I’ve got a new addiction this winter. The Toaster Sweater patterns from Sew House 7 have become favorites to sew and wear. They check all the right boxes for me- comfortable, loose fitting, quick sews, and stylish.
I shared my first two over on the Cali Fabrics blog. I made this green one out of a mid weight sweatshirt fleece and it’s the ultimate in warmth and comfort. This particular sweatshirting has a bit of two way stretch that makes it easy to wear. It’s the first thing I grab on a snowy day.
The tall neckline of #1 is so cozy and I love the boxy fit of this version. The topstitching details add such a professional finish. I added length to this version to provide optimum coverage!
After sewing a version #1, I just had to try sewing #2. I used a luxurious stretch velvet and had the perfect holiday party top.
It’s loose and chic and I get compliments every time I wear it. I love that it looks dressy while still feeling like I’m wearing next to nothing. I think I’d wear velvet all day every day if I could.
So after those first two sweater all I could think about was sewing up another. When I laid eyes on this amazing quilted knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics I knew it had to be a boxy sweater and the Toaster #1 was just what I was after.
I lined the body and sleeves in a lightweight double brushed poly and kept the length I added to the pattern previously. This fabric is a bit less stiff than my first version and the neck line has a slouchy effect. This top is incredibly warm and just about as pretty as a sweatshirt can get.
I found these darling tags at Hobby Lobby (in the yarn section) and like to add them to those special things I know will get extra love. Just a tiny detail that I adore that looks upscale from afar but only I know the care that went into this piece.
My latest Toaster just might be my favorite. This beauty happened when I stumbled across this fabric in my stash and realized I had just enough to make the cutest Toaster ever. This fabric is a remnant from Girl Charlee years ago, a sweatshirt fleece with absolutely no stretch. I literally could hold the leftover scraps in one hand when I was done cutting this out- totally meant to be!
I used the original cropped length and cropped the cuffs a bit also. Because of the lack of stretch in this fabric this top is a cinch to get on but man, oh man do I have to Houdini myself out of it. If I had thought through this sew a bit more I may have sized up to account for the lack of stretch but I sewed this on a whim from finding the fabric to sewn in under an hour. No time for actually thinking about it- just a quick, rewarding sew!
I really love how different fabrics take to this pattern. I’m thinking next fall I’d love a chunky sweater knit version of either pattern. I think a light jersey knit would look cute as a version 2 for spring or a drapier french terry for that matter.
Have you sewn up a Toaster? Any favorite fabrics you loved for yours? I might have sewn my last version this season (no guarantees 😉 but know it will be at the top of my list when cooler temps hit again this fall.