Friday, July 30, 2010

Handmade Hand-me-downs

Here is a pair of BabyBird shorts:

Notice anything special about them?


That's ok, they're really not that special. They're a bit faded and could probably do with an iron. But this pair of shorts makes me proud, they give me faith in my brand and the passion to keep doing what I do.

Ok. Ummm.... why?

Well, here are some facts:

- They are one of the first pairs of shorts I ever made under the BabyBird brand.
- They are approximately 2 years old
- They are a size 1 and created from heavyweight cotton
- They have been worn at least twice a week for say, 9 months by my eldest son
- They have been worn approximately twice a week for say, 5 months by my youngest son
- That's a whole lot of wear and tear on the knees and butt. A whole lot of washing, drying, time spent in the sun, on the grass, in the sand, in the dirt and rolling around with dogs.
- They are still in one piece and I've never had to mend them or fix up the stitching.

Most of my customers will notice that I do not overlock my seams - they are zig zagged, just like grandma used to do. It may not look as nicely finished as some clothes you buy, but I think my little roadtesters have shown that the shorts do withstand the rough and tumble of little boys.

BabyBird shorts are not created in a production line. They are not sewn in a factory somewhere in China. They are all made by me, in my sewing room - usually with kids playing on the floor near me. Often they are made late on a Friday night while my husband watches the footy on tv upstairs. They are made with love and care, so they can be passed down from child to child. The fact that they last and last makes me proud of my little brand. I hope you like them too.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

From Little Things...

... Big things grow.

Happy 3rd birthday Ollie. We love you more than you could ever know.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Market Wrap Up

A fantastic day was had at the Boutique Markets yesterday. It was really hot (probably the death rattle of summer) but it was perfect really, as it meant lots of shorts and singlet sales.

Dog Treats from Rocstar:

Our Kitchen Garden:

Fantastic Knickers from Razzama Dazzle:

And of course, BabyBird:

Ok, off to replenish stock in time for Mathilda's Market on Saturday!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sorry Little Blog...

I've been neglecting you lately, haven't I? I know you'll get over it though, you're a tough little thing. There has been so much going on. I will paint you a picture:

1. Lola pug is sick and needs surgery. She is struggling to breathe, as apparently over time her tendons have slackened and her soft palate is now partially blocking her airway. She is booked in for surgery next week.

2. Hoodie sales have been keeping me mighty busy. Lots of orders to sew.

3. Eddie is teething. He is getting molars, which is weird, as he doesn't have all his little front teeth yet. He sticks to me like a limpet on a rock, making getting things done quite impossible.

4. It's market time. Boutique Markets this weekend, Mathilda's next weekend. Lots of sewing to be done for them both, yet the above points are making that difficult. It's a vicious cycle. I did manage to whip up a pair of jeans yesterday that will make their debut this weekend.

5. Easter long weekend. We spent it away with family, so no work was done. Whoops.

This week shall be dedicated to work. Hopefully I get some done.

Friday, April 2, 2010

And the winner is...

The winner of the hoodie/shorts giveaway (according to is commenter no. 7 - Jen Sprent! Congratulations.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter. Let's do this again when the Facebook Fanpage hits 300...

Friday, March 26, 2010

Giveaway Time!

I have decided to have a giveaway to celebrate the BabyBird Facebook Fanpage reaching 200 fans.

One lucky fan will win either:

(a) One of the new winter hoodies in blue/black (sizes 00-2):


(b) A pair of the Giant Squid shorts (sizes 00-6):

Excellent! How can I win?

1. You must be a fan of the page to enter, so join up here.
2. Just post a comment below, telling me what winter clothing your little one (or you) can't live without.
3. Winner will be drawn randomly next Friday morning.

Good luck!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

More Hoodies

So much sewing happening here this week. So much sewing, for not so much product really. I can't believe how much longer hoodies take to make compared to shorts. Luckily, they're really cute, so I can make an exception...

They will be making their market debut at the Boutique Markets at Portside Wharf this Sunday. So pop down if you're in Brisbane. They really are fabulous markets.