Man…. Stripes! I could seriously wear neutral stripes every stinking day of the week! And this gorgeous fabric has been sitting in my fabric stash for OVER A YEAR – just BEGGING to be made into something! Unfortunately, between the stability of the fabric (aka lack of drape), and the varied stripes (hello – impossible to match up with princess seams), I felt lost. That is, until I discovered Simplicity 8529, the Big 4 version of the Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater!
Pattern Description & Suggested Fabrics:
These Misses’ toaster sweaters by Sew House Seven have a drop shoulder and are slightly oversized. Create a variation that is perfect for you! Pattern features four styles, cropped or long, with either a high neckline or crew neck, and with or without side slits.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Definitely – though I sized down considerably to get it to look like mine does…
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Sure were – this is a very beginner friendly pattern! I’m always surprised by that with Big 4 patterns. Though I did do the less complicated view (View B) which doesn’t have side slits – so I can’t speak for those instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
An off white and black staggered stripe stretch ponte de roma from Cali Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
First, I sized down as mentioned above. Additionally, I also did my standard adjustments (took 2″ out of the top – 1/2″ at the armscye and 1.5″ at the waist).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely! I really think the version with the side slits (in a drapier knit) would be lovely.
If you have a stable fabric that you love, but are having trouble matching it to a pattern – you should give this one a try! I paired this top with my Jalie Eleonore Pants, and my black vest. Its the perfect balance of neutral and pop of color – wouldn’t you agree?