Eco dyeing on the catwalk

 
I am thrilled to announce that the dress I eco dyed for Tasmanian Miss Universe Australia entrant Stephanie King, in collaboration with couturier Rudolf Ramseyer, is now on display in the window of my studio. There are 15 metres of silk in this, which was donated by Ruche Fabrics. A project that both challenged and excited me … Call in soon and see it for yourself! [Photography: Jarred Seng]

A serendipitous find!

 
My Blue Label range is now well underway! I launched my eco fashions (upcycled retro and vintage) in May 2015; they feature the labels shown at left. My new range (entirely made by me) features the blue labels shown at right. I used them during the 80’s and 90’s for my children’s range of denim clothing of the same name, and rediscovered the leftovers in my storeroom just recently.

I had been wondering what to call the new eco fashion range – now I know!

Lots of unpicking!

 
I’m rather glad this is done! I did nearly as much unpicking as I did sewing. Worth it in the end …

This is a metamorphic garment which can be worn either as a skirt or harem pants. Fabrics: eco dyed cotton; found wool and gaberdine remnants. Hand sewn hems and top stitching.

The series continues.

Couldn’t resist seeing how this cotton top looks on a mannequin! I love this combo with one of my eco dyed camis and a silk skirt, set off by a gorgeous necklace by Rosemary Harper.

Eco dyed cotton remnants; vintage pattern Style 4043.

Transformation

 
This upcycled pure silk top was pale pink originally; steamed for 2 hours after layering with red rhododendron flowers and red onion skins. The applique fabric was dyed in purple carrot water + alum, then layered with leaves and brown onion skins and steamed for 1.5 hours. Both were wrapped around a rusty trampoline spring.

Size – S