I remember wearing turtleneck sweaters when I was young. They always hurt to pull over my ears, made my hair staticky, and generally made me feel like I was being strangled by my wardrobe. So, when I saw turtlenecks were making a comeback, I figured I’d pass.
However, the Toaster Sweater pattern took the home sewing community by storm this past winter. After seeing all the amazing versions saw online (like this one, this one, and this one) I decided I needed the pattern and bought it as part of the Indiesew Fall/Winter 2016 Collection (you know, because I actually needed 6 new patterns).
The Toaster Sweater features a neck that takes its inspiration from funnel and boat necks and it also has mitered side vents with a hi-low hem. Since the sweater has a semi-high neck and not a true turtleneck, I’m happy to say this sweater feels more like a gentle hug and not like the death grip of turtlenecks past.
Pattern: Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater #2
Fabric: Splendid Sweatshirt French Terry in Navy from Harts Fabric (sold out in Navy but available in Grey)
Modifications: Lengthened by 1.5 inches
Thoughts: I cut and sewed this garment 90% of the way in one evening and called it a night without hemming the sleeves or finishing the mitered corner split hem. Then, I let it sit in my UFO pile for 2 months. When I finally picked it up again, it was so easy and quick to follow the directions to make the mitered corner hem that I was annoyed with myself for not doing it sooner!
I think learning to sew the new (to me) neck construction and mitered corner hem made this a really fun and satisfying sew!
Next Time: I’d love to try this top in a drapier fabric – Sara’s version (here) is amazing! Also, I might size down so the shoulders are a little more fitted and add another 1/2 inch in length.
Shop the Post: Top: Handmade | Jeans: Gap (similar) | Shoes: Rifle Paper Company Keds
Photos | Laura Murray Photography