Warwick nurse launches stunning vintage fashion label
FROM suturing hospital patients to sewing her own frocks, a Warwick nurse has made a splash onto the fashion scene with a new creative venture.
Heather Smith has always been handy with a needle and thread, but it wasn't until her husband Ryan bought her a sewing machine for Christmas that she really got into making her own clothes.
At the outset, it was just about creating outfits that suited her body shape and made her feel comfortable in her skin.
"But after a while it got to the point where I could wear something I made out in public and would get spontaneous complements, which was what really gave me the boost to think this could be a thing," Mrs Smith said.
Having just launched her very own vintage-inspired fashion label, Hetti Smith, the young Warwick creative couldn't be more excited.
"I have always loved florals and fashion," Mrs Smith said.
"I see it as vintage but not fully-fledged vintage. I make a lot of 'fit and flare' sort of dresses."
The Hetti Smith range of dresses, skirts and crop tops are fully customisable, to the delight of Mrs Smith's first customers.
"I think it is a real blessing that I work at the hospital I am just surrounded by a lot of women who are very supportive," she said.
"There were quite a few orders at the launch party (last weekend) and people were able to tweak the design to suit their style because the clothes are all made to order."
For Mrs Smith, who cut her chops in home economic classes at Stanthorpe State High School, the business venture means a more relaxed pace of life and break from shift work as she transitions into part time work as a nurse.
"I wanted something I could do from home, that is a bit more sustainable for years to come while I have family," she said.
While selling clothes exclusively online, there's a strong local bent to the business.
Mrs Smith said she had partnered up with Shelly's Curtain and Craft in Warwick, where local customers could purchase their own fabric for dresses.
"This just expands the options for people, so they can chose a fabric and design that suits them," Mrs Smith said.
To see the full range of clothes visit hettismith.com.au or contact Heather Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org.