UV-Reactive Color Changing Sloths!
Posted in Projects on Tuesday the 24th September 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
Let me just grab your attention real quick before I get going on this blog post. This super sweet Knit Fabric features images of sleepy little sloths resting on flower branches. That didn't quite do it for you? That's okay - there's more! These adorable little black and white sloths CHANGE COLOR in the sunlight. Got your attention? Yep, thought so.
I was so excited to have the opportunity to work with this fabric! My little one's room is decorated with greenery and sloths, so I always jump at the chance to sew up anything for her featuring our favorite little critter. This one was even more special than usual! The UV-reactive color change is so much fun, and such a perfect (unexpected) detail for summer.
The fabric works similar to the glow-in-the-dark novelties we all grew up with. Instead of any light source, it does require UV light (sunshine!) to get charged up, but once it has absorbed some rays and changed colors, the colors hold for a little while once you've gone back inside. However, it doesn't last too long - if you're going to be spending the majority of your time indoors, don't expect to see the colorful version of the fabric for long!
I wanted to capitalize on this great feature, so clearly I needed to choose a pattern that would be outdoor appropriate for my tiny girl! I decided to try out the new Bernina / Simple Life Pattern Company romper pattern that was released earlier this summer. It is a free pattern available on the Bernina website, and goes from newborn to 5T! This definitely won't be our last version of it, though I may size up in the future.
My girl is small for her age - she had just turned 8 months old in these photos and was still riding the line between her 3-6 month and 6-9 month clothes! I sewed up a 6-9 months so that she could wear it right away, and hopefully through the summer, but thanks to her deliciously chunky thighs we might not make it quite that far! It's super cute and comfy for her though, and she's been enjoying rolling around in it for now.
The pattern sewed up so quickly, and would be a great option for this or any other knit fabric you might be eyeing for the little ones in your life! I chose to use a lilac colored knit from my stash for the lining and the leg cuffs, as it complemented the colors that appear in the print so well. The lining and cuffs give some room for fun pattern mixing and matching, too! This pattern is a pretty simple silhouette, so it is a great opportunity to showcase novelty prints or beautiful colors.
The pattern prints with three pieces - the romper main, the lining, and the cuffs. The romper and lining pieces have two different neck rises for the front and back, but I've seen a couple of cute versions made using the front neck for both sides! From printing and cutting to completion, I think this little outfit took me about 2 hours max. I used my stretch stitch and serger equally, which of course helped speed up the process that little bit more.
My one thought is that this pattern will be fantastic when she is potty training someday, but as a diaper baby it is not the most convenient because it has to slip all the way off to get to the diaper. Not a game changer, but it is a consideration for those with tiny ones!
I hope you get your hands on some of this super cool fabric! I'll be watching the Minerva Instagram for more makes! What do you envision this fabric as? If you have a great suggestion for a pattern for adults, throw it my way - I would love to rock this fabric myself!! :)
Romper: handmade by me
Fabric: Minerva - UV Reactive Jersey Fabric
Pattern: Simple Life Pattern Co. - Grow With Me Romper
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