So a friend is having a baby, and we were having a surprise shower for her. She's having a girl, and she likes to be very girly at times, so I thought it would be fun to make her a super girly sling. Unfortunately, my only pair of sling rings* left were black. I thought I could either go with a girly color and a black accent, or a black sling and a super bright accent. Since I did not give myself much lead time, the decision was made when I couldn't find a really bright linen blend at JAF. So I went with black linen blend and a bright pink print for bias tape.
I did the gathered shoulder instead of pleated for no real reason. I think either way seems fine. My friend was delighted to get the sling and loved the colors - so that was a win!
*I ordered new ring slings from www.slingrings.com - I decided to go with the neutrals and colors nylon samplers, just to check out more of the colors and have them on hand. Basically, if you're buying more than 3 of the rings in the pack, it's worth buying the sampler. Also, I discovered that an order over $35 gets free shipping. My expectations were low for shipping time, since traditionally free shipping takes forever. But I was surprised! I ordered late on Friday night, got a shipping notification on Saturday, and my rings arrived Monday! Great customer service.