Vintage Inspired Clothing for Modern Bombshells

St. Catharines, Canada · 408 Sales


Vintage Inspired Clothing for Modern Bombshells

St. Catharines, Canada 408 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars

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Current production time for most made-to-order clothing is 1-2 weeks.
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Last updated on Jul 11, 2016

FREE shipping on all orders to Canada!
Read the blog at
Current production time for most made-to-order clothing is 1-2 weeks.
Ask about my discount for bloggers!

Melissa Harrison

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Melissa Harrison

Mystery Item - Screen Print T-shirt
Add Pockets to any Dress or Skirt.
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5 out of 5 stars
Lydia Salmeron

Lydia Salmeron on Jun 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is the second purchase I've made and I'm happy to say everything gets delivered on time! The work she puts into making her products are always very well done. I highly recommend this seller.

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Full Skirts and Novelty Prints

Hello, I'm Melissa, I make handmade, eco-friendly, 1950s and 60s inspired clothing and accessories for women, men and baby. I also blog about work, fashion and life at

A Little About Me
My grandmother designed clothing with my mother when my mom was a teenager, and my mother did the same with me. Growing up with two generations of avid sewers before me, I was able to learn a lot sitting at the feet of my mother, my grandmother and my aunt. By age 10, I was designing clothing for my Barbie dolls with my mother and selling them at local craft fairs – it was around this time that I became very popular on the birthday party circuit, with every girl hoping to receive the coveted wedding dress with veil and miniature bouquet set. By the time I reached high school, I was designing clothes for myself. In my early twenties, my new husband encouraged me to start selling my work again, this time on Etsy.

About my Process
I make a handful of new pieces for every season that can include dresses, separates, screen printed tees, hair bows, clip on bow ties, handkerchiefs or baby dresses. (And at Christmas, I also make handmade, vintage-inspired garlands.) I make all of my handmade clothing from home on my sewing machine using vintage and my own patterns. I mostly use fabrics that are 100% cotton, small run printed in the US using water based inks with prints made by indie designers. Most of my solid colour fabrics are Oeko-tex certified non-harmful. I design my t-shirts on my laptop and then my husband Matt and I make screens and print my designs by hand onto organic, sweat-shop free, American Apparel tees with water based inks. I make ALL of my accessories from my leftover fabric scraps and when the pieces get too small, I use the salvaged fabric to make a quilt for myself. Very little is ever thrown away!

Where Did the Name Sophster-Toaster Come From?
In 2010, I started a blog and called it Sophster-Toaster after a silly name I had for my pet bunny, Sophie. I liked the name because it was memorable, didn't use any popular fad words or imagery, and didn't really mean anything in particular when taken out of context. When I opened the shop in 2012, it made sense to make the shop an extension of the blog. Sadly, Sophie passed away in January of 2013. I like to think that the shop, the blog and the shop's annual donation of 10% of November's sales to a local rabbit rescue help keep her memory alive.

Shop members
  • Melissa Harrison


    Melissa is a third generation dressmaker.

  • Matt Harrison

    IT Support, Printing Assistant

    Matt is a computer programmer by day and a helpful husband by night.


Find SophsterToaster at the following upcoming market!

  • HandMade Market - Fall

    13th Street Winery, 1776 Fourth Ave

    St. Catharines, ON

    Sep 16–17

    What is the Handmade Market? Birthed in a serendipitous series of events, the first HandMade Market market took place in the living room of our 150 year old farmhouse in Jordan Station back around the Christmas of 2009. Due to delightful popular demand, we arranged another Christmas market in 2010 (this time at a winery!) and, since then, we have been producing 3 markets per year ... Spring, Fall and Christmas. While the HMM has grown significantly since it’s inception, we have carefully maintained it as a boutique artisan market experience featuring products created by local artisans and small businesses. It is our mandate to promote the handmade arts while offering a local and ethical shopping alternative in an upscale atmosphere. We are proud to partner with some of Niagara's family-owned and operated wineries who host our events, providing a warm and welcoming environment for our artisans and guests alike. Our mantra is ... Shop. Sip. Savour.

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Last updated on May 17, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Do you take custom orders?

I offer custom sizing and small customizations like adding sleeves, removing bows or raising hemlines. At this time, I do not make dresses with your designs or fabrics.

Can I bulk order bows for an event?

Yes! For 12 or fewer bows, you can use the 3 for $12 deal multiple times. For greater than 12 bows, each bow is $3 and will require a custom listing. Please message me to confirm quantities.