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
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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