SophsterToaster

Vintage Inspired Clothing for Modern Bombshells

St. Catharines, Canada · 516 Sales

SophsterToaster

Vintage Inspired Clothing for Modern Bombshells

St. Catharines, Canada 516 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(132)

Announcement   Hello! I'm Melissa. I specialize in making 1950s & 60s vintage inspired clothing and accessories using new, unique, eco-friendly materials.

I use a mix of vintage and hand-drafted pattern pieces to create the dresses, tops, bottoms, men's shirts, baby dresses, clip-on bows and handkerchiefs available in my shop. Most of the fabrics I use are small batch printed in the US using an eco-friendly process and designs from commissioned, independent artists.

With the help of my husband, I use reclaimed silk screens to make stencils of my designs for screen printing water-based inks, by hand, onto US made, sweat-shop free American Apparel tees and sweat shirts. We strive to use biodegradable products from prep to clean up.

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Accessories and screen print tops & tees ship out same or next day.
Ready-to-ship clothing sizes ship in 1-3 business days.
Made-to-order clothing can take up to 1-2 weeks to make and ship.
Please let me know if you need something by a certain date!

✈️ Use coupon code FREESHIP150 for free worldwide shipping on $150+ orders!

See how I style my designs on the blog at www.sophstertoaster.com.

Ask about my discount for bloggers!

Announcement

Last updated on May 13, 2018

Hello! I'm Melissa. I specialize in making 1950s & 60s vintage inspired clothing and accessories using new, unique, eco-friendly materials.

I use a mix of vintage and hand-drafted pattern pieces to create the dresses, tops, bottoms, men's shirts, baby dresses, clip-on bows and handkerchiefs available in my shop. Most of the fabrics I use are small batch printed in the US using an eco-friendly process and designs from commissioned, independent artists.

With the help of my husband, I use reclaimed silk screens to make stencils of my designs for screen printing water-based inks, by hand, onto US made, sweat-shop free American Apparel tees and sweat shirts. We strive to use biodegradable products from prep to clean up.

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Accessories and screen print tops & tees ship out same or next day.
Ready-to-ship clothing sizes ship in 1-3 business days.
Made-to-order clothing can take up to 1-2 weeks to make and ship.
Please let me know if you need something by a certain date!

✈️ Use coupon code FREESHIP150 for free worldwide shipping on $150+ orders!

See how I style my designs on the blog at www.sophstertoaster.com.

Ask about my discount for bloggers!

Melissa Harrison

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About

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 www.sophstertoaster.com.

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

    Owner

    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.

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Last updated on Jul 31, 2017
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 you make that dress in this fabric?

I can make any piece in my shop in most of the fabrics currently in use in my shop! Please message me to discuss.

Do you offer local pickup?

I do! You can request local pickup before or after purchase and I can give you a code for before or a refund after.