What We Do When Something Doesn’t Go As Planned

By |2019-11-04T06:00:08-05:00November 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Sometimes you just have to suck it up, accept your losses and make the best of a less than ideal situation.

For each fabric success there has been, at the least, three failures. Today, I share a failure turned into a success.

After a few photography classes I purchased a decent camera, umbrella lights and a black […]

Patchwork Panel Dress Design

By |2019-10-21T06:35:51-05:00October 21st, 2019|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Going local can really push you to your limits if you make clothing. In our town we have a lot of awesome indie quilt shops and no fashion fabric shops.

Last June, while our roof was getting replaced, we took a trip to North Dayton and I got to visit Bernina on North Main. […]

A Decade in the Biz

By |2019-09-30T07:06:41-05:00September 30th, 2019|Sew Dayton, Swimwear, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I have had my professional business license to make and sell garments for a decade now. I thought it would be fun to round-up some of the more interesting makes and share some back story for each.

It was almost impossible to keep from sharing everything I have made. Making things strikes a deep nerve of […]

No Readers Glasses Needed

By |2019-09-23T06:02:14-05:00September 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Large Print Motifs and Designs

According to my 1970s Vogue sewing book large prints and large print motifs are strictly for tablecloths. I am here today to share with you that they are not! I’m writing about how I used the panel print to make a jacket and sharing other large print garments I have made.

A […]

The 30 Minute Dress

By |2019-09-16T06:12:21-05:00September 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

Rocking With A Favorite Fabric Designer

By |2019-08-12T06:52:35-05:00August 12th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

I have totally fallen in love with the concept of only shopping local or small indie shops this year. Meeting and getting to know real people that sew brings me such joy. Although, any opportunity to make a new dress is all right with me…

Waynesville’s, Fabric Shack, is a fabric store […]

Need a Leash?

By |2019-07-29T09:21:27-05:00July 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 […]

Get Funky with Fine Fabrics

By |2019-07-15T06:47:47-05:00July 15th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

If you even remotely dabble in the sewing world you have probably heard the rumors about how challenging fine fabrics like silk, satin, chiffon, georgette and many more slippery goodies, can be.

It is my opinion that when learning anything new and different there are always lots of problems that pop up. I am here to […]

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