Upcycled, Vintage Fabrics

Hand-made dresses , tops

& more

for ladies

New!  I Now Offer Sewing Lessons.

in Bernardsville, NJ and surrounding areas.

Hand-Made Dresses, Local Business!

Each garment is unique because I use all vintage linens and adorable embellishments for a truly one-of-a-kind piece.

My Story 

Dotty Decota, Owner & Designer

I’ve been in front of a sewing machine since I was ten years old.  My mother started a 4-H group for me and some of my friends.

My mother taught all of us girls to sew while another girl’s mom taught us how to cook.

I was bitten by the sewing bug!  I have been sewing ever since.

Over time, my love of sewing only grew and I started to design and create handmade items all through my high school years.  And, I even found a job at a local fabric store which kept me well-supplied in fabric, notions and other tools.

I attended Berkeley College and studied Fashion Marketing and Management.  After graduation, I worked in the garment district as a buyer, a position I held for fifteen years.

One summer, my family and I visited Block Island and I purchased a cute summer dress from a local crafter.  I wore it until it was absolutely thread-bare.  Yes, until it was literally FRAYED.

I loved that dress so much I decided to start making my own from a basic dress pattern using some vintage table cloths.  I got so many compliments on my creations that I decided to start a business.

Decota Designs™ was born!

What I love most about using vintage fabrics is that the fun patterns and colors can be upcycled and recycled and made into something completely new.

There’s nothing I love more than finding some great vintage table cloths and envisioning a unique placement of the pattern.

Every piece I made is 100% unique.  I also love that the fabrics are usually 100% cotton or linen so they are perfect for hot summer days, they’ll keep you cool and dry.

I’ve since expanded my little shop from just dresses to tops, for ladies, girls, and children.  And, I’ve added some fun bags and home goods as well.  And, I offer sewing lessons too!

Be Unique in garments made from vintage fabrics

Trunk Shows, Flea Markets & More!

Shop In Person Sales!

You can often find me and my latest collection of handmade cotton and linen vintage fabric dresses and tops at local fairs, flea markets, street fairs or farmers’ markets.  Why not set up your own Trunk Show for you a group?  Contact me to inquire!





Buy these beautiful, custom, hand-made dresses made completely from vintage fabrics and textiles. Every single piece is unique – there are no two alike!  Made from 10% cotton or linen, these dresses and tops will keep you cool and comfortable. They are care-free and fun.  Perfect for women, ladies, little girls, children, girls, infants, and babies.

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