Welcome to our Toasty Toaster Sweater Kit! As the seasons change in the UK we get very few days of temperature extremes. More likely, a day will start chilly, get warmer if the sun comes out and get a bit nippy again later on. With plenty of variation in between! What’s needed then, is often a stylish garment that can be used for layering, as outwear or as a base layer.
We know the ‘Toaster’ Sweater by Sew House Seven has been tremendously popular. Simplicity have brought out a version of that pattern which contains hemline and neckline options for the ‘Toaster #2’ Sweater. It’s a really easy make – even if you’re new to sewing with knits.
Our Toasty Toaster Sweater Kit contains everything you need to make one sweater – but don’t forget you can re-use your pattern. We have!
If you have the pattern already but fancy a version in another fabric, then select the ‘I’ve got the pattern already’ option and you’ll get everything you need to make another sweater but without purchasing a duplicate pattern.
About the Toaster Sweater Pattern
The Toaster Sweater is a versatile and simple knit pattern for a garment which can be used as a top or outerwear, either by itself or for layering under or over other garments.
Views A & B have a grown-on funnel neck whilst Views C & D have a banded crew neck. Both neckline styles have the option of a banded hemline, or a straight hemmed bottom with side splits, slightly dropped at the back.
About sewing with knit fabrics
All the sweater styles can be sewn using a normal sewing machine (although you can opt to finish your seams using an overlocker if you have one). The pattern contains instructions on selecting a stretch stitch on a normal sewing machine and using a zigzag for seam finishing. Most of the fabrics we’ve selected (including the ponte Roma jerseys) don’t need seam finishing as they won’t fray.
All of this means that if you haven’t sewn with knit fabrics before, then this is a great pattern to start with! What’s more, your kit will include a ballpoint needle designed for sewing knit fabrics, as well as some helpful tips for working with knit fabrics.
Choose from lots of different fabrics!
We’re offering our Toasty Toaster Sweater Kit in a wide range of fabrics, from one-off textured options to our classic range of ponte Roma jersey knits.
Select an option from the drop-down list above to see a close-up picture of each fabric. To find out more about the fabrics (including videos and more pictures!) click on the options listed below:
‘Fulney’ multicoloured jersey knit fabric (This is a directional texture – cut everything in the same direction!)
‘Gelderland’ cosy pink & moss green fleece fabric (This is a directional print – cut everything in the same direction!)
‘Kanzan’ cherry blossom pink ponte Roma jersey fabric (a more structured option)
‘Raven’ black stretch cotton jersey fabric (a slightly lighter-weight option)
‘Melba’ cosy raspberry pink looped wool knit fabric (we just have one of these – using up the end of a roll!)
Regular ponte Roma jersey fabric options
What’s in the box?
- The fabric of your choice to make up one Sweater in your size (using either neckline or hem finish).
- A printed multi-size copy Simplicity 8529. That’s the Toaster Sweater Pattern by Simplicity in association with Sew House Seven. (Bought the pattern already? No problem! Just select the ‘I have the pattern already’ option from the drop-down list)
- Thread to match your fabric.
- A length of cotton twill seam tape to stabilise your shoulder seams.
- A ball-point sewing machine needle suitable for your selected fabric.
- Tips for sewing with knit fabrics, also available on our website.
Choosing and fitting your size
We’ve selected this pattern partly because there’s a reasonably wide selection of sizes, up to a 46″ bust. Pattern measurement and size information is listed below. If you need a larger size, then the Sew House Seven website has a slightly wider size range in their PDF option.
We’ve tested the pattern in two sizes and found that if you select your size according to your measurements it fits well. The critical measurement for fitting is the Bust measurement. If you’re between sizes at the Bust, then we suggest you go up a size not down, in order to maintain the slightly oversized fit of the Toaster sweater.
If you’re in any doubt about which size to select then drop us a line – or make up a ‘toile’ or trial version in a piece of old fabric first.
**IMPORTANT! Please check the actual measurements below when choosing your pattern size. The sizes below are provided in inches; more pattern information is available on the SewDirect website.
Size XS (6-8)
Bust – 30.5″ – 31.5″
Waist – 23′ – 24″
Hip (9″ below waist) – 32.5″ – 33.5″
Size S (10-12)
Bust – 32.5 – 34″
Waist – 25″ – 26.5″
Hip (9″ below waist) – 34.5″ – 36″
Size M (14-16)
Bust – 36″ – 38″
Waist – 28″ – 30″
Hip (9″ below waist) – 38″ – 40″
Size L (18-20)
Bust – 40″ – 42″
Waist – 32″ – 34″
Hip (9″ below waist) – 42″ – 44″
Size XL (22-24)
Bust – 44″ – 46″
Waist – 37″ – 39″
Hip (9″ below waist) – 46″ – 48″