Textile and Fashion Design

April 2017

Do I have any hobbies? How do I explain and justify my ongoing interest in colour, pattern, form, construction, materials and history….


Melbourne Ruff #2 April’17


Sister Corita (image detail)


Vintage @ Melbourne Grand Prix


July Diary

Brown Street Bespoke at the Vintage Roundup 14 April


Thank you Brown Street Bespoke friends, colleagues and supporters. It is school holidays and at last I have some time to sort out my studio- put away costumes, file paper work and hang up new vintage purchases. And then…….sewing, designing, bedazzling…

Relining Winter Coats

At last Brown Street Bespoke’s favourite winter coat has been relined. It was lined with a ghastly white polyester which I strongly suspect was not the original lining for a 1960’s coat. The lining always felt cold and marked easily. I have relined the the coat with a fine East African cotton print and the sleeves with silk from a kimono. It looks and feels so much better for the upcoming winter.

I think Brown Street Bespoke’s vintage Womble print cotton would make an ideal quirky lining or shell. Email me if you would like a coat/ jacket to have a Womble make over!

Coat Lining

Shakespeare Costumes- Done!

Instructions and notes from daughter, a little more research, and a visit to ‘Op’ shops for fabric. Add some Brown Street Bespoke draping and tailoring skills and that equals costumes finished and ready for tomorrow.

Shakespeare costumes

Vintage Fabric At Home

Brown Street Bespoke has had this lovely long length of Bark Cloth for some time. In the past I have half heartedly offered it for sale, as can be seen in previous market photos. The fabric is now a confirmed ‘keeper’ as I have finally found a use for the fabric that has required minimal cutting, zero waste and importantly it will be enjoyed on a daily basis for a long time- A bed cover!

Vintage Bedcover

Vintage Vogue + Vintage Fabric = Brown Street Bomber

Brown Street Bespoke has spent many happy hours admiring the beauty and history of 15 newly collected vintage dress patterns. Mix that with a palette of fabrics and a passion for pattern cutting and you get new work.

Vintage Bomber


2015- Collecting and Tailoring


Brown Street has a bit of a weakness for jumpsuit patterns. Oh dear.. there are many more in my collection. However, they are perfect for my favourite vintage fabrics.

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A beautiful tweed coat transformed into a tailored jacket and a vest. Sometimes a thread traces a more accurate line than chalk. Interfacing stabilises the hem line.