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

Fairy wardrobe

Here’s the latest of an ongoing cheery side project of mine: making fairy dresses for my three-year old daughter.     Last month alone I made four, for her and for her friends. This month’s is a frothy rainbow concoction, that has been worn solidly day and night for three days.

Mend and make do

This week’s task was a little something for a local company I do a bit of work for, Earthly Goods. Earthly Goods creates bespoke quilts and homewares for customers, with a sustainable ethos, using recycled and vintage fabrics, hemp and organic cotton wadding. Many people may have a stash of special fabrics or embroidered linens, without …

Analogue piracy

This week I made a flag for painter Phil Williams. He’s designed a skull and crossbones out of a cassette tape. It will be on display in the window at his exhibition ‘For the hate of paint’, 13 June 2007 – 7 July 2007 at Peloton gallery, Chippendale.

Hoodies

I am fond of hoodies, whether hanging out the back of a jacket or slung low over the eyes for slinking down alleyways. So I have designed a go-anywhere jersey hoodie that doubles as a scarf. Being a thrifty soul, I’ve made the hoods from old tshirts and jersey remnants.

Eco-fashion collections

Last night I went to an exhibition ‘Stitch Made Hands’ in Surry Hills, of photography, fashion and illustration. Fellow ex-UTS-ite Rachael was showing her latest collection of couture garments, so I went along.     Rachael Cassar creates couture garments from luxury salvaged fabrics – leather, silk, lace… Her pieces are hand-embellished with thousands of …

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 …