A Couple of questions I asked Erika showed me that she and I have a lot more in common than I thought!
Me: How did you get started sewing?
Erika: "I started sewing in high school but really got into it in college at Salisbury University in Maryland when I worked as a Costumer's Assistant for our theatre department. That's where I really learned how to construct clothing and anything that I do know about tailoring, fitting, and pattern alterations. Since then I have also taken up with quilting and embroidery."
Me: *Sigh* That's my dream job. How did you get started selling vintage on Etsy?
Erika: I wanted to start an Etsy shop to supplement my low wage income working at a bookstore. I chose vintage because I didn't think I had the stamina to open a handmade shop, at least not yet, and also because I LOVE going to thrift shops, yard sales and auctions and have been doing it all my life. I can remember being a really little kid and how hard it was to resist the urge to throw my hand up and bid! Something, I definitely failed at a few times... Anyway, I have always found way more cool stuff then I had room for or could ever possibly sew up and so I wanted to share the treasures I found with other people.
|Me: I too spent most of my childhood trailing behind my mom at thrift shops, garage and estate sales, antique stores and flea markets. Vintage is in my blood. And that's exactly why I started selling on Etsy too. My stash got to big, and I started to feel like a hoarder (only the good stuff, of course!)|
|Erika is clearly just the sort of kindred sewer and vintage enthusiast we can all relate too. And by all, I mean me.|
And she's offering this lovely gift package to one lucky reader:
The giveaway includes a lovely vintage pattern, a vintage edition of Work Basket Magazine from 1960, some great retro fabric, and some cute buttons to top it all off.
The pattern is really cool. It's called a "Scoop Neck Skimmer" and it's printed by McCall's for mail order. It's a size 10-12, Bust 31-32 and is uncut and in factory folds. (Don't you just love being the first person to use a pattern?)
To enter the giveaway, simply click on this link to Erika's shop, and tell me which item you like best (she has some of the BEST patterns from many different decades.
For an extra entry, you can become a follower of this blog, if you aren't already. (Just leave another comment to let me know.)
I'll announce the winner (who will be drawn by a random number generator) on Saturday the 23rd.
The 1968 Women's Dress Pattern - I love the shape and the ruffles on it. :)ReplyDelete
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I'm teaching myself to sew and have been looking for vintage patterns this is super dope!I love the 1973 Womens Short Tent Dress PatternReplyDelete
I really love "Butterick 6223", a lovely 1950s blouse pattern...I am sewing more separates, and am always looking for nice blouses :-)
I love the 1940's McCalls 5486, the ruffles and the pleats are adorable!ReplyDelete
I just became a follower of your blog also :-)ReplyDelete
BTW - I love your Etsy shop too :-)ReplyDelete
I love this shirt patternReplyDelete
But I love your giveaway pattern too !!
I LOVE the 1940's rayon floral fabric! I could have some fun with that!ReplyDelete
Also, I am following your blog now!ReplyDelete
5027 the swimsuit pattern..I would love to get into making my own swimwear and this was perfect, the middle version was the one I liked best, but I liked the lacing on the last one..what fabric would you make vintage swimwear in mmmmmm........ReplyDelete
what a lovely give away! I had a really good look, it's so hard. I am very drawn to all the 70s patterns but I also rally like the 1969 midi jffy dress, just would great made up. I'm deffantley going back for a good shop ( altough I really know I shouldn't!)ReplyDelete
What a wonderful giveaway! I love the 1940's Day Dress pattern in her Etsy store. Sam xoxReplyDelete
And my second entry as I am a happy follower :-) Sam xoxReplyDelete
Wow fantastic giveaway, I love that dress pattern! My fav thing in the shop is the 1968 Womens Dress Minidress with Ruffles Pattern it looks so different in each picture and I actually like all 3 which is unusual for me. Plus your patterns are very reasonably priced, I'm glad I have found Erika's shop.ReplyDelete
My favorite pattern is Simplicity 4688. I just love the shape of the skirt and the overblouse! I would love to make it in a bold color and wear it this summer!ReplyDelete
And now I'm a follower ;)ReplyDelete
I love the McCall's 6521, with the wrap style collared jacket. It so reminds me of my Aunt Jan who was a flight attendant for United. I love retro and love going shopping at the GoodWill in different cities looking for older patterns. I hit the jackpot last time I went to Charleston, SC. I havne't ventured into estate and garage sales as I work on Saturdays, but would love to be so lucky and find a great find! Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
I love this listing http://www.etsy.com/listing/70198453/1970-womens-minidress-pattern-vintage which is a 70's style that I would wear today.ReplyDelete
some great stuff in that shop ;) And the fabric in the giveway - my favorite colors !
My favorite is this listingReplyDelete
And I also like the giveaway pattern.
And I became a follower of your blog.ReplyDelete
The floral/leaves print is beautiful! I saw several patterns my mom used to make clothes for me from the 50's-70's! The shirtwaist dress was a favorite!ReplyDelete
Oh there's so much to pick from! Although I might have to pick the 1966 women's blouse as I've had my little eye out for one... I still haven't tackled the collar yet! And the giveaway pattern- more collars! RL xReplyDelete
Oh... and I am now a follower :)ReplyDelete
Oooh, wow! I'm just loving her Etsy Shop! And she ships to everywhere! I'm going to have a blast here :D Now, my favorite pattern must be... the Simplicity #7629: Misses' Dress in Two Lengths and Sash Pattern and Butterick #5685: Misses' "Quick and Easy" Dress Pattern. I just can't choose between them!ReplyDelete
Thanks a lot for this giveaway and letting us know about this fabulous shop!!
And my second entry for I am a follower now ^^ReplyDelete
I follow your blog nowReplyDelete
I absolutely adore this pattern http://www.etsy.com/listing/70640475/1969-womens-minidress-jiffy-dress.ReplyDelete
I love the full skirt dress and jumper - S3576. I would totally wear that.ReplyDelete
1949 Womens Jacket and Weskit Pattern - Vintage Simplicity 2936. The collarless jackets, especially the brown one, are just delightful! The perfect 'masculine' look for a 'lady'.ReplyDelete
There're really nice patterns in the etsy shop and I also like the vintage fabrics - the floral dress fabric is simply stunning. The pattern I like the most is this lovely 50s dress:ReplyDelete
I love, love the 1968 minidress (I can't believe no one else had snapped it up). Thanks for the contest! That neckline is so pretty!ReplyDelete
BTW, I think I've accidentally signed up twice to follow you. Time for bed, I'd guess!ReplyDelete
I love, love, LOVE the 1974 Womens Jacket Pants Overalls pattern simplicity 6669 pattern...I am from the southwest and have always loved overalls, but the wide trouser legs and skinny waist make them simply adorable! Thanks!ReplyDelete
I love the 40s floral print fabric. Gorgeous!ReplyDelete
I am also now a follower!ReplyDelete
The early 1960s women's cocktail dresses pattern is so great. Weren't they glamorous back then? Loved it. Thank you for the chance to try this for myself.ReplyDelete
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1969 minidress. The collar is so interesting!ReplyDelete
I'm following her blog, thanks!ReplyDelete
My favorite pattern is the 1960s Simplicity 7597 Muu Muu, just looks very comfortable and I am all about comfort, plus I have a large collection of Hawaiian dress, love them!ReplyDelete
I'm not usually a fan of the 70s but my choice is the 1974 Womens Outfit Skirt Jacket Pants. The yellow version on the envelope is just adorable.ReplyDelete
I love this!!! Early 1960s Womens Cocktail or Evening Dress and Jacket.ReplyDelete
This felt like a little trip down memory lane. I could swear there were a couple of patterns that I once had and made in the early 70's. Too bad I didn't keep them. One of may favorites is actually the give-away pattern. I love the easy shift shape and the nice collar. Hope I win it.ReplyDelete
LOVE the 1950s Girls Sundress and Bolero Pattern - Vintage Butterick 7367 !ReplyDelete
Congrats on your first giveaway- love this vintage fabric!
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Agree that the 1973 Womens Short Tent Dress Pattern is super! firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
The 30s/40s polka dot fabric is absolutely lovely!ReplyDelete
I like this one. It's so difficult to find a modern version of this great dress.
1960s women's cocktail dresses pattern! Fab!ReplyDelete
Im also a follower too :)ReplyDelete
I love this cotton print!ReplyDelete
Love the butterick 1950s shirtwaister dress pattern...also love the 50s/60s Vintage Red and Green Repeating Squares along with the bright green flat buttons along with it, would make a very cute circle skirt.ReplyDelete
I love all the items in the etsy shop, but if i had to pick just one it would be the 60s70s Floral and Leaves Print Fabric. SO PRETTY!ReplyDelete
I keep going back to the 1940's evening skirt in the shop, I really like it. Thank you for the chance to win such a great package!ReplyDelete
Oh I'm also a follower! I'm really enjoying your blog!ReplyDelete
I follow your blog and I love it!ReplyDelete
I like the Vintage Simplicity Pattern #2494 best! It's three different dresses that I really wan't to do sometime in the future!ReplyDelete
Oh my, I just scrolled down to the first line of items and immediatly fell in love with her 30/40's navy polka dot fabric. How pretty!!!ReplyDelete
I am a blog follower already. :)
Oh~ 1950s Womens Day or Evening Dress Pattern...ReplyDelete
Oh, that pattern is gorgeous! And just my size too...ReplyDelete
My favourite item is this fabric:
And I've just become a follower too :DReplyDelete