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Yummy yummy sweatshirt fabric, its just so soft, I wish they had touch-o-vision for it!  Owen’s sweatshirt I made using this cotton fleece feels amazing.  So perfect for fall, the Samson pattern by Love Notions has some fun (but not too hard) details.  I have always had a thing for wearing hoodies, so it makes sense that I like to sew them for the kids, too.  I tested this pattern for the designer so I had a deadline for the photos.  It was raining buckets on the day I needed to photograph, so we headed for the basement.  The lighting isn’t so good, but he loves practicing hockey down there.  Perfect for the hockey themed sweatshirt I put together. 

His hockey season is just around the corner, we already got his practice schedule.  Goodbye lazy afternoons!

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My husband created this cool mural with shooting targets, but don’t worry we aren’t Leafs fans.  Owen likes to shoot against them, so he can be on the Bruins, we are a Bruins family all the way.  One day my husband will finish painting down there.  I chose red accents because his team colors are red/black/white.  Look at this detail… DSC_0398 DSC_0354

elbow patches!  The placement is perfect too.  I didn’t have enough of that hockey fabric for the hood lining too, so I settled for the elbow patches only. 

Cute wrist cuffs.


Owen can be sensitive to clothing, especially if it has tags or feels tight anywhere.  Because of his this I chose the curved hem option.  The pattern does include both the curved hem like this and the more traditional sweatshirt banded hem.  I think he would find the binding too tight/constricting.  I do find bindings quicker and easier to sew.  This is a nice shot of the looser curved hem. 


I always hem my knits with a double needle.


I have learned to use the narrower needle (on the left in the picture).  Its best for hemming medium and lightweight stretchy fabric.  You can look for ballpoint twin needles too.  These are best for sewing knits they work better with that type of fabric. But for this thick stuff the wide spacing is better.  Just make sure the left of the twin needle clears the metal plate on your sewing machine.  Set your needle position to middle alignment, NOT LEFT!  I have broken so many wide twin needles doing this, its kind of embarrassing. 

Twin needles are great for sewing knit fabric.  Knit fabric is stretchy (like Tshirts or jersey sheets), and the fabric gets the stretch from how its made.  They can be tricky to sew with compared to woven fabric (like a dress shirt or normal sheets).  Woven fabric does not stretch, so its not as comfy for someone wearing it, but it does stay in place better when you sew it.  I love sewing with knit fabrics, they are so comfy for the kids.  Its important that the seams in knit garments have stretch.  Stretchy fabric needs stretchy seams.  Twin needles allow stretch, they make beautiful parallel lines on the outside,and a stretchy  zig zag on the inside.  Can you see it in the photo?


I was planning to use the stripes to line the hood, but I was rushing to finish and read the instructions wrong, I basted the hood on the wrong way, sweatshirt fabric as lining and stripes on the outside.  I thought it looked good though, so I kept it.  Happy accident! 


Here he is wearing the shirt on the ice, just the thing to keep him cozy during public skate!  Its kind of weird to see him skate without all that hockey gear on.  Nora and Jason skated too 🙂


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Proud mom alert!  Owen is featured in the listing for the pattern!  Check out this link to see my model 🙂

I really like this pattern, it has a basic raglan construction with great details.  Other options include a chest pocket and fully lined cardigan version.  Loads of sizes from 12 months to 14 years.  For a limited time you can use code “samson” to get 15% off the pattern in the Love Notions Etsy shop

Happy sewing!

Need more Samson inspiration?  Check out what the Shaffer Sisters did with the pattern on their blog.



This is my new home for sharing my sewing projects. Outside of a 7th grade sewing class, I say I am “self taught,” but I have really learned so much from the tutorials which are included in most digital sewing patterns.  They are so much easier for me to work with than traditional paper patterns.  My collection of digital or PDF sewing patterns is growing.  I got my first machine two and a half years ago during a Black Friday sale.  My mom helped me to get the machine going, it took us way too long to figure out threading the bobbin!  One of my first projects was turning knee socks into baby leg warmers. 


Nora is enjoying her leg warmers

I became interested in fabric via cloth diapering.  I would shop for fabric to send to some of my favorite cloth diaper makers for custom diapers and wondered what else could be made with that beautiful stuff.


Little Nora is laying on some beautiful leftover fabric from I diaper I had made for her.

I also remember working on a Halloween costume and hand stitching these shoes, just wondering how much faster it would be on a sewing machine.


Those self drafted and hand stitched parrot shoes got me thinking about buying a sewing machine.

I still love fabric shopping, but pattern shopping has taken over from diaper shopping.  I sewed all the newborn diapers for my youngest myself – so cute,I also made matching outfits.

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Newborn Rory in one of her homemade outfits


I sew mostly for my kids.  Owen is 6, Nora is 3 and Rory is 8 months.  The girls definitely get more stuff sewn for them than my son, sorry Owen.  My poor husband has been asking me to recover pillows in the basement for him for months, but that sounds so boring, I love beautiful fabric and adorable dresses patterns, not boring squares.  I also sew and sell upcycled wool pants for cloth diapering through a local diaper service.  My day job is working part-time as an early intervention speech language pathologist.  Its so rewarding, and fun too.

So that’s my story, next I will round up some photos of past and present projects and introduce you to my favorite patterns.