Sue developed a passion for fabrics and sewing from a young age. As she was growing up, she had inspiration from her mother who made pretty dresses for her and her two sisters. Her Grandmother told stories of when she was a young girl, she would have exciting trips to the city with her mother, to look at all the fashion in the shop windows. They would decide what was liked and her mother who sewed, would go home and make what they had seen.
Sue’s creativity was firstly about making dolls clothes and a patchwork blanket for her dog, things for the dress up box, presents and during high school created a small business of making mouse pin cushions, which her Mother helped her sell. Once she learnt how to sew at school, it was all about making clothes for herself.
Although sewing was her passion, when she left school she worked at Bank and spent many years in the finance world before she married and started her family. A move to Melbourne for her husband’s work in the late 90’s landed her in a very fashion orientated & creative city. There were many Mother’s Days spent with the family at the Museum, to see the Top Arts Exhibition. Her 3 daughters have helped continue her passion and love of sewing through many school productions, fancy dress parties and special occasions. It was when her eldest daughter was graduating from primary school and needed a special occasion dress, it became very clear that there wasn’t much around for this age group and so began Sue’s journey to create her own label.
Three years of fashion design studies, pattern making and construction then led to the design process. She sourced many fabrics for several years while on family holidays. It was Sue’s desire to individually design every dress so girls would be confident that no one else would have the same. To allow that to happen, that has meant many fabric shopping trips locally and overseas.
To begin with, the business was all about the dresses and was known as Best Dress Designs.
Sue realised that dressing young teens was also about educating them, giving them life skills, improving their knowledge and giving them confidence, with a clear message about finding what makes them comfortable. In recent years, Sue completed many Fashion and Personal Styling Courses, which has helped her to develop fun interactive workshops, offers styling advice and colour consultations. Working with all these services, the business is now known as Between for Girls.
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