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.

10 Creative Ways to Use Bias Tape

By |2020-08-31T07:28:46-04:00August 31st, 2020|Uncategorized|

If you’re like me you tend to go overboard. You are the person with everything. By everything I mean material, material and material makings. After making a quilt I had 6 yards of bias tape left over and it had me exploring ways to use it. As I researched online I found numerous blog posts […]

Crotch Oddities

By |2020-08-10T07:43:45-04:00August 10th, 2020|Fashion Dress Replicas, Indie Patterns, Uncategorized|

After buying a bunch of shoes through a Facebook ad on 4/20 I learned my lesson about not buying a bunch of shoes through a Facebook ad. That’s a longer story and not what this post is about, but I will say FB is constantly putting cuteness in my feed. I hope you enjoy my […]

Year of Better Canceled!

By |2020-08-03T07:50:40-04:00August 3rd, 2020|1950s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

Every year I have a little mantra for myself to become a better person. 2017, “Tracy the world doesn’t revolve around you, keep your mouth shut and move on.” This was to help me not personalize every little thing.

2018 was the ‘Year of Less,” use it or let go. This was after we closed Sew […]

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 […]

Christmas in July

By |2020-07-20T07:29:15-04:00July 20th, 2020|Heirloom Sewing, Uncategorized|

As many makers, designers and crafters already know, if you want to make handmade gifts for Xmas, the best time to start is in July. Supplies usually cost less, there is much more planning time. and time if your handmade gifts turns out to be less than perfect – to try it again…

One of my […]

Fabulous Feats and Follies in Swimwear

By |2020-07-13T07:15:15-04:00July 13th, 2020|1970s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

The amazing thing about swimwear is it usually only costs around $7 per suit in materials. Most dresses can cost much, much more in new materials. You can see why swimwear can be inviting for a seamstress to work with when keeping costs low.

In 2013, I made my first attempt, though feeble, at making swimwear. I’ve […]

Natural Dying and Viking Apron Dress, P2

By |2020-07-06T07:17:43-04:00July 6th, 2020|Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

After my first round of natural dying I was really bummed by the lack color that came through. For my 2nd round I would try to color my double gauze with the spice turmeric. It worked! Here is what I did!

I decided to soak my fabric in a mix of 4 quarts water to 1 […]

Natural Dying and the Bohemian Peasant Dress, P1

By |2020-06-29T07:36:23-04:00June 29th, 2020|1970s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

I have been on a long flowing bohemian kick. Last week I thought I would give natural dying a try to add more knowledge of textiles to my tool box. Boy did I learn a lot!

A more successful part of this endeavor was the 1970s pattern for my Dayton Dressmakers Club Meet Up’s pattern […]

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