Since I was wee, I've had a fascination with eras gone by. Particularly, the late Victorian era through World War II. Even in grade school, I would raid my mother's closet for things she wore when she was young or things my grandmother wore and paired them with items from the department store. I prided myself on looking unique, and considered myself a trend setter even back then.
As I grew up, I would do what I could to create things I wanted, and to temporarily modify items to fit the aesthetic I was going for that day. Safety pins and hand stitching gave way to me looking longingly at my mother's sewing machine. I sewed a couple of small items, boxer shorts I wore to cheerleading practice and a drawstring evening bag for a homecoming dance. Then came my junior year of high school. Prom was coming, and I simply couldn't find a dress that seemed unique enough. So, I decided I would make one. My mother drove me to the fabric store where I pored over patterns and fabric. I settled on a couple of patterns which I would modify to fit the picture in my head. I chose fabrics, some typically formal, some unique. After we saw the total at the checkout counter, I think my mother nearly had some sort of attack at how much we were shelling out for a dress that didn't exist yet. She was terrified that her daughter, who had only sewn a pair of boxer shorts on a machine, wouldn't be able to handle the complexities of formal wear. Over the next couple of weeks she hovered over me on the sewing machine, reminding me of how much we spent on the fabric. I'm a stubborn girl, and assured her I would be fine. I just needed to be confident in my skills. She continued to bite her nails, and nearly had another attack when it came time for me to make buttonholes. I did it, though. I finished the back of the top of the dress with vintage buttons from my mother's button tin, and made a small evening bag to coordinate. When prom night came, I was one-of-a-kind in my two piece dress, with a bare midriff, long before that was a thing.
That started my love of sewing and creating garments and accessories. These range from formal wear to costumes. The only problem is that I am constantly buying more fabric than I will ever use. Combine that with my family and friends constantly asking when I would actually market the wonderful things I make, and etherea was born. Right now, etherea is focused on creating accessories reminiscent of those eras that have fascinated me for so long. I draw my inspiration from actual items from those eras, and create pieces with modern functionality. I choose fabrics I love, most new but I occasionally use vintage fabrics usually from pieces that would otherwise be unusable. So don't worry, no wearable vintage clothing or usable household items are harmed. Those pieces are lovingly used and worn as a part of my personal collection.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you love these items as much as I do.