Hello fabulous friends! I’m extra excited about our designer of the week as I get to showcase the very talented work of my new friend Sarah from handmade label Fawn & Folk – plus, Sarah’s creation is made from organic fabric that was designed by me! Our little collaboration was tons of fun, and Sarah’s store is filled with lovely prints and patterns from designers across the globe.
Imagine my delight when this pair of leggings, featuring my Crazy Yeti Spots fabric, popped up in my mailbox! Sarah works primarily with 100% organic cotton knit, which is perfectly soft, superbly comfortable, and has just the right amount of stretch.
The shape of these leggings works well with (or without) nappy butt, and Sarah explains that she hunted high and low for the perfect pattern (settling on this one from Brindille and Twig). Sarah’s workmanship is excellent, and I like the wide waistband, which has a gentle stretch so it’s not too tight around little bellies. The leggings look gorgeous with a simple white top, and are just as cute on boys or girls.
The verdict… Sustainable, Smile-worthy, and Super Stylish!
Sewing has been a passion for Sarah since her mother taught her how to sew as a young girl. She explains, “My first project was a single bed size quilt. It took me so long to make because I would save all my pocket money and every time we went to our local spotlight I would purchase 1 or 2 FQ’s. I then decided to cut up my t-shirts and blankets to get the fabric quicker! I don’t think Mum was too impressed! I finally got the fabric I needed and with Mum’s help I made a very colourful and unique quilt with fabric from all sorts of places, including childhood blankets and clothing. It now is a blanket of memories…”
When Sarah was pregnant with her first child, she got the sewing bug again. In the last two weeks before her daughter arrived, she made a collection of bibs and burp cloths. Then she made some toys and super hero capes for her nephews for Christmas… and pretty soon she was taking orders from family and friends. She started listing a few items for sale on her Facebook page under the label ‘Sarah Leys Handmade’. It wasn’t long before she branched out into leggings and headbands, searching high and low for adorable organic textiles.
Earlier this month Sarah joined forces with her sister-in-law, Natalie Leys from Jumprope Design, and came up with her new business name Fawn & Folk. Sarah says, “Nat really captured the feeling of the name and my brand in the logo, and I immediately fell in love with it”.
Sarah draws her inspiration from her daughter (pictured above) and lists her as the primary reason she entered the fashion market. Sarah also credits her parents, and her husband Dermott, for supporting and encouraging her vision ever since her very first burp cloth. Lastly, Sarah says, “Bel from Little Eedie Boutique has been a big part of my inspiration and has been encouraging me the whole way!”
Here’s three fun facts about Sarah (in her own words):
I originally studied Graphic Design with Photography and Fine Arts components, but didn’t end up pursuing this field.
I hand make Candles as I was buying so many, I decided it would be easier if I made them! They are also a lot of fun to make.
I grew up on a Jersey Stud dairy farm in South Gippsland, Victoria.
At Fawn & Folk you’ll find a range of leggings, bibs, teething rings, burp cloths, blankets and baby gifts. You can shop online for your favourites at the Fawn & Folk website, or follow Sarah on Facebook for all the latest news.