I’ve always sewn, a skill I learned in high school, but I was already pestering my mum about it before then, when she would sit down to sew at her rock solid metal Pfaff machine. I would randomly sew clothes when the mood took me over the years, but it really wasn’t until I studied Design at College that I became focused on creating my own bags and purses.

I used to do a lot more fabric manipulation with various techniques such as bleaching, weaving, tying and crazy stitching. Those were fun years. But now I mostly keep it simple. I hope you enjoy using your bag or purse as much as I enjoyed making it.

Amanda.

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All my bags and purses are reinforced with different types of facings to give them a solid structure. I'm really not a fan of floppy bags.

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My beautiful mum and my lovely nana.

They both got me into sewing and I would watch them bent over the sewing machine, the fabric zooming through with it’s chug chug hum.  My mum always threatened me with all things unholy if I ever touched her sewing scissors! A tradition, I proudly carry on with my boys.

My nana was a seamstress in Hungary and used to do embroidery on the priests vestements. Then after fleeing Hungary during the second world war, via a refugee camp in Italy, she made it to Australia and would make all the clothes for the family.

That scratched up old tin, old zips and sewing patterns you can see on this page, all belonged to my nana.

My mum has always been a creative and resourceful soul and used to make all our clothes when we were little, even our doona covers and cushions. She made my pink dress when I was flower girl with my cousin at my auntie’s wedding. I was SO proud.

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