Meet the Vendor: Love Letter Clothing
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Lynnmarie Patrick of Love Letter Clothing. I make delightfully unique dresses for women of all shapes and sizes, from second use fabrics and vintage findings. Each piece is individually designed, sewn and embellished by me at my kitchen table. Ever since I can remember I have wanted to be a clothing designer. After having my son very young, I earned my degree in Apparel Design and have been working in Apparel Production on the global scale for the past 9 years. Love Letter gives me a creative outlet and allows my personality to show through in my work, while maintaining ethical sourcing and business practices.
What was your first memory of making something?
I don’t have a clear first memory of making something, I must have been really tiny. My Mom has always been highly creative and always had a project going, whether it be sewing clothes for my sister and I, decorating the house, or small handi crafts. She involved me in her projects from a very young age. Before I was able to use a needle and thread by myself she would give me small scraps of fabric from her projects and I would find ways to tie them to barbies to make clothes. When I was about seven I got my first sewing kit for Christmas. It was full of tiny tools and project kits, everything was pink and just for me. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten more out of a gift in my life. I actually still use the pink and white tape measure I got in that kit!
What do you love most about craft show vending?
The thing I like most about craft show vending is connecting with my customers face to face. I absolutely love helping a customer look through all my dresses and find the one that is the perfect fit for both their figure and personality. There is nothing like seeing someones huge smile when they see themselves in one of my creations. The connections that can be made at craft shows are amazing and can’t be quantified.
Is this a full-time business for you?
This is not a full time business for me. For the moment I love using at as a creative outlet while enjoying the stability that my day job gives me.
Who’s your biggest fan?
My biggest fan in definitely my permanent boyfriend/partner guy. A few years ago I had gone through a period where I wasn’t creating, or designing, or sewing at all. I was miserable. One night he pulled down a photo album of clothing that I had made when I was in school for Apparel Design, and sat down beside me just looking at all the pictures. He asked me where that girl was and pushed me to start creating again. I can’t thank him enough for that. He is my biggest cheerleader and harshest critic. His support of me and my business have been incredible.