Sweet Peek of the Week - Morningstar84

One thing I want to continue doing with the blog is my Sweet Peeks.  Sweet Peeks are a quick look at things I find that are unique and just flat-out adorable!  I want to create one Sweet Peek a week and plan on posting these either Saturdays or Sundays.  I believe this stays true to the purpose of the blog by promoting the creative to "keep up the good work" and recognizing talent.  I hope that this will be a place of encouragement where dreams will be seen as realities!

This week we are getting to know a little more about Esther of Morningstar84.  Esther is a fellow vintage lover and owns a shop called Morningstar84 where she replicates vintage and also restyles vintage for more wearability now.
Sweet Peek:  One of her designs is a Audrey Hepburn's dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's.   

Esther has accomplished a lot in her over ten years of experience including having designs shown in "Town Magazine" and a cover of "At Home in the Upstate" and worn by Miss South Carolina!  Her styles are timeless, elegant, and fun. If you haven't seen her work, you must!

Esther was happy to answer our Fast Five interview questions and I just love her answers!

  • Can you tell us a little more about Morningstar84?    
The name Morningstar84 comes from my first name, Esther which means ''star''. As a kid i loved watching old movies and i would sit with a sketch pad in my lap and copy down my favorite dresses (I still do to this if i cant find a good picture online) So Morningstar84 is a collection of all the dresses and outfits i love and want to make, but don't have room for in my closet. 

  • I don't think any of us have a big enough closet!  Esther, what has and continues to inspire you?

      Old movies obviously, and shows like Mad Men. Anything from the 40s-60's, be it clothes, patterns, fabric, photos, retro pinups, even modern day fashions, all of it is inspiring. I have a ridiculously large collection of vintage patterns for this reason.

  •  I am thrilled to see shows like Mad Men & Pan/Am on the air!  Have there been any obstacles you've had to overcome to get where you are now?
My mom and i worked together for six years, co-owning a vintage clothing shop where we made vintage reproductions as well. It was a great learning experience for me since my mom is a professional seamstress and tailor. Sadly, we closed our shop early this year due to the economic issues that have forced a lot of small businesses to close. She is now in the process of putting the vintage stock online, and I have started my shop where i have been able to continue doing what I love. So it has worked out well.

  • I love that you and your mom share the same passion!  How did you start?  
I think i have been in training for this my whole life. I began sewing at about 6 years old (with mom supervising of course) and have been sewing professionally since i was 17. My first job, making theater costumes for a local shop, i got by showing them what i made myself for Halloween. I still see costumes i made in local plays sometimes, and i just love the surprise of ''oh, i made that.''

  • You are so talented and dedicated! What advice do you have for others who are trying to make their dreams a reality?
If it is possible to do what you love and pay the bills then you should definitely go for it, way to many people hate their jobs and that is no way to spend a life. If you have been blessed with an ability then it would be wrong not to use that ability, whatever it is. You will never know how it will workout until you give it a try. Even when things are hard and I'm stressed, at the end of the day i love knowing my dresses are out there being enjoyed, making someone feel beautiful. No other job could come close to that.

Thank you so much Esther for taking the time to share your story with us!  I hope that we will be able to admire and cherish your creations of many years to come!

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