Pattern Potentials started in 1999 when my daughter was 6 months old. I had a past employer ring to ask when I was going to start work again; I did a few projects for him from a makeshift table in the garage when my daughter slept, and it just grew from there. Four years later I purchased my CAD system, and a year after that I took on my first employee.
I was lucky to start my Business Management position in the trade when the designer, pattern maker, cutter and sewers were all under one roof. I worked for some amazing companies holding positions such as Pattern Maker, Design Co-ordinator and Production Manager; the learning and comradery during this time was a fantastic part of my life.
Passion is what drives the daily commitment and enthusiasm in our work room today. For us its all about working as a team with good planning and communication so the process runs as smoothly as possible for all involved in the chain; right through to achieving a great garment as an end result and then seeing that garment in the latest fashion magazine,
in a shop window display or on someone walking down the street.
It’s such an easy vocation to continue in, every day and every season is different, exciting and consuming; I have the support of great staff and we have some fantastic customers to work with.
I look forward to continuing our trade support with talented New Zealand designers and manufacturers; the NZ Apparel Business is still very much alive and
we look forward to working towards keeping it that way.
Fashion is my passion. It is not what you wear;
it’s how you wear it!
I have been working in this industry that I love for over 17 years. I get great satisfaction in making people’s clothing designs a reality.
During my final year at school and whilst studying a Diploma at the Tauranga Polytechnic, I had the opportunity to do work experience in a large clothing manufacturing plant. I worked in many areas of the manufacturing process; I used a wide range of specialised machinery and I gained some invaluable skills and knowledge that I still use today.
Since leaving Tech, I have been working in the industry as a CAD operator. I have enjoyed every minute. I am blessed to be able to do what I love!
In my spare time I spend many hours dress making. I make numerous 1950’s rock n roll dresses; these are my favourite. I also do a wide range of other garments which include wedding dresses, ball dresses, full men’s suits etc. I love turning a vision into an outfit!
My journey into the fashion industry has been a winding road of discovery, adventure and chance.
Creating and creativity had always been my ‘thing,’ but did not initially seem to translate as a profession. Originally, I qualified as an Occupational Therapist, however soon realised it was not the right fit. It was while living in Scotland that I made friends with people working within the creative industries, and began to realise that ‘creativity’ and ‘career’ could be synonymous.
Upon my return to NZ I enrolled in a Fashion Design degree hoping to gain practical skills that would help me create and push me creatively. Throughout my studies I interned with local Fashion Designers as well as volunteered in the wardrobe department of a local theatre company.
Since graduation I have worked as a production assistant and marker maker at a CMT factory. Joining Pattern Potentials has been an exciting step in my professional development. Pattern making to me, is the true craft of the industry; the marriage between an idea and it’s realisation. If I can create and be creative through pattern making then I’ve found a sense of joy where work and play collide.