July 01, 2021

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Betsy Ross, An Inspiring Entrepreneur!

I'm sure you're familiar with Betsy Ross, she is is best known for the stories she told her children about sewing the first American Flag. But what you might not know is that she was also an 18th century entrepreneur! Have we piqued your interest? Read on to hear the truly remarkable story of her establishing a successful upholstery business during a time when women were not usually at the forefront in the business world.

Bonus Giveaway: Scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter to win the complete set of Flossie Potter Betsy Ross 18-inch sewing patterns and a ready to sew kit to make the dress!

 

More about Betsy Ross: On January 1, 1752, while the rest of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was ringing in the new year, the Griscom family was busy welcoming their 8th child into the world. The baby's name was Elizabeth Griscom, but she quickly became known to her family as Betsy. The Griscom's, like many families in Pennsylvania, were Quakers. When Betsy was old enough, she was sent to a Quaker school where she was taught reading, writing, and a trade – which was most likely sewing. After she finished school, Betsy's father apprenticed her to a local upholsterer.

During her apprenticeship, Betsy did what many young girls did, she fell in love. The young man that won her heart was a fellow apprentice named John Ross. Betsy and John were married in November of 1773 when she was 21. Betsy joined her husband at the Episcopal church, the same church that George Washington attended. 

In 1775, John and Betsy started their own upholstery business. This was a very bold decision as competition was tough and there was a great deal of political unrest at the time. In January 1776, their business was struggling from want of supplies from Britain so John joined the colonial militia. Sadly, John was killed in a munitions accident that same month. It was a very tough time for Betsy, but she carried on and kept her struggling business going by sewing flags and filling munition cartridge's for soldiers.

According to the stories she told her children, it was in May or June of 1776 that she met with George Washington, George Ross, and Robert Morris about making the first American Flag. She said they originally wanted a six pointed star until Betsy showed them how easy it was to cut a five pointed star.

(Photo credit: USHistory.org Painting "The Birth of Old Glory" by Percy Morgan 1917)

We don't know for a fact that Betsy Ross made the first American Flag. It's not that her story is untrue, there just simply isn't any evidence to prove it. The facts we do have are that she did know George Washington and made flags during the American Revolution. Whether or not the stories she told her children are true, Betsy Ross is still a woman to be remembered for her contribution to the American Revolution as well as a great example for women entrepreneurs from the 18th century. During one of the most difficult times in American history, Betsy Ross established a successful upholstery business in a male dominated society that would eventually employ a number of people from her family. Her daughter Clarissa took over the business when Betsy finally retired in 1827 at the age of 75.

And the rest is history...

Interested in recreating the Betsy Ross look? We have a beautiful collection of patterns from Flossie Potter available for 18-inch American Girl dolls.

  

 

Enter the Giveaway!

Enter to win the complete set of patterns, plus a complete sewing kit to make the dress! The kit includes all the dress pieces already cut from a darling vintage print cotton fabric. The neck trim and bias ties are already sewn too! All the fabric pieces are neatly labeled and ready to sew!

 

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below this post by telling us about one of your favorite Women-owned businesses! We'd love to hear who you admire, who's inspired you, or who you simply love to shop from. Tell us in the comments below.

The contest is open today July 1, 2021 through Monday July 5th at midnight PST. We will pick a winner on Tuesday July 6th and update this post once they are contacted.


85 Comments

Angela
Angela

July 02, 2021

Wow! Betsy Ross had an amazing story!
One of my favorite women businesses is an online planner company. They sell planners, as well as other resources to help people learn how to use planners and also for homeschool help.

Kathy
Kathy

July 02, 2021

My daughter in law has had her own cleaning business and now has a business selling American girl clothes and items. She is a hard working woman, who still finds time to care for her family.

Laura
Laura

July 02, 2021

Betsy ross pattern was one of the very first patters I purchased from Pixie Faire. I have never undressed the doll who first wore it an i have named her Independence.

Heidi
Heidi

July 02, 2021

Thanks for the chance to win this!

Summer
Summer

July 02, 2021

This is so cute!

M.diana Thompson
M.diana Thompson

July 02, 2021

I admire all the women from my generation who had “businesses” in their garages, homes, sewing rooms and more, who did the “odd” sewing jobs, sold fabric and trucked their goods to craft faires, farmers markets and churches. They balanced their time, their homes, their families all the while never being given any credit for being the entrepreneurs they were. Ahead of their time, or upholding a long tradition of “keeping a bit extra in the money jar” they carried on as “housewives” with a “hobby” and were never properly acknowledged for their contribution to teaching and being an example that women can do it all. Hats off to them. I can name a million…but no one will know them, I am an exception now though, with a “proper” business of my own, but remember the days no one took me seriously or acknowledged what I did. Cheers to all the young girls who now have that chance !

Shasta
Shasta

July 02, 2021

This would be awesome to win! Thanks!

Amy
Amy

July 02, 2021

Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Cindy
Cindy

July 02, 2021

This is awesome!

Christine
Christine

July 02, 2021

Love American history, so this is such a sweet pattern. Not sewing related, but my sister bought, renovated a building to open her hair salon. Renting chairs to other stylists as well. I suppose it doesn’t sound impressive. But to me the guts it took to undertake and fulfill that dream is note worthy

Bridgette S
Bridgette S

July 02, 2021

Thank you for the giveaway!

Bridgette
Bridgette

July 02, 2021

I don’t know of any women who own businesses.

DellaSue
DellaSue

July 02, 2021

I belong to DAR. As the Literacy Chairman I go to the schools in our county and let the Headstart students choose a book for them to keep. I have made the Betsy Ross and George Washington to use when I talk about Colonial Times. I got my skills from my Mother. She didn’t have a store but she did costumes for a dancing recital and all kinds of seeing for family and friends. She is my hero!

Barbara
Barbara

July 02, 2021

Betsy Ross was a great inspiration to me with her business. My Aunt Janet taught me how to sew and made me interested in sewing. She handles all the alterations and made clothes for people in our family and neighborhood, not really a business owner but she was paid for the clothes and items that she did make. I also love Pixie Faire and use all the patterns to make my children and now my grandchildren their doll clothes. Thank you for everything that you do.

Cathy
Cathy

July 02, 2021

Women who run a family business while being a wife and mother, all at the same time.

Julie
Julie

July 02, 2021

I greatly admire Betsy Ross for being an entrepreneur during a very difficult time and patriot during the Revolutionary War. On my first visit to Philadelphia, PA my very first stop was touring her home. She sewed for the public during that time. But her sewing for the Continental Army activities was done in secret, probably in her bedroom. If she had been caught aiding the Continentals she would have been accused of being a traitor by the British. She was a very special lady.

Janet  P
Janet P

July 02, 2021

My grandmother came to this country at the age of 14, and went to work inn a sewing factory. After she married, she sewed for her home and children My Mom, her youngest, learned to sew and do tailoring. When i was teen-aged, i went to Singer Sewing School to learn the basics of sewing.
I continued to sew throughout my like. I now sew mainly for my dolls, i have a collection of many vintage dolls and creating for them is my retirement hobby.

Gail
Gail

July 02, 2021

I have a hard time picking a favorite bsiness. So many of my favorites are owned by women because they are crafting businesses. In the crosstitch area, I like The Real Wives of Crossstitch. For doll clothes I like Pixie Faire and Lee & Pearl Designs. In the quilting area, I like Phoebe Moon Designs,I Love to Make Quilts (Pat sloan), and numerous others. It is too hard for me to choose a favorite.

Denise Darby
Denise Darby

July 02, 2021

I admire any women who can run there business.

Shelley Rosselot
Shelley Rosselot

July 02, 2021

My mom was my inspiration to learn to sew. She worked in sewing factories for years. They would bring her the garment from the designer with pieces already cut out. She would then sew them together for each station without a pattern. She taught me to sew when I was young. We made my niece’s prom dress together, she it was an adventure. When she would get to something she wasn’t sure about I would get the instructions out and we would figure it out together. I know have my own sewing business..I have been inspired by my mom, Eleanor Burns and Nancy Zieman.

Shelley Rosselot
Shelley Rosselot

July 02, 2021

My mom was my inspiration to learn to sew. She worked in sewing factories for years. They would bring her the garment from the designer with pieces already cut out. She would then sew them together for each station without a pattern. She taught me to sew when I was young. We made my niece’s prom dress together, she it was an adventure. When she would get to something she wasn’t sure about I would get the instructions out and we would figure it out together. I know have my own sewing business..I have been inspired by my mom, Eleanor Burns and Nancy Zieman.

Mary
Mary

July 02, 2021

My grandmother did fitting of under garments, mostly for brides. She was such a talented woman! She taught me to sew as a young woman and the sewing bug bit me. I will always be grateful to her.

Susan
Susan

July 02, 2021

I admire any woman that can successfully manage her own business.

Kathleen A
Kathleen A

July 02, 2021

I love to shop for fabric from “women-owned businesses” on Etsy. So many adorable unique prints! But the person who inspired me to sew is my mom. She never owned a business, but she loved sewing Barbie clothes for me, and for my cousins. She had a special way of turning every-day-objects into sweet little miniatures. My Barbie house was full of her little touches. When I got a little older, she turned her talents to a doll house. Much of it was full of little trinkets she turned into things for the house. She made tiny little patchwork quilts for the beds, little curtains and tiny paintings for the walls. She’s in Heaven now, and that doll house is in storage (I don’t have room in my house). I hope to someday put it together again, and display it. I wish I had some of her imagination! She would love the ease of shopping today. Sweet little fabrics, only a click away. I’d like to think she’s proud of me and my dolly fashions. I’ll find out someday…in Heaven!

Carol
Carol

July 02, 2021

As mentioned by others, Nancy Zieman was truly an inspiration for me and all viewers, no doubt. She was a mentor during a time when fewer women were featured in that status. Disease did not stop her. She taught me so much about sewing, right from home, and I love the fact that her shows are still part of our viewing pleasure. She was a business owner, Nancy’s Notions, along with her featured shows.

Bev
Bev

July 02, 2021

I adore 3 pattern designers and it is difficult to choose one. Flosser Potter, Thimbles and Acorns, and Little Miss Muffet. :Thimbles and Acorns and Flossie Potter teach History to families and Little Miss Muffet has a truly feminine designs to make girls and women feel special. I admire all three of these women entrepreneurs.

Mae Lynn Beck
Mae Lynn Beck

July 02, 2021

I have to say, Cinnamon Miles is the women entrepreneur that I most admire. I love PixieFaire and the great customer service. When I learned of Sew Powerful I was even more impressed. Her Christian faith is evident.

Mardelle J.
Mardelle J.

July 02, 2021

I admire my friend’s daughters. All three girls have started their own business: a B&B, a gym, and a spa!

Tanya
Tanya

July 02, 2021

My inspiration to sew came from my mother. She sewed for me all my life making me simple play clothes to my wedding dress to making my father leisure suits to making me a fabulous wardrobe of Barbie clothes which I still have and love. She was self taught and always worked very hard to do as professional job as she could on a simple Sears zig zag sewing machine, the machine I learned to sew on.

Rachel
Rachel

July 02, 2021

My favorite women owned businesses are women on Etsy

Shaphan
Shaphan

July 02, 2021

I most admire my little sister, she is a full time mom, home schooler, crafter, and she is a fitness coach as well! She balances her life so gracefully. She works very hard to keep her family healthy and happy! I’m so proud of her! I want to be like her when I grow up! 🥰

Eileen
Eileen

July 02, 2021

Dana Claus of Castle Noel. She may not be sole owner but she is amazing. She goes out of he way to help employees who need her. She has managed to help keep the business through covid when she had to lose 3/4 of her guests but keep 3/4 of the staff to run the place. She makes me want to be a better person.

Kelly
Kelly

July 02, 2021

My grandmother and her businesses inspired me. She was a natural entrepreneur. She taught me to sew at age 3 and I adored being her little “apprentice”. She was a seamstress, quilter, and upholsterer; both in her own cottage industry and working for local businesses too. She also ran an herbal garden business on the side. My family had a lot of problems and hardships. My dad was in the military and we moved every 3 years. My mom was sick for a long time following the birth of my brother when I was 6. I became responsible for the care of both my baby brother and my mom. Money was always very tight. One of my mom’s friends had an alteration business. She saw that I was very good at hand sewing, (meticulous in making even, tiny stitches which I controlled by pre-marking each stitch with a school ruler), and so she offered me a part-time job putting hems in garments for her. I made enough money doing that to buy supplies to make my own clothes and baby clothes for my little brother as well. When I was eight, we moved to Hawaii, and I needed to find a new source of income. There were lots of kids on our military base. So I came up with the idea to make doll clothes using my own designs and patchwork stuffed animals from a single commercial pattern. I made the items by using the remnants of my own clothing garment sewing. I made up some business cards and started selling handmade items door-to-door. I sold everything I made as fast as I could make it. People quickly started calling me to make toys and human clothes too. One door that I knocked on happened to belong to a lady who worked for the Honolulu airport. She asked if I’d ever considered making flowered leis. I asked her how to make them and she told me. That very day, I expanded my business to include making leis from the beautiful flowers that grew prolifically everywhere around me. I still knocked on doors; but in addition to selling things, I offered to rake up dead and fallen flowers in people’s yards if I could then collect additional flowers from their bushes to make the flowers grow even more prolifically in the future. People loved the idea. They often even paid me extra for raking the flowers. So each day, after school, I’d put my little brother in a wagon and go around to houses to collect the flowers. Then I’d go home and let my brother play outside while I sat under a tree and sewed the flowers into beautiful fragrant leis. The lady from the airport would come by every morning before school to pick up the leis and pay me for that day. I made a very good income through the flower business until we moved again 3 years later. After that, I went back to just selling handmade items door to door; but within 3 months I was mostly making clothes and quilts for people who contacted me by using the business cards I handed out. Before long, I was designing my own clothes for them, and I made my first wedding dress for a client at age 12. After that, it was all custom work; and I ran that business for 35 years before I tried to stop so I could focus attention on more traditional office work as my only job. LOL! Even though I said my business was closed, people still kept calling and wanting custom sewing. Honestly, they still call; but I usually just redirect them to local businesses. I’ve happily sewn almost every day for 60 years; and nowadays, I prefer to only sew for friends, family, and charity — but that still takes up most of my time. I’m still in love with sewing and quilting; but it is so much more rewarding to do it for people who really need the help and can’t afford to ask for it. Of course, I still love making doll clothes and giving them to children. I love the surprise and joy on their faces when they receive an unexpected gift from the heart. That brings me the greatest joy of all.

Janet
Janet

July 02, 2021

My mother and both grandmothers were my inspirations for sewing and fiber arts.

BevM
BevM

July 02, 2021

As a lifelong sewist, I have always admired Betsy Ross. This pattern will go well with the George Washington/soldier pattern.

C
C

July 02, 2021

I recently discovered Awomi Naturals online for natural skin products, they are women-owned and support women in Africa as well.
A ready-to-go pattern kit sounds like fun. :)

Kelly
Kelly

July 02, 2021

My grandmother and her businesses inspired me. She was a natural entrepreneur. She taught me to sew at age 3 and I adored being her little “apprentice”. She was a seamstress, quilter, and upholsterer; both in her own cottage industry and working for local businesses too. She also ran an herbal garden business on the side. My family had a lot of problems and hardships. My dad was in the military and we moved every 3 years. My mom was sick for a long time following the birth of my brother when I was 6. I became responsible for the care of both my baby brother and my mom. Money was always very tight. One of my mom’s friends had an alteration business. She saw that I was very good at hand sewing, (meticulous in making even, tiny stitches which I controlled by pre-marking each stitch with a school ruler), and so she offered me a part-time job putting hems in garments for her. I made enough money doing that to buy supplies to make my own clothes and baby clothes for my little brother as well. When I was eight, we moved to Hawaii, and I needed to find a new source of income. There were lots of kids on our military base. So I came up with the idea to make doll clothes using my own designs and patchwork stuffed animals from a single commercial pattern. I made the items by using the remnants of my own clothing garment sewing. I made up some business cards and started selling handmade items door-to-door. I sold everything I made as fast as I could make it. People quickly started calling me to make toys and human clothes too. One door that I knocked on happened to belong to a lady who worked for the Honolulu airport. She asked if I’d ever considered making flowered leis. I asked her how to make them and she told me. That very day, I expanded my business to include making leis from the beautiful flowers that grew prolifically everywhere around me. I still knocked on doors; but in addition to selling things, I offered to rake up dead and fallen flowers in people’s yards if I could then collect additional flowers from their bushes to make the flowers grow even more prolifically in the future. People loved the idea. They often even paid me extra for raking the flowers. So each day, after school, I’d put my little brother in a wagon and go around to houses to collect the flowers. Then I’d go home and let my brother play outside while I sat under a tree and sewed the flowers into beautiful fragrant leis. The lady from the airport would come by every morning before school to pick up the leis and pay me for that day. I made a very good income through the flower business until we moved again 3 years later. After that, I went back to just selling handmade items door to door; but within 3 months I was mostly making clothes and quilts for people who contacted me by using the business cards I handed out. Before long, I was designing my own clothes for them, and I made my first wedding dress for a client at age 12. After that, it was all custom work; and I ran that business for 35 years before I tried to stop so I could focus attention on more traditional office work as my only job. LOL! Even though I said my business was closed, people still kept calling and wanting custom sewing. Honestly, they still call; but I usually just redirect them to local businesses. I’ve happily sewn almost every day for 60 years; and nowadays, I prefer to only sew for friends, family, and charity — but that still takes up most of my time. I’m still in love with sewing and quilting; but it is so much more rewarding to do it for people who really need the help and can’t afford to ask for it. Of course, I still love making doll clothes and giving them to children. I love the surprise and joy on their faces when they receive an unexpected gift from the heart. That brings me the greatest joy of all.

B.G
B.G

July 02, 2021

I like the woman owned business called Lula’s Garden started by Liraz Birnbaum. She has the most adorable planter succulent gift boxes that are easy to maintain. Her company supports water.org, an organization that helps provide safe water around the world.

jennifer winters
jennifer winters

July 02, 2021

love reading about woman that start a business in sewing or crafting!!!

Linda
Linda

July 02, 2021

One of my favorite woman owned businesses is yours, Pixie Faire. I love shopping here, you have something for everyone, you are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and you have really great prices.

Lisa
Lisa

July 02, 2021

One of my favorite shops to purchase from is Willowbrook Soap woks on Etsy. It’s owned and run by my cousin, who started making homemade soap when her daughter developed severe skin issues and allergies. Her friends and family started asking if they could buy her soap and skin care products, and her business started growing! So when my own baby was suffering from severe skin issues, I turned to her for help. We love her soaps!!

Jayne
Jayne

July 02, 2021

I admire Stacy Ann Lowry, owner of The Ornament Girl (no sew quilted ornaments).

Jeri
Jeri

July 02, 2021

I have two favorites – Nancy Zieman and Kay Wood. When I was in my 20s I had the opportunity to attend a program that Nancy Zieman did at our local library. I learned so much! She was such a gracious woman and answered all of our questions. Although I never met Kay Wood, I learned a lot from her Quilting with Kay television program. Both women were very inspirational in the sewing and quilting that I still enjoy today. I also am very inspired by Cinnamon and all that she and her husband have done to bring awareness to an important issue and also a way for us to make a difference.

Gail
Gail

July 02, 2021

The woman I admire most is my mother. She had a home based business before it even became a popular thing to do. It seems she always had that business! She made dolls, doll clothes, stuffed toys, and many other things. If a customer needed or wanted something, my mom came up with it – - and I don’t ever remember her using a purchased pattern! She taught me to sew when I was only about 6 years old. She taught me to crochet as well. I loved watching her work and, as I grew older, I also began to create dolls and toys. My mom has been gone for a few years now and I miss her every day, but because of all that I learned from her, I’ve had a home based business for most of my life and I’ve always loved it!

Linda
Linda

July 02, 2021

The person I most admire is my grandmother, Amelia. Although she did not have her own business, her example led my aunt to start her own business of custom tailoring for women hard to fit. She also taught my mother to see, who then taught me. I taught my daughters to see and now my granddaughters are learning.

Marlene
Marlene

July 02, 2021

Women that are determined to start a path of change.

Kat
Kat

July 02, 2021

My favorite woman owned business is my niece an interior designer.

Aubrey
Aubrey

July 02, 2021

My favorite women owned business is an England based company called CoolCrafting. They design and sell the most beautiful felt animal (rabbit, badger squirrel etc.) patterns as well as kits and patterns for the animal’s clothes! They also have a wide variety of human clothes patterns as well and the woman woman who started it and still runs the store is super kind!

Cynthia C
Cynthia C

July 02, 2021

I admire Jasmine Crowe, CEO & Founder of Goodr which combats food waste and hunger.

Carole Conley Clement
Carole Conley Clement

July 02, 2021

I am a business owner myself along with my husband, the love of my life. When he became fire chief in our town ( volunteer fire department) I knew he would need help running our environmental firm so I left my teaching profession more than 25 years ago. At age 74 we still run the company with me as majority owner. I do have admiration for many other female business owners. One is Mary Lou Andre of Dressing Well in Needham MA. She has built a phenomenal business dressing women for success. I have especially enjoyed her during the pandemic.

Shirley
Shirley

July 02, 2021

One of the women I admire most is not famous, but she certainly is a Warrior Princess, my daughter Kathlene. Six years ago her 20 year old daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of adrenal cancer. She was pregnant at 16, finished high school with honors, went to nursing school received her ADN, worked full time in ICU while working on her BSN, then continued to work on her MSN and has become an APN. After all that she was raising her two babies. Just as life had finally become easy for her, her daughter became ill. For 18 months, her faith in God never wavered, she was a rock of faith. No, she is not famous to the world, but she has certainly earned her title of Princess Warrior.

Rosemary
Rosemary

July 02, 2021

My most admired woman in business is my accountant and very good friend.

Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann

July 02, 2021

I’m a bit biased, but my favorite has to be my daughter who went out on her own as a marketing consultant and is doing very well. She’s also developing a marketing course to teach others.

Christine Reherman
Christine Reherman

July 02, 2021

A friend of mine owns a local toy store. She started out selling items on EBay and her business grew from there. I’m impressed by her hard work.

Anne Marie
Anne Marie

July 02, 2021

I admire Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. She opened her business out of necessity, worked hard, and now has a successful quilt company.

Jennifer
Jennifer

July 02, 2021

The dance studio my attends is an amazing woman owned business!

Eva Donaghue
Eva Donaghue

July 02, 2021

A woman who I’ve looked up to was Mary C Crowley. She started a business in the 70’s that empowered women to take charge of their lives, she inspired her ladies with the knowledge of how to run their own business in action and words. She was the creator of Home interiors and gifts. She believed in all of us women to make our families and homes better thru creating an atmosphere of calm beauty in our homes. Sadly when men took over after she retired it went down hill and is no longer in business. She had shared many ways to keep our spirits up. That we (as women) mattered and could run our own business. I try to keep those messages in my life and help fellow women to keep going after their dreams and ambitions!

Joanne G
Joanne G

July 02, 2021

My favorite women-owned business just happens to be mine! I own Stitches in Tyme Alterations, an alteration shop specializing in bridal wear. I also make doll clothes and sock monkeys to sell at bazaars under my other business name, Jo’s Monkey Business.

Pat
Pat

July 02, 2021

Nancy Zieman. She did not let her Bells Palsy her life. Not only did she start Nancy Notions, she product video/ tv shows that continue to be shown even after her death.

Jeanne
Jeanne

July 02, 2021

My favorite woman owned business is where I work. My mother in law took over when my father in law passed away. It is a men’s work clothes and boots store. She’s a lady who had to fill a big man’s shoes and she does it every day. I’m so proud of her.

Sheila
Sheila

July 02, 2021

Georgia of Sew Green of Rochester, NY. a 501C3 Georgia is an Episcopal Pastor but still finds the time to run a store in Rochester ,NY that accepts donations of sewing, knitting and crocheting supplies. They offer low cost and sliding scale how to classes, summer camps etc. Old sewing machines and fabric don`t end up in a landfill with this great little shop. A great place to take your purged supplies of find a vintage or new treasure .Monies realized give back to the community ,Pre Covid the shop would host Days for girls local chapter to sewing days. This is how I found Sew Green of Rochester.

Debi
Debi

July 02, 2021

My favorite woman-owned business is run by my daughter, Rachelle. I’m so proud of her!

Sandra
Sandra

July 02, 2021

I love to hear about women having a successful business. It is so much harder for a woman to succeed.

Rebecca
Rebecca

July 02, 2021

There are so many great female entrepreneurs here at Pixie Faire! I also have a ton of respect for Frances Cain of A Girl For All Time Dolls because of her transparency, commitment, and willingness to try different avenues.

Roxanne Perez
Roxanne Perez

July 02, 2021

I admire Pegy Lowery, she is my Lularoe sales lady. She lost her daughter to the flu when she was 12 years old, she carries on in keeping her daughters memory alive in all she does.

lucinda
lucinda

July 02, 2021

mary kay cosmetics from home

Frances
Frances

July 02, 2021

I admire Mihaela Hinkle, who moved on from being a product development director of the amazing Kid Galaxy / iDolls from 1996-2002. Those were years of so much offered to clothe and equip the affordable slim all-vinyl 18 inch dolls with a wide variety of dolls and their outfits to mix and match – the same size as the previous wonderful Magic Attic dolls by Robert Tonner. Moving on from the part she played in that adventure, in 2002 Mihaela developed the beautiful Carpatina dolls, the same body-mould size, with their magical stories and multicultural ethnic backgrounds – such as Ana Ming.
Mihaela’s doll club was so much fun, vibrant from the beginning.
One thing she did for us was create boy dolls, and their outfits, way back, before boys became acceptable as marketable dolls in North America. I adore her Stephan. She developed the boys responding to the input and preferences of her doll club members.
Another aspect of what Mihaela offered was her patterns, to learn to sew the same detailed Carpatina costumes you could buy. Mihaela was trained in Fashion Design and Apparel Engineering, in Europe. Carpatina Dolls are still going strong, after nearly 20 years! (carpatina-dolls.com) – and of course we can also all buy her exquisite 18-inch doll patterns on Pixie Faire. You get two-for-the-one-price: both the AG-shape and the slim-all-vinyl shape in one package.
One of the Carpatina dolls is the inspirational Erin, a wannabe young fashion designer. Her patterns are modern, and simple, for the beginner.
Mihaela was the first to introduce me, personally, to the world of doll play as an adult, and doll clothing design – and the communal fun of it all. (I discovered Pleasant Rowland afterwards, an outstanding female entrepreneur whose vast vision I became deeply passionate about – Pleasant Company’s original American Girl dolls and all their offshoots. How I do miss that time.) So I appreciate all the more Mihaela Hinkle’s business having survived the challenges of the ups and downs of all those years, to the present day. Way to Go, Mihaela Hinkle! So I have picked Mihaela to tell you about, as one who I admire, who has inspired me, and whom I have simply loved to buy from, over the years.
And of course I would be utterly delighted to win the fabulous Flossie Potter sewing kit give-away!

Jackie
Jackie

July 02, 2021

My inspiration was a woman named Gail, mother of 4 – organized, sweet, and a blessing in my life.

Melodie
Melodie

July 02, 2021

I admire most women who use their God given talents to inspire us to become better at what we can accomplish. Whether it is a stay-at-home mom, to a high level business woman. Happy 4th of July and God Bless.

Kathy
Kathy

July 02, 2021

I have found so many great women owned buisnesses through social media. It’s hard to pick a favorite because they are all unique and amazing and I shop them for different reasons. Of course I love Pixie Faire for my doll sewing. Tulletastic tulle is an incredible source of fun tulle fabrics. CKC patterns and Ellie and Mac are great pattern designers. Funky Friends Factory has the best patterns for stuffed animals. I could go on and on , they run very successful buisnesses with great products and I am happy that I have found each one of them

Stephanie G
Stephanie G

July 02, 2021

My favorite woman-owned business is my hairstylist!

Stephanie Sheridan
Stephanie Sheridan

July 02, 2021

Let’s Make Art owned my painter.

Maria
Maria

July 02, 2021

I’m very proud of my mother who went to medical school when there were only 2 women in that college in Peru. She even got a Doctorate degree in medicine. She passed away a few years ago but left us ( my siblings and me) the need to learn as much as possible and to always try to be the best in whatever we do.

Loretta
Loretta

July 02, 2021

String n story

Jayne
Jayne

July 02, 2021

I am very proud of my daughter who has an embroidery business, while being a stay at home Mom to 2 children under 6 years of age. I would like to incorporate the Betsy Ross outfits to a history and sewing lesson for my grandaughter(age 5)

Marie
Marie

July 02, 2021

I love these vintage outfits!! I think they would be fun to make!! I do genealogy and it would be fun to match up these outfits to the ancesters that would have worn them!! Some of my ancesters came over seas with the ships of the Mayflower group! So we have Pilgrams in our ancestery that sailed over on the Hector ship! Finding out this information was fun! I also want to find out how our ancesters lived in the 16 and 17 hundreds In Cork Ireland. Here they founded the town I grew up in but I just found this out in the past year. Some were weavers. I will try to put their occupations on the research sheets I make out for them!

Cheri B
Cheri B

July 02, 2021

My favorite woman owned business is called Kreations by Karon Paper Dolls. It was started by Brenda Shade over twenty years ago.

Gail Beam
Gail Beam

July 02, 2021

I am very proud of our daughter who owns her own clothing boutique business.

Kim
Kim

July 02, 2021

I love SunKissed Lavender in West Richland Washington. Terri Szendre has all the lavender plants and products you could ever want including LavenderKissed Wine. She has classes on different things and really works hard to make you feel welcome. She has done a wonderful job with her woman owned business.

Reva Deutsch
Reva Deutsch

July 02, 2021

Maybe this doesn’t count because the business was a non-profit, but my grandmother helped start a school for women in a city where there was no educational opportunities for women. She’s a real hero.

Marie-Josee
Marie-Josee

July 02, 2021

I love Dianna Effner for her dolls. She was a big part of our happiness with her dolls.

Maureen W.
Maureen W.

July 01, 2021

Interesting bit of history: that those women entreprenaurs over 200 years ago and we are still speaking about them today. What a feat that must have been given the times..and of course the best women owned business’ that I purchase from Pixie Faire/Designers all women !!! All fantastic too..Thankyou for the opportunity to enter this giveaway from Flossie Potter whose patterns are terrific for the yesterdays and todays..Good Luck all 💟

S.C.
S.C.

July 01, 2021

A friend of mine has just launched her business selling art supplies. She is a hardworking christian mother with several children whom she homeschools. It is amazing that anyone in America can make it as long as they put in the hard work!

kathy m.
kathy m.

July 01, 2021

I love the article about betsy ross women business – one I shop from is sallie tomato for purse and leather farbic to make those cute shoe patterns from pixie faire
Carolyn Carrothers
Carolyn Carrothers

July 01, 2021

I love you patterns

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