My Favorite Fall Color

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As soon as the stores start putting out their fall decor and clothes my mind heads right to the same thing every year- bring on all the mustard colored things!  I love fall colors in general- plum, navy, olive, burgundy, ALL the jewel tones really.  Something about those warm colors makes me want to cozy up with a good book and watch the leaves change outside my window.

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My three latest makes for myself have all been in full muted yellow glory.  It’s so fun to have a little break in pattern testing and blog tours to sew up a few things for ME.

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This pretty mustard knit jumped in my cart during a button run to Joann’s.  Don’t you hate when that happens?!  I seriously couldn’t leave this fabric in the store and sewed it up the second I had a free afternoon.

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The Toaster Sweater is a cold weather favorite of mine.  I love the tall neck option of version #1.  It’s not tight and constricting like other turtlenecks but is so cozy and warm!  This fabric was just perfect for it.

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This pattern sews up sooooo fast too!  You know that’s my jam- something quick but with great finishes.  I love the topstitching details.

I sewed up a medium which is what I had printed and ready.  I fit into the small size chart now and might just have to size down for my next version.  I love the chunky feel of this one though.  I modified this a bit and added an inch to the length to make it hit mid hip.

While wearing this top I had one of those experiences that every seamstress lives for.  While browsing in Madewell, wearing this sweater, a couple of ladies stopped me and asked if my top was from the shop.  I blushed and let them know it was not from there.  They pushed a bit more and asked where it was from.  I hesitated as I told them that I had made it and laughed as their jaws hit the floor!  They couldn’t believe it!  I left the shop empty handed but renewed with a love of creating beautiful handmade garments that could indeed hold their own with the expensive trendy items from the mall.

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My second make is a modified Chalk and Notch Waterfall Raglan. I grabbed this pretty windowpane plaid double brushed poly from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and knew it needed to be a pretty dress.  I left off the bottom ruffle and added 6 inches at the lengthen/shorten line.

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This is another one of those quick makes that looks amazing sewn up.  I think I need a few more of these in my wardrobe.  I sewed up a couple of these during testing and then set the pattern aside and kept meaning to get back to it.  I can’t tell you how many of those patterns I have.  I’m so glad to have sewn it up again!

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What’s on your fall sewing list?  Are you a mustard lover or do you steer clear of it?  I’m so excited to see all the fall hues start filling my social media feeds!

Toaster Sweater from Sew House 7

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.