Friday, 11 January 2013

Have you heard?

Ladies have i got news for you! I have discovered a wonderful company that sells vintage reproduction patterns based in the UK and i wanted to share it with you my dear friends.

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 M Vintage Sewing

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 used
to take me jiving and my uncle used to always wear his hair in a quiff 
and dress like a rockabilly and drive us all around in his vintage bench 
seat fifties car! So my interest in the forties and fifties really 
stemmed 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 patterns 
so 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 and 
buy anymore!

What, in your opinion are 3 things a vintage girl cannot be without?

red lipstick
a full swing dress

What is your favorite old movie?

This is a difficult one for me as I love so many of them but anything 
at all with Doris Day, though Barbara Streisand in the Way We Were is a 
favourite too.
I tend to rewind and rewind to study the costumes in old movies, oh I 
love the Prince and the Showgirl too!
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Who is your style icon and why?

My style icons are varied, but really how can you not be impressed with 
Jackie Onassis and Greta Garbo!
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 How did Eliza M sewing company get started?

I started sewing relatively late in life as I was fed up with never 
finding anything I liked or anything that really fitted me and flattered 
me in places I wanted to be flattered! I started with vintage sewing 
patterns but found them too difficult as i am self taught and the 
beginning phases were challenging to say the least. I absolutely knew I 
wanted to sew vintage though so I found a pattern cutter who cut me a 
simple pattern in vintage style that was easy for me to make. After that 
there was no stopping me! I thought that maybe there were other women 
who might benefit from the patterns I had had made for my own use, and 
so 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 was 
inspired by the beautiful Jackie Onassis
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the Grace dress was inspired by another stunning style icon Grace Kelly.
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Which are your Favorite patterns you have made and why?

My favourite pattern is the Betty pattern, she is so flattering and 
fun, and so easy to make and you can really think about using different 
fabric combinations for the collar and bodice. I have made her a few 
times now and still have so many ideas for her.I don't think I will ever 
get 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 only 
the 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.

Hugs and Kisses


  1. Now a pattern for swing trousers, that really made my ears prick up!

    1. I know. That picture of them looks amazing! It's the first i have seen and i am very interested in them.

  2. I have the swing trouser pattern. Made some shorts already, next step the full trousers.
    I did have to do happy dance when I found eliza M patterns on etsy a couple of months ago. Vintage style patterns IN THE UK! Yay!

  3. What a gorgeous web!Thanks a lot for talk about it dear!
    I stay here now, I like your blog! :)