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Have you ever had that sense of being eerily watched? I remember walking down the block daze, just after learning that all my clothes were lost in a freak accident, when suddenly, I felt a creepy, intense stare. My hair stood up, head burned, and neck stiffened. A nervous glance to my left caught the mannequin’s eye. Not just any mannequin, this one, surprisingly, was wearing clothes very similar to what I lost! A real doppelganger!

Like a magnet, it drew me into the small sewing shop. It was jammed packed with extraordinary fabrics. Now I wasn’t a seamstress by any means, but I began putting the remnants together as I did for my collages, and paint palettes. The elderly, gray-haired clerk remarked: “How long have you been sewing? You have a real eye for it!”

Whether she was crazy, or just playing me to build up her commission, I didn’t know. E…

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  • Joined January 29, 2011

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Have you ever had that sense of being eerily watched? I remember walking down the block daze, just after learning that all my clothes were lost in a freak accident, when suddenly, I felt a creepy, intense stare. My hair stood up, head burned, and neck stiffened. A nervous glance to my left caught the mannequin’s eye. Not just any mannequin, this one, surprisingly, was wearing clothes very similar to what I lost! A real doppelganger!

Like a magnet, it drew me into the small sewing shop. It was jammed packed with extraordinary fabrics. Now I wasn’t a seamstress by any means, but I began putting the remnants together as I did for my collages, and paint palettes. The elderly, gray-haired clerk remarked: “How long have you been sewing? You have a real eye for it!”

Whether she was crazy, or just playing me to build up her commission, I didn’t know. Embarrassed, because I felt so inexperienced, I nevertheless poured out my story to her: “little money, no clothes, and no experience”. She consoled me as I continued: “Next week I start school (college) without a stitch of clothing, save a few summer things, and it’s getting cold!”, I said. “Sure could use a break.”

The patterns only confused me more. So she gave me a book, Patternless Fashions, that’s still by my side. That, plus a layaway, (old DressMaker, sewing machine), got me going. Short on craft, but high on drama, I created madly-mixed material, creations: wrap-a-round skirts made of Vintage, Chinese drapes; vests decorated with seagull feathers, and billowy blouses, hand embroidered. What fun!

Soon afterward, a shop owner asked me to make several for her store. Eureka! a new career. When a friend invited me to South America, I parlayed my trade into wholesale supplies. And, not one to be anchored down, I piled everything into my small car and meandered cross-country, selling to stores, at shows, even flea markets. Now I could afford to visit my parents while making money on the side!

The beat goes on in my life, a medley of means. Hence, I have several Etsy shops in different categories. OnToVintage, PatternsAndPlans (patterns, recipes, and supplies), Made2Impress (rubber stamps made by myself & housemate), and ValliCraftEmporium (jewelry made by me). So if you see this same story, or a similar one on each of my different sites, please know it’s me in my medley. I get bored tied down to one thing. I also like to organize. So it makes better sense to manage several different shops rather than squeeze them all into one. None are packed to the hilt with stuff, but presented in an orderly fashion, with a few interesting background stories to boot. Oh, did I forget to say, I also make dolls and puppets? (Look for them soon, in a newly-created shop, of course.)

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