I am a lover of vintage patterns, in fact i am a bit of an addict and love nothing more than traipsing through online sites looking for bargain patterns. Although i love vintage patterns, they can be hard work to adjust and due to our shapes changing over the years, they can be a little difficult to handle. That's why i get super excited when i discover a company like Eliza M Vintage Sewing that sell wonderful vintage reproduction patterns.
Eliza offers a wonderful selection of patterns on her site from dresses that the stars of the silver screen old would be happy to wear to Swing trousers that the hardest of jivers would dance in to their hearts content.
I was interested to learn a bit more about Eliza and her company and she was kind enough to answer everything i wanted to know.
Where has your love of Vintage sparked from?
I have been intrigued with vintage style since I was a young girl.My grandma usedto take me jiving and my uncle used to always wear his hair in a quiffand dress like a rockabilly and drive us all around in his vintage benchseat fifties car! So my interest in the forties and fifties reallystemmed from their early influence.Is vintage dress something you do yourself and if so do you do it on a daily basis or just for special occasions?Obviously I make the majority of my own clothes using my dress patternsso I wear vintage style all the time,I don't wear genuine vintage as I
way too many of my own design clothes in my wardrobe to ever go out andbuy anymore!
hairpins,red lipsticka full swing dress
What is your favorite old movie?
This is a difficult one for me as I love so many of them but anythingat all with Doris Day, though Barbara Streisand in the Way We Were is afavourite too.I tend to rewind and rewind to study the costumes in old movies, oh Ilove the Prince and the Showgirl too!
Who is your style icon and why?
My style icons are varied, but really how can you not be impressed withJackie Onassis and Greta Garbo!
How did Eliza M sewing company get started?
I started sewing relatively late in life as I was fed up with neverfinding anything I liked or anything that really fitted me and flatteredme in places I wanted to be flattered! I started with vintage sewingpatterns but found them too difficult as i am self taught and thebeginning phases were challenging to say the least. I absolutely knew Iwanted to sew vintage though so I found a pattern cutter who cut me asimple pattern in vintage style that was easy for me to make. After thatthere was no stopping me! I thought that maybe there were other womenwho might benefit from the patterns I had had made for my own use, andso Eliza M was born!
Where do you get your inspiration for your patterns from?
This comes from style icons,for example the Jackie suit pattern wasinspired by the beautiful Jackie Onassis
the Grace dress was inspired by another stunning style icon Grace Kelly.
Which are your Favorite patterns you have made and why?
My favourite pattern is the Betty pattern, she is so flattering andfun, and so easy to make and you can really think about using differentfabric combinations for the collar and bodice. I have made her a fewtimes now and still have so many ideas for her.I don't think I will everget bored of her.
Do you have any tips for the budding vintage entrepreneur on getting yourself and your business out there?
Do something you love. Do your homework and research. Work with onlythe best people you can find. Be patient. Work hard. Get a good website!
My favourite patterns on the site include of course the Betty dress as pictured above,
The Peggy Dress
And don't even get me started on the patterns for this blouse and swing trousers. They are a must have!
Needless to say i am more than delighted that i came across these patterns and i will be adding several of these patterns into my collection! Her patterns are very reasonably priced and as little bonus for all you Ladies and Gents outside the UK, she ships internationally!!
My experience talking to Eliza was a delight so please check out her site by clicking here and you can also find her on Twitter and give her a like on Facebook too.
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