Say Hello! Dot Dash

Say Hello! Dot Dash

I AM IN AWE OF THE MANY INCREDIBLE MUMS OUT THERE, DOING A FAB JOB OF RUNNING THEIR OWN SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES WHILST SIMULTANEOUSLY HOLDING DOWN THE FORT AT HOME. I’M FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE ‘MET’ MANY OF THESE LADIES ONLINE AND CAN’T WAIT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME NEW FACES AND THEIR AWESOME ENTREPRENEURIAL ENDEAVOURS.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED AND HAVE YOUR BUSINESS FEATURED, PLEASE SAY HELLO!  [email protected]


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Jess, owner and creator at Dot Dash and Mum extraordinaire, is someone I ‘met’ on Instagram.  I could totally wax on about how creative and perfect her handmade baby rompers are but that would be a bit redundant because they are so obviously amazing.  There are people that can simply sew and then there are those with an eye for fashion who can recreate classic styles, like a baby romper, and breathe new life into them with of-the-minute fabric choices and perfect styling.  Jess (and Dot Dash) sit firmly in the latter category.

In addition to the time Jess spends pumping the pedal at her sewing table, the Dot Dash collection also comprises a stunning offering of curated delivery bags – “a pre-packed bag filled with essential items to help Mums (and Dads!) through labour, delivery and those first special days with their new bundles of joy.” Aw!  Sign me up!  No, wait……….. {{{{{baby}}}}}. Yeah nah.

When she’s not swanning around being creative and brimming with entrepreneurial vim, Jess is Mum to 3 kids; Jake (10), Archie (2) and Theodora (7 months) affectionately know as Teddie.    She works part-time as a theatre nurse and I guess she just waves at her husband Luke when they bump into each other in the kitchen occasionally.  

I can’t wait to meet Jess in the flesh, but let’s meet her in her own words, r i g h t  n o w!

1.  Which came first, the bebês or the business?

Babies definitely came first.

Having Jake at 18 was probably the making of me. But I was never going to let the label of “young, single mother” define who or what I was. 

8 years and a wedding later Archie arrived and then Miss Teddie. 

Dot Dash came to fruition while 7 months pregnant with Teddie.  I like to pack a lot into a short space of time!  

2.  Three kids and jobs+business?  Have you written the book on Time Management yet?  Please (please?) share how you are making this miracle happen?Mummy Auckland Blogger New Zealand

When I find out the secret I will let you know!  

But I think we make it work with late nights, a nespresso machine, Netflix and a lovely husband who does the washing and the rubbish!

3.  You’ve obviously got some mad skills with the sewing machine, was it Home Ec?  Did you get it from your Mama?  Practice makes perfect?  How did these beautiful rompers come into existence?

I failed school certificate sewing. I think I spent the whole time being “creative” but never actually doing anything which didn’t help. 

My Grandma and her sister have always been amazing on the sewing machine.  Many a family wedding dress, ball dress and school costume have been whipped up by those two. So I guess it is in the genes …. somewhere!  

4.  Tell us about the inspiration for your Curated Delivery Bags?

Packing my hospital bag for the 3rd time and completely forgetting what was actually needed, it dawned on me how easy it would be to have it all done for you. BOOM. Dot Dash Delivery Bags was born.

5.  What’s ahead for Dot Dash?  You’ve got a big date coming up right?

Dot Dash will have a “Romper Shop Pop Up Shop” at the General Collective Market in Ellerslie on August 1st.

We will continue to hustle and bring Dot Dash to the masses amidst the hum and madness of family life!

These rompers are just too cute not to share and Jess has generously offered one to giveaway to a reader of The Best Nest!  To be in to win your choice of Dot Dash romper, head over to The Best Nest on Facebook and enter via the competition image.  Comp closes Sunday 26th July at 10pm.

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