I'd like to extend a warm welcome to my newest sponsor, Miss Betty's Attic, purveyor of the very best vintage sewing patterns. Miss Betty stocks an incredible variety of over 2,000 patterns including lots of rare older patterns going back as far as the early 1920s. They're also very reasonably priced, with many 1930s and 40s patterns under $30 (£20), and original 1950s patterns starting from as little as $10 (£6). Proprietress Miss Betty was kind enough to answer some questions about her business.
Can you introduce us to Miss Betty's Attic - how did you get started with your business?
I started Miss Betty's Attic my husband suggested I may have too many patterns (over 500). I was very fond of Etsy so I started selling the patterns there. It snow balled quickly and Miss Betty's Attic became an almost full time job for me.
Do you enjoy sourcing the vintage patterns you sell? Where do you find them?
The best part about my shop is seeing these beautiful vintage patterns bring history back to life. The second best part is the hunt. I go all over Iowa and neighboring states looking at thrift shops, antique stores, estate sales and garage sales. You never know what treasures you will find.
Do you do much sewing yourself? Do you have a favourite era to sew from?
I have very little time to myself so I do not get the chance to sew as often as I'd like. I have a grandchild coming in January, so I will make an effort to sew for her. My favorite era is the 1930s - I adore the clothing.
Where can we find you?
My online shop is Miss Betty's Attic on etsy. You can follow missbettysattic on twitter or like us on Facebook to be notified of sales, special offers and discount codes. I'm also on Pinterest and Tumblr.
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