About Us



The MADCAT workshop will be open

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday

11-4.00 pm at Founders Park.


The entry fee to the park is wavered if you are visiting my workshop. Entry to the park is free for those living in Nelson. 

Please text or call me if you are visiting Nelson and would like a tour of my workshop and talk with me about my design process.

I usually print once a week for an hour or so at Founders Park, you are welcome to call in and watch the process. Please text me and I can give you an exact time and day it is planned for 0278289551

The full range of MADCAT skirts will continue to be at the NELSON SATURDAY MARKET 8-1pm. If raining on a Saturday, I will be at my Founders Park workshop 10-1pm.

Bridal Consultations are on Sunday afternoon.

I post on Instagram as MADCATjill and facebook as MADCAT the progress of my new textiles, artwork and pictures of my garden. 

I also work at The Arty Gallery in Trafalgar St. 10-1pm most Tuesdays. This is where I sell my original Artwork,prints and greetings cards. they are open everyday 10-4pm 


WORK SHOP 03 5391355 /0278289551

 e mail  madcatjill@gmail.com

 MADCAT Facebook page and MADCATjill on instagram for photos

To arrange a free bridal or special occasion consultation please e mail me 





MADCAT design studio is situated in the old Anchor Inn at Founders Park, 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson. The studio is home to Jill Alexander’s two labels: MADCAT hand-printed skirts and Jill Alexander Vintage-Inspired Bridal Wear (incorporating Puss Puss historically-inspired corsetry). Jill's original artwork is also available for viewing and purchase as prints, framed pieces and cards.

MADCAT design studio is the creative vision of Jill Alexander. Jill has nearly 40 years experience in the fashion industry, after being one of the youngest ever graduates from the Honours programme at the famous St. Martins School of Art in London. During her career Jill has been a designer, patterncutter and illustrator employed by a number of major fashion companies in England, and a respected fashion educator in New Zealan

MADCAT skirts can also be found at the Nelson Saturday Market in Montgomery Square car park from 8am - 1pm each Saturday, weather permitting.

The MADCAT workshop houses the large cutting and textile printing tables and machinery to make the MADCAT label skirts, exquisite Jill Alexander vintage-inspired bridal wear, wedding dresses and Puss Puss historically-inspired corsetry. You are welcome to visit the workshop to see these fabulous creations being made.

"MADCAT is my vision: after years of needing to teach drawing and fashion design I am now free to develop my own dream. I specialise in making artwork into textiles into fashion. I draw, print and make my own textiles into wearable, fashionable skirts. I also like to work on freehand embroidered textiles using the sewing machine as a fine line pen. These pieces of textile art form part of a MADCAT garment or corset." Jill Alexander, MADCAT design studio director.

Browse through the online store and select from a range of textile designs that feature my own drawings, in a range of sizes and colours.

A made-to-measure service is also available; simply email me and I will talk you through how to take your measurements. I will then cut a pattern for your body size (this incurs a one-off cost of $25) and then tailor-make your skirt for the standard skirt price. This is part of the MADCAT service.


For more information about my design work, go to: www.madcatdesign.co.nz

Our Products

MADCAT skirts and t-shirts are pieces of unique textile artwork that you will love to wear. They feature Jill Alexander’s original illustrations, hand-printed onto fabric and are both beautiful and comfortable to wear. The MADCAT skirts require little maintenance and are tailored to fit your figure. Each design is available in a range of colours and there are 2 basic shapes; flared or straight. The flared cut suits those with a fuller hip to waist measurement and the straight skirts are cut close to the hip size and suitable for wearing with longer tops.