We recently had the pleasure of working with Monique Doust Designs, a textile graduate from RMIT who specializes in prints and swimwear.
Monique came to us with some fantasticly fun floral printed lycra, and some patterns she had drafted off existing garments. We cut & sewed her fabrics into a one piece, and two bikinis using industrial equipment including the overlocker and the twin needle cover stitch machine which is essential for completing stretch fabrics giving a professional look vs the home made look by incorrect finishes.
The inspiration behind her collection came from the bohemian and gypsy styles from Byron Bay brands and also the whole lifestyle of creativity, colour and adventure that this style suggests. I designed the busy floral patterns, featuring ethnic geometric border designs, in vibrant colours to create a playful and exciting collection for summer.
Monique's hopes for the future is to be working as a textile designer for a small Australian fashion or homewares brand next year, with the hope that soon I will start my own fashion and lifestyle brand.
You can follow Monique on instagram @monique_doust_designs
We wish her all the best with her textile career!