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I've been a seamstress and costume designer for longer than I care to admit.
I learned to sew from my grandmother who was a seamstress at McMullen-Leavens in upstate New York in the 40's and 50's. For those of you girls who really know your fashion trivia,
McMullen's chief designer in those days was Dorothy Cox who was credited with coming up with the idea for the lady's shirt dress after sales on gentleman's dress shirts slumped. My grandmother was a wonderful seamstress and she could set a sleeve like nobody's business! I remember standing at her elbow, watching and learning everything I could. If she could see me now she would never believe it, I swear!
I've always been a "fabric slut" collecting fabrics just because I might use that some day. After a while my husband insisted that I actually use them or get rid of some. I opted to use them,
along with my huge collection of vintage patterns…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 10
  • Joined July 10, 2010

Favorite materials

vintage and reproduction feedsacks and cotton fabrics, vintage and antique buttons and trims

About

I've been a seamstress and costume designer for longer than I care to admit.
I learned to sew from my grandmother who was a seamstress at McMullen-Leavens in upstate New York in the 40's and 50's. For those of you girls who really know your fashion trivia,
McMullen's chief designer in those days was Dorothy Cox who was credited with coming up with the idea for the lady's shirt dress after sales on gentleman's dress shirts slumped. My grandmother was a wonderful seamstress and she could set a sleeve like nobody's business! I remember standing at her elbow, watching and learning everything I could. If she could see me now she would never believe it, I swear!
I've always been a "fabric slut" collecting fabrics just because I might use that some day. After a while my husband insisted that I actually use them or get rid of some. I opted to use them,
along with my huge collection of vintage patterns from the 30's, 40's and 50's I started making cotton day dresses, rompers and shorts sets for girls to wear in their every day life. It's pretty hard to do your housework in your tight little bombshell stunner unless you're trying to get hubby's attention ;). And if you've ever tried to find a great vintage cotton day dress in mint condition, you know it is damned near impossible. Women wore them until they fell apart! "Make do and mend" was the buzz phrase of the WWII era and it carried over to post war too. So adding decorative appliques and trims to hide imperfections, stains, rips and holes was the norm. In my creations you'll often find those great little vintage touches even on fabric that is in perfect condition.
I prefer to use authentic vintage feedsack and cotton fabrics but I often default to vintage reproduction prints since there are so many great ones out there now. If I can, I use recycled metal zippers, antique buttons and vintage trims. Just doing my part to save the earth from all those thrown away metal zippers!
So browse my pattern collection and choose a dress sample that has already been put together or convo me with a color choice or choices (or actual fabric you have seen or have in mind) and a pattern selection and I can make a dress or romper just for you in your size!!

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