The Witching Hour

By |2018-10-01T06:13:31+00:00October 1st, 2018|1900s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2014, Uncategorized|

There is a place in my neighborhood we call Witches Tower, some call it Frankenstein’s Castle, but originally it was a look out for NCR (National Cash Register) that is now owned by Five Rivers Metro Parks. This was one of my favorite hang outs as a teen and […]

Stranger Things I Have Made

By |2018-09-17T06:11:15+00:00September 17th, 2018|1900s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|

You can get creative with sewing! I do. Drapery fabric can be garment fabric. Nightgown and lingerie patterns can be made into dresses. Exercise gear can be swimwear. You can make yoga pants so well that they look like casual dress slacks. When you are the maker you get to make all the rules. While not […]

Dayton History Sewing Year in Review

By |2018-01-29T14:35:42+00:00January 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 […]

Let’s Make it for Todays Wear, 1912 Style Frock

By |2018-01-22T07:19:04+00:00January 22nd, 2018|1900s Style Fashion|

Have you ever seen a pattern cover or dress, fell in love with it, only to buy it and realize it was something you would never wear? We have all been there. I bought hundreds of patterns on those 99 cent sales before I realized what my personal style was.  I bought his floor length 1912 […]

Guest Blogger Gayle Sampson on Wearable Art

By |2017-10-16T06:28:54+00:00October 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 […]

Victorian 1899 Era Suit Making

By |2017-02-08T00:48:47+00:00June 20th, 2016|1900s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

When my etsy shop does well I spend money! I got this awesome pattern from Wearing History called the Sophie Jacket, circa 1899. It reminded me of one of my favorite vampire movies, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

I wanted to invest into my skill set more than simply sewing with solid materials (#solidschallenge~ sewing with solid materials show my […]

Granny Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:21:19+00:00September 18th, 2015|1900s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2014, Uncategorized|

The Granny Dress was truly inspired by the little historic town of Miamisburg, Ohio with 19th century architecture. I love to visit other indie fabric shops. Miamisburg has Little Shop Of Stitches and great bike trails by the Great Miami River. It was a win, win for my 42 birthday. These are the fabrics I chose […]