What’s Buzzin’ Cousin the 1940s

By |2020-03-23T06:27:31-04:00March 23rd, 2020|1940s Style Fashion|

For some added entertainment this weeks post includes fifteen 1940s slang words and phrases. So, grab a cup of Joe and lets see if you can find them all.

When I bought one of the most dope vintage sewing machines last summer I wanted to be sure I could use it. In my opinion, spending your […]

Slipping Through the Cracks

By |2020-02-24T06:38:46-05:00February 24th, 2020|1940s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Uncategorized|

Sometime’s, it’s the pretty ones that slip through the cracks. I make so many dresses that I can’t remember which ones I have shared. Somehow this one slipped away. I hope you enjoy some of what I can remember now about this shirt dress from December of 2018.

Love What You Have

By |2020-02-03T06:39:42-05:00February 3rd, 2020|1800s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion|

As my awareness for the waste that is involved in fast fashion grows I have to ask myself, “Do I have too much waste?” Sure, I have made all of my clothing, but do I value it? Do I love it? Do I wear everything I have made? And if not, why?

I decided to do […]

From MuuMuu to 1940s Pinup Playsuit

By |2019-04-15T06:01:31-04:00April 15th, 2019|1940s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I’m so excited to share what these MuuMuu’s turned into. I love a good upcycle puzzle. Taking a piece of clothing and making it into something totally different is an art form.

Last summer, Sarah Russel, came into my studio with a small muumuu and a great idea. Sarah’s boyfriend, Todd, was […]

WWII Era Vintage Sewing

By |2019-02-25T07:24:26-05:00February 25th, 2019|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing for Babies, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

Want your own sewing retreat but don’t want to spend lotsa money? Well, shop your sewing room and borrow from your mother, then put your blinders on for a 4 day weekend sewing project at home.

After shopping my room I decided to cut up a 78 year old pattern I had for sale in my […]

Men’s Wear Sewing

By |2018-10-08T06:57:11-04:00October 8th, 2018|1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion|

Why is men’s wear so hard to make? I can answer this, but first let me tell you why it’s so easy! The basic construction is pretty straightforward. It can be made in 2-3 hours and it is made out of easy to sew cotton and cotton blends. So what’s up?

It’s the fit that is […]

My Swimwear Journey 2014-2018

By |2018-05-21T06:23:42-04:00May 21st, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

When googling swimwear I find articles with titles like Coping with Body Image, Swimsuits for Women Over 40, Amazon’s 21 Best Sellers, Why Women Will Not Wear Swimsuits, How Not to Look Old in a Swimsuit (leave it to Oprah) and Best Day to Buy a Swimsuit (It’s June 8th according to that article). With […]

Fast, Fake and Easy Smocking Sewing Machine Style

By |2018-05-14T06:40:29-04:00May 14th, 2018|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing for Babies, Uncategorized|

Do you want to be remembered? Personalized gifts are the bomb and can easily become family heirlooms. No pleating machine, no problem. You can get this look in a little over an hour with a regular sewing machine!

I had every intention of doing this project by hand the correct way. I was gifted a cute 1940s […]

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

By |2018-02-26T06:49:56-05:00February 26th, 2018|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing for Babies|

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 Oregon District. I know Mary for her great style that I absolutely love.

Dayton History Sewing Year in Review

By |2018-01-29T14:35:42-05:00January 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 […]

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