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.
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.
I cut a size small and didn’t make any fitting adjustments. I found the instructions super easy to follow.
The funnel neck detail is cut as one with the back and front. This pattern has only 3 pieces – front, back, and sleeve.
After sewing the neck seam, you clip the curve so the funnel neck can fold over smoothly with no puckering.
The funnel neck is then folded to the inside and tacked at the side seams.
The funnel neck is built into the shoulder seams, as you can see here.
Next, the sleeves are sewn or serged on the flat.
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.
The deep hem at the bottom is made using a mitred corner. The instruction booklet explains this step very clearly.
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.
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!