I love making things, always have really, its something my parents instilled in us from the beginning. In my house making a praying mantis costume an orca whale, a bird birthday cake or a giant carrot was never an impossibility, only a challenge to be accepted.

Challenges accepted:

The Pirates of Penzance: Opera Otago: 2017

Winner – Outstanding Costume Design – Dunedin Theatre Awards  2017


The Skriker: Little Scorpion production: 2016

“All wear utterly gorgeous, fabulous costumes by gifted designer Sofie Welvaert: ravishing surrealistic hybrids which have been shown as teasers on the company’s excellent Facebook page, along with fascinating little descriptions of their place in folk legend.”

Commended – Outstanding Costume Design – Dunedin Theatre Awards 2016


Farleys Arcade: WoW Production: 2015

I was recently approached by WoW productions to design and create a set of costumes for the site-specific almost-history Farleys Arcade. The production included a cast of ~43, with 38 of those dressed by me. Costumes were assembled from hire items and those created especially for the show. Many of the lead characters were dressed from scratch with costume made especially for the production.

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Farleys arcade was exceptionally well received with sell out audiences and stunning reviews. It was a privelage to be a part of.

News -> The costumes in Farleys Arcade was nominated for best Scenographic design in the 2015 Dunedin Theatre Awards – only to be beaten by the amazing Farleys set!


“Costume Designer Sofie Welvaert paid good attention to detail, I am certain that I wasn’t the only one to stop and marvel at how fine all the dresses and suits were. Most of the actors and actresses were dressed in 1860s English dress, but there were a few dressed in Steampunk style, getting many a smile from people who recognized it.

The costume in Farley’s Arcade was a marvel. “


As you like it – Manawatu Summer Shakespeare – 2014

I was employed by Manawatu Summer Shakespeare to design and create costumes for their production of As You Like It in March 2014. 24 Actors, various characters and costume changes later here is the result.

You can peruse more images from the production here.




Queen Josephine- Gasworks Guild of Gadgeteers – 2013


2013 Milton wearable arts : Supreme winner

Supreme Winner of the Milton Wearable arts – 2013

Made as a group project with fellow members of the gassworks guild of gadgeteers. Modelled by me.



  • I have been involved with the Gassworks Guild of Gadgeteers since it’s beginning, and in doing so have created all kinds of wonderful things – it’s a great excuse to dress up.
  • Theres a whole collection of (disorganised) punkey things i’ve done here.
  • And a flickr page of steampunk gadgets and details here.
  • Meanwhile, the steampunk inspired costumes I made for the globe production of Macbeth in 2013 can be seen here.

The Globe Theatre Dunedin

I was costume mistress at the Globe in Dunedin for about 3 years from May 2011 until October 2013 and I still help out from time to time.

Oberon and Puck

Puck & Oberon

2014 July : A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare: Directed by Dale Neill

For this I made the costumes for Puck and the Mechanicals

Cast Photie


2013 Oct : Macbeth

The costumes I made for Macbeth won me the Dunedin Theatre award for best Scenographic design in 2013

By William Shakespeare : Directed by Dale Neill

See more images from the production here.

Watch the full production on youtube here.


Where Once Our Voices Led

2013 Aug : Where Once Our Voices Led

By Keith Scott

Directed by Keith Scott


Brief Encounter

2013 April : Brief Encounter

By  Noel Coward

Directed by Louise Petherbridge

SONY DSC2012 Dec : Songbird

By Richard Huber

Directed by Richard Huber and Erica Newlands

SONY DSC2012 Oct : The Middlemarch Singles Ball

By Ella West

Directed by Keith Scott

SONY DSC2012 July : Winkie

By Nigel Ensor

Directed by Nigel Ensor

Flat tight2012 May : Lovepuke

By Duncan Sarkies

Directed by Feather Shaw

424803_10100669991453621_7008141_53023503_511957884_n2012 March : Worse Things Happen at Sea

By Joy Green and Adam Dodd

Directed by Nicole Schafer

SONY DSC2011 Dec : Blithe Spirit

By Noel Coward

Directed by Brian Beresford

SONY DSC2011 Oct : Prufrocks Lovesong

By Elsa May and TS Eliot

Directed by Elsa May

GODOT122011 Aug : Waiting for Godot

By Samuel Beckett

Directed by Richard Huber


In 2012 our team from the gassworks guild of gadgeteers won the Cadbury Couture competition as part of the chocolate carnival. Since then our cosutume has been the face of the carnival, appearing in news advertisments and the Kia-ora magasine on air New Zealad – I guess they like us 🙂

2014 Teviot valley wearable tartan art awards

2014 Teviot valley wearable tartan art awards


2014 Cadbury Couture


2013 Cadbury Couture

Cadbury couture

Cadbury couture 2012 Cadbury Couture : Supreme winner


2011 Oamaru Steamfest


One response

11 01 2015
Ann Barsby

Great stuff Sofie, you are highly creative and productive! Especially admired your costumes for the Globe Macbeth production, and all Steampunk creations of course

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