We had the good fortune of connecting with Annette Yegge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Annette, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Stuff! Sewing takes so much stuff only to create one thing. Of course, you need a machine. Then, all the colors of thread, a pattern (I love designing my own), and different sizes and shapes of scissors. Pins, rulers, and marking tools too. Oh, and you need fun fabrics and interfacings as well. Then, you’ll need a place to keep all your stuff. Whew! It’s a whole hobby.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started my Etsy shop in 2016 and didn’t really know what I wanted to create and sell. So, I began making baby items. I did that for two years until it became mundane. I rebranded and went forward with something a little more familiar to me. Bright and colorful with some retro flair. After a couple of years, I designed my own website where I sell my items and have a sewing blog too. Everything is created with vintage, pinup, and retro style in mind. Definitely a southern California thing. When I’m at shows, and someone walks up to my booth, their eyes light up with excitement! That makes me happy. I love when I can create something that sparks a special something in others. I love to laugh and joke, and incorporate that into many of my items.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’d go to Burbank first and visit the vintage shops down there. You’re bound to find a treasure or two from one of them. We’d grab Indian food in Pasadena at some point. I love Knott’s, so a day there would be a must, including getting the chicken dinner. Long beach has quite a few Tiki bars so, we would definitely visit one after finding some vintage shops. Another day would be spent visiting Wrightwood and taking a short hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. There are so many things to do here, and a week wouldn’t be long enough.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh, I’d love to give a huge shoutout to Gretchen Hirsch a.k.a. Gertie. She does so much for the vintage sewing community. Gertie has books, a Patreon page, you tube, and a website where she shares tons of knowledge on vintage sewing. I found her over a decade ago and have been a big fan since.
Other: TikTok @Sewingtothemoon
All photos are by me, Annette Yegge