Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Hi my name is Amy and I am the owner of ViennasGrace. This coming January I will be celebrating 3 years as a vintage pattern seller on Etsy.  I am married, my husband Jim and I share the love of all things vintage. From classic cars to furniture, we love it all! My obsession is, you guessed it, sewing patterns! We have two kids, Tanner our son is 6, and Vienna, my shop’s name sake, is 8. I never planned on naming my shop after my daughter, it just happened and stuck. We live in a very rural mountain area in California very near Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
            I’ve been sewing since the 4th Grade, a country girl and member of 4-H. I continued to sew as a teenager in the 1980’s I found that having the ability to sew could come in handy. I could buy the boring clothes off the rack and alter them to mimic Seventeen Magazine and fashions from MTV. I used every tool available to me to make my clothing unique. I used bleach, fabric dyes, and of course my sewing machine. My mother stood watching shaking her head and dismayed at my choice of alterations. Even today, in my 40’s, I still use my sewing skills and love of vintage to create a mix of vintage and modern fashions for my daily wardrobe.
            When my grandparent’s home was being cleaned out after they had both passed, I found a box of my grandmother’s sewing patterns in the dumpster. They were patterns dating from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. I rescued that box and my collection was started. I saw in vintage patterns so many possibilities of glamour and high fashion. My love affair with vintage fashion had begun. My collection continued to grow as did my desire to share them with others. I wanted to inspire others to create their own personal style.
 McCall's 4414

            When people ask me about my job, I say, “Oh this is never a job, it is something I treasure. I enjoy every minute.” I do truly enjoy and love what I do. The whole process of finding, researching, and even checking to make sure that each pattern has all of its pieces. Every pattern I pick up and hold in my hands has a history. My goal is to make sure it has a future.  I enjoy the patterns so much that that sometimes I forget to take the time to create fashions for myself. I think that every era of fashion has value. I don’t have an era that I focus on. Right now I’m drawn to the 1930’s and the 1960’s. Someone once said that my personal style was an even mix of Jimi Hendrix and Veronica Lake.
            I share my personal style and viewpoint on current fashion trends and mixing vintage and modern, as well as vintage sewing patterns every month on the Pattern Patter Team Blog.  I write about fashion trends and the history of the style. My most recent contribution can be found by clicking HERE .

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  1. Thanks for sharing, Amy!

    You're a girl after my own heart :-)

  2. I love this bio Amy. Your love of vintage and patterns is ever apparent. Thanks for sharing!

  3. What an interesting story of how you got started! Great write-up.

  4. This is great, Amy! I love the bit abut making sur e patterns haves future. That's my favorite part of being a pattern seller too, and the pictures customers email me of their finished garments. Always makes my day!

  5. i found my box at a yard sale, but i think it all starts with a box of patterns! I can also tell by your fashion alterations we are close in age! lol

  6. I know firsthand what a fount of knowledge you are, Amy. Not only that, but also how incredibly kind and generous you are with that knowledge. It's fun to read about your pattern journey, and I'm sure you'll be preserving great fashions for years to come:-)

  7. I like to read your posts about fashion trends. I am really enamoured by the 1930's-40's right now
    Thanks for sharing.