 32 inch bust, 29 inch waist, and 36 inch hips. I am pretty evenly proportioned but do find that my arms are longer than average! Happy to answer any fitting questions in reference to this pattern and my body should you have them- just leave me a comment!
I’m starting my year of reviews with a pattern that I have made many times and is pretty beloved in the sewing community. Today I’m talking about the Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven.
Sew House Seven describes their company as “an independent pattern company grown in the Pacific Northwest. Our focus is on creating beautiful sewing patterns that can be made up rather quickly and easily yet, appeal to sewists of all levels. The pattern instructions are very detailed and provide an opportunity to learn while sewing. Most styles have a special design feature that make them unique.” Looking at their patterns on their website I think their design point of view is clear and I can attest to their detailed instructions having made the Toaster many times as well as a pair of Burnside Bibs (which I love!)
The Toaster sweater is a simple design with 2 different versions that are classic and chic. You could make either of these at any age and any time and they will current and cute. I should also say that they are both practical in the sense that (depending on your fabric!) they are warm! Finding warm tops that don’t swallow you or look like sweatshirts can be tough and I think this pattern walks the line of being fashionable and also practical.
There are two versions of this pattern and both come in the paper version and in a digital format, but if you would just prefer to buy one of them, they are also available as separate PDFs.
Version 1: “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.”
Version 2:” Is an easy top/sweater that can be dressed up or down. It is somewhat fitted through the shoulders and sleeves and then swings out a bit at the underarms and hem. It features a semi-high-neck that takes its inspiration from funnel and boat necks. It also has mitered side vents with a hi-low hem that is 1” shorter in the front than the back. The front hem falls just below the high hip. Sew it in a boiled wool knit, a wool jersey or ponte for a more dressed up look. Sew it in a sweatshirt fleece (with stretch) or jersey knit for a more casual look.”
The sizing on the Toaster Sweater runs from a size XS-XXL which is a 31-47″ bust. For some of their newer patterns they now have a curvy size range but I don’t think it yet applies to this pattern. For all sizing info you can check out this helpful page on their website here! Their standard sizes are based on a size 8 that is 5’6″ to 5’7″ tall with a B/C cup size.
It is described as being beginner level and was one of the first patterns I ever made, maybe one of my first knit garments ever! The instructions are very clear and as there are only a few pattern pieces (3 for version 2, version one has added cuffs and a neck band but that’s it!) it is a very simple make. The pattern calls for knit fabric with at least 20% stretch.
What I like most about the Toaster Sweater is how wearable it is and how you can get totally different looks depending on the fabric you use. You can lean into the sweatshirt vibe or go for a chic sweater. I don’t remake a lot of patterns and this one I’ve made numerous times because each sweater is very different. And like I mentioned early, it’s also just very practical. It is warm and comfortable and in the winter those two things are really important to me!
I have made 5 versions, four to share with you today. The fifth was in a very drab fabric that I never wore so it recently got donated. All of these are size small with no modifications (save for the last one) and get worn regularly around here.
Here is my very first Toast Sweater #2 sewn up in a navy double knit that I have no idea where it’s from. I was so very proud of this make and still wear it all the time. It’s a simple top that can be worn with so many things, I reach for this all the time in the cooler months.
Toaster Sweater #1 is actually probably my favorite design of the two and this one is in a luxe rib knit from Stylemaker Fabric. I made this one last year for my fall capsule. Very cozy and I love that it’s a turtle neck but loose and not restricting (sometimes by the end of the day I get sick of having something around my neck!). I wear this one quite a bit and it’s made me fall in love with wearing the color green.
My third Toast Sweater is one I recently made for my fall capsule and made me fall back in love with this pattern. Sewn up in a striped ponte, I feel like this is such a classic top and goes with so many pieces in my wardrobe. It is thinner weight than the other two so I haven’t been reaching for it lately but I know it will be great in the spring.
Sew House Seven mentions that they want their designs to be a jumping off point and I can really see that with the Toaster. I have only done one hack, and it’s pretty simple, but there’s actually an entire hashtag devoted to it on Instagram!
My fourth Toaster Sweater is #2 and all I did was lengthen it. This is a sweater knit but the wrong side is fleecey, meaning this is the coziest dress I own. I made this years ago and still pull it out all the time when the weather gets colder. It’s great with tights and boots!
The Toaster Sweater has been around for a few years now so you can find a lot of great posts about it. There are hashtags for version #1 and version #2 on Instagram and I found some helpful blog posts from Beck at I sew Therefore I am, Erin at She Makes, Dani at Sewing and Cocktails , Chuleenan at C Sews , and Michelle at Stichin Camaro.
The biggest issue I’ve seen people have with this pattern is with the facing on version 2. With my two thicker knit versions I really have never noticed any curling up or been annoyed by the facing (essentially it’s just an elongated neckline pattern piece that you fold over and sew into the shoulder seams). However, for my version in the ponte I admit that it does bother me some. I’ve read that some people blind stitch the facing down, others just topstitch it, and some have even using a fusing. I haven’t made any adjustments to mine, but may go back and topstitch if I find it keeps me from wearing it this spring.
Also, be aware that this is a more cropped sweater and some people preferred to add length to their versions. I find the arms plenty long enough for me, but there were some notes that people needed length there too!
I hope this review is helpful and please let me know if you would like any more information. Would love to hear if you’ve made the Toaster Sweater and what you thought of your finished make!