Interview with Unique Rug Hooking Artist Jo Wick

By | 2018-02-07T00:28:42+00:00 February 5th, 2018|1800s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

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 and in return reach new heights. It’s all about jumping in that rabbit hole and having a good adventure.

Jo, tell […]

Dayton History Sewing Year in Review

By | 2018-01-29T14:35:42+00:00 January 29th, 2018|1800s Style Fashion, 1900s Style Fashion, 1920s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, Costumes, Heirloom Sewing|

Boom! It all started in 2016 when I did my first Mini Makers Faire at Carillon Historical Park. After the Mini Makers Faire I was asked if I was interested in sewing for the park. I had my first interview with the directer of education and she kindly educated […]

Guest Blogger Gayle Sampson on Wearable Art

By | 2017-10-16T06:28:54+00:00 October 16th, 2017|1800s Style Fashion, 1900s Style Fashion|

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 so cool! What fun!” She is, after all, the lady who taught me how to read a pattern after years […]

Outlander Coat Dress Designed by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-02-12T17:23:30+00:00 February 6th, 2017|1800s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Have you seen the design called the donut? It’s a one piece simple circle that looks like a party shrug.

All summer I was perplexed with one piece projects, scouring the internet for design inspirations. My friend Pamela Jackson’s donut garment opened the door to a new idea.

18th Century Cape with Double Capelets

By | 2016-10-03T07:32:39+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|1800s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

I love making custom costume garments for people and model/stylist, Leslie Ruby Randall is no exception.When she asks me to make her garments I know it’s going to be a fully fun challenge. She knows exactly what she wants for her photo shoots and that’s easy to work with. We decided on version A the fully […]

My Dress Photo Shoot in Scotland

By | 2017-02-07T23:46:36+00:00 October 30th, 2015|1800s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

One of the best dresses I stitched made it to a Scotland photo shoot! I know I blogged about the making of this dress although when the photos came back from Scotland I though the dress deserved an entire post to itself.

Tracy McElfresh Dress by Tracy McElfresh Modeling Leslie [...]
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The Elf Coat

By | 2017-02-07T23:25:59+00:00 September 17th, 2015|1800s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2014, Uncategorized|

The Elf Coat- I in late September of 2014 watching TV in my bedroom, folding laundry and feeling not so pretty saw this beautiful picture on my tv screen and posted it to Instagram. Leslie Ruby Randall contacted me right away with her request for me to make her a romantic 18th century riding coat […]

The Christmas Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:39:37+00:00 September 17th, 2015|1800s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

The Christmas Dress
I good friend of mine that has done so much for me and my sewing career, Ruby Randall, asked me to make her a colonial gown. At first I freaked out, matching plaid on that big of a scale could be tricky if at all possible. She assured me I could do […]