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Project #SewMyStyle January

January 27, 2017

Project #SewMyStyle January 2017

Hey all! Today I’m going to share with you my Project #SewMyStyle January sewing project. Project #SewMyStyle is a slow fashion awareness challenge hosted by BlueBird Fabrics. Each participant sews a version of a pattern chosen from a different Indie pattern designer every month. At the end of the year, we will have a small handmade capsule wardrobe. I already have a quite extensive handmade wardrobe, but this is a great way to try new patterns and get connected to the slow fashion community! The first pattern on the shedule is the SewHouse 7 Toaster Sweater 2. This pattern is an easy to sew, A line sweater with a split hi-low hem and a funnel neck detail. There’s also a Toaster Sweater 1, which is slightly cropped, and has raglan sleeves and a high neck. Since this post is about the challenge project, I’ll only post a few pics of the Toaster Sweater 1. I also made a Youtube video discussing the pattern and showing both sweaters, which I’ll place at the bottom of this post.

Sewhouse 7 Toaster Sweater 2

Sewhouse 7 Toaster Sweater 2

Here’s my version of the Toaster Sweater 2 for Project #SewMyStyle! I made mine in neon pink sweatshirt fleece which I got at Joanne Fabrics on RedTag clearance for a few dollars. This pattern is very beginner friendly and easy to sew.

Sewhouse 7 Toaster Sweater 2

I cut a size small and didn’t make any fitting adjustments. I found the instructions super easy to follow.

Sewhouse 7 Toaster Sweater 2

The funnel neck detail is cut as one with the back and front. This pattern has only 3 pieces – front, back, and sleeve.

Sewhouse 7 Toaster Sweater 2

After sewing the neck seam, you clip the curve so the funnel neck can fold over smoothly with no puckering.

Sewhouse 7 Toaster Sweater 2

The funnel neck is then folded to the inside and tacked at the side seams.

Sewhouse 7 Toaster Sweater 2

The funnel neck is built into the shoulder seams, as you can see here.

Sewhouse 7 Toaster Sweater 2

Next, the sleeves are sewn or serged on the flat.

Sewhouse 7 Toaster Sweater 2

Then you just sew or serge the side and underarm seam, stopping at the bottom notch. I went ahead and did an extra line of stitching at bottom.

Sewhouse 7 Toaster Sweater 2

The deep hem at the bottom is made using a mitred corner. The instruction booklet explains this step very clearly.

Sewhouse 7 Toaster Sweater 2

Sewhouse 7 Toaster Sweater 2

what a nice looking hem! After that, its just a matter of hemming the sleeve, and then you’re all done! I made this in like an hour. Here’s some pics of the Toaster Sweater 1, too. This one is a little more complex to sew, but still very easy.

SewHouse 7 Toaster Sweater 1

SewHouse 7 Toaster Sweater 1

I’m really excited to be participating in Project #SewMyStyle! I love handmade clothing and I’m a big supporter of slow fashion. I can’t wait to make the other projects. I think the pacing of this challenge is very nice and manageable for almost anyone, as it’s just one project a month, and none of the projects are very advanced. Here’s the YouTube video I made with more thoughts about the pattern, as well as a good view of each sweater!

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4 Comments

  • Reply danvillegirl February 4, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I like both of your versions! I made version 2 and was fairly easy to make.

    • Reply Rachel February 6, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Thanks! Yes, I think it’s a great pattern to complete in an afternoon!

  • Reply That Black Chic February 15, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    That’s a Boss move when your hair matches your clothes! Cute top and I love the neckline and you can’t argue when a pattern only has 3 pieces!

    • Reply Rachel May 4, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Haha! Thanks so much! 😀

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