North Bank Now has been a fan of Most Everything Vintage, a mainstay of downtown Vancouver’s vibrant retail scene, for many years. Owner Alisa Tetreault is a strong presence in the downtown corridor and has brought thousands of visitors to the city for events like her many Couve Couture Fashion Shows—not to mention the steady stream of fashion-forward customers who flock to her shop for vintage midcentury clothing (both original and upcycled or reimagined), artisan jewelry, accessories, hair bling and hats, plus absolutely charming vintage home décor. The shop is described as a “vintage lifestyle boutique,” and its mission is to be “an adoption agency for things.” Vintage items are washed, mended, and dry cleaned, making them look presentable for their next début. Some items are redesigned, turning outdated fashion into modern-day statement pieces. Old pants become knickerbockers and bow ties, unwearable Pendleton shirts become hats, antique lace trim becomes chokers, vintage jewelry is turned into stunning headpieces, and mismatched earrings are transformed into magnets.
As the business has grown, the need for in-house alterations has become imperative. Vintage clothing (30+ years old) tends to be much smaller because people in general have become bigger and taller. Many times when a client tries on a vintage piece, it must be altered to fit a modern body. Tetreault needed someone who was an expert in these types of alterations. Fortunately for Most Everything Vintage—and its customers!—just such a person has come to the rescue: Amy Anthonson, a.k.a. The Stitch Witch. Anthonson can not only alter garments but is also skilled at creating one-of-a-kind 50s-inspired pieces. Her day dresses, cocktail dresses, and swimsuits will be available this summer.
“My clients often told me that my conjured creations were magical,” says Anthonson, “so I became The Stitch Witch, somewhere between Bewitched’s Samantha and Glinda from The Wizard of Oz.”
Anthonson is now available for walk-in business at Most Everything Vintage (located at 815 Washington St.) from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, 3 to 6 p.m., as well as by appointment on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Her services will include custom dress and costume making, unique fashion accessories, and alterations or repairs large or small. She specializes in 50s and pin-up styles for contemporary bodies. Stop by with that outfit you would love to put back on, vintage or modern pieces that you’d like to update for your particular body—or bring in your own ideas for customizing your own perfect look. To make an appointment, call or text Anthonson at 661-917-7927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A price list can be viewed online at mosteverything.us.
Above image: Amy Anthonson wearing one of her divine creations.