Lucy Mae Vintage Designs
My name is Amelia and I'm a single mum of two girls in Brisbane, Australia. Having been a happy hoarder of vintage fabrics and linens for several years, I started Lucy Mae Vintage Designs after my youngest daughter, and my business' namesake, Lucy, was born. My desire to honour my creative streak, and make use of what I already possessed, resulted in a new wardrobe for Lucy. I received so many comments about how unique and retro her clothes were that I started to make pieces to order. I then signed up to hold a stall at an Upcycle Market, showcasing environmentally friendly and sustainable products, and this inspired me to jump in with both feet and create a business that draws on the old to create new, exciting, unique clothing that helps fight the wastefulness and the environmental impact of the fashion industry.
I source my fabrics from Estate Sales, Thrift Shops, Facebook and Instagram Vintage Fabric and Linen Sales, and of course my Mother and Grandmother, who are both avid quilters and vintage linen collectors! My patterns are all vintage inspired, starting out with concepts from original 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s patterns or clothing photographs in vintage magazines and books, and then drafting and grading. Most pieces are tested on my own daughter, although most finished products need to be hidden because at 3 years old, she doesn't take kindly to me selling "her" clothes! :)
I always use natural fibres, such as cotton, linen, wool and hemp, as I don't want to contribute to the synthetic fibre pollution making its way from washing machines to the oceans, nor the toxic byproducts resulting from the production of synthetic fabrics.
I make all clothing myself, in my own home in Brisbane, and my goal is for my studio to be carbon neutral, using treadle power for sewing, and solar for everything else. I would love to restore my Great Grandma's Singer Treadle for use, as it created clothing for Grandma and her siblings, then my Dad and his brothers and sister.
No matter how big this business grows, it will stay entirely in my local area, and not move off-shore to lower production costs. I am teaching my methods and my business to my older daughter, who is fifteen, and she is coming on board as my helper.
Locally hand made, locally sourced, family-oriented, ethical and sustainable. These are what define Lucy Mae Vintage Designs, and always will.