In 2006 I travelled to Bangladesh with my little daughter Isabelle to join my husband who was working in Dhaka. During the year that we spent in Dhaka I kept myself busy making clothes for Isabelle and her friends.

I have always struggled to find little girls’ clothes that I like; clothes which are simple in shape, free of cartoon characters, branding and NOT PINK! My solution was to borrow a sewing machine and start making the clothes I couldn’t buy. Each time we returned to England to visit family I stocked up on Liberty prints and in Dhaka I bought fine cotton voiles from the market.

In my pre-children life I graduated with a degree in fashion design and clothing technology and for many years I ran my own business designing and producing high-end couture bridal gowns and evening wear. To have a new venture to work on whilst at home with Isabelle was the perfect arrangement!

After returning to Britain the arrival of Isabelle’s brother and several house-moves brought progress with the children’s wear project to a stand-still. I couldn’t put the idea to rest and now, at long last, I am settled in Edinburgh’s New Town and have a small studio where I make classic clothes for babies and young children under my label ‘Tinker & Belle’.