I find fashion ephemera both endlessly fun to look at and a fantastic resource in the history of fashion. Add the element of home sewing and you have a fascinating meeting of high fashion, domestic work, and DIY culture. This blog presents my ongoing research into fashion ephemera. The emphasis is on designer sewing patterns, both vintage and non-, with the occasional sewing project thrown into the mix. I have a Ph.D. in the humanities, so I love to research all the details of the ephemera shown here and in the PatternVault shop.
I learned to sew from my mother. When I was young, she and my aunt, who was a professional dressmaker, sold the traditional parkas my aunt learned to make up North in what is now Nunavut. I have the garment business on my father’s side as well: my paternal grandmother worked as a Spencer Corsetiere to support her young family. I gravitate toward ambitious projects, which sometimes means my garments-in-progress hang around the apartment longer than they should. I’m located in the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale, where the Victorian storefronts and converted factories inspire with their vintage textures and indie spirit.