Brown Street Bespoke

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

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.

The Vintage Roundup- 1 November

Brown Street Bespoke Vintage has been thinking ahead to Christmas- a fabulous green smock and pinny for preparing the turkey and ‘Lady Lichfield’ and ‘Moods of Europe’ for those special party dresses. See you at the Burns Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin this Saturday 11am to 3pm. It will be a fabulous opportunity to see and purchase vintage garments from your favorite decades.



Wizard of Oz Costume Design

For the past 10 weeks I have been working on the costume design for Columba College’s production of the Wizard of Oz. It has been a wonderful experience to have been working with Directing ‘legend’ Gladys Hope, choreographer Anna Nees and to have Teresa Andrew as my amazing mentor. The cast were outstanding young people who were great to work with. All in all it has been a very intense and rewarding experience which I would do again!

Below are some photos generously shared by Kelk Photography.

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