Recently our pattern maker Jewelz had a little time out to enjoy a well-deserved holiday. But before she left I took the opportunity to ask her a few questions for our clients and followers to get to know a little more about our team behind the scenes.
Jewelz has been in high demand over the last few months in the lead up to Chinese New Year, so I really appreciate the time she has taken to answer some questions.
1. Why do you love doing what you do?
I love fashion; it’s one of my favourite ways for personal expression & creativity. As a pattern maker I am always looking to create a perfect fit. Pattern making fulfils a personal need for a technical or mechanical perfection.
2. How long have you been in the fashion industry?
I have been in the fashion industry for around 12 years now.
[Katrina] Stop you’re making me feel old.
3. Have you always been a pattern maker?
My career started in London where I was a machinist working on uniforms for hotels, I then moved to the Netherlands where I had a position before I finally got my foot in the door as a pattern maker for a Dutch distributor company. I have been pattern making for the past 10 years, 8 of which have been here in Australia.
4. What are some of the labels/brands you have worked for/with?
The Australian Brands or labels I have worked with are Target, Jay Jays, Kmart, Anthea Crawford, Jacqui E, Sportsgirl, and Myer brands such as Hi There, Jayson Brunsdon, Trent Nathan, Piper & Tokito.
8. What would you like to see more of in the industry?
I would like to see more natural fibres and fabrics being used again, plus more support for our local industries such as wool. I think it’s time the fashion industry pushed forward with more ethical practices and environmental mindsets to not only start creating a superior product but a better future for the industry and Eco system.
[Katrina] You need to check out Styelle Bikinis and their range of bio-degradable swimwear. I think this is a really exciting time for the future of fashion.
Thank you so much for sharing your passion and a little insight to the person that you are Jewelz. It’s an honour to have you as a part of our team here at ‘A Fitting Connection’. Now let’s have a drink to the future of fashion and the independent businesses/brands that we love to support.
Katrina & Team x
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