Designer of the Week - Little Poppet Handmade

Hello friends, it’s with great pleasure today that I introduce our Designers of the Week, Emma and Sue from Little Poppet Handmade. In review, we have the Pink Berry Summer Pinafore from the newly released Little Poppet Spring Summer 2012 / 2013 collection. Prepare to set your charm-o-meter to high.

Little Poppet Handmade Children's Pinafore Dress

The Product Review

It’s no secret that I love a precious handmade dress, but allow me to swoon for a moment about my experience with this little creation. The exquisite level of craftsmanship in the Pink Berry Summer Pinafore makes me feel joyful, and proud, and is the very reason that I launched {KID} independent back in early 2010.

The Australian handmade community is a superbly talented bunch. The skills exhibited by designers like Emma and Sue from Little Poppet Handmade should be celebrated, and shared, and I’m honoured to be able to do that today.

Emma and Sue work with high quality 100% cotton quilting fabrics, which is evident in the beautiful shape of this pinafore. My favourite feature is the ruffled cap sleeve, which is a signature Little Poppet element. I also quite adore the fabric covered buttons and the delicate A-line swing. This is a garment made by the hands of a talented seamstress. It is a testament to the charm of handmade design, and a great excuse to shop for some spring prettiness!

The Verdict… Exquisitely crafted, and brimming with loveliness

Little Poppet Handmade Children's Pinafore Dress

The Indie Label

Emma and Sue are a mother and daughter team from Melbourne. They launched their business venture Little Poppet Handmade in 2011, initially creating a range of bibs and ruffle pants. Emma explains, “My mother Sue has loved sewing and craft for as long as she can remember. Making her own clothes, quilts and even her wedding dress! I can remember as a child my Mum making me gorgeous dresses, skirts, applique tracksuits, dance costumes and dolls dresses. Her passion and love of creating inspired me to also start sewing.”

Enjoying her time with her first daughter, who was a dribbler from an early age, Emma starting sewing a selection of absorbent and stylish bibs. Meanwhile, her Mum was whipping up some beautiful ruffle pants and dresses for her first granddaughter. Amidst the praise from family and friends, Emma and Sue decided to have a go at starting their own label to sell at markets… and the rest is history!

The Creative Mind

Sue is Mum to three children (with Emma being the youngest, and the only girl). Emma is Mum to her two-year-old daughter with another little one on the way. Emma explains the inspiration behind Little Poppet Handmade as, “A desire to make and create beautiful, unique and high quality handmade children’s clothing and accessories.”

Emma and Sue draw their inspiration from a range of beautiful fabrics sourced from across the globe. Each idea begins with a simple sketch and is then transformed into a pattern. The next step is choosing the perfect fabric and creating a prototype which is meticulously tested and edited.

Emma says, “We love bright fabrics that reflect the seasons and get immense satisfaction and pleasure from seeing children wearing our garments.”

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s a few interesting facts about Emma and Sue:

  1. Emma’s best friend, who is a surrogate aunty to her daughter, has called her ‘Little Poppet’ from the day she was born. The name seemed like the perfect fit for a business that stemmed from creating bibs and clothing for her “Little Poppet”.

  2. Both Emma and Sue are teachers and have a love for education and teaching children.

  3. Emma is currently about to ‘pop’ with baby number two.

  4. Sue has a passion for fabric (and loves buying it) and is a talented quilter.

The Handmade Collection

The Little Poppet Handmade collection includes a range of handmade children’s clothing and accessories, including pram liners, bibs and quilts. You can find Emma and Sue at a variety of markets across Melbourne, and can also order online directly through their website. For the latest news, follow Little Poppet on Facebook.

Little Poppet Handmade Children's Clothing, Quilts, Accessories


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