Leigh & Michael Designs is a small business focused on designing and crafting hand-made childrenâs clothing and accessories. The company was established by a husband and wife team (Abigail Leigh and Christopher Michael) that have always had a creative spark and an entrepreneurial spirit. Abigailâs stitching prowess was cultivated years ago when her mom introduced her to the sewing machine. From a young age, Abigail has always made unique gifts for family and friendsâfrom homemade necklaces to hand-sewn clothing and accessories to framed original pieces of artâand with Christopherâs encouragement, assistance, and support, Abigail turned her hobby into a business. In addition to the main duo of Leigh & Michael Designs, Abigail and Christopher have a network of family and friends that help keep things going, including an executive/marketing writer, Shauna; a graphic designer, Paola; an inventory/business manager, Courtney; and a crocheting whiz, Grandma Arletta.
To create the one-of-a-kind merchandise offered by Leigh & Michael Designs, Abigail and Christopher use a variety of different materials, fabrics, and techniques, including high-quality 100% cotton jersey blanks, high-quality tulle, premium diapers, upcycled/repurposed/eco-friendly fabrics, non-toxic fabric paint, and appliques. The 100% cotton jersey blanks are used as a base for most clothing designs, including long- and short-sleeve t-shirts and onesies, bloomers, and dresses. Abigail and Christopherâs most common technique for adding designs and âflairâ to their clothing is using appliques, where hand-sketched ideas are made into stencils, transferred to fabric, sewn to the front and/or back of the cotton jersey, and finished using non-toxic fabric paint to accent fine details. Abigail and Christopher make multiples of some items, while others are individual/original pieces of art that are created on request.
Finding inspiration in everyday things, Abigail and Christopher sketch ideas/designs and draw inspiration from available fabrics and resources. They think of creative ways to incorporate holidays, seasons, events, and adult fashion into pieces that will look great on a baby or toddler. Abigail and Christopher have a son, and Courtney has a daughter nine days youngerâso, there is always an available model to test and show off new creative designs! Constantly looking for fabrics and materials that will be a great balance between cute and sophisticated, some of the items that Abigail and Christopher produce include adorable tutus for various occasions; holiday, seasonal, and traditional t-shirt and onesie designs; premium diaper cakes (made to look like gourmet wedding cakes) that are perfect gifts for showers or birthday parties; and other baby accessories including embellished burp cloths, sippy cups, pacifier clips, mitten clips, and crocheted hats. Additional items beings added to the product line often.