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Sussex Baby & Toddler Show Preview: Made By Alex

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 07-09-2011

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With the baby show just over a week away its time for another preview – Made By Alex.

From an early age Alex was encouraged to 'Make something special, something personal, something unique' instead of buying, so when she gave birth to her daughter in 2008 she decided to make her little girls clothes as opposed to buying them.  Shop bought clothes just weren't for her so she started off making dresses, then dungarees and hats. She even jazzed up shop bought tshirts.  Now Alex sells her creations after encouragement from friends, and all her items are totally unique.  Alex often encourages the buyer to get involved with the design process so they're getting precisely what they want.  

Alex sent my Little Man this hat to test out – not the greatest modeller of hats I'm afraid!

What I really love about this hat is that its reversible.  On the one side there's the denim design with the red car, and on the other a more summery cottom design with cars.  And its totally unique – no other hat will look like this!  The quality of the craftsmanship is amazing – it certainly outshines the other hats we've previously bought from highstreet stores and supermarkets.

Head along to the Sussex Baby & Toddler Show on September 17th and meet Alex herself and take a look at her beautiful creations.

Made By Alex can be found online, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Want to make clothes? Make Clothkits!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 31-08-2011

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Have you ever thought about making clothes for your little one but been scared off because you think it'd be hard or take forever?  Think again.  Clothkits are the perfect starting point for anyone who wants to have a go, and they are nice and simple to do.

Kits are avaiable to make dresses and dungarees, jackets and tops, skirts and trousers.  You can even accessorise with hats and bags!  Your kits contains everything you need to make your project – apart from the sewing machine of course – and the pattern is so easy to cut.  You get a piece of material with the design drawn out on it, so all you need to do is cut out and sew.  No fiddly measuring and drawing – you buy in the size you want and its all drawn out for you.  It couldn't be any easier!  Here are a few of my favourite items:

Of course if you're still a little nervous, or if you've never sewn before you can always try one of their even easier kits.  Clothkits kindly sent me a doorstop kit to create which is one of their easiest kits… now if I could just find the time!!  I'll let you know how it goes!!  In the meantime take a look at the other kits you can get from Clothkits.

Clothkits can be bought online here, or from their shop on St Pancras in Chichester.