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A Tale of Two Toaster Sweaters

When I first bought the Toaster Sweater 2 pattern by Sew House 7 from Indiesew last year, it was because it reminded me of the sweater in the pictures above that was for sale at Anthropologie at the time. Seeing as that sweater was somewhere around $80-90, I decided to try make my own instead.

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My first go at this pattern, I used this ponte knit that I found at Chic Fabrics in the Garment District. As a big fan of Marcy Harriell‘s blog, I’ve seen her talk about this fabric shop a lot. So one day while I was killing time during my dinner break, I ventured into the Garment District and when I saw the sign for Chic Fabrics, I decided to go in based on her recommendation. I found this fabric that I thought would make a great Toaster Sweater 2 because I thought it had nice structure and the color was pretty. (It reminded me of my favorite sweatshirt that I accidentally got bleach on at work once and then desperately tried to repair. The agony!) I really wanted to copy the sweater that inspired me to buy the pattern to begin with, but that would have to wait until…

Striped Toaster Sweater 2.3

I bought THIS fabric from Stylemaker Fabrics that STILL doesn’t match the original. I was torn between the red striped print and the blue striped print of this knit terry cloth fabric and in the end, I decided to go with the red because I wanted to be a little different and I feel like I already have a lot of blue in my wardrobe. However, I didn’t anticipate this one coming out looking a little bit like a candy cane. But, hey, at least it’s the right season for it. The stripes on the shoulder seams match up in opposite colors, but I’m pretty happy with how my stripe matching throughout the rest of the sweater came out. It took so many pins it looked like a torture device while I was working on it though.

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I have yet to wear my striped Toaster Sweater 2 because now I’m saving it for Christmas since it seems so seasonally appropriate. But I did wear the first sweater for my friend Rose’s bachelorette party where we took her to see The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and then went backstage to meet the camels afterwards! (You can just barely see it under my coat and everything, but it is so toasty. Marketing is real and this one definitely lives up to the name because the name is partly why I bought it…Hmm…Toasty…) So just for fun, here’s a picture of some camels…

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