Sunday, September 27, 2015

Markomiles - Babywearing jacket review and giveaway!

Markomiles is the passion of New Zealand mother and fashion designer Aleshia - and you should bookmark her website as the place to go for your bespoke custom jacket that will take you all the way through a pregnancy to baby wearing, toddler carrying and child  lugging - and right back to one body in your beautifully fitted jacket.  

Aleshia crafted me a gorgeous charcoal grey jacket in 100% wool, lined with cotton (body) and acetate (sleeves), and the option for wrapscrap-lined hoods (she makes both college and flat sleep hoods to fit your baby/child body panel. They even snap on at two different heights inside the panel to ensure a safe and tailored fit, regardless of your child's age and size. Clever toggles inside the coat (waist and hem) let you tailor for an exceptionally snug fit as your needs change. Are you ready for a crazy amount of photos?! 

Without any cinching :) Audrey is 15kgs/34lbs and nearly fills the wide extension panel.

Baby college hood attached.

You can see I have the hood snapped on on the highest/tallest setting. It can easily be clipped in a little lower to fit a shorter child. Panel is beautifully lined with wrap scrap collar to match hood. 

Chilly? Toggles set at two heights on the body panel allow you to customize the snuggest fit for your small person. 

My own hood zips in and is pretty sleek ;) 

So here you can see the pocket detail and note the waist toggle (you'll see e inside in the next photos) 

With jacket laid flat you can see the waist toggles inside and the back zip. Note that the back remains intact, with a solid shoulder. Really easy to get on when solo and simple to put back together. 
 Acetate-lined sleeves are SO good for allowing smooth ons and offs.

Hem toggles! 

The toggle across the body panel is brilliant. Stops draughts under baby's bottom and gets a great fit under smaller babies especially. 

Just because I appreciate detail... The lining and trim has been so impeccably done and really puts the finishing touch on a sleek design inside and out. 

See those little socks?! 

Audrey desperately wanted her arms out, but I wanted to try out the sleep hood. We compromised. Yes, the length of hood and corner loops to secure it are long enough that you can reach behind and up to secure it yourself! 

Coat in the wild. We zipped up, left our friend's house on foot, and five minutes later... Zzzzz

When we were fooling around making our little video ;) 

I can't recommend Markomiles highly enough. Material is top shelf and has a really... GENUINE feel - I am a fan of natural materials and to have a wool/cotton jacket that breathes well and transitions seamlessly between smart casual single-wearer and highly functional babywearing is fantastic. The fit is excellent and - as we all know ordering a custom/made to measure item can be a bit stressful - Alyshia's communication was absolutely faultless. She could not be any lovelier to work with. I'm delighted to recommend her brand and SO pleased I get to give one away! 


  1. Such an awesome idea, and so well made. Love the details.

  2. Hi. I'm curious how warm is the jacket? I'm in Adelaide and wondering if it will be enough to survive our winter. Oh and what would happen if you got caught out in a light shower?! Thanks