Luckily, my daughter's best friend had a birthday party today, so I had a very good excuse to carve out some sewing time to make a special gift for the birthday girl. I pulled out my much loved Farbenmix Henrika pattern and considered my options. Gorgeous bamboo french terry? Check. Adorable (but expensive) European jersey knit from Stenzo? Check. Embroidery? Or fabric cut on the Silhouette? Oh, the decisions!
I eventually went with the Silhouette because, quite frankly, I just didn't have the time to do an intricate embroidery. I'm also out of cutaway stabilizer, which pretty much sealed the deal. I'm still experimenting with heat transfer vinyl and flock (I'm finding that neither stays on through the wash), so decided to give Silhouette's fabric interfacing a try.
I really debated the necessity of using Silhouette's fabric interfacing vs. the much-easier-to-come-by Heat N Bond. Now, having done both, I think the Silhouette product is better. It makes such a clean cut! The drawback, of course, is that for this particular product, you have to sew it on, which vastly reduces the type of image you can cut with it. Very intricate patterns are just not going to work. They do make a different fabric interfacing that supposedly has a stronger adhesive that sounds better for intricate designs, but it is for "items that don't need to be washed." Obviously, that does not include children's clothing, so I went with the sew on type.
I used a simple flower graphic that I purchased off the Silhouette site, cut it out using some Euro fabric scraps, sewed it on and added a button. I just love how it turned out.
Pattern: Farbenmix Henrika
Main fabric: Bamboo french terry from Bamblue Fabrics
Flower file: Basic Layered Flower from Silhouette
I am dutifully
Both gifts were well received, but of course the doll quilt made the biggest splash!