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Hussif (Huss-if) is a Middle-English word meaning Housewife; a housewife's tool kit; a portable cloth roll up kit for sewing tools, from being referred to as an extension of a housewife;  a small sewing kit issued to soldiers.

Our team


Our staff are professional seamstresses and tailors, and pride themselves on their impeccable work. Whatever you require, we have someone here who has done it before. You can trust your favourite item with us, we will ensure that it's treated with the utmost care possible, and returned to you looking fantastic and fitting perfectly.

Vicky Coley

As the Managing Director of the business, Vicky was first trained under Mr Wheatley, the only mens tailor in Palmerston North, in 1968.

She was professionally trained in all aspects of altering mens suits, lifting shoulders, narrowing lapels, tapering, taking in waists on trousers, tapering legs, etc.

Vicky started her own home business in 1995, after working as a seamstress for a prominent dry cleaner in town for 15 years. She became so busy with her regular customers she needed to expand.  

She bought and took over the running of The Hussif in 2005, while still operating her home business, and was able to maintain the quality of workmanship through her guidance to her daughter, Katrina, who now manages The Hussif.

Vicky still works 2 days at The Hussif to keep in contact with customers and to ensure the standard of work. 

Vicky is known for her skilled hand and dressmaking, making patterns from clothing, and altering patterns to fit customers needs, but her tailoring is her specialty.




Katrina Plank

As the Manager of the shop since 2012, Katrina has got the natural artistic talent from her mother. 

Katrina's skills are borne from years of sewing her own and her families clothing, naturally after growing up watching her mother sewing.  With a keen eye for detail and her pride in finishing details, she is also helpful in giving advice or ideas when comes to revamping clothing.

As she comes from an administration/IT background Katrina is well prepared with management skills, communication, understanding customer satisfaction is utmost and the importance of staff training.

Katrina has gained a reputation and regarded as the one to see about alterations to wedding gowns, ball gowns, suit tailoring, army pack alterations, and leather work.