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Brittany Brown Marsh Review: Size 7 Linen Blend 0

Review by Britt Brown Marsh Blog

Blend: 25% Linen / 75% Cotton

So a little while back, I learned about Apple Blossom Wovens through a discussion on longer wraps for plus sized wearers. Shortly following the discussion, Lisa (owner) and I chatted and let me know that they would be offering size 8 wraps which is my base size! I was absolutely THRILLED! She mentioned that she had a size 7 linen sample floating around and that I could try it if I wanted. Of course I said yes. It is rare that a company sends out a size 7 sample for review. When the linen blend Evening Flame sample arrived I was absolutely floored by how SOFT it was. I have never felt a linen blend that was this soft. I actually had to check again to make sure the wrap was machine woven because it reminded me of a handwoven!

I quickly put Maxine (3ft, 30lbs) in a double hammock tied at the shoulder. It was basically like clouds on my shoulders. The wrap molded to us well. The wrap was grippier than expected which was great since I like to do sloppy wrap jobs and this definitely held everything in place. The slipknot did not budge for me once I tightened it in place.

Evening Flame linen was stretchy but supportive with Max. I enjoyed single layer front carries with her. Front Wrap Cross Carry was a favorite for her and me. She constantly asked for front uppies in this one while it visited. I really enjoyed the stretch in the wrap because I could eek out a front wrap cross carry in this base -1 size wrap.

This wrap would be great for new and experienced wrappers. It is awesome for toddlers and I bet would be good with smaller babies as well. It is just a little wide for little babies.

 
Alanna Cates Review: Size 6 Tencel Blend

Alanna Cates Review: Size 6 Tencel Blend 0

Blend: 50% Tencel / 50% Cotton

Weight: 359g/m2

Size: 6

Wrapper: 4 months

Wrappee: 4 months

From the minute I took this out of the package I fell in love! It is so soft and cushy I could have snuggled up on the couch and cuddled with it myself! And I love the light colors of the silver weft.

Pros: This wrap glides into place so easily. I have had trouble perfecting back carries because I am so short and my LO has to be up so high, but the first carry I tried (DH with a CCCB) just glided perfectly into place! It was so easy to pull the wrap up and over his body and into place. I carried him on my back for over 2 hours at a festival and could barely feel the weight of him at all. I never had to readjust and tighten after I got him up because of how supportive this wrap is.

Cons: I think me along with many others can say the only con is that it cannot stay here forever! I will be sad to see it go and will definitely miss it in my stash!

I have had experience with tencel before but the wraps resembled more machine woven whereas Apple Blossoms resemble handwoven. I prefer this tencel because it is just a tad thicker and much softer with its handowoven qualities which makes it feel much more secure. I would recommend this wrap to any beginner or experienced wrapper! This wrap I think could help wrappers perfect the carries that are harder for them as it did for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsay Brunner Review: Size 7 Linen Blend 0

Blend: 25% Linen / 75% Cotton

I've been fortunate to have a lot of testers and round robin wraps come through here in the last few months and there's one that lingers on my mind- One that felt like it belonged here in my tiny stash, and I miss it a whole lot. That wrap is the

Evening Flame Linen blend tester.

I know there's been a lot of chatter about how the EF wraps are a bit tougher than the Morning Glory wraps, and I can only assume where everyone's mind goes when they hear of a EF Linen blend. Linen tends to be beastly, rough, tough, a burden to break in, but oh so supportive and airy when it's broken. With this being a tester I had assumed that it had been used, abused, and broken into a puddle of kitten belly softness by dozens of mamas before it made it to me. It was so supple, so moldable, so deliciously soft and supportive. When Lisa asked me what I thought of it I said I LOVED it, but I wasn't sure I'd love it from loom state because I hate breaking in wraps. That's when the jaw dropping moment came with this wrap. Lisa told me that it *maybe* had been worn an hour or two before it made it to me. AN HOUR OR TWO!!! This is unlike any other linen I've tried. It was soft, easy, pliable, a puddle of yum... and it was basically just out of loom state. I don't know how it's possible.

I'm not the most experienced wrapper out there. I don't do a perfect double hammock every time like so many awesome mamas do. My middle marker is most often in my armpit, my chest pass isn't always snug, and I tend to have to readjust after a bit. I tossed my five month old up in a quick double hammock and she was high and tight, a great seat (considering her tiny legs), and the chest pass slid right into place. EF tied off with a nice and easy knot, and we were off- no adjusting needed. I wore her for some backyard play with the other tot, followed by a long walk- no adjusting needed at all. The cush on the shoulders was perfect. I don't love poofy wraps, but I do like some cushioning and wraps that pleat well. This wrap hit the nail on the head for me- It has great support from the linen, the perfect density from the beefed up weave, enough grip to stay put without so much that it's a pain to wrap with. Not only did it rock a double hammock, but it rocked a ruck tied Tibetan too! I'm a big ruck fan, and I won't lie, Morning Glory wouldn't have been my first pick for a big kid ruck. Morning Glory is amazing (AMAZING!!) in multipass carries and single pass for small/medium sized babes, but I wouldn't choose a ruck for a long walk with my big girl in MG. I would absolutely ruck on a long walk in this linen blend. It has the perfect amount of cushion to solid wrap ratio that I look for in a ruck wrap.

So this is my plea, Lisa.. Linen!! Linen all the things! Cotton Apple Blossoms are amazing- Gorgeous, soft, great stretch and bounce- But there's something about this linen blend that leaves me longing for more. It's like a first kiss of a boy you had a crush on for a long time- just perfect. Ok, I'll stop gushing and crushing now... until next time.