Hi everyone, Welcome to our first session of Meet the Maker! Every day we see gorgeous items in the Tadah Pattern Group on Facebook and I've always thought it would be nice to know a bit more about the clever ladies who make them. So each fortnight I will introduce you to a lovely creator who we admire and constantly feel inspired by. I'm sure you all know Kirsten from her page CutiePie Creations, she is very active in the Tadah pattern group and makes the most delicious looking ruffle bums, among other gorgeous items.
We have ask Kirsten a couple of questions, so grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy getting to know Kirsten.
When did you start sewing?
Late 2011 is when I started sewing. After another business I had with my husband did not work out, I found myself still in need to occupy myself. So after visiting a local Handmade Babies and Children's Market, I fell in love with all the gorgeous handmade clothing, but couldnt afford it! So after some encouragement from my mum who gave me her sewing machine, bought me some fabric and patterns, off I went!!! My little girl became my inspiration and model.
What was the first thing you made?
First thing I ever made was Ruffles, a ruffle nappy cover. I so wanted a pair for my daughter! They really weren’t very good lol
What inspired you to sew? Has this changed/ evolved during your journey?
I have always been quite a crafty person, i used to do cross stitch a lot . But when I went to that local handmade babies/children market, I just feel in love and I knew it was something I wanted to do. . My inspiration has changed over the years, now I love certain fabric designers and get excited about making pretties in the fabric.
I just love the happy feeling I get when I create something new and know that it will make some little girl or mummy happy too.
Do you have a favourite fabric style/designer/colour palette you like working with?
Yes I do. My favourite Fabric Designer without a doubt is Tanya Whelan. I love most of her collections. I love florals and pastels - mint/pink/lemon/white
How do you keep (or not) your sanity running a successful business while managing kids?
Well it is a challenge thats for sure. Now both my children are in school it is much easier to find sewing/creation time. I sew most days when they are at school. Before they were in school, I would just work in nap times and when they were happily playing or watching a movie. I’ve never really sewed much at night until about 6 months ago. Now that I am much busier, I have found I need to do a couple hours of sewing at night just to keep up.
Do you a) choose the fabric, then the style or b) choose the style then the fabric?
I think I’m most definitely A. I get inspiration from the fabric , its print and colours. Sometimes I just know once I see it what I will make, it's easy. Then sometimes it takes me a while to figure out what co-ordinate fabric to use , when that happens I usually sit on the floor in my sewing room and just look at all my fabric and see what works best and then decide on a style.
If you didn't sew, what would you be doing instead?
Oh gosh, I'd go insane lol. It really is my life . I guess I’d go back to part time in the work force, but would always find some time for sewing.