#2 Toaster #2

I recently ordered fabric while chilly.

I’m henceforth going to make all my shopping decisions while chilly. I’m not saying the cold makes my brain work better, just that 4 yards of Kaufman Trainers French Terry Fleece was EXACTLY what I wanted to sew with in January. I got two lengths, one for a sweater and one for sweats. This first one is called Woodrose. After 4 years, it finally kicked my butt into gear to make another Toaster #2 sweater!

I sewed my original 2017 Toaster from soft, drapey modal French terry. While it didn’t exactly work, I could see it had potential. By the way, Sew House Seven is steadily + reliably updating their catalogue to add sizes up to 34, and I believe the Toaster will be included soon.

When browsing cold-weather fabrics, I saw Kaufman does a French terry now. I picked this color to go with the skirt I made recently. I’m trying to add more variety/warmth/elegance/overall oomph to my winter wardrobe, but even so my clicking-finger hovered over my typical Sienna for a while; maybe next time!

Hawthorne Supply Co. sells fabric by the 1/8 yard, which is terrific, because the pattern calls for 1 5/8 yards; half-yard cuts would have left me with an awkward amount leftover, guaranteed. I shortened the body of the sweater 1.5”, and I have 6” extra selvedge-to-selvedge. I like the finished length, so next time I can order 1.5 yards. Climb back into my pocket, sweet little $1.70! You’re safe now.

I haven’t been working on anything madly complicated lately but this still seemed like a luxuriously tiny number of pattern pieces. Front, back, sleeve, badda-boom. I compared the front and back armscyes, and they are shaped differently as I hoped/expected, but the sleeve itself is vertically symmetrical. What’s that about? It doesn’t affect comfort, so maybe it’s a knit thing.

When I make another Toaster #2, I’ll extend the width of the grown-on neck facing to reach the shoulder seam. It’s like an inch away anyway, max; may as well anchor it there. Missed opportunity. The split mitered hem is a quick, clear, fun part to sew, though! I added a sassy little triangular fold before topstitching the top of the vent allowances.

Construction went quickly, but I spent a solid hour or more at the end of the process just futzing. The front funnel neck looked odd. There seemed to be too much fabric above the bust, or maybe too much width? Maybe some combination of those? I did my usual ‘tug tests’ – pulling the fabric tighter, looser, forward, back, etc., and have concluded that I don’t know much about history biology what a slide rule is for fitting the upper bust, but I know how to show a sweater a good time.

I tried stitching in the ditch to keep the neck facing in place, by hand and by machine; topstitching along the long front and back edge of the facings; making the front neck deeper and shallower; pressing in a crisp edge, pressing it out again; and finally, topstitching a few random sigils to keep everything in place in the best arrangement I could manage.

After a day of wearing, I realized moving my head around an average amount crushes the front funnel neck anyway, and the fit wrinkles either hide inside of the use wrinkles or merge into mega-wrinkles. It’s moot.

Somewhere there’s a fabric with enough body to stand up at the neck and enough drape to move gracefully across the mysterious hinterland of my upper chest, but is it 95% cotton, fleece-lined, and $13.50/yard? Probably not. Weird neck aside, I loved sewing this fabric. It was so cooperative and just beefy enough (also, beefiness will never not hit me as the most hilarious sewing qualifier). I used a stretch stitch on the shoulders, sides, and cuffs, and a straight stitch on the hem, and it was fine with both.

The fabric is quite malleable, but it has a low recovery. This pattern actually calls for 5/8” seams throughout, but I used ¼” seam allowances on the sleeve and side seams, so my S bust graded to a M waist might be more like an M graded to L when all is said and done. I like the balance of the width and the length and I really appreciate that it has a set-in sleeve, as I’m feeling distinctly cool towards drop shoulders lately. I asked Professor Boyfriend what era he thought it was referencing and he Zoidberg-scuttled away because he thought it was a trap, but it’s an honest question. I definitely feel a bit past-y, but I’m not sure when!

I’d love to learn how to read and fix these wrinkles before I make another Toaster #2, but I still like this one. It’s fuzzy inside, actually warm, and the color is different enough from the rest of my wardrobe that it goes with practically anything. You’ll probably see it again in a week or two!

In the meantime, I might go use my actual toaster and make some hot buttered toast. Mmm. Always a good idea!

Pattern: Sew House Seven Toaster #2 sweater

Pattern cost: NA

Size: S bust, M waist, with ¼” sleeve and side seams

Supplies: 1 5/8 yards Kaufman Trainers French Terry Fleece in Woodrose, Hawthorne Supply Co., $24.92; thread from stash

Total time: 3.75 hours

Total cost: $24.92

12 thoughts on “#2 Toaster #2

  1. A toasty Toaster. We all need toasty right now (7 degrees as I type…) Love the color!

    I think of this neckline as Audrey Hepburn ish. Or that Jackie Kennedy. Soooo, early 60’s?

    I’ve been eyeing that fabric, so I’m glad to see a thumbs-up on it.

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    1. Ooh I hope you enjoy it! I have a lot of faith in Kaufman fabrics – they’re never over-the-top luxurious, but they’re sturdy and they get the job done and they have a great range of colors.

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  2. Love this jumper – the neckline looks great and I love your sigils. Definitely a feature to add in future (that might be a more for myself).

    I was sort of thinking 50/60’s for the neckline. Really classy, and fitting for that kind of era I think!

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    1. That’s perfect, because I’m going down a weird 50s/60s Americana hole lately anyway (basically I read a mystery set in a Catskills resort in the 50s, and now I want pedal pushers). When in doubt I sew a random triangle! 😂

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  3. I bought a whole lot of that Trainers French Terry fleece in December when Thread Count Fabrics had it on as a brief special at $10/yd (Canadian dollars!). I then made 4 sweaters, one each for my son (graphite), his wife (woodrose) and their 4 yr old (spruce) and 8 yr old (slate blue) daughters. I even designed a family logo using the four colours and appliquéd it to each sweater. I used the Jalie Romy pattern for the girls and their mom — Jalie patterns are great for such projects as they all come in infant to adult sizes. This fabric was a pleasure to work with, and they all turned out beautifully. The only thing I’d note is that it is not very stretchy and the high neck version (rather like the toaster, but not quite as wide) I made for the 4 yr old would not have made it over her big head if I didn’t add a zipper! But the structure of the fabric is otherwise great for a stand up collar. I do love that woodrose colour and it looks great on you, as it does on my daughter-in-law though she has very different colouring than you.

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    1. That sounds like an amazing gift! It’s even more special that you customized each color to the recipient – also $10 CA per yard?? Yes please! I’m trying to get my fellow to let me make him a Finlayson sweater (he claims he doesn’t wear shawl necks, sometimes while actually wearing one AT THE SAME TIME) and it’s 50% because I love the Spruce colorway but already own too many green-family tops myself. 😂
      Thanks so much! I think a nice warm pink looks good on anybody, up to and including redheads! It’s a friendly color.

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    1. That is a consolation. I won’t beat my head against it. And I guess if it really bugs me, next time I can just do a separate mock-neck collar instead!

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