Cozy January: Toaster Sweater #2

January 29, 2017
Toaster Sweater 2

Toaster Sweater 2When I saw the post for Project Sew My Style (an online sewing challenge to create a particular item each month) from Bluebird Fabrics on Instagram, I was eager to sign up and give my own handmade wardrobe project some added structure. Luckily for me, I’ve never made any of the designated patterns before. I’m looking forward to taking on some silhouettes that I might not have tried otherwise.

Making the Toaster Sweater was refreshingly quick, which was a relief after the intense projects I’ve been working on. I played around with the lengths of both the front and the back of the shirt and decided on adding one inch to the front and four inches to the back. Originally, I had been more drawn to Version 1 of the sweater, but once I got this on –  especially in my extended length – I didn’t want to take it off. The long sleeves make for a very cozy shirt.

I had a little trouble with the hem, as my machine was skipping stitches and the feed dogs were catching with the twin needle. I ripped out most of the hem and did it again. It’s not perfect, but it’s liveable. The fabric is some wonderfully soft french terry from Blackbird Fabrics. (It’s the forest colour.) I also ordered some of the charcoal option (for some Hudson Pants), and I’m hoping to play pattern Tetris and get another Toaster Sweater out of it as well. Being curvy and short, I tend to shy away from boxier tops, but the terry is light enough to drape nicely.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s makes. You can follow along on Instagram with #toastersweater2 and #sewmystyle.

Project: Toaster Sweater 2

Total Cost: $31

Pattern: $7.50 (PDF of Version 2 only with project discount)

Fabric: $21.50

Notions: $2

Fit: Size Small with added length

What to work on: Machine maintenance. Those feed dogs need some oil!




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  • Reply Anya February 1, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    It looks so good!! Definitely in the category of secret pajamas 🙂

    • Reply Erica February 1, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you! I love those long sleeves!

  • Reply Leanna February 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I mistakenly bought Toaster Sweater 1, thinking it was the same neckline, because I like the slimmer body. Your sweater confirms that #2 was the correct choice. Beautiful!

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  • Reply Sherrie February 22, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Erica! I saw a link to your site on CBC this morning, and immediately texted our mutual friend Austen to share, since your project reminds me of her – and naturally, she knows you! I love this sweater SO much, and I’m feeling totally inspired to make a few things I bought patterns for a few years ago – thanks for the February inspiration! 🙂

    • Reply Erica February 22, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Thank you so much, Sherrie! Austen is an inspiration to me too. Good luck with your projects!

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