And guess what? Success!
The baby for whom this carrier is intended was born way, way back in September and (I just checked my email records) her mama sent me her final fabric choice on September 24th. Of course, I still had to order the fabric, but let’s just say that I’ve had it since the first week of October. A mei tai takes me about 5 hours of working time to complete, and it just seems that it took me 3 months to find that five hours this time. I’m so happy that it’s finished and I love the way it turned out!
The fabric is Tina Givens Opal Owl and I’m really pleased with the cutting layout. I was able to get one of the scenes from the fabric centered *just so* on the hood as well as having it match up perfectly with the print on the body of the carrier below it.
The back is “more manly” for daddy to wear and features a Hoffman batik that I’ve used before. The straps on this carrier are chocolate colored organic cotton canvas. (side note for Liz: they’re pretty stiff right now, but like your favorite jeans, they’ll soften up the more you use the carrier. Throw it in the wash; that helps too.)
After Liz and Jeff’s first daughter was born, they were the recipients of one of the first mei tais I ever made. It was good, and they liked it, but I’ve improved my design quite a bit since then. I now make my carriers with a padded waist, which gives it a bit more structure and makes it a little more comfortable as baby gets bigger. There’s also a sleeping hood, great for when baby falls asleep on your back and it prevents that little head from lolling about. This carrier also has a little pocket at the end of the shoulder straps which is great for stashing small essentials if you don’t want to carry a bag.
This will be coming your way this week, Liz, so be on the look out!