The Toaster Sweater #2 by Sew House Seven – Project #sewmystyle 1

So, if you haven’t figured it by now, the first item of the 12 month sewalong set up by Alex over at Bluebird Fabrics is this – the Toaster Sweater #2 by Sew House Seven.

You might have caught the first glimpse of mine here when I made a tutorial on adding thumbholes and cuffs to my sweaters. I thought I’d hold off on posting the full thing until this week when everyone else will also be finishing off their #sewmystyle sweaters!

I have to say, I wasn’t hugely enamoured with this pattern when it was chosen. It’s not something I necessarily would’ve picked out myself but maybe that was a good thing! I think it’s easy to get stuck in a sewing pattern rut – just look at how many shirtdress patterns I have! (They are really starting to all look the same…)

I knew with this sewalong, there would be items I wouldn’t immediately drawn to but then my challenge was how was I going to alter and change that pattern to something I did like.

With this Toaster Sweater, most of the hard work was finding the right fabric. I lucked out and came across this lovely metallic ribbed knit in Walthamstow market which at first sight, I knew would be the perfect fit for this pattern.

I usually like my sweaters a little oversized so I opted to make a M-L version. (I kind of regretted that later as I hadn’t realised a) just how wide the hem would really sit and b) how stiffly the fabric would fall). I did keep it at the original length though. I know a lot of people weren’t keen on the length and chose to add to it but I kind of liked it!

The fabric was really easy to work with and this is a very quick sweater to make – so no excuses to not finish in time for those joining in with #sewmystyle!

I overlocked the seams where I could but I did most of the work with a regular machine with a zig zag stitch. The edges I finished with a twin needle which was a little awkward when going around corners but I much preferred this finish to just a zig zag.

So this is it!

I like it! I think it could do with being a little narrower in the body (it’s very much a swing sweater in it’s original form) but overall it’s definitely something I can add to my regular wardrobe and I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of it. Plus I love my addition to the sleeves!


  1. I have this pattern sitting on my cutting table right now so I was excited to see what you did with yours and I LOVE those thumb holes and I’ve bookmarked your tutorial on how to do them. I don’t know what it is about this sweater that I love so much – like you at first I thought, “Do I really need another knit top pattern??” but the more I looked at it the more I liked it. It has ALL the elements I really like – a tunnel neck which is not turtleneck annoying but offers some warmth around the neck and the mitered hem and now with your guidance it will have thumb holes too 🙂 I love your fabric! The knit I’ve chosen is a super warm dinetex knit from Thread Theory which will make it waterproof as well as warm. I need a nice warm sweater here on the west coast of Canada 🙂 Thank you for such a great post!

    1. You can always do with another knit top! You can never have too many when you live somewhere cold! Lol.

      Sounds like you’re going to be able to make a lovely version! 🙂

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