This is one of those projects that makes me feel like getting on a soap box with my loud voice box and shout it loud – EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEW A FRENCH TERRY TOASTER SWEATER! You may wonder why, well fellow sewing enthusiasts – this pattern is quite simply the definition of instant gratification. Everything comes together so incredibly quickly.

Let's talk fabric ok, because wow! This pink and fuschia french terry is off the charts popping! Especially in winter; I can't tell you how much I enjoyed sewing with a bright popping colour while it had been raining for 6 days non stop and couldn't even recall the last time the sun had shown up! And this bright, vivid, joyful colour was filling me with positive vibes. That's the power of colour!

This fabric is so competitively priced for the fantastic quality that it is. That it also comes in many colourways gives scope for a lot of playful sewing projects. I prewashed on a 30 degree wash and tumble dried without any loss of vibrance.

OK, let's move on to the next most important thing on my winter clothes “must have” list – comfort of wear. And this french terry is beyond cosy comfortable. On the wrong side it has loops of thread while the fashion side is flat and smooth. It is a medium weight with a moderate amount of stretch in line with sweater knits.

I sewed the entire project on my overlocker – I did say it was an instant gratification project!

The only reason this took about 2 hours to sew was because I was recording the sewing tutorial a la Hila style (which you can find on my Youtube channel). The second one took less than an hour from cutting to wearing!

Yes you read right – once sewn I went and made another one straight away. And I shall be sewing more of these perfect for cosy winter days sweaters. The Toaster pattern itself comes with 2 variations – a funnel neck style and a T neck style with raglan sleeves. I went for the raglan sleeve option because – you know – raglan sleeves.

I sewed a size medium even though my bust measurement fell into size small. This was deliberate for several reasons. I have really poor circulation and in winter I wear a LOT of thermal layers underneath to keep warm. So I tend to favour clothes that can be worn over my multitudes of M&S thermal tops and vests.


I sewed up another one straight after this one. I think that says a lot doesn’t it?

Until next time lovely people –

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