SophsterToaster

Nostalgic Clothing, Accessories & Homegoods

St. Catharines, Canada On Etsy since 2012

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SophsterToaster

Nostalgic Clothing, Accessories & Homegoods

St. Catharines, Canada | 678 Sales

Announcement    See the new store at shop.sophstertoaster.com!

Local contactless pickup is available! Use coupon code SHOPLOCAL1 at checkout to remove shipping fees. Porch pickup in the Haig neighbourhood of St. Catharines will be arranged when your order is ready.

Handmade, eco-friendly and ethical slow fashion in sizes XS-3X!
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Ordering multiple items? They'll all be shipped together & shipping overages will be refunded.

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

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Announcement

Last updated on Sep 3, 2020

See the new store at shop.sophstertoaster.com!

Local contactless pickup is available! Use coupon code SHOPLOCAL1 at checkout to remove shipping fees. Porch pickup in the Haig neighbourhood of St. Catharines will be arranged when your order is ready.

Handmade, eco-friendly and ethical slow fashion in sizes XS-3X!
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Ordering multiple items? They'll all be shipped together & shipping overages will be refunded.

Sign up for the monthly newsletter and stay up-to-date on new items & sales: http://eepurl.com/gUmkR5

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

Tell me about your blog and get a coupon for 10% off!

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About SophsterToaster

Sales 678
On Etsy since 2012

Full Skirts and Novelty Prints

Hello, I'm Melissa, I make handmade, eco-friendly, vintage inspired clothing, accessories and home decor for women, men, children and pets. I also blog about fashion, food 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 local animal welfare help keep her memory alive.

Shop members

  • Melissa Harrison

    Owner

    Melissa is a third generation dressmaker.

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More information

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.