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I learned to sew on my grandmother Rose's treadle sewing machine. I loved sewing and began repairing small tears and broken zippers for the neighborhood women, when I was in my teens. My grandmother and mother saved all their old clothes and I wore vintage before there was even a name for it.

I loved the color and textures of the old styles. I especially appreciated that the 1940's and 1950's celebrated the curvy body, which the 1960's and 1970's did not. The great thing about wearing vintage clothing is that you don't have to be a slave to a fashion that looks horrible on you...you can go to the time when the clothing style fit the body you have. It's so freeing and empowering

Growing up we lived with my maternal grandparents, as an extended family. My grandfather was a junk dealer. There were thousands of remnants…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 10
  • Joined June 30, 2011

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Anything Boucle especially multi colored Boucle, Velvet, Flannel, Chiffon, Taffeta, Silk Tapestry, Heavy Knit Dacron Polyester, Silk Linen Blends, Wool, Cotton, Linen

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I learned to sew on my grandmother Rose's treadle sewing machine. I loved sewing and began repairing small tears and broken zippers for the neighborhood women, when I was in my teens. My grandmother and mother saved all their old clothes and I wore vintage before there was even a name for it.

I loved the color and textures of the old styles. I especially appreciated that the 1940's and 1950's celebrated the curvy body, which the 1960's and 1970's did not. The great thing about wearing vintage clothing is that you don't have to be a slave to a fashion that looks horrible on you...you can go to the time when the clothing style fit the body you have. It's so freeing and empowering

Growing up we lived with my maternal grandparents, as an extended family. My grandfather was a junk dealer. There were thousands of remnants of rusted machinery, pottery and wooden artifacts all around me, as a child. It most definitely informed who I was. It is only natural that I would feel an affinity to vintage and salvage. It is my birthright.

I love taking something broken or discarded and giving it a new life, perhaps in a slightly different way. Washing and ironing and starching something can breathe new life into an old fabric. It's like the dress comes alive, suddenly. Sometimes it takes a few repairs, but I think it is an amazing creative process. Most salvaged pieces need no repair at all. Their beauty is in their brokenness.

I took the artist's road as a theatrical performer for many years. It trained me to look deeply. And I've found searching for these vintage treasures, can be a lot like looking at a person. Sometimes you have to look past the facade to see the beauty. It is my sincerest hope that what I have found will bring joy to your home and life.

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