And Sometimes I Sew

I learned the basics of sewing back in junior high school home economics.  I actually got a C- in that class, which is pretty ironic given that my current occupation is home-ec in a nutshell. I hope I’ve improved, but I guess it is possible that I’m still barely-passing. My husband would never tell me if it were true, and that’s just one of the things I love about him.

Though I learned to sew way back then (more years ago than I’d like to count), I never had my own sewing machine and didn’t feel like I was missing anything. But then I became a mom, and lived in a house that wasn’t a glorified bachelor pad. Suddenly it seamed like a sewing machine was something I was supposed to have. So last Christmas I asked for one and, lucky me, I got it! It took a while to get my sewing mojo as it required taking some of my precious free-time away from knitting. But once I got started I was off to the races. I’ve finished a few projects since then, and I’ll share some of them with you in the coming weeks.

This afternoon I was inspired to show off my most recent project,  the Urban Unisex Hoodie by Heidi & Finn. I got some cute pictures of A wearing it while running around at the park and wanted to share them with you. My choice of fabric (a light-weight fleece and lightweight jersey) wasn’t the greatest as some of the seams got very thick and my machine had a hard time getting through. I also think the nap on the fleece bunged-up (that’s a technical term) the machine so I had to do some impromptu manual-reading to learn how to clean it.  The thread frayed and split a lot, which I’m chalking up to bad thread choice for the fabric, though that is a highly uneducated guess. In the end, I’m eager to try the pattern again with different fabric as the finished product is quite cute.


Urban Unisex Hoodie

13 thoughts on “And Sometimes I Sew

    • katebostwick

      Cutting out the pattern wasn’t too bad, but the seams did pucker a bit when I was sewing them. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but you can’t see the puckering at all now that it’s all done.


  1. Amanda

    That is so cute! I got a sewing machine after Riley was born (almost 8 years ago!) and I have never really used it. Yikes! It scares me. Though I have kept a ton of kid clothes to turn into a quilt someday.


      • Curls & Q

        My mom was a Home Ec teacher, so we girls learned how to sew. 😎 That thread should not break for general sewing. Hummm. Is it hot and dry where you live? If so the thread could have dried out, try putting it in the freezer for a bit minutes to rehydrate see if that works.

        I’ve already gone to the site to purchase the pattern. Can’t wait to read the rest of your blog posts!


      • katebostwick

        It is dry here, but I certainly wouldn’t say it was hot. I will try that trick next time though.
        I am wondering if something got mis-aligned in my machine. Every once in a while when I am using my zig-zag stitch I’ll hear a “kachunk” like the needle is banging the plate on the way through. Is this possible? Again, this is a highly uneducated guess.


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