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Featured Shop: Lucy Blaire

Aug 6, 2014

by Lucy Blaire

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Lucy Blaire, and I make oilcloth bags and PDF sewing patterns at my studio in Catskill, NY.

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I started my sewing journey as a seamstress in a custom drapery workroom in South Boston. I like to tell people that sewing drapes is the least creative thing disguised as a creative thing in the entire world. I was itching for a fresh start when my husband and I moved to upstate New York (where I grew up) and I started hearing such wonderful things about this new website called Etsy.

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The makeup bags that I’m now known for happened by accident when a local store needed me to design something extra for a Christmas event they were holding. When it was all over I threw the extra bags in my shop and they sold out within days. Now, years later, they’re my specialty and still selling like crazy. I’m always excited to hear the ways people use them – from holding dog biscuits to wet bathing suits; one customer used his to keep the tools for his drum kit!

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Up until recently, I’ve been leading a double life. For years I’ve been selling my bags in my Etsy shop and designing sewing patterns for various books and magazines. I would toil away with my protractor, rulers, and compass designing all sorts of projects by day and then running out to the studio at night to make up Etsy orders. I continued this even after my daughter Marian was born a year-and-a-half ago, until both of us were running on empty. Etsy introduced the instant digital download feature and things seemed to finally fall into place. I’ve been able to take a break from the magazines and sell patterns directly to my fans and followers on my time – instead of having to explain to my little girl that mommy has yet another deadline.

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I plan on bringing many more stuffed animal patterns to my shop, as that’s what I love to do. Each one starts out in my head fully realized, then I work backwards, reverse-engineering it in my mind. They’re like puzzles, except instead of putting them together you have to figure out how to take them apart. From there, I make pattern pieces and construct samples out of muslin, sculpting each one line by line, curve by curve, until it has the perfect shape. I’ve also been working to get some kid’s clothing patterns in the shop as well, so look for those in the near future. The makeup bags aren’t lost in the process though, rest assured! (Instead of makeup, they organize my diaper bag now.)

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All photographs by Lucy Blaire.

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Vera Vampire Squid Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
Vera Vampire Squid Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
LucyBlaire
$10.00 USD
Mens Toiletry Bag Cosmetic Case Oilcloth Large
Mens Toiletry Bag Cosmetic Case Oilcloth Large
LucyBlaire
$20.00 USD
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
LucyBlaire
$18.00 USD
Today is the Day PDF Hand Embroidery Pattern
Today is the Day PDF Hand Embroidery Pattern
LucyBlaire
$2.00 USD
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
LucyBlaire
$18.00 USD
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
LucyBlaire
$18.00 USD
Waterproof Brush Case Makeup Bag
Waterproof Brush Case Makeup Bag
LucyBlaire
$12.00 USD
Oilcloth Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Small
Oilcloth Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Small
LucyBlaire
$16.00 USD
Oilcloth Pencil Case
Oilcloth Pencil Case
LucyBlaire
$12.00 USD
Oilcloth Toiletry Bag Cosmetic Case Large
Oilcloth Toiletry Bag Cosmetic Case Large
LucyBlaire
$20.00 USD
Lovey Bunny Rattle Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
Lovey Bunny Rattle Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
LucyBlaire
$4.00 USD
Lucky Girl Dress PDF Sewing Pattern
Lucky Girl Dress PDF Sewing Pattern
LucyBlaire
$12.00 USD
Lady Marian Rag Doll Sewing Pattern
Lady Marian Rag Doll Sewing Pattern
LucyBlaire
$10.00 USD
Waterproof Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Large
Waterproof Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Large
LucyBlaire
$20.00 USD
Henrietta Hippo Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
Henrietta Hippo Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
LucyBlaire
$10.00 USD
Waterproof Toiletry Bag Cosmetics Case Medium
Waterproof Toiletry Bag Cosmetics Case Medium
LucyBlaire
$18.00 USD
Oilcloth Pencil Case Makeup Bag Brush Holder
Oilcloth Pencil Case Makeup Bag Brush Holder
LucyBlaire
$12.00 USD
The Cora Dress PDF Sewing Pattern
The Cora Dress PDF Sewing Pattern
LucyBlaire
$12.00 USD
Lady Spring PDF Hand Embroidery Pattern
Lady Spring PDF Hand Embroidery Pattern
LucyBlaire
$4.00 USD
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Stripe Large
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Stripe Large
LucyBlaire
$20.00 USD
Party Squid PDF Hand Embroidery Pattern
Party Squid PDF Hand Embroidery Pattern
LucyBlaire
$2.00 USD
Archer Rabbit Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
Archer Rabbit Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
LucyBlaire
$8.00 USD
Lyle Lion Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
Lyle Lion Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
LucyBlaire
$10.00 USD
Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern Set | Giraffe | Elephant | Lion | Hippo
Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern Set | Giraffe | Elephant | Lion | Hippo
LucyBlaire
$30.00 USD
Flora Elephant Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
Flora Elephant Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
LucyBlaire
$10.00 USD
Oilcloth Pencil Case Makeup Bag Brush Holder
Oilcloth Pencil Case Makeup Bag Brush Holder
LucyBlaire
$12.00 USD
Makeup Bag Toiletry Kit Cosmetic Case Oilcloth Large
Makeup Bag Toiletry Kit Cosmetic Case Oilcloth Large
LucyBlaire
$20.00 USD
Waterproof Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Small
Waterproof Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Small
LucyBlaire
$16.00 USD
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
LucyBlaire
$18.00 USD
Waterproof Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
Waterproof Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
LucyBlaire
$18.00 USD
Stuffed Woodland Rattles
Stuffed Woodland Rattles
LucyBlaire
$25.00 USD
Oilcloth Pencil Case Makeup Bag Stripe
Oilcloth Pencil Case Makeup Bag Stripe
LucyBlaire
$12.00 USD
Jasper Giraffe Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
Jasper Giraffe Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
LucyBlaire
$10.00 USD
Happy Home PDF Hand Embroidery Pattern
Happy Home PDF Hand Embroidery Pattern
LucyBlaire
$2.00 USD
Waterproof Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Small
Waterproof Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Small
LucyBlaire
$16.00 USD
Waterproof Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
Waterproof Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
LucyBlaire
$18.00 USD
Makeup Bag Toiletry Kit Cosmetic Case Oilcloth Large
Makeup Bag Toiletry Kit Cosmetic Case Oilcloth Large
LucyBlaire
$20.00 USD
Oilcloth Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Gingham Large
Oilcloth Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Gingham Large
LucyBlaire
$20.00 USD
Oilcloth Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Small
Oilcloth Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Small
LucyBlaire
$16.00 USD
Foxy Rattle Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
Foxy Rattle Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
LucyBlaire
$4.00 USD
Oilcloth Pencil Case Makeup Bag Brush Holder
Oilcloth Pencil Case Makeup Bag Brush Holder
LucyBlaire
$12.00 USD
Oilcloth Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Plaid Large
Oilcloth Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Plaid Large
LucyBlaire
$20.00 USD
Oilcloth Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
Oilcloth Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
LucyBlaire
$18.00 USD
Sleepy Moon PDF Hand Embroidery Pattern
Sleepy Moon PDF Hand Embroidery Pattern
LucyBlaire
$2.00 USD
Waterproof Storage Bag Toiletry Kit Cosmetic Case Large
Waterproof Storage Bag Toiletry Kit Cosmetic Case Large
LucyBlaire
$20.00 USD
Waterproof Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Small Plaid
Waterproof Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Small Plaid
LucyBlaire
$16.00 USD
Basic Set of Waterproof Storage Bags
Basic Set of Waterproof Storage Bags
LucyBlaire
$48.00 USD
Complete Set of Oilcloth Bags
Complete Set of Oilcloth Bags
LucyBlaire
$58.00 USD
Scallop Shell PDF Hand Embroidery Pattern
Scallop Shell PDF Hand Embroidery Pattern
LucyBlaire
$4.00 USD
Oilcloth Pencil Case Makeup Bag Plaid
Oilcloth Pencil Case Makeup Bag Plaid
LucyBlaire
$12.00 USD
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Large
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Large
LucyBlaire
$20.00 USD
Kitty Cat Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
Kitty Cat Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern
LucyBlaire
$6.00 USD
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Large
Oilcloth Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Large
LucyBlaire
$20.00 USD
Oilcloth Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
Oilcloth Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
LucyBlaire
$18.00 USD
Waterproof Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Small
Waterproof Make Up Bag Cosmetic Case Small
LucyBlaire
$16.00 USD
Waterproof Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
Waterproof Makeup Bag Cosmetic Case Medium
LucyBlaire
$18.00 USD
Oilcloth Pencil Case Makeup Bag
Oilcloth Pencil Case Makeup Bag
LucyBlaire
$12.00 USD

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