Annie Carter's Profile

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No sooner had I retired, my daughter suggested I make children's placemats to keep me busy, and sell them on Etsy. I've been sewing since I was 9 years old, learning on an old Singer treadle style machine from my father, who was a mechanic! We made our own patterns and the little two piece shorts and top I remember came out at least good enough to wear. I graduated eventually to a White console, and then about 35 years ago purchased a Kenmore tabletop, which I still have today. My projects have included clothes, costumes, drapes, curtains, slipcovers, pillows, baby wipes, and tailoring of store-bought garments, not to mention all the household mending. Now I design and make my own creations, a very different process than my 35 years in the medical field.

In the winter, I volunteer at the Sarasota Opera House Costume shop, where we do a myriad of hand sewing for the…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 12
  • Joined January 4, 2011

Favorite materials

Cotton, cotton blends

About

No sooner had I retired, my daughter suggested I make children's placemats to keep me busy, and sell them on Etsy. I've been sewing since I was 9 years old, learning on an old Singer treadle style machine from my father, who was a mechanic! We made our own patterns and the little two piece shorts and top I remember came out at least good enough to wear. I graduated eventually to a White console, and then about 35 years ago purchased a Kenmore tabletop, which I still have today. My projects have included clothes, costumes, drapes, curtains, slipcovers, pillows, baby wipes, and tailoring of store-bought garments, not to mention all the household mending. Now I design and make my own creations, a very different process than my 35 years in the medical field.

In the winter, I volunteer at the Sarasota Opera House Costume shop, where we do a myriad of hand sewing for the season's performances, leaving the professional staff more time to devote to the custom work. And in prepararion for my month-long trip to England in August, the first week being on the Queen Mary 2, I have spent hours altering and tailoring formal wear and elegant casual attire I will need, all purchased at consignment shops and Goodwill, at a fraction of the cost. All this while still sewing like a madwoman!

I hope you love my creations and welcome your feedback. Custom orders are always welcome and any of the Montessori placemats can be done without the appliques.

By the way, my moniker is a contraction of "Little Orphan Annie", a nickname when younger as well as one of my favorite poems by James Whitcomb Riley.

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