Let me start by saying: I like this one, but it’s no sweater.
I got the fabric from Emma One Sock; they called it a textured knit. It’s baby pink with off-white running through it and it’s really cool. I decided to keep the stripes going horizontally. With the cropped nature of the ‘sweater’, horizontal stripes aren’t my favorite, but the fabric is fairly thin and drapey. So though it’s listed as a sweater, what I ended up with was more of a long sleeve t-shirt. With attitude.
This is the fun part about the Toaster Sweater pattern; Version 1 and Version 2 are not similar at all. Version 2 has a split hem that I like and it’s about 2″ shorter in the front. Since I’m long waisted, that means you get flashes of my pasty belly if I’m not careful. Version 2 also has a fun sort of folded boatneck. Since my fabric was thinner it ended up as a slight cowl and I really like it.
I also confess that I finished this and took pictures last Me Made May, aka 2020. But, being 2020, I ran out of steam to post and write everything. It happens. But my sew-jo is back! Even if it has taken a detour from quilting (curse you skeleton since you no longer handle standing at the cutting table!), I’m back in front of my sewing machine. And since I’ve had this top for a year, I can comfortably say I would make it again with some small tweaks.
I made this pattern with no edits and no serger. I ended up double stitching (sewing seams with a straight stitch and going back and zig-zagging the seam allowances). That worked out ok. I also didn’t have any double needles in my stash so I wound up using a zig-zag to hem the sleeves and to finish the hem. That was a choice that I was less thrilled about. You can’t see it too much because the fabric reads as fairly busy with the off-white design knitted in, but I don’t like how the zig zag looks as a finishing element. The next time I make it I might lengthen the body to avoid those belly flashes. I think even a tunic length one with leggings would be fun or something in a sweater knit.
I think it’s a great pattern and a good staple piece. On to the next!