PERFECT FIT: Kirra Jamison from Melbourne with some Julia Stone dresses at the Sew and Tell festival during a visit back to her hometown of Bangalow for a wedding.
PERFECT FIT: Kirra Jamison from Melbourne with some Julia Stone dresses at the Sew and Tell festival during a visit back to her hometown of Bangalow for a wedding. Cathy Adams

Vintage year for clothes

WOMEN flocked to Julia Stone's clothing stall at the Sew and Tell festival in Bangalow, hoping to buy dresses which the famous singer-songwriter had previously worn herself.

Stone did not attend the event, held at the A&I Hall on Saturday, but she had personal dresses, jackets and handbags on sale.

"(Stone) is a massive vintage fan and has accumulated clothes on all her travels from Paris to Italy to Argentina," festival organiser Tory Bauer said.

"She's worn them on stage and at photo shoots."

Kirra Jameson of Melbourne arrived at the festival and "did a b-line" straight for Stone's clothing stall.

"I love vintage floral dresses, particularly the length of them, and some of hers have been altered and are the perfect fit for me," she said.

"It's pretty exciting that she wore them. I'll always have a really good story to tell."

Stone had a special handbag on sale for $200.

"When you open the bag up, it's got some of her lyrics and poetry in it," Ms Bauer said.

There were 30 stalls at the Sew and Tell festival, which was held to showcase local handmade and hand-me-down items.

"We try to get things that you don't see at the markets every weekend," Ms Bauer said.

Sail maker Matthew Andrews makes wallets, handbags, sports bags and laptop bags out of excess sail material and had some on show at the festival.

"I'm a sail maker by trade and one day I realised I shouldn't be sweeping all the left-over material into the rubbish; I should be taking it home with me and doing something useful with it," he said.

The festival also featured a Man Cave, which had men's gift ideas, including type-writers, maps, and recycled hats.



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