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!


Meet Dolly Henry at the Brisbane Finders Keepers Market

It's been many months of work and anticipation but I cannot believe how fast time has gone! This time next week you will be able to meet me, and the entire Dolly Henry collection at the Brisbane Finders Keepers Market. 

The Finders Keepers is one of the most exciting markets in Australia, featuring a host of amazing artists, designers, and makers from all across the country. The event runs across a massive 3 days, with over 200 highly curated stalls to peruse. Alongside the wealth of home-grown talent on show, there is also amazing culinary line-up, with live music and entertainment to enjoy. You can find out all the information on the Finders Keepers website here.

I've put together a little sneak peek of some of the products you will find on the Dolly Henry stall. Through months of hard work, I am super excited to be launching a collection that features handmade dolls, little girl's clothing, my own fabric designs and illustrations, dollmaking kits and sewing patterns. 

My process is incredibly hands-on so from the initial design phase, through to the labeling and packaging is done in-house by me and occasionally an additional team member in the form of my sister! I feel it is important to impress upon you the very handmade nature of the entire Dolly Henry collection. 

It's very easy to take everything for granted (don't worry, I do it too!) in the fast-paced mass-produced world we now live in, that sometimes it's easy to forget the many, many hours of hard work, time and resources that go into making little designer brands happen.

It's a team of mostly 1 here, so as a tiny business owner I not only oversee all creative projects, I actually am the creator, the maker, the marketer, the graphic designer, the book-keeper, the mailroom girl, the customer service team, the stock keeper, the cleaner, the canteen girl, the IT team and the social media person.

I do all those things and I actually really do enjoy it, it's a very full-on hands-on job. It's something that I am quite proud of, and I am also equally grateful to accept any additional help that comes my way. I have a very supportive and helpful family - it would not be possible without them.

But before this turns into some kind of weird bloggy kind of awards acceptance speech, I want to show you some of the other fun new products I will be bringing with me to the Finders Keepers!

This is Lucy and she was born from my somewhat nostalgic love of paper dolls. I designed and illustrated Lucy and all her various outfits and accessories - she is a well-dressed paper doll! These paper doll kits will be available on the Dolly Henry website in July, they will be making their debut at the Finders Keepers next weekend. This kit is just perfect for journaling and creativity - or if playing paper dolls is something you still enjoy (I won't judge, I promise...we are all kids at heart!) then I hope this little paper doll kit I made ticks all those boxes!

Amid the gorgeous new collection of handmade dolls and tiny clothes, is a small collection of my new designer fabric range. I have also created quite a few doll making kits, embroidery kits and fabric panels that will be available across the weekend. I absolutely love sharing creativity and inspiring others to create. Creativity is essential in order to have a balanced existence so being able to help people discover new ways to be creative or try new skills is very exciting. It also means that there are more people to spend frivolous hours discussing the many merits of fabric with!

My fabric designs reflect the many little characters you will find in the magical world of Dolly Henry and feature my favourite colour palettes and combinations. They all play wonderfully well together which is perfect if you want to use all of them at once!

If you can't make it to the Finders Keepers, you can still pre-order yours here.

I love being able to offer limited edition, original fabrics featuring my designs that have been made in such an earth-friendly way too - digitally printed in small quantities to limit waste, using eco-senstive dyes and inks. I know we hear a lot about that these days, but it is very important. Nature is so very inspiring and it's good to think that we care enough about it to preserve it's sacred beauty and mystery.

Find the Dolly Henry stall at the Brisbane Finders Keepers on June 22nd-24th.
This collection will also be available in July after the market so if you can't make it, be sure to keep an eye on the Dolly Henry store!

Megan xx

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