Thursday, August 19, 2010

Who is The Tailor's Apprentice?

Lorna McKenzie is a Blue Mountains home couturier (dress maker) who works one-on-one with you to make your dream gown, you make it as I teach you how.

I have been sewing for as long as I can remember; my mother, Edna, was a couturier in Sydney who made wedding gowns, bridesmaid frocks, ball gowns, debutant gowns, and wedding trousseau's in the most fashionable of styles between the 1930’s until the 1970’s.

I was her tailor's apprentice, she taught me how to make clothes that fitted well and were fashionable. She was adept at creating what her clients wanted and she trained me in these skills as well. 

Why I started The Tailor's Apprentice
For many years, I have worked with friends to create fabulous fantasy gowns, and as they worked with me, they learnt how to be a Tailor and went off to make their own.

I was constantly asked to run classes, so I gave in, and The Tailor's Apprentice was born. 

I want to share my experience and love of creating gowns with you.

Work with me to make your dream outfit, the gown you've always wanted but didn't think you could make. 

You can make a gown like the one on the left, my client had basic sewing skills and we created a Renaissance gown from the inside out, including the corset. We made this together. An original gown, one that no one else will ever have, one you made yourself that can become a family heirloom.

One-on-one or group sessions are available.

Classes are run throughout the year in my Blue Mountains studio or in your home.

Contact me at or 02 4701 9345 for bookings and enquiries.

My qualifications
I studied Textiles and Design for 6 years to matriculation level, including practical and theoretical study in costume creation, pattern making, history of costume, embroidery, history of textiles, historical design development, etc.

I studied Textile Design at East Sydney Technical College (now the National School of Arts).

I am a member of the Australian Costumers Guild.

I am a qualified teacher and adult educator and I bring those skills to my classes. I also bring my love of craft, passion and humour.

I have sewn for friends, family and myself for over 20 years. I have taught friends and family the skills of dress creation for as many years.

I keep my skills up-to-date by attending courses in all areas of fashion design and creation.


  1. I love the pic of your cartridge pleats!! Do you sell your designs?? Unfortunately being in Canada means that the Australian visit to sew is a bit of a challenge. :(

  2. Thanks Astrid, yes, I can do one off designs for individuals, however I am working on an online tutorial at the moment for people who can't make it to the studio. This might suit your purpose and there's always Skype :)


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