Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Toaster Sweaters

One of my Make Nine goals was to make some Toaster sweaters, and I did it! The patterns are from Sew House Seven and there are two versions available. Sweater #1 has a short turtleneck, raglan sleeves with long, banded cuffs, and a wide band around the hem. Sweater #2 has a short funnel neck, set-in sleeves, and is looser, with side slits at the hi-low hem. If you buy them both, you can mix and match the different features, like I did with my third sweater. 

This is my Sweater #1, in a striped ponte knit. Sorry if you are getting dizzy from looking at the small stripes. They always photograph so trippily. In person, this top does not look wild at all. 

It's a cozy top. Too bad I may not wear it again until fall! Warm weather arrived early in Colorado this year, so I'm thinking about summer sewing now, but I loved wearing this during the winter.

Here is my Sweater #2, made in a speckled french terry. The funnel neck is just folded down and then stitched at the side seams. My fabric tends to roll up underneath, so it's not my favorite method of finishing a neckline. But, I think it looks cute from the outside! I suppose I could hand sew the whole neckline down, but I probably won't. It's good enough and once a project is "done" I usually don't feel that motivated to go back and do more work on it!

This version looks really clean and simple.

The neckline and the hem both add some nice details to a simple look. The hem is split and it's longer in the back, which looks pretty cool.

And for my third Toaster, I used the turtleneck and raglan sleeves from Sweater #1 and the hemline from Sweater #2. I made shorter cuffs for the sleeves (actually they should have been an inch longer, but I'll still wear this). This is a lightweight french terry, so it's drapier and not as warm. I'll be able to wear this top this spring without overheating, at least during the chilly mornings and evenings. 

It would be easy to use a band to make a crewneck shirt, too. I'm imagining a version made of cotton jersey to wear all spring. Maybe even something like a baseball ringer tee with elbow-length sleeves. 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Frida Sorbetto

Hey-o! Did you see that Colette Patterns revamped their free Sorbetto pattern? Now it includes pattern pieces and instructions to make a tank top, a sleeveless tunic, or a t-shirt. I had planned on making the original tank for a while, but I never got around to it. The release of the new version gave me the encouragement I needed to try it out. 

I decided to make the tunic version. I lengthened the pattern by 1.5 inches, but I could have added a couple more inches to make it fit like it does on the pattern model. I'm 5'10" so I usually lengthen shirts and dresses. 

The back covers my butt, but it could be a bit longer. It's also kind of snug there, so if I made another one, I might grade the hips out to the next size. I've also started working out regularly after a year of hit-or-miss workouts, so maybe that will take care of the snugness. 

This top has a center front box pleat, which isn't too obvious with this busy fabric. It would show up much better on a solid fabric. The instructions also tell you how to omit the pleat if you just want a flat front. This pattern is pretty versatile!

I used some Frida Kahlo fabric that I've had in my stash for a long time. It's a thicker quilting cotton, which feels really soft and nice for a top. A fabric with more flow and drape would be nice to try next time; it would really change the look and feel of the shirt. 

I think it's pretty cute! I love that there are so many options included, and that you could make two totally different tops by choosing different types of fabrics.