I began sewing when I was 16 years old (I am only slightly older than that now, btw) ~ everything from simple store-bought patterns, to my own free-spirited designs, to more complicated worktable projects, such as reproduction period (Victorian) swags & draperies.
I am fortunate enough to live in, and lovingly spend ALL of my time (and monies) renovating an oversized circa 1899 Victorian farmhouse. Victoriana and charming vintage items fill my home, my thoughts, my time....and, of course, my professional life. :)
I launched two very successful clothing retail websites back in 1997, when virtually NO one offered sole-proprietorship, graphics-rich, e-tail businesses. Back then, it was known as the 'world wide web' and very few dared to tread.
The first website, 'A Vintage Wedding', was dedicated to my grandmother (photo on the 'Welcome' page), who had recently passed away. That website continued, successfully, for 12 years. The second website was dedicated to vintage 'little black dresses' (LBD's) and became extremely popular.
Both websites grew quickly. I was quoted in a variety of magazines and books as an 'authority' on vintage clothing and fashion. I was even asked to participate in television shows regarding vintage fashion. When MasterCard launched their website, priceless.com, they featured & quoted me in one of their first articles, the subject of which was 'little black dresses'.
To be perfectly frank, I never took myself that seriously. I had never launched those website for notoriety. They were a joy, as well as a great deal of work! Unfortunately, my career path in the 'real' world did not afford (me) the necessary time, in my mind, to properly tend to my clientele, so I opted to close both sites in 2007/08....with the hope that I could one day return...
Well, I am back! And I couldn't possibly be more thrilled about it! While the internet has changed a bit, the people who use the internet have not. There is no lack of online resources from which to purchase vintage clothing, in general, but certainly wedding gowns. For me, the difference is finding quality items, at an affordable price, from someone who's has integrity and is genuinely concerned about the consumer and her needs.
Allow me to firmly and emphatically state that everyone should wear a vintage wedding gown!!! Vintage fashions are truly timeless. Do not assume that that's merely a tired cliché, it's not. As you peruse these vintage gowns, remember to look with an open mind.
A 1980's wedding gown with HUGE leg o'mutton sleeves (if you are not a fan of those), would look very different if those sleeves were removed. The whole line of the gown would change, as well as the focus (more on the wearer, rather than an over-abundance of fabric).
What about a gown that does not have a train (and you would like to have a train)? In most cases, a detachable train can be added to any gown! And don't worry about matching the gowns' fabric! Use chiffon. What about lace? Have fun with it!
If you are ever in-doubt about a gown, or how it could be revamped to suite your needs, please contact me. I would love to help. :)
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Terri Travers Goodin, Proprietor