Local clothing companies cater to kids

Twin Cities parents: If you like to get creative when it comes to outfitting your kids, you’re living in the right city!

The Patchery — the brainchild of Amber Gunn Thomas of Plymouth, a marketing professional and mother of two — is inviting parents to become part of the clothing-design process.

Here’s how it works: Visit the thepatchery.com, pick an item to design and mix and match fabrics to create a unique piece of clothing (above).

With more than 400 million possible combinations to choose from, you’re bound to create a one-of-a-kind piece.

Minnesota teams will then cut, sew and inspect your items, which typically arrive three to four weeks later by mail.

Meanwhile in St. Paul, local crafty mama Nadine Ryther has launched a new clothing line that caters to girls. Audrey Grace & Co., named for her two daughters, Audrey Faith and Meredith Grace (below).

Ryther’s love for sewing and design started in high school, when she made mostly special-occasion garments for herself and friends.

She kept on sewing over the years. Then, after the birth of her daughter in 2006, Ryther found a new passion — making play clothes “as happy, fun and adventurous” as her daughters.

“I didn’t want them to look like mini-grownups,” Ryther said. “I like that they are girly, but still want to jump off the furniture.”

Look for Audrey Grace & Co. clothes, sizes newborn to 5T, at Teeny Bee Boutique in St. Paul. Learn more at facebook.com/audreygraceboutique.