Jillian Boustred has been Australian Made since 2015 with 100% of our woven garments made locally in Sydney. Each step of the making process requires a different skill set and a different factory. We work closely with all of these local factories and individuals as the products slowly come to life.
The first step of the production process is cutting. The fabric is laid out in many layers and the pattern pieces for the garment are laid on top. The cutting technician then carefully cuts out each pattern piece using either an electric blade or hand held scissors - depending on the number of layers and fabric thickness.
We have been working with the same cutting factory for the last 4 years. Cutting is an extremely important step! A small error can cause big issues for the makers when they are constructing the garment, so cutters are very precise.
Once the garment has been cut into pieces, it is sewn together by the maker. We take all the cutwork to our makers along with accessories such as buttons, zippers, shoulder pads, care labels etc! We have been working with the same three independent makers since the label began.
Kiet - pictured above works from his home with his wife Huy. They have an amazing eye for detail and very high standards when it comes to garment finishes.
May - pictured above runs her own small factory with about three seamstresses. She made every garment in my first collection in 2015.
Buttonholes and Eyelets.
The final step of he making process is buttonholes and eyelets. Mick (pictured below) works out of his own studio in Redfern and specialises in buttonholes and eyelets. All of our eyelet styles are taken to Mick, we supply him with our brass eyelets and he uses specialised machinery to insert them into the garment.
This network of cutters and makers has been a fundamental part of building JB and I am so grateful for their expertise and skill. I had very little experience in clothing construction when I began the label in 2015 and relied heavily on the guidance of these wonderful people.
I hope this little snippet of our production line gives you an insight into the many hands, technical skills and machinery that go into bring your JB garments to life, right here in Sydney!
Images by @arabellapoole_design