A few years ago, I was lucky enough to bring together three of my great loves – history, sewing and country music – when I wrote my master’s dissertation about the fabulous rhinestone suits that country singers wear. I’m now researching the area further as a PhD student at University of Brighton, funded by AHRC through the ‘Design Star’ consortium.
Back in 2010, I decided I wanted to master some of the techniques of western wear that I was writing about, especially the curved, piped ‘smile’ pockets and fancy cuffs you find on western shirts, so I bought myself some vintage men’s shirt patterns that I could learn from. I used up some scraps of Liberty tana lawn to make the piping… and the first Dandy & Rose shirt was born!
Since then I’ve made unique shirts for lots of people and had the thrill of seeing some of them onstage. Follow my blog on this site as I’m inspired and commissioned to make more shirts – I’ll be talking sewing, western wear, country music and whatever else takes my fancy!To browse my etsy shop, click the button on the right, or for more information on how I work with customers, click the SHOP tab at the top of the page.