Next up on the Battle of the Sweaters I am reviewing two of my favorite patterns: the Toasters. And I am using plural, because this pattern by Sew House Seven has two different versions. I made both of them and I am ready to report back. Are you ready?
The Toaster Sweaters pattern is available in both as a PDF and as a paper pattern, which can be found here. The PDF costs 15 dollars and the paper pattern 19 dollars and you get both versions in the package. The size range begins from XS and goes up to XXL and it is classed as a beginner lever pattern.
Version #1 is a closer fitting, semi-cropped sweater. It has raglan sleeves, a wide waistband, a loose turtleneck and long cuffs. It falls between the high and the low hip. The pattern instructions suggests a thick, stiff knit fabric in order for the neck to stand upright, but you can also use sweatshirt fleece with stretch or a sweater knit.
Version #2 is fitted through the shoulders and sleeves and then swings out a bit at the underarms and hem. If features a semi-high neck, mitered side vents and a high low hem. Fabrics suggestions for this one include a boiled wool knit, a wool jersey or ponte di Roma or a sweatshirt fleece and a jersey knit.
As I said, I’ve made both versions over the last year. Last January I made Version #2, which I absolutely loved! I always get compliments when I wear this sweater and I think the colors I chose suit my complexion really well. People are having a hard time believing that I made it, which seems strange to me because it’s a very easy sweater to make! Unfortunately, my mom holds this one hostage because she loves wearing it as well, but I managed to steal it and take some photos, haha!
The fabric I used for that was a very thin knit from Tsagrinos.gr .I liked it so much that I also made a matching Margo skirt, by Seamwork Magazine. A few months ago, I made another one using a blue scuba fabric but it turned out HUGE one me and I never wore it. I should have sized down, so keep that in mind if you are using a fabric like that.
I made version #1 only last December. For this one I used a blush pink ponte di Roma and it was perfect for this pattern. The fabric is quite thick and helps the turtleneck stay upright, making this sweater one of the warmest garments in my closet.
The construction, the fit and alterations
Construction-wise, both patterns are very easy to make. The instructions are very detailed and help you through every step. Version #2 may have some tricky parts, like the mitered corners at the side vents, but it’s nothing too difficult to do. For version #1 I used my overlocker, which made things even faster! I made a size Medium for both versions and I think I could also get away with a smaller size for version #1, but I like that it’s super cozy and snuggly and I can easily wear another top underneath if it’s very cold outside.
I think both of these patterns are a staple for anyone’s wardrobe. If you enjoy sweaters as much as I do, you will love them both! Each one has its unique style and I dare to say that they stand up from the crowd, among other sweater patterns out there, for their unique style and their beautiful details. I give them both a 10/10.
I would love to see your versions and hear your thoughts on this pattern. Tag me on Instagram if you made them or leave me a comment here.