From Dior to Ready to Wear Score

By |2018-07-09T06:21:40+00:00July 9th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

What most people are not aware of is that a lot of dress styles are not new but instead reflect vintage styles. If you can find the right silhouette most of the time you can alter the pattern just enough to make the dress look like its inspiration. I was honored to be asked to make […]

Warning! This is Not a Dress

By |2018-07-02T06:43:34+00:00July 2nd, 2018|1990s fashion, Uncategorized|

Have you ever really struggled to find the perfect project or pattern for a great fabric? How about not having enough fabric for some awesome pattern you already have? Here is a project I completed and how I managed to overcome similar issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a really cool print […]

Kids Fashion Camp is coming soon to Rosewood Art Centre

By |2018-06-18T07:01:05+00:00June 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Last year we had so much fun at Rosewood Art Centre fashion camp that we’re doing it again! Rosewood has sewing machines available for class use and I will be supplying the fabric from community donations. (Thanks sewing friends)

 

The Camp

Day one – We all learn to use the sewing machines and get a lot of […]

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 […]

Fast, Fake and Easy Smocking Sewing Machine Style

By |2018-05-14T06:40:29+00:00May 14th, 2018|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing for Babies, Uncategorized|

Do you want to be remembered? Personalized gifts are the bomb and can easily become family heirlooms. No pleating machine, no problem. You can get this look in a little over an hour with a regular sewing machine!

I had every intention of doing this project by hand the correct way. I was gifted a cute 1940s […]

My Stripe Rage!

By |2018-05-07T07:17:23+00:00May 7th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

Inspired by a photography class and some Pinterest black and white photos I am wanting more stripes in my fashion.

Today’s handmade garment was inspired by this photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With French terry being my chosen fabric from a social media option poll I chose this jumper.

How to Rock a Color Wheel Panel Dress

By |2018-04-30T06:04:09+00:00April 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I have seen this made as a “towel dress” in the 1970s and in some vintage patterns. If you already have a few garments under your belt this dress is a fun challenge. This dress also works with large print art motifs, personalized art and many more endless possibilities.

Interview w/ Fairy Godmother Creations, Liane Wagner

By |2018-04-16T06:50:07+00:00April 16th, 2018|Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|

Owned by Liane Wangner, Fairy Godmother is a successful local sewing business that specializes in repurposing family memories into new family heirlooms. Liane and her staff will take items like wedding dresses and make them into christening gowns, teddy bears, Christmas tree skirts and all kinds of things. You should check out what she does […]

Novice Painting Tips Inspired

By |2018-04-02T06:45:18+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

Hancock Fabric in 2004, I was horrified when someone would ask me to help them pick decor fabric. I would start by asking the customer to describe their home. French Tudor, contemporary or traditional home. I had no idea and would simply say to my customer, “What did you gravitate to first? That’s the one!”

My […]

Kaftan Dress Wedding

By |2018-03-26T06:31:51+00:00March 26th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I hear the Kaftan Dress is all the rage in Italy. I’m not surprised by this at all because this style can really hit a wide range of beautiful looks and they are so comfortable. I love that 1970s inspired flow during movement. I was more than happy when Stephanie called and asked me to […]

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