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!


Finding My Voice

I've had a few little creative pursuits over time. Throughout them all, I've experimented and played with a lot of different styles, tweaking and changing to find my own unique creative voice. It's a process of evolution as I move through different stages and try out new ideas. It's been nearly ten years of full-time creative business. I've learned an awful lot and I'm still learning every day.

Lately, an area I have wanted to refine was my creative voice. To really narrow down what it is I am all about. If there is one thing I have discovered, it's that other's always have a much better perspective of your brand than you yourself do. It's easier on the outside looking in. A bit like trying to see yourself in a mirror, you will never quite catch who you really are. Other people can take in the whole picture, and you need a photograph to be able to have the same perspective.

There's always a lot going on inside the creative vortex in my mind. I think this translates quite well when I make things or write. When I talk about it, however, it's another matter. After all this time, I still don't have a clear and concise way of saying what I do, when prompted. To hear myself mumble out over and over again "Ahhhh...I make stuff" is very frustrating. The person asking has a very underwhelming impression of what I do and it just sounds bad. If another creative told me this was how they responded, I'd give them a friendly slap.

Making stuff, making sewing patterns, dolls, clothing. It doesn't exactly sound very enticing. And every opportunity that comes your way is important when you have a small business. So answering with a rather lame and inaccurate description of what I do isn't exactly a great idea. And it just feels so awkward. I can't walk around with an Instagram feed at the ready, a portfolio of photos to whip out, a doll in my pocket and even business cards will not suffice. My elevator pitch is seriously lacking and not at all inspiring.

So instead of mumbling like an idiot, I am determined to refine my small "what I do speech" so that next time someone asks, I do more than just make stuff. It's a little tricky and feels a little bit uppity but with a bit of practice I hope it comes out much more smoothly, and gives the enquirer a better idea of what it is I do.

Writing an about page helps, but I have to condense several paragraphs into a sentence or two.

So what is it exactly that I do?

I design. I make. I create. I tell stories with thread. The truth is, what I do is ever changing. It doesn't stay the same. It doesn't fit into a square box or come neatly packaged in a "I do this one thing" bag.
It's whimsical. It's original. It's always here, there and everywhere. One day it's a doll, then it's a mug, a pattern, a dress. It's Dolly Henry.

It's so much and I think that's why it's so easy to just say "stuff" Expecting the images in my head to magically transplant themselves into the other person's head. Except I suspect they get other images. Slightly less stylish and more....granny chic. Which would be okay....except what I do isn't like granny made it.

So I have come up with my speech and hopefully when we meet, like my five times table, I will remember to say:

"I'm a designer. I am currently working on a collection of sewing patterns, dolls, homewares and children's clothing."

So much more than just stuff.

Megan xx

To see my collection of stuff, click here.

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