Thursday, January 24, 2019

Meet the Designer: Natasha from Ellie's Handmade

G’day! My name is Natasha (Tash as most people know me) and I live in Sydney, Australia with my hubby Mike, 3 children Jordy, Ellie and Jack, and our cat, Harry.  I’m originally from country NSW, growing up in a rural town called Wagga Wagga.  I am so excited to be part of Project Run and Play’s Around the World Tour - Season 19 Australia & New Zealand!

My love of sewing stemmed from spending a lot of time in my late grandmothers sewing room as a child.  I would constantly be ‘’helping’’ her, which lets face it, meant I was begging her to help me make rah rah skirts and all that good 80's fashion.

I rediscovered sewing, like many of us, when my daughter Ellie was born. I started by making her little toys while I was pregnant, and then moved onto dresses and then ....boy oh boy… I was hooked. For the next five years I built a handmade business, Ellie's Handmade.  Over that time I sewed thousands of dresses for little girls all over the world, and found true happiness in creating outfits, forming wonderful friendships in the sewing community and of course, I became completely addicted to fabrics.  I am a floral girl, I always have been, so my natural style always revolved around gorgeous floral prints and really feminine designs.

At the end of 2017 I joined the design team at Little Lizard King Patterns, and every day I feel truly thankful that my sewing journey led me to find a group of wonderful women that encouraged me to take the next steps on my sewing journey.  Designing patterns and seeing them made by such talented seamstresses worldwide is the best feeling – it’s incredible to see what people can do with a pattern to make it truly unique! 

I’ve followed along with Project Run and Play for several years, and have admired how talented the contestants are.  I hope that my contribution to this season will be fun and inspiring!  I am aiming to draft each pattern and can't wait to see the other designers wonderful sews too - I am in complete awe of the other amazing ladies in this season.  You can find me on Instagram here @natashachrismas or see detailed pics my entries for Project Run and Play on my blog - here.

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