Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Instant Sewing Gratification: The Simplicity 8529 "Toaster" Sweater
I did a quick Google search and discovered it was an indie pattern by Sew House Seven. I made a mental note to return to the site and purchase the pattern, but promptly forgot.
Until I saw this offering in the Simplicity catalog. It's Simplicity 8529, a pullover top from Sew House Seven. It's very similar to the popular Toaster Sweater, but if you look closely you'll spot some differences.
SR Harris where I found this lightweight plaid. It was the perfect piece of fabric to test the pattern. Note that I didn't cut this on the bias, the plaid is printed diagonally.
The instructions are clearly written, and I found all of the pattern pieces fit together nicely. I liked the directions given for the neck facing as it creates a nice clean finish at the funnel neckline. I added a size tag to the back. Not because it was needed to determine front from back, but because I like to include size tags in items I may end up donating.
I really the hi lo hem and was delighted when I discovered I had matched the plaid! Quite by accident though. I will say that this is one thing I don't like about the pattern: the opening on the side is high! I don't wish to expose that area of my body, not just because of my extra fluff but because it's cold here! When I was outside taking these pics it was a bit chilly when the cold air swept through that opening onto my bare skin! If you don't plan to wear this with a high-waisted garment, keep that in mind.
This design reminds me of a tunic I saw on one of my favorite local boutique's Facebook page. And they are selling theirs for $52. Which isn't a bad price, but I love knowing that I can get a similar look for less all while enjoying the process of creating it myself !
I'm quite pleased with my first sweater from this pattern. It's cute and comfy and exactly what I want when I need to toss on something casual.