Hello friends + fellow makers. 👋🏽
Trin here, short for Katrina.
I am a keen sewist, Mother of two, constant list writer, sometimes baker, occasion knitter and terrible housekeeper...
My sewing journey started like so many of you, watching my Mum carefully pin, stitch, hand embroider, quilt and knit from a young age. There was always a basket brimming with projects next to her chair in the lounge room.
She gave me a vintage Singer sewing machine for my 19th birthday (almost 20 years ago!) and the rest is pretty much history. That little green gem and I shared many ill fitting garments, broken needles and sweary moments. But nothing we ruined together could dampen my making spirit. I've since learnt the value of changing my machine needles and oiling her regularly, but most importantly, the value in slowing down.
Changing my practice so I'm not rushing through projects just to finish them and make 'more' - but learning to make 'better'. Better decisions with the fabrics and the patterns I select. Making sure that all elements of the garments I choose to sew will suit my body, aesthetic and lifestyle.
I am enjoying slowing down, taking the time to plan and curate a collection of pieces that I love. I'm slowly working towards building a small and thoughtful wardrobe of pieces I know I'll enjoy wearing now and into the future.
There is something incredibly special about the process of moving through concept design to completion, ending with a finished piece of clothing. Having the ability to make a garment that fits your body well and also makes you feel good when worn should not be underestimated - It's a freakin' super power!
A+R is a constant work in progress. We are working towards growing our range exclusive offerings with a strong focus on natural fibres.