Hey there! My name is Megan and I'm the sewing, pattern making girl behind Dolly Henry. This is my blog, where I share my own creative adventures and hope to meet fellow fabric enthusiasts. I also design and sell sewing patterns through my online boutique, alongside a beautiful collection of clothing and dolls. Thank you for stopping by!


Dolly Henry - The Label

I've been working on something for a little while and I'm excited to say I have decided, after much deliberation, to start designing and making little clothing again. I could say "return to" but this phrase feels incorrect to me, as it seems to imply I am changing what I am doing. If anything I am adding to the Dolly Henry brand.

Dolly Henry has grown kind of organically, taking on a life of it's own. From a simple fabric shop that I started on Etsy, to a sweet fabric boutique {online} and now this blog, which I began just to document my new creative journey. I have missed designing my clothes since I closed, even though I could barely look at the sewing machine without shuddering for awhile {I know, right?} The recent blog hop I was delighted to participate in, helped to reawaken my love for mini-fashion.

Getting back into my own creative space has been really important, and making time for my own creative enjoyment through learning crochet and a bit of patchwork has really helped me 'rehabilitate' and find my new path - which happens to go along the lines of "relax, breathe and follow your heart" Sounds cliche doesn't it? I don't mind, puns and typos are also welcome around here!

Instead of trying to be a one-woman sweat shop this time, I will be focussing on creating one of a kind pieces, for special events such as birthdays, parties, holidays and photo shoots. I move through my creative style quite quickly and I'm always looking for new design inspiration, so going down the bespoke, limited path will be more in tune with how I work.

As a perfectionist, I spend hours fussing over tiny details, making sure the finish and quality is extremely high. So sliding into the designer line as many of my nearest mentors, family and friends have long suggested is a must for me and my well-being. I don't really care to follow trends or for the fickle nature of the mainstream fashion industry, instead preferring just to design and make straight from the heart, creating a line of amazing pieces for little girls. 

And I really think that's what handmade is all about - beautifully made, unique, limited quantities, not masses of samey-same.

Anyway, I can't say when I will be launching my exciting new label. I am passionate about talking with other amazing creatives and sharing my adventures on my blog, and I am busy building a sweet fabric boutique. Against my impulsive, impatient grain, I am just taking it slowly, creating and designing little by little and putting together a collection behind the scenes here.

On a more personal note, I am also learning a few new domestic skills such as milking a cow and baking bread. (hello little house on the prairie!) Having been so unwell for most the year has forced to me reconsider the stress I put myself under regarding work and I am finally in the place where I accept just getting what work I can done everyday (some days on the farm are unpredictable as it comes!) without getting worried about it, learning to reschedule when I have to. After doing the course I talked about in this post, I finally have the tools that I need to do this, and realize that making sure I eat and drink properly (some days I wouldn't get lunch due to all the sewing) is actually crucial to the long-haul of my life/work balance. Those walks that I didn't feel like I had time for have become the walks I should take to keep my head clear and body moving, so I don't develop the muscle and RSI problems I did last time. Taking care of oneself isn't selfish or a luxury, it's essential for good health, and being able to not only do your work and creative time but also be there for your family and loved ones without the whole lot toppling you.

You can read a little bit about Dolly Henry Co. here and I can tell you my line will be available exclusively through the Dolly Henry Co. Etsy shop. I have also set up a different instagram account @dollyhenryco to keep it all separate and organized, and so my followers can choose what part of Dolly Henry they want to follow, whether it be the blog (@dollyhenrymakes), the fabric shop (@dollyhenryau) or my fashion label (@dollyhenryco).........or for the die-hard fans (I love you!) all three!

1 comment

  1. Good luck! That's wonderful that you will do it on your terms.


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