Ancient Irish family life captured in racy knitted mini dress

Winning-knit-dress-web-at-3.16.02-PMSeptember 19, 2013

Knitted patterns symbolising Irish family life were used by southern NSW designer Pam Stolhand to capture the judge’s attention in the Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards.

Pam hand knitted and assembled a racy cocktail mini with matching leggings and headwear in natural wool from The Wool Room in her home town of Young.

“I incorporated as many Aran Irish patterns as I could in the design – the mini dress has a frill on the shoulders, a Cossack hat and over-the-knee leg warmers featuring pom poms,’’ Mrs Stolhand said.

The outfit was stunningly modelled by Paige Plunkett, 15, a Year 10 student of Billabong High School.

“Each individual pattern tells a story of Irish family life, such as the cables symbolising fishermen’s ropes, a rocky island and ocean fish,’’ she said.

“The ladder or tree of life represents people trying to improve themselves.’’

Pam has entered garments in the Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards for almost a decade.

She has taken out the supreme award twice and the knitted or crocheted section on previous occasions.

“I thought the entries were outstanding this year and have improved in every area,’’ she said.

Pam plans to enter her winning garment in the Australian Wool Fashion Awards.

Caption: The winning hand knitted mini dress modelled by Paige Plunkett, Billabong High School, Culcairn.