Marion Boyce on Costume Design, Miss Fisher and The Dressmaker

Since the end of February this year, I’ve been pouring my vintage love into a Youtube series called Sewing Vintage. It’s a wife and husband team effort, with my husband Berndt Sellheim doing the filming and editing, and me doing the hosting, producing and writing for the show. It allows me the opportunity to share my journey as a newbie sewist or dressmaker, and to interview fascinating experts.

Recently I had the great pleasure of interviewing award-winning costume designer Marion Boyce on the show, about her work on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Dressmaker, her beginnings in the industry, her passion for vintage styles and her advice on how to properly care for and store vintage pieces. I hope you enjoy this two part interview. I learned a lot:



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  • Hosted, written and produced by Tara Moss. Shot and edited by Berndt Sellheim.
  • Images and footage from ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ care of Every Cloud Productions 
  • ‘The Dressmaker’, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. Images and footage courtesy of Film Art Media. Photographer Ben King.


  1. Hi Tara. I just wanted to introduce myself. I’m Mz Vicki and I run the super fabulous Facebook sewing group “Those Darn Sew and Sews”. I also write a blog about vintage style, sewing and my other adventures called “Rayon Dreams in a Cheesecake World”.
    I have shared this article in our group and I look forward to reading more about your sewing journey.
    May your bobbin be forever full.
    Mz Vicki
    PS: I am SO jealous of the people you are getting to meet.

  2. Katherine

    Hi Tara,
    I loved the Marion Boyce interviews. So many things resonated with me, including her comment about the beautiful 1930s dress that showed off the whole body without showing any skin (or using stretch fabric). I was at the Dior exhibition at the NGV yesterday and as I admired the vintage dresses on display, this was something that occurred to me then: even when the dresses covered up so much of the body, and were often in conservative colours, the cut and style was still so incredibly feminine. If only we could spread this message! We don’t have to show skin, legs, boobs to be feminine. Incidentally, you have inspired me to sign up for Lowana’s beginner’s corset course. It was also a lovely coincidence to discover that she was a student at the school where I teach and my colleagues remember her as very talented.

  3. Victory

    Dear Vicki,
    I adore Those Darn Sew and Sews! I am learning so much. Thank you for sharing this. May your bobbin be forever full.

  4. Victory

    Dear Katherine,
    Thank you. I am so glad you are enjoying Sewing Vintage. Lowana is fabulous, and I hope you enjoy her corset course!
    Best wishes,
    Tara x