October 14th and 15th, I am leading us through the Toaster Sweater sew-along! This sew-along won’t be hosted here, but instead at Sew House Seven’s site. For the pattern, you can purchase either sweater – or both – in a print or PDF version.
I fell in love with this pattern – in the short time I’ve had it in my home, I’ve made five versions (in three different sizes). It is a fast project, ideally suited for stitchers who are new to knits – because the recommended knit fabrics are relatively stable.
But it is also just gorgeously put together. Version one features a t-neck, wide cuff and hem band, and raglan sleeves. Version two has a looser fit, closer-set sleeves, a slight swing to the side seams, and wonderful side vents. Version two runs slightly large. Both patterns are drafted in the most elegant way, and I especially love the necklines. Let’s face it. I am an addict!
Supplies (here is my post on SH7’s site)
Fabrics: you want a stable knit with loft, to give body to the necklines (read on below for versions I made with sheer knits!). You also want a knit with good recovery, and with 20% stretch. I will be showing how to finish seams using serge or zig-zag.
Above, you can see two thread colors for the navy version one – blue to match the garment, and tan for topstitching.
So here’s a few pictures of other versions – in fabrics not recommended – just to give you an idea of different knit options:
From left to right: a high-loft wool in a natural colorway (pregan stash), a black linen (wonderful – absolutely no recovery though!), and a silk tissue knit (again – pregan stash). The natural is the most stable. The other two have a pretty neckline that collapses into an unstructured, but symmetrical, neckline.
I love the soft structure of version two’s neckline. The more stable the knit, the stronger this structure emerges.
And, because it’s my prerogative, I’m going to bust in with some other sewing news today – more Vado jeans! I made these yesterday – from start to finish. I have streamlined my jean-sewing so I am very swift. I suspect I’ll just be making pair after pair, maybe in some novelty denims from my favorite denim shop!
These fit just how I like – and so they feel great. Some pictures inside, because I am all about that construction pr0n!
Some tips on making a good-looking fly: shorten your zipper to the right length, and stitch matching threads where you want to be inobtrusive.
Shown below: a bold white topstitch on the underlap:
The inside of the fly. I almost always interface at both center fronts. I like a fly to be sturdy. It feels and performs better! This will also help if you’re making a curved fly front!
Topstitching – you can barely see the belt carrier here, since the print is so busy!
I serge-finished the jean with a thread that matched the inside, not the outside, of the print: