A review of Toaster Sweaters
The Toaster Sweater is easy to make – just three pattern pieces – front, back and sleeve. I used a ponte knit fabric to make this version. It’s my third Toaster Sweater 2. You can see my first two here: Toaster Sweater – version 2 in French Terry and Jersey knit.
I like the neckline – it’s like a small boatneck with a little height. I also like the side vents and that the back is a little longer than the front.
This pattern has looooong sleeves. I wanted 3/4 sleeves so I shortened them by 8 inches. Eight inches seems a lot to trim to get 3/4 length sleeves!
I also added 5 inches of length to the bottom to make it tunic length. This change gives you a longer vent opening. I didn’t change where the vent starts. It’s in the same place as the pattern indicates. I like how it looks.
I hand stitched the hems because I didn’t want any seam lines. The patterns calls for using a double needle or cover stitch to hem it. I cut size XL, which I knew would be a little large but I wanted a relaxed fit. I also wanted extra ease in the shoulders and hips – not that it really matters in the hip area because of the side vents.
I would sew it again. I like this length. You can see more photos on my blog: Toaster Sweater 2 – big print ponte fabric.
Conclusion: I really like this pattern. Now I think I like Version 2 more than Version 1. (I made a reversible version of Toaster Sweater 1.)