Leah Bodie

Wild Child Sewing came about from a personal need for clothing for my daughter that was unique, of great quality, and a reflection of our lifestyle here in Fernie. I wanted clothing that was going to fit her and last her longer than the clothing I was finding in department stores or online. My mom taught me how to sew when I was young and ever since I have been modifying my own clothes to get a better fit.

After I started making clothing for my own daughter, people started to notice and compliment her outfits. They would ask if I could make some for them. Lots of family and friends suggested that I start selling my creations. I decided to give it a shot. So I came up with a name that I felt best reflects the adventurous spirit of the children in our community. Then I signed up for my first Craft Fair and it was a great success.

I started to recognize the great joy I felt when I was choosing fabrics and modifying patterns to achieve a final creation that someone can wear and use.

When I started Wild Child Sewing I was only making Grow With Me pants (a unique style that has an extendable waistband and cuffs that fold up and down to allow the pants to grow with the child). I then started to experiment with different sewing patterns and knit fabrics. I started making sweaters, dresses, summer rompers, jumpers, and hoodies. Hoodies have quickly become my most popular and requested item. Especially in the Elk Valley because people want to invest in a great quality hoodie that their child will not outgrow too quickly and will also keep their child warm all year long.

After many requests, I started to sell adult clothing. I offer women’s hoodies, sweaters and cardigans. I also offer a modified nursing friendly option in the hoodies and sweaters that have built-in zippers to allow for easy access to breastfeed.

I was recently chosen by Harrow Lane Textile Company (a fabric company located in Nova Scotia) to showcase their fabrics before they are available to purchase. This opportunity has allowed me to grow artistically and collaborate with other artists like myself. I also love that I can support other artists as they use original hand-painted artwork for the designs on their fabric.

Creating in the community of Fernie has been incredibly rewarding. Especially when I am out and about and see a child wearing one of my creations. It always puts a big smile on my face and motivates me to continue sharing my passion. The support I have received from both the locals and fellow artisans has been amazing. I love being able to provide this service and share my talents with my community.

In the future, I want to keep sharing my creations with people while developing my sewing skills to add more clothing options to my website. I want to continue to bring satisfaction to parents knowing that they have invested in a high quality and practical piece of clothing that will allow their child to grow and explore in comfort.

For more on Leah and Wild Child Sewing, visit wildchildsewing.com. Also make sure to attend the Fernie Craft Fair this December 21 from 10am to 3pm at the Fernie Community Centre.