Tuesday, March 25, 2014

FEATURED SHOP - Come See Come Sew

My Passion for Patterns

by Tricia King, from ComeSeeComeSew

I am a wife, mother, and high school English teacher by day and small business owner by night.  I needed an outlet for my crafty creative side and this is my story.

 My husband Shane and I have been married 6 years and we have two beautiful daughters.  Zoe is four and already loves to create and sing, just like her mommy.  Piper is twelve months old and has just started to show her loving personality to us.  We live in the beautiful state of West Virginia and even though we live “in town” in the busy little city of Parkersburg, we still make time to get the girls out in the fresh air to enjoy everything our naturally beautiful state has to offer. 
 Shane and I love all things vintage, retro, and antique.  When I met Shane, I was in awe of all his collections.  His small “bachelor pad” was full of antique fans, vintage Coke advertising, antique cameras, and miles of music on vinyl. 

When I asked how he began collecting history, he turned me on to auctions and “thrifting” and I have never had more fun shopping and collecting. 
It was during a regular weekend thrifting excursion that I stumbled across a large box of vintage 60's and 70's sewing patterns.  My mother sewed constantly when I was growing up.  My younger sister Allyson and I were always among the best dressed each Sunday at church, thanks to her crafty talents. I desperately wanted to learn to sew for my girls and my mom was more than willing to teach me.   I bought the box for five dollars and went home thinking I would pick out a few dresses my mother and I could bond over sewing.  What happened next still astonishes me. 
I started looking for patterns anywhere I could and I became obsessed!  I have a small craft room in my attic and it was slowly being swallowed up by patterns.  It became clear to me that I was on my way to becoming a professional hoarder!  

Then it hit me.  I could turn my obsession into a lucrative business opportunity and that's exactly what I did. 
I began to research my patterns, collect more, and learn how the fabulous professional pattern sellers on Etsy made their dreams a reality.  I wanted to follow in their footsteps and I opened my store Come See Come Sew in December of 2013. The store has been hard, but rewarding work.  When I sell a pattern, I not only feel a sense of accomplishment, but also know I have had a hand in preserving history.  Too often these beautiful patterns are ignored and discarded.  My goal is to take a small step to ensuring their life continues to bring beautiful vintage clothing to life.  Balancing a full time job, two small children, and a business is difficult, but entirely worth it!  I am so excited to see what this business has in store for my family and me in the future.  

Come See what I have for you to Sew! 
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  1. Wow what a full life you live! I need a nap after reading that! I love your shop!

  2. Hi Tricia! I love that your obsession became your business.

  3. Always great to learn a little more about a fellow Etsian and Pattern Patter Team Member.
    You're off to a successful start - so many lovely patterns in your shop!

  4. I love your shop! Just added it to my favorites. :)

  5. That is a wonderfully written story of your shop! Wishing you continued sales!

  6. How nice to learn about a fellow team member.

  7. Cute photos! I concur, nice to know more about fellow teamies.