Sunday, December 10, 2017

Toaster Sweater Week! And a Giveaway!

It's Toaster Sweater Week here at Cookin' and Craftin'! And I've got a giveaway for you!!

When the Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater patterns originally came out last year, I wasn't overwhelmed with the urge to sew them, only because my climate at the time wasn't conducive to wearing cozy sweaters... boy, how times have changed! Eventually I made a Toaster Sweater #1 for myself in anticipation of my move to cooler climes, then I made one for my mom, and I fell in love. They both looked and felt so fabulous! 

When I moved to Vermont and the air began to get chilly, I found myself reaching for my Toaster Sweater repeatedly. I decided it was worth making several more. I also made a few as birthday and Christmas gifts, figuring if I loved it that much, my family would, too. Suddenly I found myself with a week's worth of Toaster Sweaters to share and decided to make it a celebration!

I've made so many versions of the Toaster Sweater #1 now I could make it in my sleep, and speedily at that. To streamline the process I don't bother with the notches, I batch sew all of the bands (hem, cuffs, neck), and, depending on the fabric, don't finish the seams. In a solid fabric (i.e. no stripe matching), this can be an hour, hour and a half to cut and sew!

Toaster Sweater #2 is a slightly more involved process because of the hemming and corner mitering, but it's still only 3 pattern pieces (front and back bodices, sleeves), so you can sew it pretty quickly. If you still have holidays gifts to make, it's worth considering making one of the Toaster Sweaters as a quick last minute gift.

I even tried out the newest Toaster Sweater, Sew House Seven's design for Simplicity, Simplicity 8529. Expect a review!

Bonus: I let Peggy at Sew House Seven know I was planning on a Toaster Sweater-themed week and she generously offered to giveaway 2 copies of the Toaster Sweater (in PDF or hard copy format) to 2 lucky winners! To enter the giveaway, please comment below by Saturday, December 16 at 11:59 pm (and make sure I have your email address!). Which is your favorite Toaster Sweater? #1 or #2?


Tune in tomorrow for more Toaster Sweater Week goodness!