Conquering One Yard of Fabric; Part 1

By |2019-06-10T06:53:01-04:00June 10th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Fashion Shows, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Great things are often invented from having some type of major dilemma. My last venture was learning to design fabric on Spoonflower. I have almost 150 fabric designs in my Spoonflower shop and the best part is you can have them printed on any fabric.

To sell your fabric designs on Spoonflower […]

Swimsuit Replica

By |2019-05-27T09:10:35-04:00May 27th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, refashion, Swimwear, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

I’m on a mission to use up all of my fabric stash this year! So far I have been successful. I had quite a bit of fabric left over from last years striped swimsuit project that needed to be used, but who needs two striped suits?

Rescuing Family Heirlooms

By |2019-05-20T09:59:19-04:00May 20th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Once upon a time newly married couples would receive linens as gifts. Most were cherished and handled so properly that they look as if they were never even used. Today, children and grandchildren are never quite sure what to do with the family heirlooms they inherit and they will often times try to find them […]

Star Trek Inspired 1960s Dress Round Up

By |2019-04-29T07:32:11-04:00April 28th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

What influences you? Beyond Pinterest, old black and white movies and new time period television shows influence some of my designs. In 2011 and 12 I had a slight obsession with the dresses the women wore on the original Star Trek series. These little dresses are perfect to wear with leggings and boots in the […]

The Arts Meet Education w/ Lindsey Gustafson

By |2018-11-12T06:21:17-04:00November 11th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion, Interviews w/Sewists, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

I met middle school art teacher Lindsay Gustafson through Rosewood Art Centre and quickly grew fond of her.  The first things I noticed about Lindsay was her flare for quirky artsy looks, her smile and her positive personality. Besides looking like a ton of fun, teaching and making art, Lindsay is also passionate about […]

Learning African Dress Techniques

By |2018-07-16T06:20:42-04:00July 16th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

Minda told me the design, structure and techniques of the four African mud cloth dresses would blow my mind. They did, seriously. I almost couldn’t believe she wanted me to alter them. I am about to share some of the smartest sewing techniques I have ever seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I noticed […]

Great Journeys and Upping My Game

By |2018-06-25T06:17:14-04:00June 25th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

When I first started selling and making custom dresses in the early 2000s my entire business was DIY. With the surprise announcement that I was on Blogspots 2018 Best Dressmaker Blogs last winter I knew wanted to have a more professional look. This was simple – I just needed better pictures! Yeah Right!

 

The Past. […]

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 […]

Sewing Novelty Print Dress Round Up

By |2018-03-19T18:33:43-04:00March 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 […]

Valentines Dress Sewing with Knits

By |2018-02-12T06:05:49-04:00February 12th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

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 part that is a challenge. Once you know the rules it is easy.

Here are mine.

*No straight stitches on any part that […]

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