Visit to a working shirt factory

by CrimsonGardenia on November 29, 2012 · 5 comments

in Vintage Sewing

Hi We Sewists,
I was very lucky to be able to visit a still-working shirt factory in the middle of Melbourne city this week.
The fabric stashes! The building! The stock!

The everyday fabric cutter, weights and fabric on the cutting table

The everyday fabric cutter, weights and fabric on the cutting table

Established in the early 1950s, the business moved into its current premises in 1958… so as you can imagine, there is a lot of fabric…


Rolls upon rolls upon rolls of fabric

If you’d like to see more pictures, I’ve written up a post at my blog,  Crimson Gardenia.

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I love the period between 1930 to 1959 - music, architecture, dancing, cars and, of course, clothing! I don't get as much time as I'd like to sew anymore because I have just started up my own business (eek!) - Crimson Gardenia. So this is what happy/nervous/stressed/satisfied feels like! ;-)

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Dellis November 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

This was fascinating just had to click over to your site to see everything.
Thank you sooo much!
Vintage Liberty & so many other prints… bow ties… shirt sleeves & matching curtains… he-he!
Please do let us see what you purchase!


Jade November 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm

This is grand!!!! Thanks so much for sharing.


Erika November 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Very interesting! I dream of stumbling into one of these portals back in time!


Adele November 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Looks like a great tour! Have to put the Phillips shirt shop on my “to see” list when I get to visit Melbourne again one day. Last time, I had a little book called “Hidden Melbourne” which helped me find some interesting places.


Denise November 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm

It was pretty cool – I loved the fact that inspite of almost all of our manufacturing now disappearing overseas that these guys are still there, doing what they do.
I will definitely update with any purchases made… and I must admit, my favourite was the shirt with the sleeves that matched the curtains… and the girl in the store was wearing a dress made out of the same fabric. Too cute. :-)


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