Fashion, design & sustainability // teacher / researcher / designer

Sun hats in winter

This week was more birthdays, and so I made a couple of sunhats for kids as gifts. They are reversible, plain one side, printed the other. The two prints I sourced online were very sweet, a snakes and ladders design with dogs and monkeys performing tricks, and a little Holly Hobby design.

Reckless with jersey

This week I turned to old jersey for my experimenting. I tried pairing viscose with cotton for a draping cowl-like neckline. I also tried remaking an existing pattern in a cotton jersey. The original pattern was developed for a vest in a silk suiting…now its a bit sportier! If I can perfect my shapes and …

Toiling away

I have been working on the patterns and toile for a quilted vest and hood, with mixed results… It all looked so good in my head, yet the toiles still need a lot of work. The vest sits funny, needs to be longer and the finishing idea on the hood looks dodgy! Although a simple …

Shirring for sailing

Here is a trio of shirred dresses whipped up this week. Kate, a photographer living on the Sunshine Coast, requested three light skirt/dresses in her choice of fabrics. She works as a photographer on cruise ships, and needs a wardrobe that is light to pack and suitable for sunny climes. She posted me the fabric, …

Frock for a finalist

A good friend Leanne is a finalist in the Design Institute’s GOTYA awards for textiles, and needed something special to wear. She picked out two gorgeous fabrics from Tessuti – a burnt orange silk satin and a steel grey silk double georgette. The design is simple, slightly gathered at the waist, with the sleeves turning up to …