Friday, March 29, 2013

A Little Bit About Me and Morningstar84

As someone mentioned recently they didn't know much about the woman behind Morningstar84 and all the sewing projects that are posted. I realized I never really introduced myself on my own blog! How rude of me! I do apologize.  So i thought I'd take a little time to say hello and tell you a little bit about how I came to be a full time seamstress :-)

My name is Esther and I have been sewing since I was 6 years old. I grew up with a seamstress as a mother, she worked from home so I saw lots and lots of people come and go with different fitting issues, requests and regular alterations. I loved making barbie clothes and costumes. As I got older I began making some of my own clothing and learning to fit myself.

I have been sewing professionally now for almost 12 years. I got my very first job as a seamstress for a costume shop. After that my mom and i went into vintage clothing, collecting, selling, repurposing and creating new ''vintage''. Thats when I got really interested in vintage clothing, sewing vintage and began creating my own patterns and retro designs. I was also taking custom orders. Learning to work with different shapes and sizes in person was invaluable and i had my mom right there if i needed help. I could not do what i'm doing now if i hadn't spent that time working with people in person and with my mom everyday.

A friend suggested I try Etsy, I wasn't so sure about it but I listed a few things and they sold. I listed some more things and people started asking for custom work. Around this same time My mom and I decided to close the vintage shop since the economy wasn't really improving and we found ourselves sewing more than selling vintage. I began to focus more on custom work on Etsy and moved my work space home which now takes up an entire room and then some, to the great delight of my husband, lol. He's been great though even putting up shelves for me!
So that is how I came to be a seamstress. It has been a real blessing to be able to do something that I love. Thank you to all who have made it possible!

above is me looking very glam  (though i rarely ever look like this)
you are much more likely to see me like this only inside, surrounded by fabric and probably no sunglasses  ;-)

These photos may not be used without permission from Morningstar84.


  1. Hi Esther! It's so nice to finally meet you. :) I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing your incredible creations. You inspire me to become a better seamstress. ...and if I ever need a custom gown, you are at the top of my list!

    1. Hi Gabriella,
      Sorry i'm a little late on the comments but its always nice to get a little feedback, meet other seamstresses and see what they are making. And if you ever need a custom gown id be delighted to make it!

  2. Hello Esther! I just came to ran into your blog as well as you Facebook by searching Marilyn Monroe's flower dress sewing patterns and pictures, and I need to tell you I'm amazed by yout job! Really, you rock girl i've sewn all the dresses I've ever wanted to sew myself and wear! But so far i've only sewn that Marilyn's Polka dot blue dress which is my favorite and it's not as pefect as your version of it, but it's a start right? I'm a fan of you work...XOXO from Brasil!

    1. Hello and thank you! That dress is quite a bit of work, all those gathers! Its always nice to meet other seamstresses and from so far away too. You should try some of Marilyn's other dresses too, they are all a lot of fun to make :-)