*Christmas wishes to you and your families from goodmakes!*

If you travel through the Valais region of Switzerland near where I grew up, you might notice some of the chalets have heart shaped windows carved in the front wooden wall.

In traditional Swiss architecture these hearts were included in the walls to represent the number of daughters in a family, so there is one heart that represents me in the wall of our chalet. For the Swiss (and for me), home is truly where the heart is!

This, for me, is really what the spirit of Christmas is all about  – spending time with those you love, celebrating and being grateful for the significant relationships that sustain us in our transient world.

Family is at the centre of everything we do at Goodmakes – supporting mothers to share their (sometimes difficult) stories of motherhood, learn new skills, make new friends and providing a nurturing environment for them to become independent so they can better support their families.

So Merry Christmas to you and yours  and thank you for all of your support this year!

love, from

Goodmakes x

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goodmakes makers guide – learn how to make goodmakes playpants in 10 mins!

Ok folks, by popular request, here (finally!) is the goodmakes makers guide to pattern cutting and sewing the goodmakes playpants.

Take a look to follow my step by step guide here! Thanks for watching x

goodmakes makers guide – learn how to make goodmakes kids play…

Hi folks, for those of you who wanted to know how to sew the goodmakes trousers, here is a short 10 min guide to pattern cutting and sewing … follow along to learn how to make pair of goodmakes playpants!I'm looking forward to organising a sewing workshop in the New Year…

Posted by Goodmakes on Wednesday, 13 December 2017

 

 

The goodmakes ETSY shop is open and it’s super cute!

goodmakes now has an ETSY shop in order to reach more customers… you can visit it at this link:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/goodmakes?ref=l2-shopheader-name.

Here are some photos of products in the store looking super cute!

Also watch this space for a sneak peak of a new fabric printed on warm jersey material, in winter colour-ways, designed with refugees in our latest workshop.

 

Thank you from goodmakes @ Highgate Primary Fair!

Thank you from goodmakes @ Highgate Primary Fair!

goodmakes had a stall at the Highgate Fair to test sales of our little trousers and guess what? We sold just over half our stock in 3 hours and had to took a bunch of email orders as there was a token payment system that our (cash) stall was not included in.

Thanks to everyone who came over to chat with us, I feel so energised by the positive response to the fabric designs and the goodmakes social enterprise concept.

Here is a big shout out to all those little legs wearing goodmakes trousers since the fair! Spread the love little people <3

New fabric: “Sleepy Whale”

New fabric: “Sleepy Whale”

The sun is shining and the summer holidays are almost here! Take a trip to the seaside with this beautiful new “sleepy whale” fabric design in shades of blue, complete with shoals of fish, seaweed and a sleepy little whale.

goodmakes playpants are great for the beach, helping to shade little legs from the sun and keep them cool with loose breezy styling made from light organic cotton fabric.

Take a trip over to our online shop to order a pair for your holiday!

Presenting the goodmakes ‘Aylmer’ playpant

Presenting the goodmakes ‘Aylmer’ playpant

Named after the Aylmer Pantry where I ran the first goodmakes design workshop, I am excited to present the very first goodmakes playpant – the “Aylmer”!

Made from a whimsical fabric designed by mothers, inspired by their shared stories of motherhood, the “Aylmer” was printed in Manchester on organic cotton and sewn by mothers in London.

Buying these trousers supports not only mothers and their children but the British manufacturing industry… so take a stroll over to our online shop for sizes and prices.

And… the biggest, huggiest thank you to everyone who has supported me through the start-up process, your friendship, time and advice are invaluable and you have all my love and gratitude!

Sewing on a 1950’s Singer sewing machine!

Sewing on a 1950’s Singer sewing machine!

Who would have thought that the ole’ 1950s Singer sewing machine I picked up 10 years ago in a car-boot sale for 50p and had refurbished would be so sturdy and reliable to sew with after all this time! This Singer was seriously built to last and is so easy to work with!

I have spent the past week sewing dozens of trousers in preparation for the first goodmakes sale at the Highgate Fair. After figuring out how to assemble the pattern and the process of cloth cutting, pinning and hemming, I managed to get a snappy production going producing about one pair of trousers in 20 mins!

So.. some mamas asked whether I could run a sewing workshop so they could learn how to sew the trousers themselves and my answer is YES! The pattern is easy to sew and would be a good one for beginners to learn with – so sewing could be an optional follow up workshop to the narrative fabric design one. Watch this space!

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