Business Spotlight – Winnie’s Vintage Store

This evening on Dotty Vintage Weddings, I wanted to share one of our fabulous magazine advertisers with you all. If you’re looking for bespoke, wedding loveliness, you’ve come to the right place!

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Winnie’s Vintage Store is run by the talented Lesley Dougan, and I had a little chat with her to find out more about the origins of her business.
She tells me, “My love of sewing started at a very early age, I’m not quite sure who I got the sewing bug from as my mum Winnie hated it! I can remember my first attempt at sewing was making dresses – lovely lurex little numbers for my two miniature dolls, which I still have today!”

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She continues, “Winnie’s Vintage Store was born from beautiful memories of my inspiration of Land Girl but most importantly my mum “Winifred Mary”. Winnie’s Pinnie’s was my first idea – oh, how my mum would laugh if she were here now, “real antwacky” she would call them, but I know she would love them really! “Really, really, darling” she would say! A phrase we always used to each other in our best Katharine Hepburn voice! I wanted to create a whole 1940’s/50’s inspired look which would capture Mum in her younger years, the reason I have incorporated Mum’s picture which was taken in her early twenties, it’s a beautiful hand painted photograph.”


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“My look is a twist on 1940’s/50’s lifestyle of make do and mend. As well as the Pinnie’s, I make fabric pictures with vintage postcards and jewels and I use extracts from classic novels by Charlotte and Emily Bronte and Daphne Du Maurier, which form the hearts in my pictures. Fabrics I tend to use are vintage inspired florals and polka dots, and I love lace, buttons and charms to adorn my work too! Other works include brooches, bookmarks and bags and not forgetting Winnie’s customised signs which are hand painted from reclaimed wood by my other half!”

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“It’s early days here at Winnie’s Vintage Store, as our first fair was The Valentines Fair at Woore in February 2013. I have met some lovely, talented people in this short time and the response for Winnie’s Vintage has been amazing; it makes me smile and very proud when someone calls me Winnie!”
If you’d like to see more examples of the fabulous work by Lesley, you can visit her over on Facebook and Twitter to find out more! Lesley also features in the latest issue of Dotty Magazine, which you can read online here!


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