Thursday, December 14, 2017

Toaster Sweater Week: Simplicity 8529

Recently I stumbled upon the latest version of the Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater, Simplicity 8529 while paging through the Simplicity pattern book at Joann Fabrics during a sale week. I figured it was kismet and that I should make one for Toaster Sweater Week!


Sew House Seven has developed a few new versions of the Toaster Sweater for Simplicity, several mix-and-match views in Simplicity 8529.


Design-wise, there is some overlap with both of the indie versions of the Toaster Sweaters, but the Simplicity versions have some unique features worth mentioning, primarily that all the versions in the envelope have dropped shoulders and there is an option for a crew neckline.


I opted to make View C, with the side slits and crew neckline. Looking at the finished measurements, I chose to make a size Large (18/20) to give myself about 4 inches of positive ease at the bust. I didn't make any fit changes. I think I chose the right size!


For my Simplicity 8529 Toaster, I used some cream colored textured cotton jersey that I bought a few years back at Mercer's Fabric in Boston (RIP, Mercer's!). When I bought it, I didn't quite grasp that the stripes were vertical rather than horizontal. Considering the fabric has very minimal stretch and the pattern has positive ease, I probably could have cut the stripes against the grain without problem, but I followed the rules and cut the main bodice pieces and sleeves on-grain.


However, I did cut the neckband and cuffs on the cross-grain for visual interest, which was a bit of a gamble from a functional perspective. Because of the lack of stretch, I struggled to get the neckband in without tiny folds, but in the end, with a bit of unpicking and resewing, I managed it! The cuffs were totally fine; no problems sewing or wearing them despite the lack of stretch.


As far as comparing the Simplicity 8529 View C to its closest indie relative, Toaster Sweater #2, here goes:

- First, the obvious: Simplicity 8529 has dropped shoulders and a crew-style neck option, whereas #2 has more set-in sleeves and a funnel-style neck.


- I also noticed that the Simplicity version has cuffed sleeves for all versions, whereas Toaster Sweater #2 has hemmed sleeves. 


- The Simplicity version is longer in the bodice by about 2.5 inches.


- The Simplicity version's side slits hit me about 2 inches higher that those on Toaster Sweater #2.

- The side slit/hem junction on the Simplicity version is not mitered like it is on Toaster Sweater #2. 


I really like the final shirt! I'm not totally convinced that dropped shoulders are the most flattering on me, but I keep making them any way. I think ultimately I prefer the shoulder style from Toaster Sweater #2 and the lovely touch the mitered corners give the top. But I love the extra length on the Simplicity version, as well as the crew neck.


I'm happy I gave the Simplicity Toaster Sweater pattern a try! I'd like to try this version in a knit with a bit more drape, like the versions on the pattern cover.

Maybe my perfect Toaster Sweater is a combination of features from all 3 versions of the Toaster Sweaters?! I think it would be really fun to mix and match all the options to get The Ultimate Toaster Sweater.

Tune in here tomorrow for the final day of Toaster Sweater Week!

25 comments:

  1. I like that length on you a lot! I always want to sew some winter white tops, but then i fear the spilling on myself that seems inevitable in my day! Do you have the same issue? ;)

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    1. Thanks, Gillian! The spill alert levels are definitely high for this top- I'll have to be very careful!

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  2. I agree about the drop shoulders for me, I still make them although it emphasises my slopes shoulders and the weird under arm arc, but I love them. I love this creamy color on you! I wish the Simplicity version came with a raglan or set in sleeve. I hope to blog my French Terry version this weekend. Great series!

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    1. I feel the same way- I feel like they make me look even slouchier and the line across my bicep makes them look even bigger!

      Looking forward to seeing your Toaster sweater!

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  3. Love the slits and the color of this one!

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    1. Thanks! Me, too! Let's hope I can avoid spilling on the cream ;-)

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  4. Although I have just discovered the Toaster sweater pattern, through your IG post, Thanks! Like you, l have never liked dropped shoulders, so I prefer the original Toaster pattern.

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    1. The dropped shoulders look great on some people, but I'm not sure they're that flattering on me. They sure are comfy, though!

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  5. I love that sewing lets us mix and match to get our ideal. Do you have an idea what your ideal Toaster would be?

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    1. Hmmmm... maybe the neckline of #1, the set-in sleeves of #2 and the length of this version?

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  6. You have become the Queen of the toaster sweater! I love this cream one and vertical stripes are fantastic although rare. I always buy them when I can find them as they are so slimming Karen

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    1. Thanks, Karen! It is pretty rare to find vertical stripes!

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  7. Your comparison was really helpful - I don't have Toaster 2 yet and was wondering whether to save money and buy the Simplicity in the sale, but I'd prefer set in sleeves and the mitred hem too. I really like this cream fabric!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! Glad you liked the comparison.

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  8. Thanks for the comparison Meg. Your cream version looks lovely!

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  9. Hi! Wondering about the shape/fit of this one compared to Toaster #2. It looks more boxy on the pattern drawing, and the #2 Toaster is described as slightly more fitted through the chest. What's your take?

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    1. Hmm, I don't think they're far off from one another, fit-wise, although I think the dropped shoulder on this one inherently adds to the boxy/slouchy look.

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  10. This has been an interesting series...and I really like this version!

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn! Glad you like the series!

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  11. The mitered corners were my favorite part of the original indie pattern, and I've tried replicating it several times on other makes (with varying levels of success, lol). Thank you for this review of the two patterns.

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    1. The mitered corners are such a nice touch! I haven't tried adding them to another pattern, but want to!

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  12. I think this one is my favorite on you. I too like the slits and the cream color. You look great in this toaster. For me, I think the one you made for your sister would look better on me. I really like that quilted fabric too! They all are wonderful thanks for the reviews!!

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    1. Thanks, Barb! Glad you enjoyed the reviews!

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  13. It’s such a lovely colour! I really like the slits too.

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