The Arts Meet Education w/ Lindsey Gustafson

By |2018-11-12T06:21:17+00:00November 11th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion, Interviews w/Sewists, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

I met middle school art teacher Lindsay Gustafson through Rosewood Art Centre and quickly grew fond of her.  The first things I noticed about Lindsay was her flare for quirky artsy looks, her smile and her positive personality. Besides looking like a ton of fun, teaching and making art, Lindsay is also passionate about […]

Interview w/Professional Costume Designer, Ayn Wood

By |2018-10-29T06:24:52+00:00October 29th, 2018|Costumes, Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|

I got a chance to speak with Ayn Wood about her amazing work, what inspires her and if she is living her dreams. Here’s what she has to say.
Please tell us about what you do and who you are?
My business cards used to say AestheticallyPromiscuous: Eclectic Trappings for those Predestined to Thrive in Obscurity. Not much […]

A New Set of Problems, Leather pt2

By |2018-10-15T06:20:39+00:00October 15th, 2018|1990s fashion, Uncategorized|

Learning something new can be so stressful. I suggest doing your research first or finding a mentor to help you. When you just have ambition this doesn’t always happen and sometimes lessons are best learned from mistakes. I am willing to share mine here today with you.

This year, for my August birthday, I wanted to […]

The Witching Hour

By |2018-10-01T06:13:31+00:00October 1st, 2018|1900s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2014, Uncategorized|

There is a place in my neighborhood we call Witches Tower, some call it Frankenstein’s Castle, but originally it was a look out for NCR (National Cash Register) that is now owned by Five Rivers Metro Parks. This was one of my favorite hang outs as a teen and […]

In search of Handmade Troy, Ohio

By |2018-09-24T08:00:56+00:00September 24th, 2018|Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

Jeffrey and I rode our bicycles, lightly packed for an overnight, in search of handmade to the town of Troy, Ohio. The cycling was gorgeous as we moved alongside the river on the Great Miami River Recreational Trail. A thirty mile ride almost entirely on the bike path. I love a short trip that has […]

Let’s Rub-a-Dub-Dub

By |2018-08-27T06:42:31+00:00August 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Rubbing replication and reconstruction is an easy way to replicate your favorite garments.

I frequently get asked to make replicas of garments. When I tell the client I will need to dissect their garment I usually get a crazy look followed by, “You can’t cut this XYZ.” Over the years I have found new ways around […]

Say it Big with Fashion Appliqué

By |2018-08-20T06:51:43+00:00August 20th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

Have you ever wished you could make something cute and quick to add to your garment just to take everything up a notch? With appliqué you can! Appliqué is basically making your own patches. Fabric stores will carry ready made appliqués or patches also.

I created a patch for a dress with carrots as the […]

Bohemian Wedding Dress with Simple Shapes

By |2018-08-13T07:30:55+00:00August 13th, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I am about to blow your mind with this simple and glamorous dress. Most garments are made up of shapes. This 1930s gown looks like a fancy Bohemian wedding dress although it’s really made up of one tube, one rectangle and two circle shapes.

The Shapes. I like to start with cutting out everything larger. […]

Beginner Working with Leather

By |2018-08-07T01:46:59+00:00August 6th, 2018|Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

I have sewn many patches on leather jackets. I’ve mended leather and pleather (artificial leather) and so when Tim Morris of Iron Dog Salvage in Tipp City asked me to sew leather leg caps for a ladder I got to put those skills to use.

Buying the leather.  I searched Etsy for soft […]

The Birthday Dress

By |2018-07-30T17:48:59+00:00July 29th, 2018|1980s Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

When I was a little girl getting a birthday dress was better than getting a new baby doll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These days I do not have a lot of time to sew personal projects. I look for garments I can make in a couple hours. This dress was inspired by a […]

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