I’m sorry I don’t have a pattern review up for you today. I’m waiting on some fabric I purchased last week and I don’t think I need to tell you that shipping is very slow right now. So I will figure out a review for next week (hopefully the Arlington to continue our look at turtlenecks!) but in the meantime I wanted to alert you to an exciting update with the Toaster Sweater by Sew House 7.
I reviewed this pattern a couple of weeks ago and mentioned that they had an extended size range in some, but not all, of their patterns. Well now the Toaster is included in that! So if you were not able to make this great sweater before, I hope now this sizing can include a lot more of you.
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.”
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 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!
Today I’m wrapping up my fall capsule with the three tops that I made! Check out my topper and bottoms and I’ll be back in a few weeks with a full fall round up of my makes and how much wear I’ve been getting out of them.
I am pretty thrilled with all three of these, two are patterns I’ve made and loved before and one is brand new and I’ve already cut out another one to make. So I think that speaks to how I feel on it!
For help with sizing or knowing what adjustments I’m talking about, I am 5’9″ and my measurements are 32, 29, 36. For anyone new to sewing please know sizing is very different from ready to wear and varies widely from pattern company to pattern company. It’s always helpful when sewists share this info and any alterations they make so that others who want to sew the same patterns can use that knowledge with their own makes! I’m always happy to answer any questions or help point you in the right direction if you’re having fit issues with any patterns I’ve made.
Top Number One: Striped Sweater
I bought this fabric thinking I would make a fitted tshirt. In my head I saw something with a scoop neck or even a square neck line. However, when it came in the mail I just loved how cozy it was. It’s soft but not too thick so I thought it would make a fantastic sweater and I played around with a few ideas but ultimately landed on a tried and true pattern for me, the toaster sweater.
I made the version with the boat neckline and I love it. LOVE it. It’s the perfect pattern for this fabric and I think will get worn on a weekly basis over here. It’s essentially a t-shirt but with a little bit more style that I think will also look very cute styled up in the spring.
Other Thoughts: I have made this pattern, both versions, multiple times. It is my go to sweater pattern and I’m really happy I went with it again on this one. The fit is just boxy enough and it looks so different sewed up in various fabrics.
Top Number Two: A Beyond Basic Knit
Jennifer from the Everyday Style School always talks about ‘beyond basics’ tops. These are easy to wear, comfy pieces that have some detail to elevate them a bit and take them beyond basic. I had this beautiful fabric left over from t-shirt month and wanted to make something comfortable but with a twist.
I chose to make the Adrienne Blouse as I have two of them and wear them constantly. It’s like wearing a t-shirt but with a prettier neckline and these gorgeous sleeves! Such a simple make, would highly recommend for a beginner that wants something more than a t-shirt but maybe doesn’t feel confident enough for something that takes a lot of fit. Also can’t go wrong with a top like this if you have to be on a lot of zoom calls and want to look put together but still feel comfortable.
Other Thoughts: With only three pattern pieces and really easy construction, I can whip up this top in under an hour. Would love to play around with it lengthened as a dress sometime, maybe in a thicker sweater knit?
Top Number Three: Beautiful Button up
I had other plans for this lovely fabric but then Friday Pattern Company released their Patina Blouse. At first I was like, ok it’s cute but I never wear button ups. But then it kept popping up on my Instagram feed and I just fell in love with that collar and those sleeves. So I caved and bought it and am so happy I did.
The details of this blouse are just beautiful and I have dreams of knitting a sweater vest to layer over top! I really enjoyed making this one, shirt making is something I like taking my time with and the pay off is always so great. When I tried on my first sleeve I believe I made everyone in my family admire how gorgeous it was, especially as I did a few port de bras!
This is my dressiest make of the bunch but I think it will look just as great with jeans as it does with trousers or a skirt. I have another one cut out and ready to sew up after the holiday and I’m sure I will make a short sleeve version come summer.
Pattern: The Patina Blouse by Friday Pattern Company in a size small. I added 3 inches to the length of the sleeves (hurray for finished pattern measurements and looking before I cut out!) and they are the perfect length for me.
Other Thoughts: I’m so happy I changed my plans for this one and tried something new with that collar and neckline. This blouse feels like me and again it will work in multiple seasons. A basic ivory shirt, but with some special details.
I’m really glad to be finished with this capsule but mostly because now it means I can wear everything I made. I’m genuinely happy with all of these pieces and am glad I tried some new patterns and shapes that felt inspiring to me.
I’ll be slowing down for December, still a weekly post here but not so many makes. I have been very inspired by fashion lately and have been putting together a Make 9 for the new year that I think you’re going to love! I’d love to focus on some show stopper pieces in the coming year now that I’ve sewn myself some great everyday clothes. What are you itching to make in the coming season?
I’m sharing my second top that I made for my fall module today, if you want to see all my other pieces, click here!
I rarely make patterns over and over again. I’m not sure why? There are just so many great designs out there and I love variety in my closet, it’s just not something I do. So when I tell you that this is the fourth time I’ve sewn up this pattern, I hope you understand that means I truly love it!
This is the Toaster Sweater #1 by Sew House Seven . It is a classic sweater and I love both versions. I’ve made them both and hacked version #2 into a sweater dress that I wear all the time. It is an easy make, easy to fit, and it’s one of those basic tops that you will pull out again and again in the colder months.
I love this rich green color and I had fun playing with the ribbing texture, making it go in different directions on the bands and neck. I think in the past I’ve sewn the small, but I went for the medium here because I’m gravitating towards the slouchy, oversized look. I like that this doesn’t drown me but still gives me that same feeling.
This sweater is going to be one I wear year after year. I love how it looks with the other things I’ve made in this module and how well it works with clothes I already own!