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Wildflowers – Handmade Girl’s Dresses by Bitty Bambu

Bitty Bambu Girls Dress Made in Hawaii

Bitty Bambu, Maui’s whimsical children’s clothing line, unveiled the new ‘Wildlflowers’ collection this past week.  The handmade dresses, which feature rich, jewel-toned fabrics, were inspired by a quote from Tom Petty’s Wildflowers song:

“You belong among the wildflowers/ you belong on a boat out at sea/ sail away, kill off the hours/ you belong somewhere you feel free”

Wildflowers Dresses Custom Order Girls Designer

For Taryn, the line’s designer and seamstress, creating children’s clothing is all about “capturing the spirit of the freedom and joy of childhood, so the lyrics from that song became the theme of the new collection.”

‘Wildflowers’ is also the fall collection for Bitty Bambu, which according to Taryn is a bit tricky, being based in Hawaii.  “The line is featured in many Hawaii boutiques, but I have many customers from the mainland and internationally with Etsy, so I’ve created a balance with some long-sleeve dresses and many layer-able designs. Throw a long-sleeve shirt underneath, with some tights and boots and your daughter is set for fall into winter.”

The Bitty Bambu line is known for its use of designer and imported fabrics, with modern patterns and quality assembly.  Many of the items are made to order, and typically available in sizes 6 months to 6 years.  Bitty Bambu welcomes custom orders, and turn around can be up to two weeks, depending on fabric availability.  Wholesale orders are also welcomed.

(Side Note: Love the pictures?  Photographs courtesy of Kristy Copperfield Photography, who just opened a new portrait studio in Upcountry Maui…)

View the rest of the Wildflowers collection, plus other skirts, shirts and shorts for boys and girls, burp clothes and more on Etsy.

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Bitty Bambu can also be found in these boutiques;

Girls Sleeveless purple teal dress

Purple and Teal Sleeveless Dress with Dandelion Pocket and adjustable ties

maui

Designing Wahine – Makawao

Hale Zen – Lahaina

Nuage Bleu – Paia

big island, hawaii

Pueo Boutique

girls dress purple butterflies

Purple and White Bodice with Butterfly Floral Skirt and Adjustable Ties

oahu

Aloha Aina – Waikiki

The Growing Keiki – Haleiwa

Maya Bella – Kailua

kauai 

Hawaiian Salt Clothing- Koloa

california

Bella Vita – Oakland

washington

Spunky Kidz Boutique

new york

Kailani – Montauk

australia

Finnley and Me

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Judi Riley – Children’s Author and Clothing Designer

happy honu maui labels

If you have young kids, you may recognize the name Judi Riley.  Her children’s books, ‘When I am Quiet on Maui’ and ‘When I am Quiet on Oahu’ have lulled children on the islands, and around the world, to sleep for years.  But you may not know that Judi is also the creative force behind Happy Honu Maui, a line of colorful, island-inspired children’s clothing and blankets.  (Honu is Hawaiian for sea turtle)

Judi designs and sews blankets, girls dresses and skirts, and doll clothes on her current home island of Lanai, and the line also includes silkscreened shirts and onesies, all hand-screened on Maui by A Make Believe Company.

According to Judi, Happy Honu Maui started twenty years ago – “the day I learned to sew while making a shirt with a friend for John Travolta in the Haiku Jungle.”

Each of Judi’s hand-sewn items are boutique quality, with professionally serged seams, and made from 100% cotton designer prints.

Judi offers a variety of girls’ dresses and skirts, blankets ranging from 13” x 13” jet set travel silky to the king kamehameha duvet cover, silkscreened shirts, dresses and onesies, plus some other fun items, all in her signature tropical style.

Happy Honu designs can be found on Maui at Nuage Bleu in Paia, Designing Wahine in Makawao, Travaasa Hana, Hale Zen in Lahaina, and Proteas of Hawaii in Kula. On Oahu, they can be found at Aloha Aina Boutique and Boutiki, and on Lanai at the  Island Gentry.  She also has an online store set up on her website and an Etsy shop.

Judi’s books, which she wrote and illustrated, can be found at Target, Barnes and Noble, ABC stores, all the island book stores and Amazon.com, in addition to all the state’s public libraries.

“When I am Quiet on Maui” was featured in the 2006 and 2007 celebrity gift basket for the Maui Film Festival. It also found its way into the Maui County Time capsule — which will be opened in 100 years!  “When I am Quiet on Oahu” was nominated for the prestigious 2006 Ka Palapala Po’okela Readers’ Choice Award, and on January 20, 2009, the O‘ahu book was featured in the Inaugural Ball Gift Basket for the Hawaii State Society in DC.

Judi has also has a bunch of other fun goodies available on her website, like party penants, coffee cup sleeves (all created with her fun, tropical fabrics) and she’s also created these really cute postcards and posters!

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