About Me


Hi, I'm Esther.

I'm a vintage-loving lady with a passion for home skills.  I love to sew, especially when recreating garments from days of old.

When I'm not sewing, you'll find me playing the piano, cooking, gardening, or at the fabric shop.

I love my family, all things old fashioned, the music of Chopin, chocolate, fabric shopping, UMD hockey, and most of all, my Saviour.  I am a sinner saved by grace, and without Him, I can do nothing!

I own an Etsy shop, also called Dolly Creates, where I sell vintage and historical-style garments, aprons, sewing patterns (vintage and modern), and take custom orders.  Click here to visit my shop.

I am also co-owner of an Etsy shop, Northern Shore Vintage, that sells vintage clothing and accessories from the 1970s and prior.  Click here to visit that shop.

Feel free to leave a comment - I'd love to hear from you!
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14 comments:

  1. Hi Dolly,

    I've been a follower of your blog for a while now and I love it! I also really love your cheery blog design. I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Liebster Award!

    http://www.craftywife.com/won-blogger-award/08/2013

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  2. Thank you so, SO much! I'm so honored! I'm following your blog now too. Thank you!!!

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  3. Hello! I'm a new reader...just link-following from other vintage fashion blogs -- Just wanted to let you know that I love your style and I'm inspired by your creations! I also have a love for mansions and exploring vintage spaces. :)

    When I finish college in May I'm hoping to leap into vintage sewing, as my mom has an entire sewing studio ready and waiting for me to learn. Thanks for the inspiration! *follows excitedly*

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    1. Hi Kira Anastasia! I am so glad you're following! That will be a lot of fun for you to get into vintage sewing. It seems like a daunting task at first, but you'll love it once you're started.
      Good luck and thanks for the lovely comments!! :)

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  4. Hello Esther! I found your blog late last year and have had a great deal of fun reading many of your posts in the past few weeks. I, too, love sewing, and historic fashions, along with quilting and making darling clothes for little girls. (I have an Etsy shop, Prairie Rose Sewing, where I sell some of my creations.) Your dresses are so pretty and very nicely fitted and made. You must have learned a lot in the past year! What a great journey you are on. I appreciate all of your longer, fuller skirts...they are my favorite to both wear and see on others. So feminine and easy to all around live in! ;) I noticed your writings about Duluth and Glensheen Mansion...the former is my all-time favorite city and the latter was great fun to tour years ago. I'd love the chance to visit it again. Looking forward to following your writings here!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah A.!! I'm so glad to have you along for the ride. ;)

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  5. Your dresses and fabrics motivate me to get sewing again. I am going to combine a gray pinstripe with a floral and make a jumper with piping and 2 low knife pleats in the skirt. I am going to study some of your looks a little more first. :) Eph 2:8-9

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    1. rcpjyn, I apologize for taking so long to respond! Thank you so much for your compliments!! Your jumper sounds lovely! I hope it goes well for you! :)

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  6. Esther

    I have just found your blog and find it very inspirational. I am have recently been getting into the vintage scene but am not yet skilled enough to attempt making many of your creations.

    One quick question, I have not seen you in pants/trousers. I am a fairly new convert to pants/trousers wearing as I used to be a skirts/dresses only person. Do you wear pants?

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    1. Hi Rebecca! I apologize for not responding to your comment sooner; it somehow escaped my notice when I was replying to them! So sorry! Thank you for all your compliments!

      I do not wear pants, due to my beliefs.
      Thanks for commenting!

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  7. I love antique patterns too. My favorite are the 1910s and 1930 and 1940 and 1950 patterns. It is wonderful to run into another lady who loves the same fashions I do. Have you tried any regency era patterns. Does one really have to have regency underpinnings or could I remake the bodice to fit with modern underpinnings?

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    1. Hi Modest Christian,

      I apologize for not responding sooner!! I have made a couple of Regency Era dresses; http://dollycreates.blogspot.com/search/label/regency - you can see them via that link. My first dress (the one with the light yellow flowers), I wear modern undergarments with. The other one (the blue and cream calico) I wear with a corset.
      Thanks for asking, and I hope you have fun sewing! :)

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  8. Hi Esther,

    I love your blog! So nice to see a modest/vintage loving feminine young lady. Curious as to how old you are....

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  9. Hello Esther. I just wanted to drop by and give you a heads up that I featured your blog on my blog in this post and nominated you for a Blogger Recognition Award:

    https://myvintageexperiment.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/blogger-recognition-award-giving-back/

    If you choose to accept this award, there are instructions in my post how to do so, but no pressure to participate! I chose you because I wanted to share with my readers some of the blogs that I enjoy reading, and I enjoy reading your blog, especially the wonderful creations both you and your mom whip up!

    Elizabeth

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