Interview w/ Fairy Godmother Creations, Liane Wagner

By | 2018-04-16T06:50:07+00:00 April 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+00:00 April 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+00:00 March 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 […]

Interview with Unique Rug Hooking Artist Jo Wick

By | 2018-02-07T00:28:42+00:00 February 5th, 2018|1800s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

I interviewed artist Jo Wick about rug hooking. Jo is both extremely talented and very prolific in her field. I think that if you love doing something you will choose do it all the time and in return reach new heights. It’s all about jumping in that rabbit hole and having a good adventure.

Jo, tell […]

Dressmakers 2017 Year in Review in Photos

By | 2018-01-01T09:10:18+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Costumes, makes of 2017, Uncategorized|

Happy New Year friends and fam!

My business has grown and grown this year!  Thank you for continuing to hang with me, reading my stories and telling all of your friends about my sewing services (wink wink) AND a big Thank You for all of the awesome reviews on my FB page. They […]

Sweater Knit Round Up and Tips to Ease the Fear

By | 2017-12-04T07:55:07+00:00 December 4th, 2017|makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Up until 2 years ago I was scared to sew sweater knit fabrics. Sweater knit is really stretchy like regular sweaters. The edges fray like crazy and hemlines can be a challenge. Sizing can be a problem too.

My first knit dress was a total accident. I ordered knit fabric that said medium weight from a […]

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

By | 2017-11-06T07:38:31+00:00 November 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 […]

DIY Fan Inspired T-shirt with Reverse Appliqué and 2017 Costume Round Up

By | 2017-10-30T07:18:16+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Costumes, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Today I share a fun and easy craft night you can do with your friends even if they do not sew. Reverse appliqué can be used so many different ways from inspired team sports to your favorite band.

Supplies needed
Plain t -shirt.
Color knit for you appliqué design
Copy paper/pencil […]

Designer Anne Klein Vintage Dress Pattern by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-06-19T07:17:13+00:00 June 19th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Once, last May, I took a day off and just sat still. I survived and it gave me time to figure out my upcoming projects.
The next morning as Joann opened I was there getting the things to make some dream sews happen.

I got a fancy black […]

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