February 11, 2017

TRENDING FOR ME: CHOCOLAT TOAST

...I can hardly believe how busy my week was.  Busy work weeks have the ability to sidelining my sewing plans completely if I'm not careful.  While watching this week's episode of Project Runway Junior (which I must say I've enjoyed much more than previous seasons), I did get a chance to cut out and start stitching my second Sew House 7 Toaster 2 Sweater.  I finally decided on using a deep brown french terry fabric that I felt would support the funnel neckline of the sweater.  I have to mention that the fabric was gifted by Ebony of The GlamDoll Esty Shop.
 
 
I call it Chocolat Toast because I thought the name was cute.

I pulled out my Janome coverstitch machine (which I so rarely use, and often think of as a waste of money because I actually use it so infrequently - last time was summer of 2015, but oh well what's done is done, and hindsight is so 20/20) for the hems this time around.  The coverstitched hems add a bit of sportyness to this warm toasty sweater, but as you know, I could have just as well gotten the same effect by just using a double needle on my sewing machine.

Will make the sweater again?  I'm sure I will maybe early next fall because it seems as though for me this winter is almost gone. And there's still the Toaster 1 that I didn't try yet.

So with this finished time to move on to yet another sewing adventure...

18 comments:

  1. Nice work! It looks like a great early spring and fall wardrobe staple.

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  2. That certainly looks nice and cozy!

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    1. It is cozy Irene and just what I was looking for.

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  3. This looks like it'll be a great top for you. It looks great with this pendant too. I have a question for you about the coverstitch. I've been considering a Janome coverstitch because of the amount of knits I use for me and for my kids. Do you say it's a waste because you personally don't use it, or you don't think it's necessary? I've been debating between an industrial serger (as an upgrade to what I have now) or the coverstitch. I think there's advantages to both, but I'd love your input.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! This is just my honest personal opinion about a coverstitch. Really, I find that I get the exact same results by just using a double needle on my regular sewing machine. Others may differ in opinion about this of course. I have only used the machine maybe 6 times since I've owned it in approximately 6 years. I guess I think about convenience - it's much easier to just put in a twin needle rather than set up and thread an additional machine. Just call me lazy, but I really wish I had not spent the money for it - although I do think I got a good deal on it - and I just HAD TO HAVE IT. Mine is not the top of the line Janome Coverstitch machine, but I don't really think I would feel any differently if it were the top of the line. Speaking for myself, I would rather have an industrial serger than this coverstitch machine although I do imagine the serger would cost much more.

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    2. Thanks for your two cents! We have an industrial dealer in town. I haven't priced anything, but I imagine that I can get a used industrial for less. I guess it comes down to workflow. Yes, a coverstitch would make for nice pretty hems, but a double needle does (and has for many moons) done a fine job with little expense and hassle. My cute little serger, workhorse as it is on the other hand can't hold a candle to its industrial sister. There are times when I'm frustrated that I can't go faster or get that perfect tension. Thanks for helping me clarify my thought processes.

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    3. You are so welcome Elizabeth, and thanks for understanding that it was "just MY two cents worth". I hope you enjoy which ever machine you decide on!

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  4. Definitely cozy! I love the color.

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    1. Thank you, I needed something brown in the closet.

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  5. I like it. I just posted on my blog my red version I made. I like the top but find I have to get use to the boxy style. Felt good to wear today.

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    1. I just saw your version Linda and I like it a lot too. I don't know how good I look in boxy styles, but I am always attracted to them.

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  6. I love this colour. It's good for autumn and winter. I would like to make mine like yours.

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    1. Ahhhh what a sweet comment! Thank you!

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  7. Here and I thought you'd found a way to use cocoa powder to make breakfast outstanding! Oh, well, a new top named Toast is useful, too, and I love the color! I'm sure you'll make it again next fall, when you want another sweater.

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    1. Hahaha, I just like to play with words Marjie. I love the sweater, and the next time I make it I plan to give it a more hi low effect.

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  8. Your top looks so comfy cozy. I love French terry fabric. I have a top I made from this type of fabric, and I just love it.

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    1. It is rather toasty Tomasa and I like it a lot. This was my first time working with French terry.

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