Fashion Design


Fashion Design

From styling stuffed birds with costume jewellery, to conjuring up a wedding dress for my childhood German Shepherd, fashion has always been in my life.

OK, so I got sidetracked there for a while as a consultant working mainly in government departments. But I have a goal to transfer into the fashion industry full time from 2020. Preferably in the design sphere, but I’m open to learning everything there is. Quality control, forecasting, journalism, packing boxes and ironing. Whatever. As long as I’m learning and loving it.

Future of me and fashion

I’m looking for opportunities to learn about:

  • Patternmaking
  • Fashion illustration (by hand or digital)
  • Trade drawing
  • Design process

My strengths in fashion

  • Creative concepts: ideas galore. Mostly whacky, some viable. But let’s not forget those t-shirt shirts from Balenciaga. Someone had to think of that.
  • Fashion journalism and copywriting. I can research, write and edit. Why not do that for something I love.
  • Process analysis and improvement: seeking better ways for doing anything. Not just whinging. Also, my frugal tendencies mean I look for ways to cut out waste: money, time, materials.

My weaknesses in fashion

  • Sewing accuracy and speed. I’m sure I‘d get better with more practice, but I know deep down I’m just not that into it. The multiple unpicking and jagged seams attest.
  • Hob-nobbing at parties every night. I’m a private person and genuine. I prefer to listen and learn from others.
  • Being stylish all the time. Despite owning an obscene amount of shoes, I wear only about 5 pairs. And one of them is a pair of tatty runners. And if my hair takes longer than 10 minutes to style then frankly my mind wanders to what I could be reading/listening to instead.

Fashion heroes

  • Raf Simons (at least when he was at Dior….Calvin Klein not so much) He came from industrial design too. And he’s got a cracker of a work ethic.
  • Carla Zampatti
  • Bianca Spender
  • Zac Posen

I can offer the fashion industry

  • Excellent work ethic. I am not a diva. I cooperate and seek to help others always.
  • Attention to detail—but with a dash of reality. Sure we’d love perfection. But if there’s a deadline, I have the common sense to know what is the priority.
  • Willingness to learn


I have a Bachelor of Industrial Design from University of Canberra. Yes, it is more to do with furniture and toasters, but the overall process is the same. That is, researching trends, following specifications, sketching concepts, making prototype(s), producing technical drawings, manufacturing.

I am studying at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) a Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology. Due to finish end of 2019.

These units are:

  • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • MSMWHS200 Work safely
  • MSS402051 Apply quality standards
  • MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry
  • BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour
  • MSTFD3004 Draw a trade drawing for fashion design
  • MSTGN2009 Operate computing technology in a TCF workplace
  • MSTCL2011 Draw and interpret a basic sketch
  • MSTCL3009 Develop patterns from a block using basic patternmaking principles
  • MSTFD4021 Drape fabrics to make patterns
  • MSTCL2007 Lay up, mark and cut uncomplicated fabrics and lays
  • MSTCL3013 Interpret patterns and apply pattern information
  • MSTFD2005 Identify design process for fashion designs
  • MSTFD2006 Use a sewing machine for fashion design
  • MSTCL3001 Identify fabric performance and handling requirements
  • MSTCL3002 Prepare and produce a complex whole garment from specifications
  • MSTCL3003 Perform garment repairs and alterations
  • MSTCL3010 Sew woven and stretch knit garments
  • MSTFD3003 Prepare design concept for a simple garment

Social Media

Instagram: see my attempts at sewing. And drawing. Feel free to give constructive advice. Eg WTF are you doing using corduroy to do a cowl neck?

Blog: musings on the fashion industry. I’ll try to be civil about things like transparent underwear.

Pinterest: I also have a stack of magazine clippings of from back when I was 10. Thank goodness the digital equivalent exists now or else my epitaph would be ’she died under a pile of Vogue’.

LinkedIn: I assure you my 13+ years in the ‘boring’ world are still applicable to the fashion industry. If anything it shows I can adapt and reskill wherever I go. Don’t believe me? Read my LinkedIn profile.