Blog 2017-02-07T12:51:52+00:00

The Princess Diana Dress and Tips for Sewing for Friends

By | April 23rd, 2018|Categories: 1980s Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have been practicing my sewing skills on my friends for years now and I'm about to share a few tips I have learned in the last 18 years.             [...]

Interview w/ Fairy Godmother Creations, Liane Wagner

By | April 16th, 2018|Categories: Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Owned by Liane Wangner, Fairy Godmother is a successful local sewing business that specializes in repurposing family memories into new family heirlooms. Liane and her staff will take items like wedding dresses and make them [...]

Cycling Shirt Replica, Pattern Making with Sew a Long

By | April 9th, 2018|Categories: Fashion Dress Replicas, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , |

Don't judge me, this is my first cycling shirt. With all projects when you are new it is best to start with the easiest parts and build your skill from there. Active wear is considered [...]

Novice Painting Tips Inspired

By | April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Hancock Fabric in 2004, I was horrified when someone would ask me to help them pick decor fabric. I would start by asking the customer to describe their home. French Tudor, contemporary or traditional home. [...]

Kaftan Dress Wedding

By | March 26th, 2018|Categories: 1970s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I hear the Kaftan Dress is all the rage in Italy. I'm not surprised by this at all because this style can really hit a wide range of beautiful looks and they are so comfortable. [...]

Sewing Novelty Print Dress Round Up

By | March 19th, 2018|Categories: 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Indie Patterns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Novelty prints are so much fun to wear because they scream, hey I like this. Whether it be fabric with pizza, dogs, tacos, cats, unicorns, beer or licensed prints they can spark conversion.  A lot [...]

Interview with a Family of Master Costumers

By | March 12th, 2018|Categories: Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Interviews w/Sewists|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you ever wonder what it is like to be surrounded by a family of the most creative, accurate and highly detailed costumer makers? I do! Tell me this family is not amazing! I am [...]

Don’t Do This, The Good, Bad and Ugly! Active Wear Pants

By | March 5th, 2018|Categories: Today's Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Why are pants so hard to make fit on what would seem to be the most normal bodies? It's because we are solving the mysteries of the crotch oddities. Measurements for crotch ease, lets just [...]

Sewing Tips for the Cut, Layout and Marking of Vintage Child Patterns

By | February 26th, 2018|Categories: 1940s Style Fashion, Sewing for Babies|Tags: , , , , , , |

I promised a dear friend I would make her baby her first little designer dress. You may know Mary K. Burnside as the owner of Clash Dayton an awesome little store in the heart of the Historical [...]

Let’s Get Trashy by Tracy McElfresh

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: Art made by Tracy McElfresh|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I was born into a long line of family junkers. Today, I am proud to say it taught me to be resourceful and creative. I am honored to share some personal trash to treasure with [...]

Valentines Dress Sewing with Knits

By | February 12th, 2018|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , |

Active wear is so comfortable that I'm not surprised leggings and yoga pants have become part of our mainstream fashion culture. Why is active wear proclaimed to be hard to sew? It's not the sewing [...]

Interview with Unique Rug Hooking Artist Jo Wick

By | February 5th, 2018|Categories: 1800s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I interviewed artist Jo Wick about rug hooking. Jo is both extremely talented and very prolific in her field. I think that if you love doing something you will choose do it all the time [...]