Designer of the Week - Chasing Mini

Good morning folks! If you’re lucky enough to have a little Miss in your family, I invite you to settle in with me today and enjoy our Designer of the Week feature with the lovely Judy from Chasing Mini. Judy has sent us her newest handmade creation to review, and it’s every bit as precious as we expected!

Chasing Mini Handmade Dresses and Skirts

Chasing Mini Handmade Dresses and Skirts

The Product Review

Miss Three and Half and her Mummy were absolutely delighted when a little package from Chasing Mini landed on their doorstep earlier this week; and once the testing began it was smile upon smile from testers and onlookers alike.

The craftsmanship of this dress is quite superb, and we just love the gorgeous 100% cotton black and cream quilting fabric (super soft, super durable). The lace pockets on the sides add a charming hint of nostalgia, and the dress can be paired with a short or long sleeved tee to take you through the seasons. The adjustable shoulder ties extend the life of the garment by growing alongside your little one, and the dress looks equally adorable worn as a tunic with your favourite pants or tights.

Mummy was swept up in the delight of her “grown-up” little angel in her Sunday best. Little angel was swept up in the delight of the pretty peg doll included in the Chasing Mini package and hasn’t released her grip on it once since the postman arrived!

The Verdict… Striking, enchanting and exceptionally well-made.

Chasing Mini Handmade Dresses and Skirts

The Indie Label

Chasing Mini was created in 2010 after the birth of Judy’s beautiful granddaughter Millie. Starting out with bibs and ruffled bloomers, Judy soon progressed to her signature dresses, skirts and sets.  She had refined her skills making clothing for her own children when they were young, and she says, “My sewing and design skills came back naturally, like riding a bike!”

Judy explains, “My business name came about because when my daughter was pregnant we used to call the baby “Mini” so it just evolved from there. As parents we all know we are forever chasing our Mini’s around!”

The Creative Mind

Judy is Mum to four children, Tegan, Hayley, Ryan and Abbey; and one granddaughter, 2 year old Millie. Covering all edges of the globe, two of her daughters and her granddaughter live in Sydney, one lives in Dubai and her son is currently travelling overseas.

One of things that attracted me to the Chasing Mini collection is Judy’s impeccable taste in fabrics, which she explains is a major inspiration for her designs, “With the availability of so many beautiful fabrics, which I buy from all over the world, comes my inspiration to create  something special and unique. My many memories of my childhood and my children’s childhoods are often revisited in my designs.”

Take a stroll through Judy’s store, and you’ll be able to see her inspiration in action. Judy works exclusively with natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, voile and silk, in a variety of patterns from pretty florals, to vintage selections and fun children’s prints.

Judy explains, “I start with a basic design and then add the finishing touches using lace, tulle, ribbon and crochet trims. I like to make comfortable, easy-wearing clothing with an adjustable fit so you will get a couple of seasons wear. For example, dresses than can be worn as tops as your little one grows.”

The Whimsical Spirit

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

  1. I have loved being a mum and raising my four children and watching them all grow into independent young adults, and I adore my little granddaughter.
  2. I cherish every occasion that all of my children are home at the one time as it doesn’t happen very often.
  3. I dream of the day I will get to travel to European countries and find more amazing fabrics!!!

The Handmade Collection

The Chasing Mini collection includes a range of handmade dresses, skirts, and sets, in divine designer fabrics. All of the beautiful creations that you see below are available for purchase online through the Chasing Mini Etsy store.

Chasing Mini Handmade Dresses and Skirts

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