About Calico Annie

I have been sewing for 45 years and have made and worn costumes of different periods of time.   I have received recognition and awards throughout the years for my designs. 

I began my love of costumes and dressing up at an early age.  I did not sew then, but I watched my mother sew.  I loved paper dolls and dressing my Madam Alexander dolls up with scarves and jewelry.  Later on I began in tap, acrobatics and ballet classes.  I was an average dancer, but I had the heart.  The costumes enthralled me, and I wore many lovely ballet costumes over the years. 

When I was a newlywed my husband bought me a sewing machine, and I made my first dress.  It was sleeveless a-line printed dress, and the finishing on it was terrible, but I just tried again, until the garments were wearable.  Later on we joined a Medieval society (the SCA), and I started sewing costumes.  My husband and I advanced in the society, and became a baron and baroness, so I needed more elaborate clothing.  Patterns were not as available then, so it was a challenge to make Renaissance clothing.  By the time we stepped down from our position, I had 14 dresses and several for my husband.  A few years later, we joined a Western Action Shooting society (SASS), and I learned all about pioneers and how they lived.  I fell in love with pioneer clothing for the family.  For some reason, a friend Doug, called me Calico Anne, and the name stuck.  I began to win costume contests in the club, and I knew something was up.  I dragged pioneer clothing to shooting events, and set up shop, but it was not very successful. 

In 2001, I decided to go on line to sell, and struggled over making a website called calicoannie.net.  There were very few companies offering pioneer clothing, and I was one of the first to do so.  I offered a few items, and held my breath.  A little girl's dress called Mary sold, and the sales continued.  I added more and more things, until Calico Annie was a full time business and then some.  There is a lot of competition now, and I am in the process of modernizing the website, so I have a new website- calicoannie.com.  We will offer many of the same things, but also some new things with a new updated look.  I am grateful for the wonderful years and grateful to God who gave me ideas and encouragement, so that I could do what I love to do most for people -sew.

Thank you for giving us your business.  Ann (owner of Calico Annie)