White day dress with embroidered flowers

The simple design complements the exquisite and fashionably 1970s folk-themed hand embroidery. Growing up in Germany, Karla had an interest in what people were wearing from an early age and began to make her
 own clothes whilst still at school. A love of 'handarbeit' encompassed not just sewing but also knitting and embroidery, leading to training as a Home Sciences teacher. When the family moved to New Zealand, sewing again became a pleasure pursuit and provided inspiration for daughter, now fashion designer, Turet Knuefermann. Turet reflects, "My mother was constantly making exquisite pieces ... always unique & timelessly beautiful. She always looked immaculate every day, from morning till night, even if she was doing household chores ... everyone noticed, and all appreciated." Read more about the history of home sewing in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Home Sewn.


Credit: Karla Knuefermann, Hamilton and Turet Knuefermann, TK label, Auckland
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Maker: Karla Knuefermann
Garment type: Day dress
Material: Cotton/polyester, embroidery cotton
Colour: White
Date: Circa 1971