I hardly ever (ok, never) volunteer to pattern test, as I tend to be a bit of a procrastinator. But then a few weeks ago I was washing Hazel’s one warm sleep sack for the umpteenth time and I was thinking that I should really just make her a second one. Then I considered having to draft a pattern and quickly changed my mind. Strangely enough, that same day An of Straight Grain put out a call for pattern testers for her newest pattern, the Lua Sleep Sack. I very quickly volunteered (before I considered my procrastination issue!), and was so happy to have been selected.
I can’t really remember what first led me to An’s blog, but I’m sure it was because of her adorable daughters and the unique and beautiful clothing she creates for them. I hadn’t previously sewn from any of her patterns but I had a feeling this would be a good one, and indeed it was! And no need to worry about procrastinating — as soon as I received my copy of the pattern I was off rummaging in my double gauze stash.
This is a great project to show off a special piece of fabric so I picked this lovely Nani Iro double gauze for the outer, paired with a lime green Free Spirit voile for the lining. An gives the option of a piping detail for the front, which I thought was a nice added detail. I didn’t have any piping on hand, but I added a little faux piping by just folding a narrow piece of hot pink voile and inserting it as if it was piping (to match with my hot pink invisible zipper!).
The pattern was surprisingly easy to put together and results in a really beautiful, not to mention useful!, item. I highly recommend it! I made Hazel the 6-12 month size, and it’s a perfect fit, with room to move around, and even room to grow. I’m happy to say that this sleep sack has already gotten lots of use around here – it’s definitely the one I reach for most often! You can buy a copy here if you want to make your own.
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