Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sewing for the Packer Fan + a Review

KCW: Day 2
 
P has been left out of the sewing queue here lately.  He doesn't really need any clothes and the only request he's made is for some more pajama pants.  But when Organic Cotton Plus contacted me to see if I would be interested in receiving fabric in exchange for an honest review*, it only took one look at their  Green Striped Organic Cotton Baby Rib for me to say yes and think of Patrick.
 
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 Green + Gold = Green Bay Packers!!
 
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pattern:  Ottobre Design 04/2013 #39 "Linear"
size: 152 width, 158 length
fabric:  Green Striped Baby Rib from Organic Cotton Plus, light gray ribbing for neck binding and cuffs from my stash, same with the dark gray sweatshirt fleece for the pocket
 
 P is my picky child when it comes to the way fabric feels.  Remember that burgundy and gray striped shirt I made him last year?  After wearing the shirt a few times, it ended up hidden in the back corner of a dresser drawer.  He liked the style but hated how "slinky" the fabric felt.  Turns out the jersey was a rayon/cotton blend. 
 
He prefers 100% cotton fabrics for his clothes (that goes for RTW too).  But the fabric had better be soft and not scratchy!  The striped baby rib is definitely soft.  I was surprised when I opened the box at how soft it was.  And after several trips through the wash, it's even softer.  But not "slinky".;)
 
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The shirt pattern is pretty much your standard Ottobre Design t-shirt.  The only thing different from other patterns I've sewn was that the cuff is one layer of ribbing with a hem vs. a folded in half cuff. 
 
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 If you're like me and really don't know much about the difference between organic and conventional cotton, Organic Cotton Plus has a learning center page full of information.  I knew that pesticides were used on regular cotton but didn't realize that chemicals were used for soil prep and harvesting too.  It's eye opening to see that harsh chemicals are part of every process from planting to processing.  Eye opening and a bit scary!


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*Disclaimer: I received 2 yards of this fabric in exchange for a fair, honest review.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own and in this case, my son's.;)
 
 
 

 
 

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22 comments:

  1. It looks great and I am happy to know what this good looking fabric is.

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  2. A very nice shirt for a very photogenic boy!

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  3. That's a great shirt! I've got some of this exact fabric in my stash. It's dreamy.

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  4. It's a great print for a boy and P. is obviously happy with his new shirt. It's good to know of another venue for stretch fabric. The prices look OK, too... dearer than conventional cotton, but that's to be expected.

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  5. Yessss, that is the perfect Packer fabric! P is so handsome. (Discount double check ((had to throw that one in there)) )

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    1. Thanks, Brittney! Have you seen the Clay Mathews commercial where he's a handy man? We get a kick out of that one too.;)

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  6. Very nice colors and it looks like a durable knit. I like cottons too :)
    Eww for packers (and I live in WI) lol. but other than that I think it looks awesome and he looks very happy with it.
    So nice to please the picky ones sometime.

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  7. Perfect stripe matching! You are a goddess!!

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    1. Thanks, MC. I paid extra attention to the stripes so that they would line up well.;)

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  8. I love this shirt :)
    It looks so soft and comfy - I might need to try organic cotton/knit soon (my little ones are also very picky with fabrics).

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    1. Thank you, Ana Sofia! I didn't really think there would be that big a difference in the way it felt..but I was wrong.

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  9. Good knits are hard to find.
    Well done Cindy, good review.

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    1. Amen! I'm still on the hunt for that elusive wide striped knit fabric.

      Thanks, Nicole.

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  10. I love that fabric and the t-shirt, too! P wears green very well. Yes, conventional cotton is scary (there's a lot of child work issues etc involved as well for non-US cotton). A lot of companies are starting to include organic cotton, even RTW companies. I hope that's a growing trend.

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    1. Thank you, Uta! Green is definitely his favorite color.:)

      It really opened my eyes, reading through the information. It's nice to see that more places are carrying organic products.

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  11. Great shirt, looks like your model approves! My very limited experience is that the organic cotton is way softer- It would be nice to see it more and more available.

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    1. This was my first experience with organic cotton...I'll definitely be purchasing more! Thank you.:)

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  12. Great looking shirt! It does look soft and comfy from here. The pocket is a nice addition.

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    1. Thanks, Joy! I think this shirt will be in heavy rotation.;)

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  13. What a great shirt! Well done! What is the best way to get the Ottbre patterns?

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  14. I am a big fan of organic cottons too. The cost a bit more but I have found them to be soft, wear well, and make me feel better about my purchasing decisions.

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    1. I do think they are worth the little bit of extra cost. I'll definitely be purchasing more!

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