Learning African Dress Techniques

By |2018-07-16T06:20:42+00:00July 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+00:00June 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+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 […]

Valentines Dress Sewing with Knits

By |2018-02-12T06:05:49+00:00February 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 […]

4 Must Know Time and Stress Saving Tips, Zebra Print Mod 1960s Dress

By |2018-01-15T06:47:15+00:00January 15th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

Do you ever wonder how I get these dresses done so quickly? After you make something 10-20 times you learn all the short cuts! Today, I share with you just a few of my secrets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip #1 Princess Seams may feel like a lot of work but I […]

1960s Inspired Wool Holiday Suit

By |2017-12-25T08:28:55+00:00December 25th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

You will never hear me utter the words I have nothing to wear.

This years trip to Pittsburgh inspired my holiday dress. I found the softest wool at a little shop called The Fabric Place. It was so soft that I fell in love immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dress and jacket […]

Pittsburgh Art, Fashion, Warhol, Couture Fabric Store, Beer and More

By |2017-11-06T07:38:31+00:00November 6th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, Indie Patterns, makes of 2017, Uncategorized|

Retail is no joke with the amount of hours you put in. 2017 led to a huge purge, a minimalist approach to my lifestyle, daily chore list and defining the places we want to travel to. Pittsburgh was our first culture hop. Photos, art, people watching and coffee are some of my favorite attractions. I am […]

Sewing Fun With Faux Fur by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-09-25T07:09:52+00:00September 25th, 2017|1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Making winter clothes doesn’t have to be such a bore and a struggle with a handmade wardrobe. In 2013 I went with a cute Star Trek look with little mod 1960s dresses, leggings and boots. In 2014 I went Game of Thrones, long and flowing dresses that were loose enough to wear thermals under every […]

My Most Used and Hacked Pattern from Sew Liberated

By |2017-09-18T06:22:00+00:00September 18th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion|

I’ve never been a jeans person. When I started sewing I asked myself why everyone loves jeans? Personally, for me they dig in my crotch, feel uncomfortable and the style cuts go in and out faster than I can keep up with. Feeling a little left out I asked my Facebook friends why they love […]

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