Pattern Cutting this green jersey dress was the last piece I did for Marios Schwab.

It is a very wearable dress both for daytime and evening time. The beauty of this dress is that it looks simple and yet it was one of the most intricate patterns. The front is full of detail and the back view is kept simple and clean. The outer shell only consists of 3 pattern pieces -Back raglan sleeve bodice, Front raglan sleeve bodice including the skirt all the way to the back and the Panel that the Hooks are stitched on-. Sounds simple I know, but experience has shown that at times the most simple pieces are the most difficult or intricate. Although not seen there is a lot of constraction inside the dress including the hidden pockets within the draped part, boning, power mesh etc to help with the clean fitted looking bodice at the waist part. It took a couple of go’s to get it looking the way Marios wanted and it was worth all the work as I think it looks absolutely great.

At the end of the day this was a very successful dress as it was the second best seller of the season and it got publicity when Emma Watson wore it on “Live” TV to promote “Harry Potter” .

It retails at Browns for £1,485.00



I met Sarah when I went to work for Mario Schwab quite a few seasons ago. At that time she was an intern and it was obvious that she was going to be one to watch and one that would one day have her own label. Hard working, very creative and a lovely personality she had the drive for what this business demands.

This red dress was for Sarah’s final college collection. It was a complicated piece to make due to the required structure and the fact that it was consistent of 57 pattern pieces so each time Sarah wanted to move a line over by 0.3cms (that is 3mm) it took a while to do and always needed to make sure that the balance is kept and proportionally it looked correct. The clever thing about the dress is the flat rigid look with sections coming out that are flowing and soft and the playfulness of different fabrics cleverly put together.

Pattern cutting this dress was fun and interesting.

The idea of parts fitted with fabric coming out from under the fitted parts was a great concept. The pattern for the rouching was so big by the time I finished I thought it looked like a work of art. Parts were  rouched tightly and others more apart which gave great visual texture. Again as all of Marios’s outfits, there is a lot of infrastructure on the inside. It took two toiles to get it to what Marios wanted.

Success. This was the best selling dress of the season. Not surprised. It is a very elegant, feminine and sexy dress.

This was my least favourite dress I pattern cut for Marios Schwab and I nicknamed it the Fru Fru Dress.

The rodin satin and twill dress which Marios loved, to me is a statement dress. I think Net-a-Porter is right in describing it as a “traffic stopping style”. It is distinctive enough for the individualist but sophisticated enough to strike an elegant tone.

The actual pattern was not complicated, it was mainly getting the proportion of the gathers and the fullness right. I do like the idea of the fitted with fluid coming over it as it gives the dress a nice dimension.

Retailing at  £1,685, at Browns.

An interesting dress to pattern cut. A sexy elegant dress and one of my favourites.

Originally this was being done by someone else and then handed to me. I spend half of the Saturday afternoon and the Monday toiling and creating the pattern. Marios decided to toile in suede so he can see what it really looks like.

On the day we were fitting the toiles (it was a lond day and this was towards the end of a day filled with fitting garments), when Marios saw it on the model, his face said it all. He gave me a hug and a kiss and said he was very pleased with it. The long hours spend toiling and pattern cutting it were worth it, Just a tiny alteration on the CF seam on the skirt. This is the only dress I did for him in one toile that was almost perfect.

The dress was a great success as this was the best seller of the season and they also produced a jersey version of this dress.

Love this dress. Although it looks simple in the shape, it has a great detail on the left side.