There’s a new base on the block over at my favourite online fabric store Splashings of Fabric and I was so excited to test it out!
All about that base
Squish is super plush. It has a softness similar to minky (though a smaller pile) but, unlike minky, the softness is on both sides and it has 4 way stretch which makes it a fantastic option for super snuggly clothing.
I found it to have 75% horizontal stretch and 25% vertical stretch which makes it perfect for a wide range of sewing patterns including a range of slim fit patterns like leggings.
In terms of weight and feel it is 300/gsm so cosy but not bulky. It does have great drape and is slinkier than cotton lycra but it was not slippery under the machine which made it great to sew with. I did find it necessary to use stretch needles in my machine but that was the only adjustment I made to my machine and my machine settings (which is set for regular 95% cotton 5% lycra knit).
In terms of caring for the fabric there really was no special treatment required. I prewashed it at 40 (my regular wash), tumble dried low (which is the setting I use for all synthetic bases like this one) and ironed on a medium setting (again like I do for all synthetic fabrics). Shrinkage was minimal (a couple of centimetres at most) and there was no colour loss.
What can you make?
Before I go into details about what I made I cannot help but first discuss the amazing print I was sent. ‘Peter Pan’ is exclusive to Splashings of Fabric and is one of the prints available in their Fairytale round which opens for preorder 20th March and runs until 9pm (GMT) 3rd April. All the prints are designed by the incredibly talented Annie Swift who is renowned for telling stories through her designs, ‘Peter Pan’ is no exception. The main print features a silhouette of the main characters flying over London following the second star to the right heading to Netherland and Captain Hook’s ship. The colours are truly hypnotising, shades of indigo mixed with the silvers, whites and blacks of the landscape and characters. It is a perfectly enchanting unisex print.
The main print is accompanied with a coordinating print which features silhouettes of the main characters on a complementary blue background. The coordinating print is beautiful by itself but when paired with the main print really completes an outfit. Should you wish to preorder this print you can do so here (and receive a 10% discount if you are a new customer too!)
When I first got my hands on this base I knew instantly that I wanted to put it’s stretch to the test and make leggings. I opted to make the Brindille and Twig Footie Leggings for my youngest son specifically because it has a very slim fit. I don’t think I’ve ever been as jealous of my youngest’s clothing before but I am incredibly jealous of these! The softness inside is matched by the softness on the outside – my son is literally wearing a teddy bear! I shall most definitely be purchasing more of this to make larger footy legs (using the Stitch Upon a Time Footie Sprites pattern which covers child sizes up to 12 and adult sizes) and lounge pants like the New Horizons Portlanders. There was no issue with fit and I made no adjustments to the pattern at all.
I chose to accompany my footie leggings with a traditional hoody. A hoody is a very obvious choice with this base because hoodies are standard cold weather clothing and this base is ideal for cooler weather. I chose to use the Brindille and Twig Hooded Raglan Sweatshirt which is a free pattern. I made the size I usually make in this pattern (which is actual a size larger than my son’s normal size because I feel this pattern has a slimmer fit especially in the neck and head area), again I had no fit issues. I did modify this pattern but only in the shape of the hood – you can’t sew a ‘Peter Pan’ hoody without adding a pixie hood right!? The modification was simple – I just extended a straight line from the tallest (on the top seam of the hood) and widest (on the back seam of the hood) points until they met at a point.
I also chose to make a cowl neck sweater. The fabulous drape makes this base a great choice for a cowl neck because it creates the perfect slouch. The Your Choice Sweater by MW Patterns was also a great option for showing off the main and coordinate prints together and really showcases the main print which was the perfect scale for the age 5 front panel piece. My son really loved the base though, at first, was reluctant to let his new blanket go to be made into a sweater (a blanket or homeware would be another great option for squish too 😉 ) The Your Choice sweater comes in adult sizes as well as children’s sizes.
The options with squish are endless because of the excellent stretch and recovery and it really is an easy base to sew with and take care. If the Fairytale Round is not for you, you can also choose to have your own seamless designs and any of Splashings previous exclusive prints (those over 6 months old) printed on squish too through the Splashings of Fabric Print Your Own (PYO) service which gives you endless squishy options.
The only question that remains is what will you be making with squish?
Sizes, for reference, Raglan Hoody, 18-24 months, footie legs, 12-18 months, ‘Your choice’ sweatshirt, 110 cm (age 5-6). This fabric was gifted to me by Splashings of Fabric to provide an unbiased review.