Designer of the Week - Master & Miss

I’m a little teapot, short and stout… here is my handle, here is my… darling dress?! Today it’s my absolute pleasure to welcome Liane from Master & Miss in our Designer of the Week series. Liane has sent us a gorgeous 100% Certified Organic Cotton Sophie Teacup Dress to test out. It’s part of the Master and Miss limited edition Autumn Winter 2012 collection.

Master & Miss Organic Children's Clothing

The Product Review

There are several things to adore about this sweet little creation by Master & Miss, the first of which is the quirky teapot print on the fabric. It’s a custom design, printed in various shades of blue, onto a natural 100% organic cotton A-line dress. Speaking of organic cotton, boy is this dress cosy and soft! It drapes across little skin ever so delicately, with a gathered neckline that rounds out a simple, yet charming silhouette.

The Sophie Teacup Dress is available in sizes 1 – 5, and is designed and made in Australia in sweatshop free conditions. It is ultra comfortable to wear, and washes up just like new. I love the fact that Liane uses custom designed prints on her fabrics, and think that the limited edition release makes it just that extra bit special. Not to mention how lovely it looks with a pair of navy tights! Our little tester, Miss 3, decided that the outfit should be finished not with her sweet Mary-Janes, but instead with a pair of winged hi-tops… way to think outside the box!

The Verdict… Whimsical, Charming and Dainty

The Indie Label

Master & Miss was born in May 2011, but was officially launched online in February 2012. Liane explains, “I was driven and inspired by all the other amazing mums who had found the courage to start their own label. I had wanted to do something creative since becoming a mum myself, and I was really inspired to do something involving children. I had been making clothes for myself for special occasions and then began making them for my daughter Emma. It just snow balled from there.”

Liane chose her business name to reflect all the little poppets for whom she designs, not to masculine, not too girly… She had lived in Ireland for 7 years, and had become accustomed to hearing little boys referred to as “Master”.

The Creative Mind

Liane is Mum to a little girl, aged two. She is inspired by practical, comfortable clothing that can be mixed and matched. She is currently working on a bunch of funky stripes and other patterns, which will pair perfectly with the Master & Miss plain skirts and pants, making it easy for Mum’s to create lots of different outfit combinations.

Liane describes her design process; “Sometimes I come up with an idea for a fabric and then work on the style of the garment. For example, the teacup print has a lot going on, so the style of the dress needed to be simple. I’m currently working on a rocking horse print fabric as I wanted a gender neutral print for infants. Once I saw the strike off, I knew I just had to use it for  a 3 tier skirt that I am currently working on (as I can’t wait to put Emma in it!) So sometimes what I originally have in mind gets tweaked and becomes something else!”

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fascinating facts about Liane (in her own words)…

  1. I am an Ironman – 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2 km run.
  2. When I was 21 I  worked as a nanny for Count and Countess Augusta and live in Monte Carlo for 9 months and spent the summer sailing around the Mediterranean on their 50m yacht – all because I could swim and speak English!
  3. I rode in a horse race and came third when I lived in Ireland, the race was the same distance as the Melbourne cup – 2 miles, or 3200m.

Limited Edition

The Master & Miss collection includes a range of dresses, skirts, tops, tees, leggings, onesies, bibs, hats and wraps for kids! You can purchase some goodies online, or visit Master & Miss on Facebook to keep up with all the news.

Master & Miss Organic Children's Clothing

Master & Miss Organic Children's Clothing


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