Vogueing is the Fancy Side of Sewing

By |2018-12-03T07:42:19+00:00December 3rd, 2018|1950s Style Fashion|

I’m the girl that has everything in my purse, in my bag and in my closet. Since I make my own clothes it is hard not to go bonkers and want to make everything I see. Sometimes, I ask myself “what do I actually need in my closet” or “how could I enhance my handmade […]

Men’s Wear Sewing

By |2018-10-08T06:57:11+00:00October 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 […]

Fancy Dance Dress Round Up

By |2018-09-10T06:35:19+00:00September 10th, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, 1980s Fashion, Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses|

It is festival season and that means DANCING!

What’s more fun than a glow in the dark dress with fluorescent snaps to dance in?

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Now, don’t let this dress fool you. The design is just as […]

Barbie and the Matching Stripes

By |2018-09-03T08:20:32+00:00September 3rd, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, Swimwear|

Summer is not over, yet! I made another swimsuit with stripes that match up and look really cool and professional.

Matching stripes is not as hard as it may look. I will walk you through a few simple tips for successful stripe matching. Please remember that learning is a process and failures lead to success. I know […]

Say it Big with Fashion Appliqué

By |2018-08-20T06:51:43+00:00August 20th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

Have you ever wished you could make something cute and quick to add to your garment just to take everything up a notch? With appliqué you can! Appliqué is basically making your own patches. Fabric stores will carry ready made appliqués or patches also.

I created a patch for a dress with carrots as the […]

From Dior to Ready to Wear Score

By |2018-07-09T06:21:40+00:00July 9th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

What most people are not aware of is that a lot of dress styles are not new but instead reflect vintage styles. If you can find the right silhouette most of the time you can alter the pattern just enough to make the dress look like its inspiration. I was honored to be asked to make […]

Spring into Strawberry Season

By |2018-06-04T06:53:23+00:00June 4th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion|

We know how to celebrate the spring strawberry harvest around here! My motto is, every event, holiday and special occasion is dress making time!

The Fabric.

I love a challenge and while on our road trip to Ann Arbor I found this beautiful fabric called, Flower, Strawberry and Panda by Cotton Kobayashi. The fabric was imported from Japan and […]

My Swimwear Journey 2014-2018

By |2018-05-21T06:23:42+00:00May 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 […]

Sewing Novelty Print Dress Round Up

By |2018-03-19T18:33:43+00:00March 19th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Indie Patterns|

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 of my events are in the summer where I can be found sewing outside at festivals. I have been making […]

Easy 2 Piece Sweater Knit Design Hack by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-10-02T08:21:01+00:00October 2nd, 2017|1950s Style Fashion|

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 a bunch of mismatch outfits from not planning and just buying fabric I like.  Knowing what looks good on you […]

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