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Have you ever experienced the following? A new pattern pops into the world on the blogs and on Instagram, and you think to yourself: “Well, it’s a shame, but this is so not my style!” That was exactly the way I felt about the Toaster Sweater #1 by SewHouseSeven. Toaster #2 took my heart by storm and went straight onto my pattern wishlist – but Toaster #1 was way to “sporty” for me with the raglan sleeves and the rather tight funnel neck. So in my mind, I put the pattern into the “will never make that” drawer. Or so I thought… Because then the “sewing community effect” materialized: more and more sewists posted their version of the Toaster #1. And the more I saw, the better I liked the pattern. And by the time Annika from Nähconnection published the “Be Cozy Bundle”, containing both Toasters and two other sweaters in German translations, I was sold on Toaster #1. Plus, we were about to leave for our trip to Scotland, and I thought a cozy sweater would be a great addition to my traveling gear.
I looked around stoffe.de for the right fabric – I still had a voucher for their online store, and as I wasn’t 100% sure if I would like the pattern in the end, I didn’t want to spend too much money on the fabric. I was not completely in love with their selection of sweats (although I’ve bought loads of other great fabric from them before), but in the end I settled for this berry-coloured version. When the package arrived, I was really happy with the colour – but not so much with the weight of the fabric. The sweat is rather light-weight, and I was worried that it wouldn’t be stable enough for the pattern. But I liked working with it – I hadn’t worked with sweat before, and this one sews up very nicely.
I did struggle with the raglan sleeves, though… Both sleeves produced an ugly crease near the side seam when I first tried on the sweater. This was my first time sewing raglan sleeves, and none of my fitting books had any advice on this type of sleeve. So I decided to go rogue and just take off 1,5cm from each side seam in order to give the sweater a tighter fit. That worked well enough – but I did not consider that this trick would also change the fit of the waist band. So that ended up being a little tighter than I would have liked… Next time, I’ll only adjust the side seam on the upper part of the sweater and then grade it to its original width at the waist. Or I’ll try sewing the pattern up with the “normal” width in a more stable sweat, that might take care of the problem altogether. It turned out that my worry about the weight of the fabric turned out to be spot on: the single layer of fabric on the sleeves is to “weak” to stabilize the double layer of the cuffs properly. The result is a lump in the sleeve because the seam allowance keeps flopping into the cuffs. Securing the seam allowance with a couple of stitches doesn’t work because the stitches show through the thin fabric.
Also, the sweat tends to wrinkle a lot – you can see it in the pictures. I had ironed the sweater before the shooting, but it still wrinkled, wrinkled, wrinkled… All things considered though, I am very happy with my Toaster #1. And it did keep me nice and cozy during our trip to Scotland! Just goes to show how great the “sewing community effect” is: I would never have bought a sweater like Toaster #1 in a shop – I would have never considered a cut like that “my style”. But sewing in general and seeing all the makes in the sewing community tend to inspire me more and more to experiment, try new things and broaden my personal style!
Last, but not least, here’s the Flying Needle-Summary:
Pattern: Toaster #1 from SewHouseSeven, bought within the Be Cozy Bundle from Nähconnection (all patterns with German translations)
Fabric: berry-coloured sweat from stoffe.de
Changes made: shaved off 1,5cm from the width of each side seam, corresponding changes made on cuffs and waist band
Difficulty Rating: a fairly easy sew – the drawings in the instructions make it easy for beginners
Summary: I was pleasantly surprised withToaster #1! A pattern that I thought to be impossible for my personal style has a fat chance to become a wardrobe staple. I already bought thicker sweat, it’s laying on my cutting table for a second version!
If you too have a pattern that grew on you: Leave a comment! It might inspire someone to follow suite and experiment a little!