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 […]

If the Sleeve Fits

By |2020-09-21T06:57:33-04:00September 21st, 2020|1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Designing can be such a weight on your ego. It can make you bend, shift, or even break. It can force you to experiment with your potential. While something can look great on paper, or in my case an iPad, it doesn’t always look right on a real body.

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 […]

Help! My Dress is too Short! 7 Ways to Lengthen a Hemline

By |2020-04-27T07:42:55-04:00April 27th, 2020|Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

We’ve all been there, we either cut the hemline a bit short, ran out of fabric or have to deal with the thing tall people deal with every day – my garment is too SHORT!!!

I hope you enjoy a few fun things I have done to help lengthen those hemlines over the years.

  1. The easiest […]

No Pattern Needed

By |2020-03-30T08:13:36-04:00March 30th, 2020|1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Let’s get fearless and make the perfect maxi dress, the kaftan. This VERY easy dress can be made with any sheer, lace or very light and flowing material. No pattern needed! It’s pull over, no fussy closures to deal with.

I used almost 4 yards of 44″ fabric. Two 40″ pieces for the length of the […]

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 Anatomy of a Dress That Gets You…

By |2020-01-27T06:38:52-05:00January 27th, 2020|1800s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

Want to make explosions happen? Once you’ve learned to read a simple pattern and have a few garments under your belt you can also start to mix and match pattern pieces. Please enjoy my tips and tricks using a couple 1950s pattern pieces to make a beautiful bohemian prairie dress.

Essential Safety Tips for Beginners; Guest Blogger Helen Spencer

By |2020-01-13T06:40:36-05:00January 13th, 2020|Interviews w/Sewists, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

Essential Safety Tips for Beginners

Safety always must come first. Whether you’re working, having fun, or exercising, getting injured is no fun at all. You should especially pay attention to safety if you’re a beginner at the activity you’re about to enjoy because you could end up accidentally hurting yourself due to lack of skill.

Sewing might […]

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