FAQ’s

How do you do it all (run a clothing line, look after your kids, run a household etc)?
I just don’t. hehe that’s the short answer!! Here’s the long answer

How did you get started in sewing?
When i was about 10/11 I was really dissatisfied with my Barbie’s wardrobe (yes, I still played with Barbies when i was 11, don’t pretend you didn’t too hehe), so i started cutting up my own clothing and handsewing outfits for her. When my mom realised I was interested in sewing she gave me a sewing machine (a vintage Elna, that was actually her first sewing machine too!), taught me the basics and then and helped me sew my very first piece of clothing – a wrap skirt! I’ve been addicted ever since :)

I love you patterns, how do i become a pattern tester?
I’m so grateful for all the help we get from the sewing community testing our patterns before they are released. If you would like to put your hand up to test a future pattern, please let us know here.

How did you become a designer?
I had a passion for designing clothing, and with a lot of encouragement and support from my hubby I just jumped in without looking. Here’s a long rambling explanation

How do I become a fashion designer?
That’s a tricky question to answer!! I did a series of posts on this topic that you might find really helpful. It includes guest posts from other designers, as well as my story, advice and tips. I hope you enjoy it :)

Do you design full time?
Nope. My full time job is raising my kids. It’s hard hard work, but it’s my top priority and I love it! I run my brand part time, during their naps, on weekends and late into the night.  Most of the time I feel exhausted and frazzled, hehehe but it’s all worth it!

Do you make money from your brand?
Of course :) I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t! It wouldn’t be enough to support my family, but  it’s definitely equivalent to working a part time job.

Who takes the photos on your blog?
If it’s a photo of me then it was taken by my darling hubby Chris. He’s not a photographer or anything like that, but he loves me, and is always sweet enough to snap some photos of me wearing my designs :)
If it’s a photo of anything else (ie my kids, works in progress, tutorials etc etc) then those photos are all taken by me!
We use a Canon Rebel XS, and a 50mm portrait lense.

Are your kids names really Bunny, Buddy and Birdie?
Hehe nope those aren’t their real names, those are their nicknames :) To be honest, I just don’t feel comfortable sharing my kids real names on my blog. Maybe I will one day, but not yet.

How did you meet your husband?
It’s kind of a long story – which you can read here if you’d like :)

Are you religious/what faith are you?
I’m a very passionate Christian :) I believe in Jesus, and that he died to pay the price for my sins. I love him with all my heart, and my number one goal in life is to be more like him. I don’t talk about it much here, because Design Diary is focused on sharing my designs – so I don’t think it would appropriate. But having said that, I love talking about Jesus, and my faith in him – you can always send me an email if you want to chat about it!