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Custom Sewing Long Distance, Tips and Secrets of the Industry

By | November 20th, 2017|Categories: 1940s Style Fashion, makes of 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

With a decade of sewing custom dresses under my belt I am here to share some helpful tips about sewing for the public when they are not local. Starting with best tip I can give you [...]

Interview with WDTN Channel 2 Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik

By | November 11th, 2017|Categories: Interviews w/Sewists|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Have you ever had a TV celeb that you watched to see what they wore everyday? Without fail, I watch Jamie Jarosik give the weather forecast on WDTN Channel 2 news. For years she has [...]

Pittsburgh Art, Fashion, Warhol, Couture Fabric Store, Beer and More

By | November 6th, 2017|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion, Indie Patterns, makes of 2017, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Retail is no joke with the amount of hours you put in. 2017 led to a huge purge, a minimalist approach to my lifestyle, daily chore list and defining the places we want to travel [...]

DIY Fan Inspired T-shirt with Reverse Appliqué and 2017 Costume Round Up

By | October 30th, 2017|Categories: Costumes, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Today I share a fun and easy craft night you can do with your friends even if they do not sew. Reverse appliqué can be used so many different ways from inspired team sports to [...]

Large Print Floral More Than Meets the Eye

By | October 23rd, 2017|Categories: 1980s Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this post you will find easy tips, tricks, pattern ideas and my appliqué process. I hope you enjoy my passion and insight. I loved the 1980s, it was such a nice mash of eras. [...]

Guest Blogger Gayle Sampson on Wearable Art

By | October 16th, 2017|Categories: 1800s Style Fashion, 1900s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , |

When Tracy asked me to write about my wearable art, and pick a piece that meant a lot to me, and about the new Etsy store I’m developing, my first thought was “Oh, this is [...]

Evolution of the T-Shirt into T-Skirt

By | October 9th, 2017|Categories: makes of 2017, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

It's no secret I love buying new fabric as much as I love making things. However, I'm about to present you with a project that is free from buying new fabric, is easy and is [...]

Easy 2 Piece Sweater Knit Design Hack by Tracy McElfresh

By | October 2nd, 2017|Categories: 1950s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Why all the stress of winter clothing? Well, winter clothing is a challenge because buying winter fabric costs more money than summer fabric.  You will need time to plan so you don't waste. I have [...]

Sewing Fun With Faux Fur by Tracy McElfresh

By | September 25th, 2017|Categories: 1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Making winter clothes doesn't have to be such a bore and a struggle with a handmade wardrobe. In 2013 I went with a cute Star Trek look with little mod 1960s dresses, leggings and boots. [...]

My Most Used and Hacked Pattern from Sew Liberated

By | September 18th, 2017|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I've never been a jeans person. When I started sewing I asked myself why everyone loves jeans? Personally, for me they dig in my crotch, feel uncomfortable and the style cuts go in and out [...]

Green County Fair Sewing Competitions, Interview with a First Place Winner, Marlene MacVane

By | September 11th, 2017|Categories: Interviews w/Sewists, makes of 2017|Tags: , , , |

Friends and followers, this is my very first attempt at an interview style post! I'm always up for learning, trying new things and connecting in my community. Don't forget at the bottom of this post [...]

The One Hour Pattern Hack

By | September 4th, 2017|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion, makes of 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I sometimes ask myself why I am doing all of this? What is my motivation? What makes me happy? Most people that sew will tell you that buying fabric and making things is what brings [...]