I missed the boat last year on Sew House Seven’s popular Toaster Sweater. I loved it, but it just never made it on my to-do-list. When I saw the new Vogue remake, which features a few extra details, I knew I had to have it.
I love a great Vogue Pattern, they incorporate classic design lines with stylish, modern twists. I bought it the first time it went on sale! I knew it would be on my Fall shopping list for New York City Fabric Shopping. You can view my Fabric Haul Video HERE. I actually bought 3 fabrics to make it with. I still have a heather brown wool jersey from Mood on the cutting table.
Knowing this is an oversized look, I cut the pattern down a little from my usual size so I wouldn’t feel swamped by the sweater. I used a yummy off-white Ponte Roma from B&J Textiles. OMG, I love this sweater. It is cozy, comfy and stylish. The heavy, boxy contrast between the weighty sweater and the flowy B&J Textiles crepe, wide leg pants which are V9305 – my favorite slacks pattern. You can see my tutorial on converting your favorite slacks to wide leg HERE.
I did find that the first one I made was still a little large for my boxy frame. I cut everything down a ½ size from my original and shortened the sleeves and body 1”. The second version is more in proportion to my frame. This fuchsia fabric is a wool jersey from Mood. It has a distinct knit line, so I was careful to have all the pieces going in the same direction. I bought 2 yards, washed it – so it shrank a little and I had just enough fabric to cut out the sweater.
I love the darts on the sleeves making them come in about 2 ½ inches at the wrist. Also, the side panel inserts are really fun and can lead to some interesting color blocking. It works up like a dream. The pieces fit together perfectly, there are plenty of seams to make fit adjustments and it goes up in a jiffy. The sewing time on both these sweaters was under 2 hours each.
I see loads of these in my future. I’m thinking they will make great Christmas gifts because they are cozy, stylish and have some forgiveness in the way they fit.