Let's talk about cotton woven fabric. If you haven't noticed it's a new base we are offering in the pre-order right now. Prior to having Sutton if I saw woven I basically ran in the other direction. It scared me and I wanted nothing to do with it. Well, when I found out Sutton was a girl all the pretty dress and romper patterns started to catch my eye- I mean- is there such a thing as too many ruffles? Most of these patterns are drafted for woven so I decided to give it a try. Well, I'm hooked!
I figured I'd share a few things I've learned while jumping into the woven world. Honestly, it's actually way easier than I thought it would be. First, if you've tried knit ruffles then you know what a pain they can be but in woven they are so much easier! Next, make sure you are using the correct needles, drop your differential feed on your serger, definitely make sure you measure your subject and finally don't be afraid of your iron! Overall there is a lot less shifting and stretching and I actually find it way easier to sew especially if you need a zipper. A woven zipper vs a knit is literally a cake walk! Obviously, the fit is less forgiving so like I said before- make sure you measure. You might need to grade between sizes and lengths especially in the smaller kiddos. Finally, every pattern company sizing is different than each other and ready to wear so check your measurements to every chart. So who's ready to get started!? While I haven't had the chance to sew a ton of different patterns for her yet there is one adorable one I'm stuck on.
I'm talking about Little Lizard King's Mayfair Diaper cover! It comes with 4 different styles in one pattern including standard diaper cover, paper bag waist cover, ruffle bum cover, and skirted diaper cover. I've made this pattern twice now in Rockerbye prints- both knit and woven and it's total love. It's drafted for woven but worked well in knit as well (at least in the paper bag style and basic style). Sizing runs from newborn to 4 years and is suitable for cloth or disposable diapers. My first make was with cotton lycra using the paper bag waist for the Easter outfit I featured in the last blog. While the CL worked, I didn't get that super crisp look of the paper bag style I love so much but I still adore it.
For the other version I made- I really wanted to give you guys a "woven" demonstration. Obviously, this is the first time for Rockerbye being printed on traditional woven fabric base, so I grabbed some super soft double gauze (a type of woven) and whipped up the skirt version. Oh my goodness. So cute and cozy!! I can't wait for her to wear these all summer long!
Next on my list is to make the ruffled version when I get my reprint order in as well as a ton of other patterns from Little Lizard King. Seriously check them out! So much cute stuff! I'm really excited for the Bellevue Romper and the Charleston. Little Lizard King Patterns has so kindly offered us Rockerbyeers a coupon code for 20% off the Mayfair pattern! Hooray! Just use the code ROCKERBYE20 at checkout. It's valid from Friday March 29th through Friday April 5th (ends at midnights EST). Definitely snag it up for all those littles in your life boys and girls! Make sure you stop by their facebook page, share your creations and give a thanks!
Also- Don't forget to add woven to your pre-order here before it closes on the 31st! It's not only great for adorable clothing but it's perfect for bags, home decor, and other items that require no stretch. Less interfacing! Whoo hoo! We can't wait to see all your woven creations out of all the amazing prints!
Happy Sewing and Rocking