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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Resources: Some of my Favorite Online Shops

This will be just a short post today—I’m trying to finish up a birthday gift and have a couple dresses that need to be pleated.  I’m also about to start planning my dress for a dear friend’s wedding this summer. She asked me to be her matron of honor and I am so excited! In spite of all the busyness at my house I wanted to share some of my favorite online shops with you, small businesses owned and operated by individuals, which make them even better.

I love finding new places to shop, so I thought I’d share some of the places I enjoy browsing and purchasing from online. Mostly I’ve bought smocking plates from these places, and highly recommend them.

Historic Threads on Etsy

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Historic Threads is probably my favorite Etsy shop. It has smocking plates galore, and at very reasonable prices. Their shipping is reasonable and very fast. I’ve bought several times from Historic Threads and have had the same fast service each time. They have trim and notions, both new and vintage,  and reproduction fabrics. Their children’s heirloom sewing patterns are from such companies as Collars, Etc., Children’s Corner, The Old Fashioned Baby, and Creative Keepsakes, just to name a few.The costumes available in their shop make my heart (born in the wrong century) soar. Whenever I need smocking plate, I visit this shop first and rarely have to go elsewhere. Also, Historic Threads has the best prices on smocking plates that I’ve found yet.

LWales77 on EBay

This EBay store is full to the brim with smocked clothing, smocking supplies, sewing notions, patterns, sewing magazine back issues—you name it. I’ve bought smocking plates from them in the past and been very pleased.

Victoria Lynn Kid’s Clothes & Fabrics on EBay

In addition to smocking plates, Victoria Lynn has quite a lot of heirloom fabrics and laces available. She has ready-to-sew kits, ready to wear clothing, and a bunch of other great items.

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