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Queensland Youth Orchestra Uniforms

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Queensland Youth Orchestra Uniforms

Lately I have been working on some new designs for the Queensland Youth Orchestra. #queenslandyouthorchestra This is the first time I am working with young musicians. I myself have young teens so I am so excited to come up with something unique and comfortable for them to perform in as a team. It's a little challenging for one design to fit all, both males and females in different sizes.  It has to be elegant and also a little funky I would think. What kind of elements can you think of for those young people to wear on stage? What are the elements you think we...

Priscilla's Wedding Dress

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Priscilla's Wedding Dress
Do you remember Priscilla from 10 years ago?
Priscilla and I reconnected recently and I met her partner Lucy at Tennyson this time. When I saw Priscilla after 10 years all my emotions came out.

DOGSTAR IN PINK

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DOGSTAR IN PINK

Over the last 20 years I have met many beautiful women who have fought with cancer and other illnesses. We often meet customers who are going through illness and often listen to their stories and help to style them together As we age, we all go through some kind of physical challenges and become more aware of the importance of our health. But also realise that we are not defined by our diagnosis.   Dogstar family in Pink Eclose Apron As always, I want to continue to support and be there for those facing hardships in the dogstar community. I...

ONE SHIRTS FOR LIFE

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ONE SHIRTS FOR LIFE
This is my small team at my Tennyson studio in Brisbane. In order to make this one shirt last for a lifetime, we select the highest grade quality cotton fabric, we rigorously test the fabric and make the perfect pattern that makes this shirt so comfortable yet durable.

Re-purposed Wedding Dress

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Re-purposed Wedding Dress
I was asked to make a wedding dress for my customer a few months ago.
The main request from my customer was a wedding dress that is understated yet elegant.

BORO STITCH HAT

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BORO STITCH HAT

I met Jeniffer from @byquilly through Instagram quite a while ago.  We had many things in common and started to talk about our creations and old materials.  Recently I purchased a hat from Jennifer and started to play with it.  My BORO stitch cloth worked beautifully with this hat.    I started to design my Autumn/Winter collection based on this hat. It has a Japanese feel to it. I have been working on this BORO stitch for nearly 2 years now.  Memory of my grandma.  BORO indicates "POOR" in Japan. Old damaged clothes are patched and stitched back together.  I...

A collaboration between my customers and I.

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A collaboration between my customers and I.

I love it when my customers show me how they wear and style dogstar pieces for themselves.  They sometimes wear upside down, back to front, they pin the hems or tuck the volume of the skirt to mold and create the shapes to suit their body type and their personality.  It's just like shaping pottery, or layering paint on a canvas.  The textures and colours of the clothes mix with their body shapes and my customers just love to finish the final look.  Sometimes it's so unique I can't recognise that they are dogstar pieces.  One day I was waiting for a pedestrian at...

Mr Tuan and Trung

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Mr Tuan and Trung

I have known Mr Tuan and Trung for a long time before I started dogstar 20 years ago. They have been dogstar clothing since the beginning. dogstar garments are not easy to make. It often takes time for them to understand how to construct the pieces. Over the last 20 years that we have been working together, they became like my family. Their children have grown up over time. To me it is their hands that created and supported dogstar. Each garment has been carefully made by them and finished beautifully, their thoughts were sewn with each stitch. I just...

Beautiful old sewing machine

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Beautiful old sewing machine

This weekend I picked up this beautiful old sewing machine from Brenda, @Thehouseofwindsor. She makes beautiful hats.I had been looking for weeks on ebay, gumtree and other online marketplaces.It was such a coincidence that the sewing machine that I have been looking for was from my friend Brenda. Or was it meant to be? My grandma used to have one of these SINGER foot operated sewing machines ages ago. I remember the sound of the foot going up and down rhythmically when I was a child. My grandma's machine is not as fancy as this one but I remember the...

My Young Team Members!

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My Young Team Members!

My Young Team Members! Recently we have invited some young team members into the dogstar fold! As much as I love my current experienced team members I love these young ones too. We made aprons, from Japanese vintage fabric, I have kept these fabrics for more than 10 years!!Don't they look great on it? These aprons are protecting their clothes from our cutting table. They have so much passion and energy!Some of their ideas may seem crazy but that makes dogstar exciting. I love working with them and creating something new. I think you will notice changes in our creations...

My Muses

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My Muses

My Muses How cool do they look?! Here my beautiful team members Alice and Tamara. Alice has been working with us for a quite long time... Many of you have met Alice in our stores. She is not only beautiful and elegant but also has many creative ideas and styles. Especially when it comes to colour she is amazing!  Tamara is quite new to us. Although she is already fitting into our look so well, don’t you think? This is the way they style themselves in our Karu Dress and Karu Pants! All dogstar designs are not created by only...

Things Handmade

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Things Handmade
This is a little sweet moment in the day of Paola Milani, one of my old friends and a beautiful artist based in Queensland.