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I have been in the Bridal business for over 20 years, the Fashion industry for 30. As a little girl I liked to draw comic strips of Marie Antoinette with the wide panniers and gorgeous bustles.

Along came BARBIE and she needed clothes so I taught myself to sew at age 8 and was designing and making my own clothes by Junior High. Much to my mother's amazement I would mix it up and take pattern pieces from several pattern companies (a sleeve from McCalls, a cuff from Butterick, a bodice front from Simplicity etc.) and come up with my own outfit. Eventually I learned to draft my own patterns.

In junior high I made an American Flag empire A-line dress with the bodice of stars printed on navy denim. The skirt was red and white striped cotton denim. Another time for a dance I made a mini dress out of silver lame' to look like…

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  • Born on December 3
  • Joined January 24, 2010

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rustling taffeta, smooth matte finish satin, sumptuous velvet, vintage lace, organza

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About

I have been in the Bridal business for over 20 years, the Fashion industry for 30. As a little girl I liked to draw comic strips of Marie Antoinette with the wide panniers and gorgeous bustles.

Along came BARBIE and she needed clothes so I taught myself to sew at age 8 and was designing and making my own clothes by Junior High. Much to my mother's amazement I would mix it up and take pattern pieces from several pattern companies (a sleeve from McCalls, a cuff from Butterick, a bodice front from Simplicity etc.) and come up with my own outfit. Eventually I learned to draft my own patterns.

In junior high I made an American Flag empire A-line dress with the bodice of stars printed on navy denim. The skirt was red and white striped cotton denim. Another time for a dance I made a mini dress out of silver lame' to look like a girl from 'out of this world'!

I still have some of those patterns, and it's hard for me to believe I was ever that tiny! Bust 32 waist 24 hips 35. Sigh.

I graduated from the Fashion Institute in 1987 and subsequently worked for a designer until 1997 when I quit my day job and launched my own line and label, 'Alice Sioux'

I got hooked on bridal when I made one of my best friends' wedding gown. I knocked off a gown she wanted but couldn't afford. She was going to pay me but I enjoyed making it so much that I gave it to her for a wedding present.

I opened my ETSY shop, 'Alice Sioux', in January 2010, primarily for a creative outlet not expecting to make a living from it. A bride asked me for a custom shrug and I added it to my shop. Somehow the Brides found me and my store morphed into a Bridal Boutique. Fortunately for me, ETSY allowed a one time change to our shop name and I became 'Alice Sioux Bridal'. I have increased my product line over this past year which satisfies my creativity. I enjoy 'sculpting' bridal head pieces out of bridal fabrics and trims. It's like a collage of fabrics I have on hand often incorporating vintage one of a kind laces, buttons and beads.

This past year I took a leap of Faith and I work exclusively online on ETSY. This allows me to work in my studio into the wee hours undisturbed and in the Zone! I am so energized in my studio I often forget to eat and lose track of time.

Visit my other Etsy shop called UrthGypsyVintage for upcycled and vintage goodies.

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