Lucy Goretti Da Costa

A collection of my illustrations, alterations, designs, and South African inspiration.

"The grass is always greener where you water it"

I thoroughly enjoyed making these flowers and stitching them on for @foodandthefab … was definitely an inspiring dress to work on.

Hope you had a lovely Spring day 🌷🐞👠

#alterationlady #flowers #handstitched

Yesterday’s festivities @lydiasoares @msoares7 Baby Shower

See you soon Joburg

A week left until our Pretoria Pop Up shop.
Will you be there?

" In South Africa small businesses contribute only 30 percent to the GDP, 70-80 percent in employment, but less than 4 percent to export earnings. Why is this so? "(

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" Employment in the industry has declined from 70 500 in 2003 to just below 50 500 in 2006. In addition a number of textile mills have recently closed and have been forced to retench staff."(

"Much larger increases were recorded by imports of made up textiles which have increased from 4 900 tons in 2001 to 28 700 tons in 2006 an increase of nearly 500% and imports of clothing which increased from 139 million items in 2001 to 567 million items in 2006 an increase of over 300%." (

Made in South Africa has a ripple effect.

I worked with 6 different small South African businesses to have the Miriam shirt produced but that doesn’t include their suppliers and services they used.
This also doesn’t include the businesses I’ve dealt with for packaging, delivery and selling these shirts.

#SouthAfricanfashion #buylocal #lucygorettidesigns

Nothing goes better with Ugly Betty than emergency hand stitching. #fashiondeadlines

Was so content to relax at breakfast with my sister this morning who worked like a super boss this weekend!

…but now back to decision making and pop up organising (at The Kitchen)

Blue skies and mister blue eyes (at Seapoint Promenade)

Summer collection #ootd #lucygorettidesigns

It’s free entry to @opendesignct today so pop past for installations, movies and ill be here til 5pm (at Cape Town City Hall)

Feeling so blessed to have a stall at @opendesignct tomorrow…just look at how majestic this building is. #lovecapetown (at Cape Town City Hall)

Since a young age I always wanted to do what my older sisters did.
When I was 4 I started art classes with them. My mom still has an oil pastels piece of mine signed in 1993. Since then I followed them to ballet lessons. Sandra and I went to piano lessons. I designed matric dresses like Lisa. I even went to Art varsity classes with Lydia (while I was in high school).
I have to say I owe my creativity to my 3 older sisters for guiding me through their own paths so that I could find my own.

Miss you ladies, can’t wait for September! #tbt #throwbackthursday #womansmonth

Received signage from @moiranola 🙆 *happy dance* #Bestbestfriend #lucygorettidesigns