Last week, Heidi released her first pattern, the gorgeous Ruffle Top – go check it out! And in a couple of weeks, Heidi and I will have a little joint surprise for you in store…
But today is all about Heidi’s gorgeous Belgian-style outfit!
Hello Straightgrain Readers! I’m Heidi from Elegance & Elephants, a Canadian stay-at-home mom, former music teacher, who sews her children’s clothing and loves to blog about it.
I was really excited when An invited me to take part in this series. I am a big admirer of Belgian kids’ fashion – the colours, the shapes, the prints…all very intriguing and inspiring to me. Given the challenge to create something with this style in mind, I wanted to go a little out of my personal aesthetic box, so to speak. I spent some time researching Belgian clothing design and textiles and came across the Cloud 9 Maman collection and read the story of Anne-Marie Bossaert, the Belgian-French grandmother of the company’s co-owner. It was her illustrations that became the theme for this collection. I loved her story and when I saw Menagerie, I knew this was the fabric for my Belgian look. I typically choose solid fabrics, or ones with small prints or geometric shapes, but my daughter adores animals, and she had to have this!