My grandma was my biggest inspiration for my passion for dressmaking – every school holidays we would visit and every time I would see her creating beautiful quilts which she just made for fun; this sparked my interest in all things sewing. When she passed, I was given her sewing machine and overlocker. In Year 10 we made dressing gowns, which I made too fast, so the teacher gave me more challenging things to progress my passion. In Year 11, I was offered a VET Course in Fashion Design, and I won an award for the small VET programs in Western Melbourne.

After completing the Diploma in Fashion Design in 2003, I moved onto other work as being only 18 it was hard to know where to start. The passion for dressmaking came back after the birth of my first child – I dabbled in small alterations for a few years from home, then in 2015 I had the opportunity to open my own studio, of which was going very well until COVID hit. With the cessation of weddings, it made it hard to keep the studio open.

By the end of 2020, I had made the decision to start to work from home again, and I honestly have not looked back. I have been in the business for 9 years full-time and have altered a lot of wedding gowns and also created many custom designs.