Julie and I love to find great, handmade clothes for the kids. We were thrilled when Papoose Clothing found us. This shop has unique, adorable designs. Once we had a chance to try some of the clothes on our own little ones, we learned the shop also boasts incredibly well made clothes. Ashley, the woman behind all of the designs, adds the sweetest little details, that make the items so unique.
A Chat With Ashley from Papoose Clothing:
When did you first start sewing?
I come from a long line of crafters and DIYers, and my mom was the one who taught me to sew and helped me develop my creativity. I remember making a crazy quilt pillow when I was about seven. I was so proud, mainly for not sewing a needle through my finger, which was going through my mind the entire time, but also for completing the pillow and flaunting it on my bed.
Who did you sew your first outfit for?
The first recipient went to my precious niece Harper. She was the one who inspired me to begin making children’s clothing, although I had been making clothes for myself for years. I fell in love with the miniaturized versions I had made for her. All credit is due to her for inspiring me to open my shop. She continues to be a major part of the business because she models all the clothes, but there’s going to be a new addition soon so her little sister will be stiff competition.
How do you come up with the ideas for your different lines?
Right now I release two collections every year, and ideas can come from anywhere. I love watching old movies and getting lost in a book or listening to great music. It’s hard to explain the creative process when it comes to inspiration, but when I have a good idea, I know it. I have a little book I write them down in, and some come to fruition while others are left waiting or scratched out entirely.
How did you start making your Fairytale Collection outfits?
Again, my little niece inspired these princess outfits because she loves to play dress up. I love the Fairytale Collection because it just begs little girls to use their imaginations and play make believe. I firmly believe in fostering a child’s creativity, and the perfect dress for the perfect fantasy is essential.
Any fun ideas you have for future lines?
I don’t know if I’m ready to divulge my secrets, I keep them closely guarded, but I will say I have already decided on an idea for the Autumn Winter 2014 Collection. I am gathering images for my mood board and will begin designing soon. Expect lace details and moody paisleys with lace-up bows.
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