Meet the Vendor: Evelyn & Eleanor
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Amber Ronningen, and I have the pleasure of creating Evelyn & Eleanor. I live in (and love!) West Seattle, and feel so blessed to be surrounded by amazing community, stunning landscape, and a sense of strong creative encouragement.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?:
Rompers! The light, easy feel of summer with a classic twist! Pulling from the every growing collection of vintage (read: crumbling paper) patterns in the studio, new pieces are appearing daily on the racks…beach rompers and silky rompers, playful pocketed skirts, and detailed dresses. The combination of colors and texture always inspires, and this season has brought many fun little pieces!
What was your first memory of making something?:
My sewing is a generational continuation. I remember sewing with my mother at a young age, wearing all handmade clothes, and visiting my grandmother, who also created and gave us clothing. My sewing desk now was designed and handmade by my grandfather, and I treasure the hand drawn set of plans that rests on top of the thread drawer. It is a privilege to continue the tradition!
That said, one of my first memories was making a drop waisted, two tiered, two colored 80’s dress (and yes, it was just that amazing!) when I was around 10. I HATED sewing and remember redoing sleeve stitches over, and over, breaking the machine, sobbing, and wondering why, oh why, couldn’t we just go to the mall?! It took years to come back to the craft, but after my daughter was born, I began creating tiny pieces for her, and found that those painful lessons of earlier had grown, and were able to drive and allow for the creativity of Evelyn & Eleanor today. I love seeing her wear pieces that I’ve made, and hope to pass thetraditions along to her one day.
What is your favorite new product for 2014?:
There is a Venice inspired pleated skirt that is killing me! Crisp and fun, with a hint of European chic. So lovely!
Is this a full-time business for you?:
Not quite yet! Right now it is a balance with family life, church and community, and Evelyn & Eleanor.
Where do you see your business in 3 years?:
This is still a very new business, and I’d love to see a more established E&E line, and possibly being carried in a few boutique stores, particularly in the Seattle area. I strongly support the cycle of local creation, and local business, and being a part of the creative Seattle scene!