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Originally from New Zealand, I now call Houston, Texas home. I am a stay at home mum to my two kids Elyse, 9, and Ollie, 5.

I learnt to sew with my mother, many years ago, but hadn’t done any sewing for years aside from making curtains, blinds and cushion covers, until I had the idea for Knappy Knickers when I was living in Perth, Australia. The Australia/NZ name for diapers is nappies, and these were knickers for wearing over nappies, hence Knappy Knickers.

The inspiration came when I got sick of the sight of an ugly saggy nappy/diaper hanging out from under my daughter’s dresses, and couldn’t find anything other than frilly bloomers to cover the nappy/diaper. I wanted something more funky and streamlined than frills.

So I found some stretchy fabric, tested a few prototypes on my daughter, and finally…

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  • Born on March 30
  • Joined November 26, 2007

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Originally from New Zealand, I now call Houston, Texas home. I am a stay at home mum to my two kids Elyse, 9, and Ollie, 5.

I learnt to sew with my mother, many years ago, but hadn’t done any sewing for years aside from making curtains, blinds and cushion covers, until I had the idea for Knappy Knickers when I was living in Perth, Australia. The Australia/NZ name for diapers is nappies, and these were knickers for wearing over nappies, hence Knappy Knickers.

The inspiration came when I got sick of the sight of an ugly saggy nappy/diaper hanging out from under my daughter’s dresses, and couldn’t find anything other than frilly bloomers to cover the nappy/diaper. I wanted something more funky and streamlined than frills.

So I found some stretchy fabric, tested a few prototypes on my daughter, and finally took the plunge to test the market for my Knickers. So I sewed like mad to make enough for my first craft market in Perth, in November 2007. The Knickers were really well received at the market and I sold lots more than I expected so I continued from there, mainly doing markets in and around Perth. I gradually added leggings, dresses and headbands to my products, and these will go on etsy soon.

Then in 2008 my husband got transferred to Houston for work, so the Knickers were packed up for a while. It wasn't until May 2011 that the sewing bug took me over again and I finally took the plunge and listed Knappy Knickers on Etsy. This was despite that fact that I had originally set up my Etsy shop way back in 2008. Good things are worth waiting for!

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