Welcome back to our Designer Picks series, where we delve into the creative minds of the talented designers and showcase their impeccable eye for style.
In this edition, we are thrilled to collaborate with Sarah from Waves and Wild. Sarah has a vast range of patterns for both adults and children so join us as we explore the unique style, craftsmanship, and inspiration behind Waves & Wild, and discover the delightful fabric and pattern pairings that are sure to inspire your next sewing project.
Meet Sarah, the creative force behind Waves and Wild. As a former primary school teacher and a devoted mother to her two adorable children, Jack and Charlie, Sarah has always had a passion for sewing with a special focus on childrenswear. With a British qualification in Fashion and Design, plus her work with children, she possesses an insightful understanding of how clothes truly work for children in real-life situations.
Sarah's journey as a designer began when she was living in Australia, where the limited availability of certain baby items prompted her to take matters into her own hands. Unable to find an asymmetric cloth bib, she decided to create one herself and thus the Baby Bandana Bib was born. Similarly, the standard cloth nappies available in stores were too large for her son, Jack, inspiring her to design the One Size Fits Most Nappy Pattern.
Word spread quickly about Sarah's innovative designs, and friends began requesting their own versions. The demand grew steadily, leading Sarah to establish Made By Jack's Mum in 2012. Initially, she offered ready-to-wear clothing, but it was the process of creating original PDF patterns that truly ignited her passion. During a stay in Yorkshire to allow her boys to connect with their UK family, Sarah continued to expand her business, laying the foundation for what would later become Waves and Wild.
Under the Made By Jack's Mum brand, the business flourished, but Sarah felt the urge to explore new horizons beyond sewing patterns exclusively for babies and children. Renaming the brand as Waves and Wild allowed her to soar creatively and extend her offerings to a wider audience. The name perfectly captures the essence of the brand—natural, free-spirited, and evocative of the great outdoors. It also pays homage to Sarah's approach to design, blending her UK and Australian influences seamlessly.
Today, Waves and Wild stands as a symbol of Sarah's unwavering commitment to crafting customisable sewing patterns that inspire creativity in sewists of all levels. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting your sewing journey, Waves and Wild offers a range of designs that embrace versatility, comfort, and style.
Kinjarling Dress x Lady McElroy Marlie Care Cotton Lawn
The Waves and Wild Kinjarling Dress pattern is a versatile and breezy woven dress that offers a range of customisation options. With three lengths, two necklines, and two neck finishes to choose from, this loose-fitting dress can be tailored to suit your style. The dress can be fastened with buttons or snaps and can open from either the front or the back. You have the choice of three pocket options and optional waist ties, allowing you to create a unique look.
The Lady McElroy Fabric Marlie Care Cotton Lawn in the Savannah print perfectly complements the Kinjarling Dress pattern. This fabric from Lady McElroy is renowned for its exceptional quality, eco-ethical production methods, and stunning prints. The Savannah print features a captivating tropical leaf and hummingbird design in rich green, orange, and sage hues, set against a cream base. The fabric is stable and opaque, making it an excellent choice for various garments, including dresses, tops, and shirts. Plus, it is sustainably and ethically sourced, aligning with Waves and Wild's commitment to responsible production.
Get ready to make a style statement with this enchanting fabric and versatile pattern combo, perfect for any occasion.
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Explorer Raglan T-Shirt x Tencel and Modal Blend Jersey Knit Fabric
The Waves and Wild Explorer Raglan T-Shirt pattern offers both style and simplicity, making it an essential addition to your little one's wardrobe. With four sleeve options - long, three-quarter, short, and retro rolled - and the choice between a straight hem or a low-backed curved hem, this t-shirt provides versatility for various looks. Additionally, the pattern includes options for colour blocking and a snap close neckline, allowing you to customise the design to your liking.
With the Waves and Wild Explorer Raglan T-Shirt pattern and the Tencel and Modal Blend Jersey Knit Fabric in Olive, you'll have the perfect combination to craft a comfortable and effortlessly stylish garment. Your little one will love the softness and comfort provided by this fabric, while the versatile design of the pattern allows for endless possibilities in creating unique t-shirt variations.
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Heyday Dungarees x 8 Wale Cotton Corduroy
The Waves and Wild Heyday Dungarees pattern combines comfort and a playful sense of style, making it a must-have for any wardrobe. These loose-fitting dungarees feature self-adjusting tie straps, making them easy to put on and take off. Choose between loops or buttonholes for securing the straps, and enjoy the convenience of five functional pockets for storing your essentials. The Heyday Dungarees are designed to have a longer length with rolled-up ankles, adding a touch of whimsy to the overall look.
Pairing the Waves and Wild Heyday Dungarees pattern with the 8 Wale Cotton Corduroy in Bottle Green is an excellent choice. The combination of this versatile pattern and the premium quality corduroy fabric will result in a stylish and comfortable garment that embodies the essence of relaxed fashion. Get ready to sew a standout piece that showcases your creativity and sustainable values.
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Genoveva Top x Slubby Finish Tencel & Linen Blend
The Waves and Wild Genoveva Top pattern is a harmonious blend of elegance and comfort. This top features a lovely shape with statement flutter sleeves, offering a touch of whimsy to your wardrobe. With its loose fit, you can wear it all day long without compromising on comfort. The Genoveva Top draws inspiration from the stunning and intriguing Genoveva Azure butterfly, native to South Australia.
The ideal fabric companion for the Genoveva Top pattern is the Slubby Finish Tencel & Linen Blend in Rose Blush Pink. This fabric blend combines the best qualities of Lenzing Tencel Lyocell and linen. It offers the strength and durability of linen, the gorgeous drape of Tencel, and the breathability that both fibers are renowned for. The delicate rose-blush shade with lilac undertones adds a touch of femininity to any outfit.
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Pattern: Waves and Wild - Genoveva Top
Field Trip Joggers x Bamboo Dream Terry Fleece
The Waves and Wild Field Trip Joggers pattern offers a relaxed fit jogger style with an abundance of practical pockets. With hip pockets, two styles of patch pockets (including an optional pocket cover), and the option for back colour blocking that complements the hip pockets, these joggers ensure you have ample storage for your essentials. The pattern features an elasticated waist with the choice to add a real or faux drawstring, adding a stylish touch to the design
Pairing the Waves and Wild Field Trip Joggers pattern with the Bamboo Dream Terry Fleece Sweatshirting Fabric in Dark Grey creates the perfect combination of comfort and style. Craft a versatile and stylish pair of joggers that prioritise both functionality and coziness. Whether you're lounging at home or out to play this pairing will give comfort and style!
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Waves and Wild - Field Trip Joggers - Child
Waves and Wild - Field Trip Joggers - Teen Female
Waves and Wild - Field Trip Joggers - Teen Male
Fabric: Bamboo Dream Terry Fleece Sweatshirting Fabric - Dark Grey
Free Range Fun Over Trousers x Burberry Deadstock Waterproof Cotton Fabric
The Waves and Wild Free Range Fun Over Trousers pattern is designed to keep your little ones protected and comfortable during outdoor play, regardless of the weather. With sizes ranging from 6-12 months up to age 12, this pattern offers versatility and practicality. You can choose between trousers or dungarees/salopettes and decide whether to line them or leave them unlined. There are options for straight legs, snap legs, or elasticated legs with optional stirrups.
With the Waves and Wild Free Range Fun Over Trousers pattern and the Burberry Deadstock Waterproof Cotton Fabric in Red, you can create practical and fashionable outerwear for your little ones. Let them enjoy free-range fun with confidence, knowing they are shielded from the elements in garments made from high-quality fabric.
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We hope this Designer Picks edition has ignited your creativity and inspired you to embark on new and exciting sewing projects. Whether you're a seasoned sewist or a beginner eager to explore this wonderful craft, there is no better time than now to dive into the world of sewing. From garments that reflect your personal style to handmade gifts that warm the hearts of loved ones, sewing allows you to express your unique creativity and bring your ideas to life.
With Sarah's guidance and our showcased fabric and pattern combos, creating a one-of-a-kind, sustainable garment that's both stylish and eco-friendly has never been easier.
Don't forget to tag us in your creations @harmerandhuff.
Thanks for reading, and happy sewing!