Rock garden day dress

Trish Murphy learned to sew at primary school, taught by a group of women who would come to the village school to instruct during sewing afternoons. Trish made this green floral dress with pocket detailing because she "had 
to" sew something for these classes.
 While Trish’s mother sewed as did both her grandmothers, one of them as a professional dressmaker, it was at school that she gained her sewing skills. She continues her love of fashion and has taken great care and pride in her clothes, ensuring that many have survived. Her creative talents have been passed on to her own daughters, one of whom, Rebecca, won the Benson & Hedges Young Designer Award in 1994 and works freelance in the fashion industry in Australia. Read more about the history of home sewing in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Home Sewn.


Credit: courtesy of Trish Murphy, Matata
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Maker: Trish Murphy
Garment type: Day dress
Material: Photoprint polyester, polyester crepe
Features: Sleeves have a gathered head and ruching detail
Colour: Green, pinks, oranges, greys
Date: 1967