Tilly's sewing machine is a Singer 201K2. They were incredibly sturdy and very expensive, costing the equivalent of up to 6 months wages for a working woman. They are still considered one of the best sewing machines by professional dressmakers and tailors.
Kate Winslet learned to sew for her part. Following this, she assisted Margot Wilson in creating the costumes for her character. Wilson was exclusively hired to create the outfits for Winslet's character.
Kate Winslet enjoyed working with Liam Hemsworth, but admittedly hadn't seen any of his films before she worked with him; "Like everybody else, all I knew was the fact he was engaged to be married to Miley Cyrus - and to be honest, not a huge amount more than that" she has said of her co-star.
Kate Winslet used the same dialogue coach who helped her prepare the Australian accent for Holy Smoke (1999) and only had to re-record one scene during post-production. In a scene with the New Zealand-based Kerry Fox, Winslet would adapt the accent and accidentally revert to Fox' accent; "I'm a terrible one for picking up accents from other people - especially Kerry, because hers is so 'thuck'." has Winslet said.
The first of two films in which Kate Winslet and Sarah Snook have worked on together. The second was Steve Jobs (2015). The Dressmaker was shot in 2014 and released in 2015, while Steve Jobs was shot and released in 2015.
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Director Jocelyn Moorhouse originally considered adding back-story to the start of the film, instead of opening the movie with Kate Winslet arriving in the small town. However, Winslet was against this idea as she loved the ambiguous feel of the scene and her opening line; "I'm back you bastards".