And Serendipity Vintage is three years old today too. I am so glad that I am still able to connect sewists and collectors around the world with those hard-to-find vintage patterns when so many of the friends I first met on Etsy and or in crafter's forums have had to close their shops.
Before I get too sappy, I'll just say that I don't know exactly what the future holds, but I do know that I hope that both Serendipity Vintage and Serendipity Handmade will continue to grow. I'd like to keep blogging and sharing my collections and creative pursuits with all of you.
Thanks for reading. It means a lot to me.
Collette: What is your favorite fashion era?
Becky: Ah, I love the classic lines of 50s and 60s clothing: simple styling, comfort. Think of June Cleaver's dresses, Laura Petrie's cute tops and pants, or Ava Gardner's safari wear in one of my favorite movies, "Mogambo."
Collette: I agree -- I love Laura Petrie's (Mary Tyler Moore) clothes in the Dick Van Dyke show. So tell us about your personal style!
Becky: Most days you'll find me at home in super-comfy jammies, t-shirts, and shorts. But when I go out and about I like to think I pull together a classic look -- no flashy jewelry or super vivid prints for me. Classic cardigans, Peter Pan collars on cotton blouses, a-line skirts, boot cut jeans, and shirt dresses. I wear natural fibers as much as possible, like cotton and wool.
Collette: What types of vintage goodies do you collect?
I am what is politely referred to as a "pack rat." Lucky for me, six years ago I married Bill, who also has the same affliction!
I collect and actually use vintage embroidery and sewing patterns and sewing books. I'm currently on a mission to find all of Mary Brooks Picken's books and the 1952 Vogue New Book for Better Sewing. I have a respectable stash of vintage linens, some vintage dresses I love to wear and some fab vintage pins. A couple of my pins are from the mid-60's when my Daddy had a neat little gift shop.
Then of course there are my aprons! I do not know how many I have. I don't want to know! I inherited a whole bunch from my Great-Grandparent's home place and I have also made many aprons. I wear them too. Some of the old ones need repair as they have care worn holes. I just can't bring myself to put a needle to them yet.
My grandmother, who I called "Mama," was a big influence on me as I grew up. She lived next door. Mama always believed I could do anything, even when I doubted. I wanted to learn to sew and embroider and knit and do all sorts of crafty things. She helped me learn. Before I could even think about using a sewing machine I made things by hand. Back then fabric companies printed Barbie clothes that could be cut out and sewn:
I tackled Vogue patterns early on and boy -- that was quite a baptism by fire. I loved the freedom of making my own clothes and accessories. I sewed for my kids, and while I was raising them, I also sewed for others. I worked for a couple of fabulous decorators making cushion covers, window treatments, bed skirts and duvet covers. I also altered clothes -- which I really don't enjoy -- but I met some great folks and it helped pay the bills.
When my daughter flew the coop for college I had more time on my hands and started daydreaming about owning a sewing shop. I would love to teach others, especially kids, to sew. In the meantime I decided to make and sell aprons. My daughter and one of her pals and I were out to eat one night. We had a huge case of the giggles. We started batting around name ideas for my shop, which soon became my online Etsy shop. Laughter led us to "Sew In Stitches," because we were "so in stitches." (I know...groan...!).
And I think my motto, "Modern Creations from Vintage Patterns," is pretty self-explanatory.
|Becky's Reversible Market Tote|
Oh how I wish I had some lofty or esoteric answer like "I am inspired by the wonders of nature" or the like. Actually I just get ideas from everything! I usually see a fabric I like and it says "Hey, buy a yard of me for an apron." or "Wouldn't I make the cutest dress for you?" Doesn't fabric talk to you too? *wink*
I am persnickety about my stitches. It must look great! "It can be handmade but must not look homemade" is some of the best advice I ever received.
I watch way too much TV too. I'm hooked on the old shows from my youth so I'm always spotting an apron or a dress on June Cleaver that I want to recreate. And old movies too! Lots and lots of inspiration there as well as online searches.
An online vintage pattern search is what inspired my Gathering Apron pattern. I saw a picture and searched for about two years for the apron pattern. One day I simply decided to give it a whirl and made my own pattern and surprised myself! I am sure Mama would not have been surprised.
The winner will be announced on this post on Saturday, August 18th. Good luck! And thanks again for being a Serendipity Handmade reader!