Yellow minidress with gold trim

At the age of eight, Judy Sherriff started her sewing, as many do, by making doll clothes. She soon had a small cottage industry selling Barbie doll clothes and bassinet covers through her parent’s toyshop the King’s Pramhouse in Rotorua. She made her first dress for herself at the age of ten, using fabric off-cuts that she got from her father’s Wellington based shoe and fabric importing business. This little yellow dress, made in 1966 when Judy was just 15, survived wardrobe cleanouts in the hope that it would one day be remade into an outfit for her daughter. Instead, it has been well worn, from the dress up box to costume parties. Read more about the history of home sewing in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Home Sewn.


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Judy Sherriff
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Maker: Judy Sherriff
Garment type: Mini dress
Material: Polyester crepe, taffeta lining, braid and bead trim
Colour: Yellow
Exhibition: Home Sewn: Original New Zealand Fashion (Auckland 2012)
Label: Unlabelled
Date: 1966