Monday, December 11, 2017

Toaster Sweater Week: Rust Fleece #1

Toaster Sweater Week kicks off with this fluffy, fleece-y number!


This is my second Toaster Sweater #1 for myself. After loving my first version, in sweatshirt fleece, I knew I would make another. 


I made size XL, with sleeves shortened by 1 inch, just like my first Toaster sweater. This one has a much closer fit than my first, which is good, because I have been thinking that one is a little bit loose. The fleece's limited stretch may have something to do with the closer fit.


Speaking of the fleece, this was a total impulse purchase. While in the cutting line at Joann, I was standing next to a cart full of Joann's anti-pill fleece solids. Normally I steer clear of the fleece section, but because of this strategically located display, I was sucked in. The rusty/burnt sienna/cinnamon color caught my eye (I think this color is labeled "red ochre" on the Joann website... it's definitely has more of a rusty look in real life), as did the 50% off sale sign. I snagged a couple yards with a Toaster Sweater #1 in mind.


I sewed this Toaster sweater very quickly... I used the zigzag stitch on my machine, left the edges raw and pressed the major seams open with a cool iron. Boom. This was an hour long project at the most.


It's really cozy and warm. However, the static it creates getting it on and off my body is incredible. I may literally light on fire one day.


Between the color and the pairing with my Birkin flares and clogs, it feels a bit '70s, which I love. 


Hooray! Who knew I that cheap-o fleece could make such a nice looking garment?! I guess we'll see how it stands the test of time. Have you sewn garments with fleece or do you avoid it?


Tune in tomorrow for more Toaster Sweater Week fun!



22 comments:

  1. Ooh so nice and cozy. I make my niece and nephew clothing out of fleece. It seems to have held up well.

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    1. That's good to know that it holds up well!

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  2. That my favourite so far. I usually reserve fleece for hiking gear only. Perhaps I could be persuaded!

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    1. I'm typically a fleece-for-hiking-only person, too, but something about this color wouldn't let me leave it behind. It works, but I don't think I'll be turning into an all-fleece-all-the-time person soon!

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  3. That's my favorite color! I love it!

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  4. That color is so great on you, and I love the styling. I find that Joann's fleece is so much more static-y than other fleeces I've sewn with, I totally know what you are talking about! I got some Malden Mills fleece from FabricMart once and it was not anywhere near as bad.

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    1. Thanks, Masha! Interesting to know that the static is specific to Joann's fleece! I wonder what makes it so...

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  5. I have never sewn with fleece, but I have it in mind to run to Joanns, scoop up that color, and make me a sweater myself, lol! I love what you did!

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  6. The color is really lovely on you! Personally I don't sew with poly fleece and don't buy ready made poly fleece garments any more because of microfiber pollution. We are literally eating plastic because it's in fish (and any animal that eats fish or fish meal) and it's making it's way into our water too. I made a blanket for my dog out of some Joann's fleece a few years ago and it's holding up fine although it has pills. I prefer organic cotton or bamboo fleece: the first Toaster I made is a bamboo fleece from Imagine Gnats and it pilled right away, ugh! But it is cozy! I would like to try a wool knit (double knit? something at least 90% wool) for a Toaster but they are hard to find in good colors at decent prices.

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    1. Thanks!

      That is a very good point re: plastic in the water. I purposely avoid any personal products that have those little plastic beads; I suppose I should be avoiding fleece, too, for the same reason. I don't have much of it- I also prefer natural fibers.

      I bet a wool double knit Toaster would be amazing!

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  7. I love the colour! I just got a very similar colour fleecy sweatshirting and made a Style Arc Sunny, but wish I used it for a Toaster now...

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    1. Thanks, Katie! I love your Sunny, though! I definitely bought the pattern after seeing your version!

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  8. I love the color! I am sewing with fleece right now, making my kids some stuffies for xmas (hopefully!).

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    1. Thanks, Inder! Ooh- sounds like a fun Christmas project!

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  9. I got a swatch of wool fleece from the fabric store that feels divine be in a similar color....

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    1. Oooh- sounds amazing. I wish I had some wool fleece! I'll have to get on that!

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    2. I got a swatch because it is expensive and I wanted to see what it was like. It isn't that thick, is 100% merino, but doesn't feel itchy at all and comes in all kinds of gorgeous colors. I thought it would be sent from their LA store (I am in West Virginia) but was sent all the way from NZ, though it didn't take that long (mail to and from my family in Australia usually takes about 3 weeks but this took about 1 week). As you can guess, I may be saving up to purchase some.....

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  10. I live in fleece all winter. I've made quite a few things with Joann's fleece. I recommend the anti-pill over the blizzard as it doesn't (surprise) pill as much and launders well. I love that color--wish I could wear it.

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  11. a little late, but yes I have made garments out of fleece. I used to have a sewing business and made fleece hats for customers. My kids were little and they had fleece everything. We all wear it a lot here in Buffalo. Fleece is warm, but it also breathes and wicks. So you won't get overheated. The anti-pill from Joann's is nice. But the best place to get fleece is polartec from Mill Direct Textiles in NH. They have the best. As for what to make: socks are wonderful! Your feet will be so warm. Coats, hats, mittens, sweaters, scarves are all good. I have even made vests trimmed with binding that are nice enough to wear to the office. If you live in Vermont, you will need fleece. Check it out and use the good stuff.

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