Dec
17
2008

  I'm Missing A Fillet

I don't know why the flat plastic sticks that go in the bassinet part of the stroller are called "fillets", but that's the term used by the manual. I read the manual (although I didn't do any of the practice exercises), and examined the different parts of the stroller.

I took the regular seat off, and assembled the bassinet on the frame. There are two plastic sticks that go into slots on the short ends to give the bassinet shape (without them, it collapses flat when the frame is taken off the chassis). Well, one of those sticks was in there, but the other one is missing. I hesitate to bother the couple who sold me the stroller about this since they had all the original manuals, cards, etc. and seemed well-organized, I figure if they had the other fillet it would have been in there. I suspect it's lost. I'll do a little research and see if I can just pick up a replacement at a bugaboo store when I go into Manhattan on Friday or Saturday.

As far as the tailored inserts are concerned, they all would be pretty straightforward to sew except for possibly the bassinet "apron". It zips onto the top of the bassinet, so I'd have to be able to find an exact match of the zipper to make my own work that way. It might be easier to just put some snaps on the frame fabric and make covers that snap on, I don't know. The toddler seat uses two types of fabric, one regular for the body and one stretchy for the part that slips over the top of the base seat. You can only tell from the underside that there are two types of fabric-- both just look like regular fleece from the outside, which is pretty slick; I don't think I'd be able to accomplish that on my own. The fabric must be specially produced for bugaboo.

The main incentive to sew my own covers now is less about having the perfect color than to get rid of the branding. I can't say that the logo on every piece is obnoxious, since it's very low-key as logos go (it just looks like a few doodled overlapping circles, like the thing you do when you're trying to get ink flowing from a pen). Definitely more ostentatious than obnoxious. And far more useful as far as that goes in Manhattan than in Crozet, VA. In the city, I'm sure anyone who has kids knows what it looks like, and you'll be either scorned, envied, or accepted (which one most likely depends on the neighborhood). But so few people in my neck of the woods will have ever even seen one of these contraptions that the logo will be meaningless. Just a curiosity why it's the only spot of color (well, white) on an otherwise solid fabric. And from a pure design perspective, I don't think it works. It looks like some sort of cultish tattoo (which it is). So I want to get rid of it. I think a nice black and white print would look smashing. After Christmas, I'll make a pattern then go look for some fabric.