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« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2008 08:08:14 AM »

REally pretty! I'm so glad you let us know that there was canvas in there or I'd be worried too!!! I hope there was no offense taken - consider it that we are all watching out for the littest ones among us. I can't tell you how many MTs i've seen come into our babywearing group that aren't  safe :-(

Its sooo gorgeous. The brocade is nasty to sew with though. The only way I've ever been able to do it is serging and then topstitching.
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2008 05:35:20 PM »

very nice!
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2008 06:18:35 PM »

I'm trying to make one right now!  I'm not a seamstress at all and am toughing it out! 
Yours is so beautiful, I hope mine turns out nice.   Almost all of my fabric is cut, wish me luck!
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2008 06:20:34 PM »

your mei tai inspired me to get my butt in gear and finish the one i started a while back!  Smiley

i really like yours a lot - so much so that i want to make another mei tai now - only using for the front outer panel my red brocade dragons!

mommy to three amazing children on earth!  Smiley
La Maestra
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2008 07:15:53 PM »

Its sooo gorgeous. The brocade is nasty to sew with though. The only way I've ever been able to do it is serging and then topstitching.

I agree on the gorgeous part!...  and on the "serging" and topstitching.  My machine isn't a serger, but it does do some overlock stitches, and when I did a brocade jacket this summer, I overlocked all the raw edges - (I did a false flat fell seam on any major joins.)  Very durable, not tearing at the stitches or fraying at all - especially cool because it was made from an old robe had to be disassembled and pieced before I could actually cut the pattern out. A flat fell keeps the "pulling" from being at those joining stitches.  Any encased seam (like a real flat fell) or overlocked edge seam (maybe even a zig zag on set to 5 and on a small stitch length?) should work, as long as there is another row of stitching over the seam allowance edge that is distracting the pulling away from those joining stitches..

I don't usually give this kind of advice, but this is such a nice Mei Tei, I'd take at least the shoulder seams out and redo them in an enclosed seam or "edge finished" false flat fell seam of some sort - because of how brocade is woven, it may keep fraying on you!

Please forgive my unsolicited advice!
« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2008 08:07:57 PM »

Please forgive my unsolicited advice!

if it helps at all, i looked back at this post just to see if anyone had mentioned how to avoid fraying, so your unsolicited advice was welcomed!  (well, i also had to take another peek at this gorgeous mt) Cheesy

Will swap for baby food jars (or other small jars with lids)
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