Designer of the Week - 1 Puddle Lane

It’s my absolute pleasure today to introduce the lovely Ann from 1 Puddle Lane. Ann runs her boutique label from a little home based studio in Brisbane, and has recently released a new range of dresses called the “Springtime in Europe” collection. In review today, we have the  “Juliette” dress in beautiful blue with white polka dots and red trim. Prepare to smile…

Handmade Children's Dresses by 1 Puddle Lane

The Product Review

The Juliette Dress is made from 100% cotton drill fabric which is super soft whilst also being very durable. The design features an elastic back for comfort, which also allows room for movement during play. It has fan shoulder straps that give a little bit of extra sun protection and the silhouette of the dress, combined with the sleeve shape, ric-rac detailing and big bow on the front makes for a simply charming garment.

The workmanship in Ann’s dresses is absolutely superb. The dress fits very nicely, and I loved the drape of the fabric. After receiving the dress, it hung on a hanger in my office for several days before being worn and washed for the review… just so I could admire it. Once I did wash it, it came up very nicely, just like new.

I have a real soft spot for handmade dresses. They’re like a little piece of fashion royalty in your child’s wardrobe. The Juliette dress can be worn on it’s own in summer, or paired with a t-shirt or skivvy for the cooler months. It’s available for order in sizes 1 – 6.

The Verdict… Charming and graceful with exquisite workmanship… Très Chic!

The Indie Label

Ann launched 1 Puddle Lane in November 2009 and has just celebrated her second anniversary. Her business name reflects her fondness for the book “I can jump puddles” and she chose to add the word “lane” to the name to communicate a “go-to” destination. The 1 was added so that the business name wouldn’t be confused with the Puddle Lane books from the UK… The result is a business name that reminds me of a fabulously fun place to visit. It gives me a visual image of a hazy afternoon, when the sun comes out from behind the clouds after a rainy morning.

The Creative Mind

Ann is Mum to two grown up children, and was inspired to start creating handmade children’s clothing after her hairdresser had a baby girl a few years ago. Her current collection “Springtime in Europe” was inspired by a recent 5 week adventure across Europe that Ann enjoyed with her husband. Her goal was to create a unique piece for each of the different places that they visited. The collection {pictured below} incorporates colours from the national flags of France, Italy and Greece.

Ann is a fashion designer and dressmaker with over 25 years experience in design, pattern making, cutting and sewing. She makes each item in her range by hand, with an emphasis on quality and attention to detail {which shines through in each of her garments}.

The Whimsical Spirit

Ann in her own words… “Other things I like to do… surprise, surprise, I sew my own clothes! At the moment I’m embarking on designing and making a wedding dress for a friend and outfits for her 2 children.  When I’m not sewing I like to read on my new ipad 2, which I just love.  I’ve been attending art classes over the past few years and have had quite a few exhibitions of my work.  I love painting as it takes me into another world.  My specialty at the moment is women’s faces.”

The Handmade Collection

1 Puddle Lane specialises in girls clothing to suit children aged from 6 months to 6 years. Alongside Ann’s lovely dresses, you’ll find skirts, tops, bloomers and more. You can view all the items available for custom order through Ann’s facebook page. You can also visit her blog to check out what’s new, or visit her online store for ready-made garments.

Handmade Children's Dresses by 1 Puddle Lane

Handmade Children's Dresses by 1 Puddle Lane

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