Where ideas come from

Lots of people ask me where I get my ideas from. Mostly it’s from looking, noticing, remembering, writing things down as they strike … then mixing that all up and pulling something together. However, for my new range of Art Deco-inspired bags my idea path was much more linear.

A while ago I saw this pair of child’s swimming togs on Pinterest…


I really loved the combination of the lighter striped fabric with black and although black is a colour I regularly wear (thanks Art School) I’d never considered combining it into my Emma Makes sewing.

I also loved the strappy detail of these togs and wanted to create that same feel. Here’s what I made…



There are four kinds all together that you can see in my online shop. Each has a floral bottom with a black top and two strapping black nylon webbing straps on each side. All are also lined in black or charcoal and have an internal pocket.


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