Friday, February 12, 2016

Mabel Madison Valentine's Tour: Showing off Stenzo's Ladybugs



I'm back!! It's been a good two month-or-so break from blogging, but I'm jumping back in with a stop on the Mabel Madison Valentine's Day Blog Tour!


I was provided with a yard of Stenzo's Ladybugs on White cotton poplin for my post, and I have to say - I'm impressed. Having sewn with quilting cotton for most of my 5 sewing years, I am thrilled with the quality of poplin - particularly this Euro stuff. ;) The softness. The crispness. (No, it's not contradictory. Buy some and find out for yourself.)

I'll hold the lollipops, but only if I can eat one.
I wanted to show off some of poplin's versatility and use it a few different ways. (My buddy is sick, and wouldn't do all the modeling for me, but 2 out of 3 isn't bad.)


First up is the Library Cardigan from Little Lizard King. Poplin's role in this garment was simple - I "hacked" the front piece (literally) to create a separate pocket out of the ladybugs! You don't even miss the knit there. ;) With all the solid red around it, I love how the print stands on its own, even in such a small space.


Second we have the Patterns for Pirates "Cpt. Comfort Jeans". One of my very favorite woven pants patterns for little guys, these jeans offered a few spots for the poplin to showcase details - the pockets, for a peek on the outside, but also the entire lining!

I used a fine corduroy for the outer layer of the pants. Now, I love corduroy, and how it looks on little ones, but I don't always love how the inside of it feels. Enter Stenzo's poplin. It's crisp enough to hold its own against the stiffer corduroy, but the softness ensures comfort even on babies. And the roll-up cuff option on the pants, showing off that lining?? Adorable!

What's more adorable, the ladybug lining or the baby toes??
Last but not least - E+M Patterns' Shirt No.22.  This pattern is written for knits, but I just knew that using the poplin for one side of the front would work out just fine! The neckband, back, sleeves, and the other half of the front are all knit, and the poplin has just enough give that the one side isn't weirdly stiff. I made sure to get that zigzag close to the edge, so it wouldn't fray - but this poplin is nice like that, too. Even though I was too lazy to pull out my Ginghers, it still wasn't unraveling after being cut with my cheap Fiskars. ;) The edges stayed nice and clean!


So there you have it! A mix-and-matchy-Valentiney-not-heartsy (yes, I'm taking some creative license with my vocab, there) outfit to show off the wonders of Stenzo's poplin! Now go grab some. ;) Stenzo can be found here, Verhees (more AWESOME prints!) here!


 
Be sure to check out all the awesome series participants to get lots of inspiration!

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