Jane Pike opens the closet doors of
fashionable locals in search of their five favourite
Jane Avery is an independent television producer and
She lives in St Kilda with her husband, Jeff, and their
12-year-old son, Angus.
A confirmed fabric-oholic, Jane is also a talented seamstress
and designer, making many of the beautiful creations in her
I was fortunate enough to be let loose inside of Jane's
wardrobe to capture her five favourite things.
And just in case you were wondering, she made all of these
I know, don't worry. I was jealous too.
Favourite Item # 1- The vintage ribbon bomber
is my latest creation - a bomber jacket with beige velvet and
black satin ribbon which I sewed together to make the stripes
at the front. It is still a work in progress- it still needs
the lining and so forth- but I am really enjoying making it!
It all started when I found a reel of vintage velvet at a
brocante market in France, near Villeneuve D'Avignon, it was
absolutely wonderful. I was filming there with Peta Mathias,
who is my business partner- we could have spent a lot of time
there looking and buying and going crazy!
I snatched up little pieces of whatever I could. I think if
you see something that you really like and you have a
visceral connection to, you just have to buy it.
I knew I was not going to go back there or pass through
again, so it was like, right, you're coming with me!
I have had this velvet since 2010 and I have had a few
imaginings about what it should become and here it is. I am
really excited about it.
It has a cotton layer on
the other side and I am going to line it with a beautiful
soft satin. It's going to be like a nice, warm shell as well
as a bit of a fashion statement. Pair of skinny pants, some
high-heeled boots and you're away!
Favourite Item # 2 - The sensational pink show stopper
I just love the colour of this jacket, it is such a
showstopper. I mean, you walk in the room and you are going
to get noticed in that! I couldn't resist the material when I
Modern Miss Vintage in Moray Place was having a sale. There
was a whole box full of fabric and this popped out- it was
$20! I just loved the feel of it, it's like a heavy satin.
It's probably not a natural fibre- I think it's probably from
the 60's- but I don't feel bad about synthetic fabrics if
they are vintage. They are already in the world so you might
as well use them!
I have only worn it once so far,
but I have plans to wear it again at an event next week. It's
Favourite Item # 3 - The Iris Apfel Special
This jacket was inspired by something I saw in a book by Iris
Apfel, a New York socialite who spent her younger days
travelling the world and collecting amazing things.
She is well into her 80's now and always wore these great big
black-rimmed glasses- there's a fabulous book about her and
her collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
also did an exhibition with her clothes.
Anyway, there was a wonderful coat like this, and I had this
huge piece of material, which I guess was a Victorian table
covering or shawl for a crinoline or something. I actually
took it into a shop to try and find a lining for it and the
lady told me not to cut it up but to have it valued instead!
I told her that there was no way this was going on my table,
I'm turning it into a coat!
So now it is a coat, and it's
really fun to wear. I actually wore this to the Steampunk
Weekend in Oamaru, I was like a Russian Princess. I love this
Favourite Item # 4 - The 1950s vest top and puff skirt
This top was styled on a 1950's pattern. It was originally a
cream piece of watered silk but I dyed it green- it's the
sort of fabric that marks really easily.
The pattern actually has a belt with it but I think it
chopped it up too much so I decided to leave it out. The wood
turned buttons are really gorgeous- I got those from a second
hand shop in south Dunedin.
The white skirt Peta Mathias bought for me in India. I had
asked her to find me a big, white Indian cotton skirt and
this is what she sent. I love it! I really like the black
dots on it, they are just so random.
But the really fabulous thing about it is that it is padded
from the back and all across the hips. It really works. If
you have a narrow waist and you pad your hips out, you can
pretend that you have J-Lo bootie. It's fantastic. Then all
that's left to add is a pair of heels!
I wear this on stage when I work with
Peta, so it's quite special to me. I produce her live stage
shows and am also her cooking assistant on stage. It's a
great excuse to dress up for the evening!
Favourite Item # 5 - The snappy party dress
What I like best about this dress is the contrasting orange
The armholes were too long when I made it- they were a bit
rude for Dunedin- so I decided to use this orange fabric that
my mother in law had sent to me in a bag of scraps. I really
like the orange buttons too- I think it would be quite a
boring dress without the splashes of colour.
I have only worn it once, to a New Year's Eve party at a
friend of my mum and step dad's. It was right up on the hill
above Cromwell and had an incredible view.
It's a very happy dress.