Designer of the Week - RuffnTumble

Today’s cheerful Designer of the Week review is all about the summer dress! Jo from RuffnTumble Kids Clothing has recently released the first round of her beautiful summer collection and today we’re delighted road test her “Spotty Dots Halterneck Dress”.

RuffnTumble Handmade Girls Dresses - Red Polka Dots

The Product Review

Let’s start today’s review with a simple fact about my own personal style… I love polka dots! So you can imagine my delight at dressing a lucky little 2.8 year old in this magnificent RuffnTumble creation!

The ruffled hem, large white buttons, red and white fabric, and halter neck A-line silhouette of this dress give it a rockabilly-esque flavour which is frankly difficult to resist. The dress is made from 100% Cotton, and the bodice is lined in soft cotton batiste.  It is lightweight for comfort and ease of movement, and holds a lovely shape which is enhanced by several rows of elastic in casings across the back for easy adjustment.

At $29 for sizes 2 – 7 years, and $34 for sizes 8-12, this is a very reasonably priced and superbly crafted garment.

The verdict… A cheerful dress with a Rockabilly vibe.

RuffnTumble Handmade Girls Dresses - Red Polka Dots

The Indie Label

Jo started her label RuffnTumble just on 4 years ago after losing her job during the Global Financial Crisis. She had been juggling full-time work and her little enterprise/hobby for a few months, but wasn’t all that serious about it. In time, she came to realise that there was a real possibility that she could build an online business based on something that she truly loves. She says, “One thing led to another; the more I taught myself about the Internet, the more I found myself wanting to achieve success.”

Jo explains, “I chose the business name ‘RuffnTumble’ after our fluffy, excitable dog. It reminded me of my own childhood, being a bit of a tear-about tomboy, and the name fitted the idea of everyday kids clothing taking  a bit of a beating. So I put the 2 together, and created RuffnTumble!”

The Creative Mind

Jo draws her inspiration from nature, the sea, colours, shapes, and “almost anything”. She says, “The design process is relatively easy for me, as I have been blessed with creativity all my life. My love of fabrics and textures often inspires an idea. I am constantly sketching styles, and when I find a fabric for the main piece, the rest just follows. I like to build a theme or a story, and then add in other pieces to extend the Range, so there is always plenty to mix and match.”

RuffnTumble Handmade Dresses, Blue, Red, Spots

The Whimsical Spirit

Here’s three fun facts about Jo (in her own words):

  1. I’m a creative person, first and foremost a designer and sewer, but I also love to play with mosaics.

  2. I have 2 University degrees, but have found my niche in creating beautiful clothing for both children and ladies.

  3. I would love to buy a kayak as I live near the water, and love the beach.

The Handmade Collection

RuffnTumble designs are primarily everyday pieces, with beautiful mix and match fabrics that are durable and practical to wear. Each piece is professionally finished, with extra seam allowances, extra length on straps, and longer lengths to allow for growth. You can purchase one of the lovely items that you see here via the RuffnTumble Madeit store, or visit RuffnTumble on Facebook for a first look at new designs.

RuffnTumble Handmade Girls Dresses - Pink, Orange

RuffnTumble Handmade Girls Dresses - Blue, Turquoise


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2 comments to Designer of the Week – RuffnTumble

  • Hi their,
    So glad I found U : )
    Very inspiring for a novice sewer myself & I flip out at polka dots myself. The designs are sweet & my Miss 4 loves them too.
    Thanks for sharing : )

  • Fabulous fabric and designs. These are fresh, bright and colourful, what more would a little girl want. Well done Jo, your collection is adorable. Best Wishes for whatever your future holds.
    Cheers Sas.

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