PERSONAL experience provided the inspiration for Huntingdale resident Nikki Ambler’s plus-sized clothing range.
The South Metropolitan Tafe graduate recently claimed the Gerber Training Award at the Tafe’s Proto Fashion Show for her Makenzie Christie clothing line.
Ambler said the range was inspired by memories of her mother trying unsuccessfully to find clothing which fit when she was younger.
“I remember watching my mum when she was trying to find clothes for special events, because she couldn’t fit, she had to make the clothes,” she said.
“It was really hard to find stuff that was flattering, because the moment you get bigger, the bigger you get in different areas, which means previous styles you like may not work anymore.”
Ambler said she initially started making clothes for fun, but it soon turned from a hobby into a full-time pursuit.
“I started making top hats and costumes for friends, then my other half bought a hot rod, so I made vintage clothes to go with it, before I ended up applying for a course at Tafe and got in,” she said.
“I’ve gone from top hats and cars to couture and plus size!”