1)     Tell us a little bit about your label (art) and what you do?

Maple Rose Clothing is a “retro-inspired” clothing line that bases all designs off of original vintage patterns from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Because women’s bodies have naturally changed over time due to our diets, I take the original pattern and alter it to fit the “curvy” modern body. I strive to be able to fit big bums and small waists as there are quite a few of us out there who can’t find modern clothes that fit well. The clothes are designed to show off your curves and yet be completely covered.

All pieces are handmade by me in my studio in Chippendale. I choose adorable prints I’ve found all over the world that are cute and girly, but don’t scream rockabilly or pin-up. The fabrics are all 100% cotton (unless otherwise stated), and each garment is finished with vintage details like original vintage buttons or hand-dyed lace.



2)     What inspires your work?

I’ve always been into vintage clothing since I was a kid and I love to see how garments made 50-80 years ago are made and finished. With mass production taking over the fashion industry, hand made garments are very rare and I love the story they tell. Each garment will carry a piece of its past owners with it through time and I love the hints they show through mending and the finishing details.

I’m also a huge fan of Australian fauna. As a Canadian, I grew up knowing greenery for only half the year. Here in Australia, different botanicals pop up all year round and each season inspires me in a whole new way.


3)     What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I currently work as a stylist in a vintage boutique (Forever Vintage) and also perform as a burlesque performer on the Sydney fringe scene under the same name of Miss Maple Rose. Burlesque is my outlet to create my costume fantasies and it’s such an inspiring industry to be involved in.


4)     What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Most women who buy from me are ecstatic about the fit. I love to make women feel comfortable showing off their curves, and you can only feel comfortable if a garment fits and looks right.


5)     One thing you can’t live without?

My sewing machine. If I didn’t have that I’d be stuck hand finishing everything!


6)     What gets you up in the morning?

Knowing that I’m going to be making something beautiful today.


7)     How would your best friend describe you in 3 words?

My best friend is my boyfriend, who through thick and thin has stayed by my side for the last 2 years. He’s supportive, trustworthy and loving.


8)     What is the next skill you want to learn?

I’m currently relearning my skills in watercolouring as I’m designing my next range and want to dapple in creating my own fabric designs. Next skill will be leatherwork.



9)     What is your dream project?

My dream project is my next project. A complete haute couture line hand finished and completely designed from me. The fabric, the patterns, the finishing – I want total control.


10)  Favourite or most inspirational place in Sydney?

My suburban street in Lewisham. I love the collage of architectural history, the fauna, and the warmth it gives me.


11)  What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Measure twice, cut once.


12)  What advice would you give to new, aspiring Makers?

Always ask questions. Many designers and artists love being asked advice on how to do things, so don’t be shy. If you’re a new sewer and want some advice, please feel free to give me a buzz.

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13)  And most importantly, what would your ultimate karaoke song be?

Ooh…tough one. Probably “Bill Bailey Won’t You Please Come Home” sung by Ella Fitzgerald. I blast it out in the car and belt along to it, and my boyfriend absolutely hates it.