Kylie Gersekowski makes absolutely gorgeous bag patterns. Bag making is not yet my forte (the list is too long!) but Kylie’s bags look absolutely professional and fashionable. Kylie is local to me but hectic schedules kept us from meeting in person and so we spoke via email. Kylie is intelligent, hardworking and dedicated to whatever she puts her mind to.
Beth: How did you start sewing? You’re self taught, is that correct?
Kylie: My mum and nan taught me to sew when I was young however I didn’t take up sewing seriously until after I had my daughter, eight years ago. I started sewing children’s clothing for family and friends which quickly developed into my business, Little Moo Designs. After a year or so I began sewing bespoke hobby horses, these became the core of my business and I made many custom hobby horses which were sent to customers around the world. Three years ago I decided to put my personal designs into patterns so everyone could enjoy them, and so began my pattern design journey.
B: What’s an average day for you entail?
K: First and foremost I am a wife and mum to two small children, so attending to the everyday tasks we all do comes first. In between, I work on my business. This includes; managing my website and social media platforms, designing and writing patterns, writing for magazines, planning upcoming masterclasses and retreats and most importantly having fun doing what I love which is sewing!
B: How do you manage everything? (Family, owning a brick and mortar store and LMD, and everything else you have going on.)
K: I practice ‘mindfulness’ daily, this helps me with staying grounded and being the best I can be in my business life. My husband and family are extremely supportive of what I do and I think this is the key to balance.
B: From children’s clothes to hobby horses and now (mostly) bag patterns, what could be next for LMD? Do you see yourself expanding this business in a new direction?
K: There is always exciting things up my sleeve. I continue to teach masterclasses at Precious Time Fabric & Quilts in Toowoomba, I have just released my class schedule for 2018 which includes some old favs as well as unreleased designs!
The other exciting thing is my new collection of sewing pins which I released in my Etsy store. These are so much fun and have become collectible items for sewists.
B: What’s in your workbench at the moment?
K: Oooh I can’t tell you too much as it is a brand new clutch design being released in November, it is top secret at the moment but I can tell you it is for people who love cotton fabrics with beautiful leather features!
I am also working on Christmas gifts which includes a gorgeous Ziggy Bag for a friend, a Fold Over Party Clutch for my sister and a Carry All Organiser Caddy for my mum.
B: Do you get to do any fun sewing?
K: I love to make leather tassels in between sewing bags, they make great gifts and are perfect for hanging off my bags.
B: What kind of sewing machine(s)/overlockers etc do you have?
K: I have a few machines, one is a Brother NS 55 and I have an industrial vintage Singer. I also own an overlocker and embroidery machine for when I get time to play with things other than bags.
B: What’s on your Wishlist?
K: I can’t wait to see the new Bespoke Blazer by Sew to Grow when I get time.
B: Do you have a favourite sewing tool?
K: A chopstick! My favourite turning tool!
B: Can you share a tip or trick our readers might find useful?
K: Mistakes often can be disguised as “design features.”
On that note, I’m going to go and make some more design features!
– Beth W
Disclaimer – I am in no way associated with Little Moo Designs
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