Toaster sweater

I have been inspired by a few bloggers to make this Sewhouse 7 Toaster sweater, but when I saw Hélène’s, with the pockets, I was smitten and had to get sewing straight away.

I made version 2, and scraped  it out of a tiny bit of fleece that I bought to make a small person tracksuit when Tom was a baby!dsc08716

The advantage of using fabric this old is that it is 100% cotton, which is quite scarce now.

Hélène noted that the top is very short, and I would have lengthened it, except I didn’t have enough fabric.  As it was I had to cut the sleeves in half and join them. I disguised the join with a bit of reverse coverstitching, and so that it wouldn’t look too obvious, I made a little design feature by using three lines of coverstitching on the right arm, and single on the left.

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Hélène added pockets to hers, so in an act of shameless copying I decided that I wanted pockets too. Then I started fossicking for fabric to use (I didn’t have enough blue fleece) and found this navy blue strip left over from one of Mark’s rugby tops. I then got totally creative by folding it over and creating two pockets from the one strip of fabric. One is easy to use, as above, and the other is a little more awkward, but is fabulous for my phone.

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I am beginning to think that 2017 might be the year of creative pockets as I’m on a roll, having created two :).

I did get a little boastful on Instagram about my coverstitching as I pretty much mastered going round the corners on the hem, which I’m trying to show here. I’m standing strangely as I just noticed a cobweb high up on the wall and got distracted! But look at those corners!!

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The obligatory back view.

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The verdict: This is a really nice pattern, which went together really well. It only took a couple of hours to make, with most of my time being taken up with fussing around over the pocket and the coverstitching. I am not wholly convinced about the neckline. It is caught down at the shoulder seams, with the remainder of it floating free, which means that, as I am not a careful dresser, it can look a bit wrinkled instead of being a nice smooth funnel neck, as per the one on the pattern. I made this a couple of weeks ago, thinking that I wouldn’t be able to wear it for a few months, but the weather went completely pear shaped today, and it’s currently sitting on 16°C, which is freezing, in fact I just heard that it’s the coldest February day on record,so I popped the top on and I’ve been as warm as toast. It is really comfortable and quietly smart for a sweatshirt style top, and I’ve decided that I really quite like the short length. Version 1 is on my list, when I’ve found the right fabric in my stash.

Fadanista

40 thoughts on “Toaster sweater

    1. Thank you, and yes, I coverstitched the sleeves flat and then sewed them up. I had to ensure that the coverstitching would meet at the seams, which is the only slightly tricky bit.

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  1. This toaster sweater really looks fantastic on you. You are now a coverstitching pro, Sue! I had the same thoughts about the neckline, but finally it is quite stable and I like its Audrey-Hepburnesque vibe. Can’t wait to see your version 1. Why don’t we make it together (on each side of the planet) this week-end and post it on IG next Monday? Are you game? xx

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  2. I love the pocket. That’s a neat idea. I’ve been curious what type of coverstitch machine you have, since you’ve been doing so much reverse coverstitching. I finally got one (Brother 2340CV) and I’m not sure the stitch quality on mine is consistent enough to use it for reverse coverstitching.

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    1. I have a Bernina L220 and a Babylock Evolution. I tend to now leave the Babylock set up for overlooking and use the bernina for cs. It does spit the dummy from time to time though.

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  3. Ingenious! Love the way you fudged the sleeves. Never would have guessed that it wasn’t a design element. And what clever pockets! The contrast pocket and stitching just makes it!

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