By Helen Bowman
How did Born Wild come about?
I’m a trained secondary school teacher – a career that I loved for so many years. But when we had children, my priorities changed and I really wanted to find work that would fit around our newfound home life. Born Wild came about when I fell in love with sewing at a workshop to make Christmas stockings. I was on maternity leave at the time and the workshop ignited an undiscovered passion in me. For the first time ever, I found myself sat behind a sewing machine and there was no stopping me!
I started by making my own children some clothes, making more Christmas stockings and some blankets for gifts. I received incredible feedback and sewing became a part of my life. So many friends told me I should start selling the things I was making; I was seriously flattered, but it wasn’t something I’d ever considered. But now I love every single part of the process, from choosing fabrics and patterns to tying the bow on the finished garment. I get such a buzz from knowing that every item of clothing I make is leaving on a little adventure of its own – to help other families make precious memories and be handed down to younger children to continue that adventure.
The whole thing is now a family affair. My children are my team! Isobel and Hugo help me choose the fabrics, give their input on colours and designs and they place the final ‘seal of approval’ stickers on every order before it leaves HQ.