I am Sandy Tessier, owner and operator of Seams Like Olde Times, a successful costume and vintage rental store in Denver, Colorado. After 24 years, I sold most of my inventory (with the exception of my private collection) and closed the store. The remaining treasures represent the most unique, valuable, historical and exquisite of the 10,000 vintage pieces, costumes and special reproductions originally housed within the brick and mortar of Seams Like Olde Times. Previous to Seam Like Olde Times I was an Home Economics teacher in Denver Public Schools, specializing in sewing instruction. For several years I had a sewing school and was a manager of one of the Bernina sewing chalets. I have gone back to my roots of teaching and now offering private sewing instruction and beginning classes for preteens through adults.
Throughout the 24 years of active operation, we were known for costuming individuals, corporate parties, television shows, community and school plays, Old West parties, Old Time weddings, children’s school projects, and fashion shows always with emphasis on historical accuracy, professionalism and quality garments.
One of my favorite things to do is “redesign” where I take a gently used piece and design it into a period reproduction by changing the style and adding appropriate ornamentation. I was recycling beautiful dresses, fabric, and vintage pieces long before it was fashionable or “green”. Claire Smith also helped set up this website. She is the lovely model in several of the pictures.
Questions? Contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org