I kept hearing how extraordinarily big our 4 month old daughter was (as if we needed anyone to tell us). Practicing sustainable habits had always been important to me, and I knew I wanted to use modern cloth nappies. I needed something high quality, sustainably sourced and made, and something that would actually fit our cuddly girl. After trying 15 (yes 15!) different brands, I still hadn’t found the right ones. Calling on my high school sewing skills, I found a cloth nappy pattern and started sewing. I had no idea how this would change me, my mental health, and my life.
Word spread about my new-found hobby, and I quickly had family and friends asking me to sew for them. I kept hearing the same things; cloth nappies were poor quality and ill-fitting. Anyone with an extra small or an extra cuddly baby couldn’t get a perfect fit. I started selling my nappies on social media and gained some popularity.
Right before I launched my first official nappy release, I landed a new role in commercial law. My daughter was just 6 months old, but I’d been a litigation lawyer before she was born. I always knew I never wanted to return to my previous role, but was, nonetheless, on the hunt for a new job. I was struggling to adapt to life as a mother and felt like I needed to do….something. I thought my only choice was to return to my career in law. So I did.
Sewing for my daughter gave me a sense of purpose and focus that I desperately craved. When I did return to the office, sewing became my way of staying connected to my girl. It made me feel closer to her when she spent her days in childcare.
I was burning the candle at both ends and somewhat in the middle. Working all day, sewing until the wee hours of the morning, and parenting my girl in between. Eventually I got glandular fever and ended up in hospital. I knew I couldn’t keep going the way I had, so decided to make some changes.
I enlisted the help of a pattern maker in Melbourne and two Perth fashion designers who helped with the sewing (and still do). They inspired me to develop my own designs, not just of nappies but of clothing, always focusing on the babies who didn’t fit mainstream measurements.
Now he we are, 100% Australian manufactured, owned, and operated, helping parents everywhere while doing our part for the environment.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. Without you, none of it would be possible.