Welcome! I’m Julie Eilber of Jet Set Sewing.
I started sewing at age 8 in the school of “sewing in the basement with Mom.” For almost twenty years, sewing was a constant and favorite hobby; starting with 60s “Learn to Sew” patterns and graduating to designer patterns by Betsey Johnson, Anne Klein, and Halston in my 20s.
During college in the 70s, I was part of the emerging “Cheap Chic” vintage movement, and could be seen walking around the University of Wisconsin in a 50s swing coat when the other kids were wearing down puffer vests.
In my 30s and 40s, I wrote professionally and was a television producer, as well as a mother and stepmother, leaving me with little time to sew. During that time I continued to collect vintage designer clothing by Jean Patou, Nina Ricci, Jacques Heim and other 50s/60s designers, and researched 20th century fashion as an avocation.
Now in my 50s, I’ve embraced sewing again, and am spending my days researching, collecting and sewing up vintage designer patterns from the 1930s to the 70s, by designers such as Chanel, Claire McCardell, Charles James, Madeleine Vionnet, Schiaparelli, and Edith Head.
I started Jet Set Sewing as a place to combine my love of writing, sewing, vintage fashion, travel, (and fabric shopping, of course)! I picked the name Jet Set Sewing to evoke the midcentury era of high-flying fashion and streamlined design (and because I didn’t think “Rat Pack Sewing” would give it that same Ring-a-Ding-Ding, if you know what I mean).
Hope you enjoy your visit!