Design Proofs

Mimi and Will September 2013 T Shirt Design Proofs
Mimi and Will September 2013 T Shirt Design Proofs

Here’s the seven t-shirts in our launch collection. We have had a few enquiries from shops about stocking our t-shirts. If you’re a shop and are interested, please do get in touch!

At the Children’s Wood Bake Off

Yesterday, we were at the Children’s Wood Bake Off at North Kelvin Meadow. We had a great day. We were showing our sample shirts and explaining all about Mimi and Will and the designers we’re working with. The weather was gorgeous, if a bit windy (thanks to everyone who periodically helped us retrieve flying colouring-in sheets), we met some lovely people, got some good feedback on our shirts and had some cake.

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Because it was a bake-off, we brought along some cakes with t-shirt designs on them, and we had a little colouring in station for children to design their own shirts, or colour in our designs.

Read more about the Children’s Wood, or follow them on Facebook for more pictures from the Bake Off and details of future events.

Julia Smith


We were at the Children’s Wood today, and had a fantastic time (and the weather was amazing).

Anyone there would have had a sneak preview of the seventh shirt in our collection, by Julia Smith.

Puffer by Julia Smith

Julia’s a ceramicist based near Inverness. She produces ceramics in earthenware clay using traditional techniques and digital decals of her own illustrations. We’re really excited about adding Julia to our list of designers we’re collaborating with; one of our goals when we started Mimi and Will was to work with a range of designers across different disciplines. Julia’s puffer image appears on her ceramics, but we thought it was crying out to be on a t-shirt!

Julia Smith for Mimi and Will

Lucy Farfort at the Fab Little Shop

One of our collaborating designers, Lucy Farfort, has recently started selling through The Fab Little Shop. You can buy some of her prints and cards there, inlcuding this print, which I love,  Light the Way.

Light the Way by Lucy Farfort
Light the Way by Lucy Farfort

If you’ve not checked out The Fab Little Shop before, they’re an online store selling children’s products. They’ve got a nice selection of Halloween things in at the minute, check out these cosy looking pumpkin slippers by Winnibriggs House!

Emma Henderson

Emma Henderson is the designer- illustrator behind Showpony.  She produces screenprinted textiles and products ranging from printed chevron bags to her ‘hot dogs‘:  wheat warmers printed with images of dogs (and the occasional cat). Her work is stocked all over the world, in a number of small independent boutiques as well as larger stores like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Paperchase.

Emma also designs more complex, colourful patterns which are available through society6.

Emma’s designed ‘I Love Puddles’ for Mimi and Will.  It’s printed in shades of blue on grey marl.

I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson for Mimi and Will
I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson
Puddles T Shirt for Mimi and Will by Emma Henderson
Puddles by Emma Henderson

Sunday night school picks

Here are some products from independent maker/sellers guaranteed to send your little one off to school with a smile.


First up, here’s the lovely Circus Lion crayon roll.  Until 10pm tonight there’s an extra 20% off the entire range of crayon rolls over at Claire Payne Handmade, via Etsy.


These amazing bottles from Chilly’s keep your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks hot.  Perfect for keeping your water nice and cool for a full day of school.  That rhymes!  Chilly’s are fellow crowdfunders on IndieGoGo, you can help them reach their goal by buying a bottle here.

From Leeds, via Etsy, this notebook by Stephsayshello is useful for so much more than taking classroom notes.  But that would be a good place to start.


And if you’ve got a notebook, you need something to write in it with. What about these personalised colouring pencils, from Able Labels on Not on the High Street?

personalised pencils by Able Labels
What’s your schoolday must have?

Inside the virtual dressing up chest

My favourite kind of party is a fancy dress party, and my favourite tv show as a kid was Mr Ben.  So it’s no surprise that I’m super-envious of the costumes children nowadays get to wear on just about any occasion.

This dino hat, by Elf and Munchkin, would go brilliantly with our Supersaurus t-shirt.  It’s available in a range of sizes, and custom colourways are available on request.


If you want this next one, you have to be quick!  It’s reduced to clear at Lupin Handmade, via Etsy and there are only 2 left.  We have Lupin’s fox and panda masks and they’re a huge hit at dressing up time.


We find ourselves back at Supersaurus again – with this fantastic cape from I Wish I Was, perfect for little superheroes.


And these raccoon dungarees by WildThings are described for boys, but I know at least one toddler girl who would love a pair…  Our Treehouse t-shirt by Jolly and Hodie would look fantastic against the grey of the dungarees!


So that rounds up a selection of accessories and outfits for parties or for playing, all handmade in the UK by independent sellers.