One thing, one week challenge: SUCCESS! [mostly]

Last week, I commented that the one thing I would finish for the One Thing, One Week Challenge was Leah’s mei tai.  I did!  I finished it Sunday night!  Go me.  However, because I am just now getting around to writing this post, I could not actually enter the giveaway for succeeding with my challenge.  Bummer.  No new fabric for free.

I also said that if things went really well, I would finish Alisha’s mei tai as well.  Things did not go that well (sorry ‘lish), but I do have the bottom strap sewn up and the should straps ready to go.  Should be done in a couple days.

Here’s Leah’s.  She liked this animal print (by Amy Schimler) that I had used on the reverse side of Amy‘s (different Amy) mei tai.  Luckily, I had enough left for one more carrier.

Leah let me pick the fabric for the reverse, and because she has a little girl, I decided to go for something a touch more feminine on the opposite side.  You’ve still got the cute (and daddy appropriate) animals on one side, but you can flip it over to flowers if you want.  This print (Juicy Blossoms blooms) coordinated really well with orange, gold and blue flowers.

(Don’t they look lovely together?)

I had hoped to have this in the mail already, but the week sort of got away from me early on, and today I have a sick child, so there’s no leaving the house.  I hope to have it on the way tomorrow, Leah.

One Thing One Week Challenge

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Yesterday, Amy challenged her readers to leave a comment about ONE THING we would finish this week.  Next Monday, we report back.  A success means that we are entered in a drawing for a fabric prize.
While a fabric prize would be lovely, my goal this week would be the same even without the challenge.  My comment says:

“This week, I WILL finish Leah’s mei tai. If things go really well, I will also finish Alisha’s!”

Since a mei tai takes me about five hours to complete from start to finish, finishing two would be a particularly productive week.  Though, I do think it’s possible since both of them are already cut out, including the straps.  Last night, I finished the sleeping hood for Leah’s.
That’s Leah’s, on the right.  She liked the animal fabric I used for the back of Amy‘s mei tai, and I had enough for one more carrier.  Since she has a little girl, I picked something just a touch more girly for the other side, so when she wants to change it up, she’s got the orange and aqua flowers on the reverse.  (side note: I know nothing about fashion, however, I read that the tangerine orange color in that print is the hot color for spring.  Bonus?)
Alisha, after much deliberation, decided she wanted the green and white owls print.  I am amused by this because Alisha lives in Japan and that is a Japanese fabric, manufactured in Japan, which I purchased as an import from an online shop in the US.  I had thought that this would be the mei tai I actually finished before the baby arrived, but alas, it was not to be.  Alisha and hubby Shimon welcomed their baby boy a week ago.
Back up the photo a little bit and you will find two more mei tais in queue on my sewing desk.  I need to confirm strap color on the blue one, and get the brown strap fabric for the green one in the dryer!

One thing, one week challenge 9: finish for Zoe

Phew!  This project has been hanging around for way, way, way too long.  I’ve been working on it little by little and it was my goal last week for Amy’s one thing, one week challenge.

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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!