I have been playing around with some old carrier designs and re-working a few ideas. I have been finding that the Arms out padding is restricting the movement of the wrap fabric on the body of the carrier where it is sewn between the shoulder straps.
Sometime ago I designed and made Mei Tais which uses a different style of arms out padding which was sewn to just one side of the body of the carrier. I have used this Arms out padding on some Wrap Conversions and the carriers that have a curved headrest. It occured to me that this style of Arms out padding works better as by not stitching the two sides of the body together to insert the Arms out padding part way down the body, the wrap fabric is able to move and stretch as is should. The old style of Arms out padding usually works fine on Cotton wraps but I am finding it more difficult to sew on the wraps that are blends as these do not behave in the same way. To this end I am intending on changing how the Arms out padding is sewn on all 2 and 3 layer Ocah Wrap Conversions to this newer style. If you have ordered a carrier with Arms out padding I will contact you in due course to see which style of Arms out padding you would prefer to have sewn on your carrier. Any future orders that request arms out padding will be sewn with the newer style.
The picture below shows how the carrier with the New style Arms out padding looks from the front (the side that will be seen when you are wearing your child.
The picture below shows how the arms out padding is sewn on the reverse of the carrier (the side that isnt seen when you are wearing yout child ) This Wrap Conversion has a heart shape sewn on to the padding but it could easily have another simple shape sewn there, or no shape sewn on top of the padded area.
And on the finished carrier:
The front (the side that can be seen when you are wearing your child in your carrier)
And the reverse (the side that will not be seen when you are wearing your carrier) -shown here with the completed carrier tied onto the mannequin with the reverse side facing out to show the New style Arms out padding.