A little bit of selfless sewing in miniature for the little people in your life is so much fun, and very rewarding. If you’re new to sewing, it’s a great way to start sewing clothes as you’re working on a smaller scale. Today we’re speaking to the lovely Lynsey of Yellow Bug Designs to find out more about her small business and hear her top tips for sewing for kids:
How did you get into sewing?
I got into sewing when my youngest daughter Phoebe was born. I had a photo shoot booked and I couldn’t find the perfect dress for her. I had a certain image of what I wanted in my mind but couldn’t find this on the high street. I did a bit of research into patterns etc, borrowed my mum’s sewing machine and her help to use it and ta dahhhh made my first dress.
How did Yellow Bug Designs come about?
I got slightly addicted to making dresses for my little girls and they got noticed at play centres, everywhere we went people were asking where I had got them from, paying lovely comments about them and asking if I sold them so
I thought why not … I was on maternity leave so Yellow Bug Designs began.
What do you enjoy most about sewing for little people?
The thing I like the most about sewing for little people is there is always a story behind each dress or item required. I’ve had requests for a 1st rainbow birthday party outfit and a campervan dress for holidays to Newquay in Arthur the campervan. I love
dealing with the mums/dads/uncles/friends who place the orders and when the customer is so happy with the finished product they send in a photo of their little one wearing the Yellow Bug outfit, this makes me smile.
What are your favourite items to sew?
I enjoy sewing the reversible pinafore dresses, they’re a favourite of mine as they are so versatile and look fab. I also like making the little coats as I just love the finished item – so cute, I just wish I had more time to make more!
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from my two little girls Phoebe & Pippa, everything I make is with them in mind from the fabric prints to the styles. They have ignited my love of designing and making.
When you sew for yourself, what do you like to make?
I don’t get much time to sew for myself, but I have made myself a fox shirt out of the gorgeous Wildwood Fox Dashwood Studio fabric which I love! I’ve also made a couple of dresses. I currently go to a dressmaking class with a brilliant local lady Judy who is teaching
me to draw up my own patterns from the images in my head – I’ve nearly finished my first dress from scratch without a pattern.
What are your top tips if any of our readers want to make clothes for the little people in their life?
- Make sure the clothing you have chosen to do are comfortable/roomy to accommodate for the rough & tumble of baby/toddler/child play.
- Ensure that buttons and fastenings are securely sewn on.
- There are some straightforward free online
sewing patterns for beginners complete with tutorials if you are starting out. Sewing for your own children or relatives/friends is so rewarding.
Lynsey is also offering 10% off in her Etsy store using the discount code WCDN10 – what are you waiting for? Head on over for a little look!