My Story

Clothes to Make Kids Happy

Ruth Maddock Makes

I'm so glad you found your way to my website where you can buy my range of unique sewing patterns for childrens clothes.

Hello, my name is Ruth Maddock and I design knitting and sewing patterns for childrens clothes.

I grew up in South London (UK) where we lived in the flat above my father’s shop.

My mother was always making things: cakes of course, and also curtains and clothes. Mum had studied pattern cutting and was a very good dressmaker. I used to wonder why she pinned paper onto the fabric and why the clothes didn’t rustle because of it.  When she taught me to sew I realised of course that the ‘paper’ is removed –  it is just a pattern to cut around!

Those early experiences shaped me as I went on to study fashion at Art School. After completing my course, I worked as a hand knit designer creating knitting patterns for a number of women’s magazines of the time. Apart from a break when I had my children I have been designing knitwear since then. 

My back catalogue of knitting patterns is for sale in my Etsy Shop

I went Back to School…

I decided to go in a different direction by taking time out to complete an MA in Contemporary Crafts. For my Masters Project I returned to my love of clothing design and pattern cutting.

Clothes to Make Kids Happy

During this time I became  really excited about the possibility of ‘Designing for Happiness’.

“Happiness makes good things happen. It actually promotes positive outcomes. The benefits of happiness include higher income and superior work outcomes (for example, greater productivity, higher quality of work, greater occupational attainment), larger social rewards (such as more satisfying and longer marriages, more friends, stronger social support, and richer social interactions), more activity, energy, and flow, and better physical health (for example, a bolstered immune system, lowered stress levels, and less pain), and even longer life…

Robert Emmons: - https://www.njlifehacks.com/happiness-benefits/

Happiness is contagious;

I began to question whether it was possible for clothes to make a real difference to a persons quality of life.

This inspired me to create a range of sewing patterns for childrens clothes that are suitable for all children, including those with sensory challenges. (sensory processing disorder)

I have also created most of the fabrics and these can be bought in my store at Spoonflower.com

Sensory Processing Disorder

Children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) often find clothing a particular challenge.

These challenges can leave them in a state of anxiety and they may find it very difficult to learn or engage socially when they are wearing ‘clothes that hurt’.

For the families of children with this disorder, life is difficult. I hope that my kids sewing patterns may help in some way to provide a way forward for both parents and children.

Here is note from the mum of one of my models;

He couldn't wait to put them on. I showed him the "clothes designed and made especially for people who don't like edges or labels or scratchy bits like you, with special seams and the t-shirt that can be worn both ways so you don't have to worry about getting it wrong" he said that he'd rate them 100% amazing, and asked "Did he have to give them back?" He agreed to take them off only when I hinted that a larger size might be available and that if he was happy to model for you there might be the possibility of getting hold of some that he could keep. He said "Great clothes that don't hurt!"