About the Author


Madame Weigel’s patterns have been the focus of my study for over a decade now. Having captured details of more than 9000 patterns from 1878 to 1969 I have established an evidential record of Madame Weigel’s pattern series for future research and publications.

My first publication was a biography of Madame Weigel - "Madame Weigel: the Woman who Clothed the Australasian Colonies", published in 2015. For anyone who is curious about Madame Weigel, this biography introduces the woman who was Madame Weigel - a remarkable lady whose personal life and business achievements wove a fascinating tale.

My current study will be published as a companion volume to the biography, the primary focus on Madame Weigel's pattern series - the fashions, fads, and family patterns for women who sewed at home.

As an independent scholar, I have chosen to privately publish my work, commissioning an Australian company to print a quality hardback, section sewn book. Based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, I am presenting Madame Weigel's story through a series of forums, listed below.

My PhD study focused on Madame Weigel’s pattern series. Awarded with Academic Excellence by Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, in 2013, my thesis was titled "Mining the Archive: an historical study of Madame Weigel’s paper patterns and their relationship to the fashion and clothing needs of colonial Australasia during the period 1877 to 1910". The work explored how Madame Weigel’s patterns reached across Australia and New Zealand to support the millions of women who sewed at home to clothe their families. My thesis is available via the Griffith University library catalogue.

My mission is to spread the Madame Weigel word! To reawaken her from her long, long slumber! I am happy to answer queries about Madame Weigel’s patterns, publications, and story – you can contact me through this website.

Dr Veronica R. Lampkin, PhD

Madame Weigel devotee, writer, collector


Out & About with Madame Weigel



Currently working with Pine Rivers Historical Museum & Tempin Historical Village. The Pine Rivers Historical Museum will be hosting "Madame Weigel: Colonial Fashion Entrepreneur" exhibition from Friday 8 March to Sunday 19 May 2019. [NOTE CHANGE OF OPENING DATE to 8 MARCH]

7 December 2018: "Madame Weigel - the woman who clothed Australasia" exhibition, originating from Templin Historical Village, Fassifern, Queensland, wins the category for "Project: Organisations fun by Volunteers" awarded by Museums & Galleries Queensland. Bravo Templin! Bravo Madame Weigel!

6 July 2018: 'Madame Weigel: from Country to City' - a presentation at the Liverpool Regional Museum to open their exhibition of that title. Included aspects of my current research delving into the layers of Madame Weigel's pattern series - fashion, fads, families and fine detail.

September 2017- : Working with the Templin Historical Village near Boonah, Queensland, on their marvellous exhibition of garments sewn from Madame Weigel's patterns - a fabulous show by some inspired and skillful volunteers!

13 August 2016: 'Madame Weigel and the Dickens sisters of Melbourne'. For the NSW Dickens Society, venue Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Guests welcome - contact the Society at https://dickenssydney.com/2015/11/28/2016-nsw-dickens-society-events/ 

2 August 2016: 'Madame Weigel: the Woman who Clothed the Australian Colonies - Miles Franklin & Madame Weigel?'. For the Scholarly Musings program, State Library of NSW, Sydney. http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/scholarly-musings-madame-weigel  *Full house with wait list for this one!**

30 June 2016: 'Fabrics & Fibres: a Colonial view through Madame Weigel's patterns'. For the Australian Sewing Guild: Brisbane South Sewing Forum.

3 May 2016: 'Madame Weigel: the Woman who Clothed the Australasian Colonies'. Daylesford Library, Victoria.

3 May 2016: 'Madame Weigel: the Woman who Clothed the Australasian Colonies'. Clunes Library, Victoria.

2 April 2016: 'Madame Weigel: Colonial Fashionista'. For the National Trust (NSW) in conjunction with the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Fashion Exhibition, Old Government House, Parramatta, Sydney.  

1 October 2015: 'Sewing for a family with Madame Weigel's Patterns'. Guest speaker for the Australian Sewing Guild Convention 2015, Anglican Church Grammar School, Brisbane.



24 July 2015: 'Madame Weigel: Colonial Fashionista'. For ABC Radio National: Books & Arts Daily, interview with Michael Cathcart. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/madame-weigel3a-the-paper-cut-pattern-queen/6644368



November 2015: 'Clothing the Colony'. Feature in Inside History, Nov-Dec 2015, 52-55.

November 2015: 'Madame Weigel meets the Australian Sewing Guild'. Feature in Australian Dressmaking with Stitches, Issue 24/6.

November 2015: 'Madame Weigel: the Woman who Clothed the Australasian Colonies'. Feature in Ruth: supporting the work of the Queensland Country Women's Association. Summer 2015/16, 31.