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
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!
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 goodmakessale 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!
I’m so lucky to be surrounded by inspiring mamas like Arts & Drama Therapist Lina, who sweetly invited me over to talk about how I could include Arts Therapy techniques into the Goodmakes textile design workshop as a way to facilitate the sharing of stories of motherhood by the participants.
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modelling, used as a remedial or diagnostic activity.
Mothers experience many challenges during childbirth and raising children which they are encouraged to share in the goodmakes workshop. Applying Art Therapy techniques to structure the workshop helps to create a safe and nurturing environment for those narratives to be shared and translated into visual symbols and motifs that can be used in the fabric design.
Many thanks to Lina for her input; I’m excited to see how the first workshop goes!