About

IODonna Magazine feature "Enough with the stereotypes!" 

Sewing Circus was founded in June 2013 by Francesca Cambridge Mallen with support and a £200 start-up grant from The Women's Organisation in Liverpool. Francesca started making clothes for her daughters out of pure frustration at the lack of stereotype free clothes available on the UK high street. A founding member of campaign group Let Clothes Be Clothes, allies of Let Toys Be Toys, Francesca has grown her unique unisex business to challenge stereotypes, support choice and advocate STEM subjects to all children.

The majority of our clothes are handmade to order, with a turnaround time of 5-15 working days. This means we can make our childrenswear to your custom measurements, longer lengths and with extra detail you won't find elsewhere. Simply drop us an email.

Need your order in a hurry? We offer a ready-made outlet through our 5-Star Etsy Shop!

All fabric off-cuts from our orders are donated to the Much Wenlock division of Project Linus UK, a voluntary organisation offering comfort and security to unwell children by providing beautiful handmade quilts.

Sewing Circus is also a supporter of the Dunkirk Refugee Children's Centre, which provides valuable play based learning for the families at the refugee camp in Dunkirk.

Love our Folklore Collection? Our new shop - Wildings Vintage - opened in March 2017, testimony to my love of old and unusual things from my time working in Museums! Dedicated to my Mum Teresa, the shop is stocked with the novelty, kitsch and fun finds that inspire my own creativity.

For further information on how we got started in Business, check out our interview in October 2013 with The Women's Organisation.