Amateur’s 10 Tips For Dying Fabric

By |2020-10-19T07:01:22-04:00October 19th, 2020|1980s Fashion, refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Can you believe that is the same garment? I get quite a few calls with requests and questions for dying garments. I rarely ever dye garments and would never dye anyone else’s clothing.

 

There’s a lot that goes into a successful dye and the directions seem to change every […]

Wacky Wednesday, Before and After Showcase

By |2020-07-27T07:33:17-04:00July 27th, 2020|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Let’s get wacky everyday! It was 2014 and I helped design a dress for a friend wanted to wear everyday for an entire year as a challenge to raise awareness about waste. This challenge was called the Uniform Project. We designed a basic black linen shift dress that buttoned up. It […]

Undervalued Linens

By |2020-06-01T07:52:06-04:00May 31st, 2020|1980s Fashion, makes of 2017, refashion, Table Cloth Dresses|

Never discount the simple sheet, tablecloths, curtains and fine linens for dresses. In 2009 I made a series of dresses from sheets and tablecloths to prove I did not have to spend big money to make beautiful things. Today all of those dresses have sold.

Sheets are great to practice and play designer with. Unless you […]

Easiest Upcycle Ever

By |2020-03-09T06:42:33-04:00March 9th, 2020|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

One of the easiest things to up-cycle is a dress into a skirt. I do many of these for clients with their  beloved formal gowns. I hope you enjoy a very simple one that needed no closures or elastic casings.
What makes it so simple is that more than half of the work has already been […]

Easy Burlap Place Mats and Matching Coasters

By |2020-03-02T06:49:22-05:00March 2nd, 2020|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

These placemats and coasters are the cutest and so easy to make. Eight pieces cut and made in less then an hour.

Supplies needed to make four placemats and four coasters-

Burlap 1 yard (printed or unprinted)

Cotton batting enough for four 5″ squares  (insides of coasters)

Contrasting scrap fabric enough for four 5″ squares (back of coasters)

Scissors

Sewing Machine

Size […]

The 30 Minute Dress

By |2019-09-16T06:12:21-04:00September 16th, 2019|1980s Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2016, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

This is one of the easiest dresses I have ever made on my serger! Don’t despair if you do not have a serger you can use your sewing machine with the zig zag stitch and it will work fine.  Here is how I did it…..

Tracy sews the 30 minute dress Kettering

Directions for the T-Skirt

By |2019-08-19T06:35:54-04:00August 19th, 2019|makes of 2017, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

It’s no secret I love buying new fabric almost as much as I love making things. However, I’m about to present you with a project that is free from buying new fabric, is easy and is eco-friendly.

It all started in 2016 when Ms. Glenda Miles, owner of Creative Communion in Pendleton Art Center, […]

Need a Leash?

By |2019-07-29T09:21:27-04:00July 29th, 2019|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Have you seen all the new outdoor chairs that have handles, covers with straps or convert to a backpack? Since the Levitt Pavilion opened in Dayton we have lugged our almost 20 year old outdoor folding chairs, drinks and stuff down to see awesome music shows. Sometimes if a show is […]

Building Confidence with Eight

By |2019-07-01T06:52:08-04:00July 1st, 2019|Costumes, Fashion Shows, refashion, Today's Fashion|

Eight girls signed up for this years teen fashion camp at Rosewood Art Centre in Kettering. Can you imagine trying to build confidence while unjamming machines, breaking needles and trouble shooting sewing machine mistakes on the first day? Here is how I build confidence and give the girls a great experience behind the machine all while […]

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