I give the Toaster Sweater five stars!
When I first made Sew House Seven‘s Toaster Sweater, I was looking for a versatile sweatshirt pattern. I figured I’d have to try several patterns from various designers before finding one that I loved. I lucked out. The Toaster fits well and I love the style. It’s exactly what I was seeking and I haven’t purchased another sweatshirt pattern. No need!
The Toaster Sweater comes in two versions. Version 1 has a turtle neck with wide bands at the waist and wrists. When I purchased the pattern last winter, I made Version 1 twice, once in a french terry and again a thick cream fleece. This is my first attempt at Version 2.
I bought the paper pattern last winter at $19.00. Since this is the third time I’ve sewn this pattern, the cost per make is down to about $6.33. You can purchase the pattern online through the designer in three different formats.
- The full pattern which includes versions 1 and 2 is available for $19.00 (paper) or $15.00 (pdf).
- Version 1 and Version 2 can be purchased separately. Each version is $10.00 (pdf only).
I purchased this fleece-backed knit from Three Little Birds Sewing Co. just outside of D.C. I think I paid $8 or $9 per half yard. The pattern calls for 1 5/8 yards. I bought two yards, so the materials cost was about $36. Not a steal, but cheaper than a similar sweatshirt I spotted on Everlane retailing at $45.00.
At the moment, I don’t see this fabric listed online at Three Little Birds. It may be sold out. If you call the store, I’m sure the shop owner can suggest similar fabric.
According to my body measurements, the pattern suggests I sew a size small. My Version 1 sweatshirts were sewn in a size small and fit well, so I sewed Version 2 in a small, too.
I loovvvvve sewing with knits. So fast! So easy! This came together in a single morning sewing session. I was particularly thrilled by my perfectly executed stitch-in-the-ditch at the shoulder seams. It is such an easy sewing move with a knit fabric!
A warning note: The Toaster Sweater bodice sews up short. As drafted, the pattern falls around my natural waist which means that if I raise my arms, I’m flashing a strip of pale stomach. As a mid-thirty something, this is not a good look. To avoid stomach-baring moments, I added two inches to the length of the back and front bodice pieces. It was super easy. I added length at the pattern’s marked lengthen/shorten line. Because the sweatshirt is boxy, I didn’t have to worry about adjusting the width of the pattern at my hips. There is plenty of room around my hips and bum.
Overall, the fit is great. If I decide I want a baggier sweatshirt, I could add another inch or two to the length (in addition to the two inches I added to this version).
The underarm seams are a tiny bit tighter than I’d like. It’s not uncomfortable, but it’s pulling a little when I put my arms down. Next time, I’ll reduce the seam under the armpit to 3/8 inches. I think that small adjustment will make the fit perfect for me.
As the cold weather settles in up north, I highly recommend sewing up this pattern. It can be made in a variety of snugly fabrics perfect for keeping warm in the winter months. I wore it as shown here on a casual date with my husband to the movies. It was cozy and comfortable. For the price, time commitment, and result, this pattern is tough to beat!