Saturday, 28 June 2014

Review: Baie Slings Filigree Limerick

Brand: Baie Slings
Type: Filigree Limerick (tester)
Blend: 100% combed cotton
Size: 6

Filigree Limerick arrived along with the Trowen Jasper tester wrap a couple of weeks ago, and we have been thoroughly enjoying trying it out! Its interesting to see what effect a different weft can have on the same coloured warp, as the overall colours of Jasper and Limerick are really different, despite having the same deep green coloured warp. Limerick is actually made up of three different green colours, which combine to make this very fresh and striking colourway.
This is the first time I have seen and felt the Filigree pattern in person. It is a really intricate, delicate pattern, and I really feel that Limerick looks equally good on either side.
Limerick is a very tight weave, meaning it didn't arrive with the same 'fluffiness' as some of the looser weave Baie Slings. However, after a little bit of use, it is really softening up. I don't feel that its tight weave makes it difficult to use, and it is still lovely and mouldable. The Filigree pattern is quite grippy, so needs pulling across on a back carry slightly more carefully, but I honestly didn't struggle to get it tightened at all. The grippiness does help everything to stay in place, and produced a really solid and supportive carry. It has less overall cush compared to some of the looser weave Baie Slings, but I didn't feel it digging on my shoulders at all. I also settled my son for his nap in a FWCC, and found it very supportive, even with such a large child. It was very easy pull into place, and the grippiness meant that the wrap staying in place whilst tightening, making it quick and easy to get into place.
I can see Limerick getting softer with use, and I wouldn't hesitate to use with with a small baby, but it also worked beautifully with my toddler. I would probably choose it in a multi-layer carry for a very large toddler, but it is supportive enough to also work in a single-layer carry for a smaller child.
Another beautiful wrap from Baie Slings, which are being released this coming Monday. Take a look at Baie Slings website for more details!

Vey close-up, showing the three different green colours that make up Limerick.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Little Fellows 'Cloudy with a Chance of Rainbows'

Brand: Little Fellows
Type: Cloudy with a Chance of Rainbows.
Blend: 30% cotton, 20% linen, 50% mercerised cotton.
Size: 5

I was very lucky to win a Little Fellows 'golden ticket' a couple of months ago, meaning I had a stalk-free-pass to purchase an in stock wrap. Little Fellows wraps are woven by a lovely friend just down the road from me in Gloucester. I am already lucky enough to own one Little Fellows wrap, and when I saw the first pictures of the 'Cloudy' wraps, I knew this would be the perfect wrap to fill the rainbow gap in my stash.
Cloudy is stunning! The colours are perfectly balanced and the streaks of grey throughout the design add detail and interest to a classic rainbow pattern. I love how there are several shades of each colour used in each section adding depth to the design. My wrap has half periwinkle weft and half a silvery blue/grey. The change in weft is subtle, and reminds me of the changes in shadows on a cloudy day.
Cloudy is soft and cushy, with the mercerised cotton giving it a very gentle sheen. It already feels blankety soft. It has a nice amount of stretch, but without being saggy. The linen content adds the perfect amount of support without compromising the softness.
This beautiful wrap is a pleasure to wrap with. It glides into place, and has an amazing amount of cush, without being overly thick. It works equally well in a single layer ruck as it does in a multi-layer carry. I used it today in a 'Robin's Hip Carry' for quite some time, and found it perfectly comfortable with my large toddler. Unlike the hemp-blend Little Fellows that I already own (and love), Cloudy doesn't need any breaking in, and would work equally well with a newborn as it does with my toddler.
I'm enjoying this wrap so much! Its such a fun, colourful design, and it obviously appeals to my little boy aswell!

The weft change.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Review: Baie Slings Trowen Green Jasper

Brand: Baie Slings
Type: Trowen Green Jasper
Blend: 79% combed cotton, 21% linen
Size: long size 2 (approx 3 metres)

I was really delighted when I was asked to test and review Trowen Jasper, the latest creation by Baie Slings, which is being released tomorrow. It arrived earlier in the week, and I've spent the last few days trying it out in various different carries.
On first appearance, Jasper is beautiful. It is a deep bottle green, with a soft jade colour, which in some lights gives it the appearance of having a slightly blue haze. In most lights though, it is a deep forest green, and looks equally appealing on both sides.
I knew that this wrap weighed 315gsm, which is quite heavy for a woven wrap, so I was really intrigued about the feel of this wrap. This tester wrap has already had some use, so I was told that it was partially broken in.
On arrival, I was delighted to find that it wasn't as thick as I had expected. The feel of this wrap oozes quality, and it has a lovely drape, despite not yet being fully broken in. It feels strong and sturdy without being too chunky. Rather than reminding me of a cuddly blanket like some of the other Trowen wraps have, Jasper reminds me of the feel of a very soft denim, and has a lovely amount of diagonal stretch. It is quite mouldable, and I'm sure it's mouldability will increase as it continues to break-in.
I don't often use a size 2 wrap, so I took the opportunity to try out a few new carries! The first one I tried was a Shepherd's Carry with ring sling finish. The wrap felt quite grippy when pulling the pass across, but this got easier each time I tried the carry. However, once in place it felt solid, and incredibly supportive. I also tried a simple ruck, and have to say that this wrap was wonderful! It really triumphs in a single layer carry, as it is so supportive, and I would personally prefer it in a single layer carry during the hottest days of summer. Jasper doesn't have quite as much cush on the shoulders as some of the other Trowen wraps, but I certainly didn't find it diggy at all.
I also used Jasper in a Double Hammock Rebozo. I had to pay a little more attention to tightening than usual, due to the slight grippiness, but again, when in place it was a totally supportive carry. I also really enjoyed Jasper in a simple rebozo, and found it very comfortable for quite a long period of time. There is no sag in this wrap, so when in place it is totally supportive. 
This is another beautiful creation from Baie Slings. It has some slightly different characteristics compared to some of their previous wraps, but still retains the overall quality and aesthetics that we have grown to love from Baie Slings. For more details about the release tomorrow, check out Baie Slings website!

(We have found the colour of Jasper quite difficult to 
capture accurately in a photograph. The top two pictures 
below appear most accurate on my computer screen)

Comparison top to bottom: Trowen Jasper, Filigree Limerick, Trowen Ebony/Teal. To the side: Trowen Emerald/Ecru. (The colours in this picture appear very accurate on my computer screen).

Monday, 16 June 2014

Review: Tinge Garden Scarlet

Brand: Tinge Garden
Type: Scarlet (tester)
Blend: 100% cotton
Size: 6

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when I missed out on getting one of these beautiful Tinge Garden wraps when they were released a little while ago. So when I was offered the opportunity to try this beautiful tester wrap, I was delighted to accept!
This wrap is really striking! The red and white contrast is really beautiful in this quirky retro style pattern and it looks equally good on either side. The middle marker is small and neat and the hems are neatly stitched.
As this tester has been tried by quite a few people now, it arrived feeling beautifully soft. It is quite densely woven, and very sturdy for 100% cotton without being overly thick. It feels quite smooth without being slippery at all, and it wraps easily. Scarlet has the perfect amount of stretch which allows it to mould around you and your child perfectly, and then holds in place without any sag. I have really enjoyed trying this wrap, and have found it really comfortable and supportive with my large toddler. 
Although it will soon continue on its travels, at least I have a Scarlet scarf that my husband bought me for my birthday last week. Despite the hot weather, my new scarf has been getting a fair bit of use as a toy sling for my son! I will definitely be claiming it back when the weather gets cooler though!