Rockin' Little Dress Shop on Wheels
A whimsical, vintage trailer turned dress boutique on wheels. We roll into your show and pop-up our shop filled with ready to wear, handmade garments from newborn to adult sizes each created using new and vintage fabrics, notions and patterns for modern day use.
After collecting fabric and vintage linens for decades I have restored a vintage trailer to take my creations on the road, hence “Frocks On The Run” was born. I make a variety of women’s garments from vintage tea-dresses to 50’s era dresses and farm-style frocks. I also make a large variety of girl’s dresses, nightgowns, rompers, baby bonnets, infant shoes, diaper covers and headbands. Each of my garments are one of a kind. Many are made from vintage pattern archives and lovingly sewn the way things were in bygone days with even some hand-stitching occasionally. I frequently use a mix of new and up-cycled vintage fabrics, trims, notions, even tablecloths and runners to ensure each creation is unique. My designs are timeless styles and very wearable. I also make children’s costumes for dress-up or Halloween, like we wore when we were young.
I begin with freshly laundered linens, laces soaked and cleaned for whitening if they are old, buttons handpicked from jars of antique and retro notions. Each day I go to my sewing space, I select which fabrics I will work with, whether I am sewing women’s or children’s that day. Then I begin to sketch or write out my ideas and hunt through bins for just the right trims etc. for each dress or other garment I make. I try to have a large variety of sizes, so I will make about 40 of each thing before I move on from one style to another. I do this five days a week from October to May. On weekends, I go out sourcing, replenishing my stash.
It is my delight to do a few of the best local shows each year as I am a one person operation focusing on quality and uniqueness to give you a hand-made heirloom.
Vintage lingerie, slips and gowns are also available at some shows and I post these for sale here from time to time
Would you like a family heirloom? Check out these adorable, pre-walker, handmade shoes made from new and vintage fabrics. Or, send me your special textile and I will create your own sentimental keepsake
This shoe was created from a Victorian dinner napkin lined with felt overlayed with lace
Customers are invited to browse inside the trailer where they will find an assortment of rompers, gowns and accessories, each one-of-a-kind
Due to the ever changing nature of whimsical offerings, I am presently selling at select shows in Ontario. I also love to connect with my customers so feel free to contact me if you have something specific you would like to have made. You can find me for the rest of 2019 at:
The Handmade Market - 13th Street Winery, St. Catharines Sept 13-14
Etsy Made in Canada - Garrison Village, Niagara-on-the-lake Sept 28
The Elora Handmade and Vintage Market, Elora Oct 27
Mori Gardens Christmas Palooza, Niagara-on-the-lake Nov 15,16 & 17
The Country Christmas Store, 1794 Centre St. Ridgeville Nov 7 - Dec 22 (Thursday to Sunday)