Celebrating Abuela With Free Motion Embroidery

By |2022-09-05T06:24:50-04:00September 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|

My grandma was one of my favorite people on the planet. I wanted to celebrate the gift she passed down to me and my mother – the wonderful love of sewing.

In 2019 we visited the Frida Kahlo dress exhibit in NYC where I read that the embroidery on her different dresses was created with […]

The Project With Everything!

By |2022-08-15T18:14:14-04:00August 15th, 2022|1920s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

This project has everything; replicating, inspiration, upcycling and fandom!

The B52’s have the most amazing stage clothes, period. When I saw Cindy Wilson bouncing around on stage in a Sunday Morning show story clip I knew I wanted a piece of that fun.

I went to the local thrift […]

“My One Yard Thing” 2022 Collection

By |2022-07-27T09:23:42-04:00July 27th, 2022|1980s Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Since the term One Yard Wonders has long been taken I’m calling my series of one yard garments My One Yard Thing! You might know that it is very, very difficult to make adult clothing out of one yard of fabric. You have to get extra creative and really love a challenge, but, it can […]

Wedding Dress Leaves More Questions Than Answers

By |2022-03-27T07:13:46-04:00March 26th, 2022|1980s Fashion, Uncategorized|

I said to myself, “I’m not going to do every little project!” And then Fairy Godmother Creations offered our entire meet up free wedding dresses to ReFabricate. Well, I definitely got on that train (lol, get it?) and then just like that, there I was… headed for Experimental-ville.

Letting Myself Van Glow

By |2022-02-08T06:16:15-05:00February 8th, 2022|1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

Dresses, dresses, dresses! After seeing the Columbus Museum of Art exhibit, Through Vincent’s Eyes, I’ve decided no matter what people think to keep doing what I love. Vincent Van Gogh only painted for one decade and made 2000 pieces of art. 2000 dresses?

Year of Awareness, 2021 Designers Review

By |2021-12-27T06:26:53-05:00December 27th, 2021|Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Let’s face it, the year of less was a total joke. I adopted the mantra from a book where the author tried not shopping for one year. Her addiction to shopping changed into other addictions until she realized the secret to happiness for her was crafting, having extra time, friends, and family.

By January […]

So You Think You Can Quilt

By |2021-11-22T06:32:24-05:00November 22nd, 2021|Arts and Crafts, Heirloom Sewing, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Every year I get wildly inspired to create a huge project that I know nothing about and mess up all along the way! I wanted to make something more memorable this time, something that would be passed down and cherished. Even though I might be experienced and amazing behind a sewing machine I get the privilege […]

Where the Locals Buy Mardi Gras Fabric, Trip to New Orleans

By |2021-11-08T06:34:29-05:00November 8th, 2021|1980s Fashion, Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Costumes, Uncategorized|

We visit New Orleans the most because my little grandma, cousin, and uncles live there. We love the culture, food, people, and the WARM weather.

NOLA has a bunch of amazing fabric stores, including the last couture fabric shop in the south, Promenade […]

Making Patches on a Regular Sewing Machine

By |2021-10-22T07:35:18-04:00October 18th, 2021|Arts and Crafts, Costumes, Uncategorized|

My blog as has taken a back seat after the newest Apple update crashed my computer. Apple was kind enough to wipe it clean and restore it to a 2014 update – and today I am writing you from my cell phone.

So, I’m ten months into my Year of Less and finding even more creative […]

Mondrian Was A Replicant

By |2022-08-22T18:18:49-04:00September 6th, 2021|1940s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

What I didn’t know when I set out to replicate this dress is that it was from the 1960s. Yves St. Laurent designed this dress after Piet Mondrian‘s art work and debuted it at his fall/winter show in 1965-66. This made color blocking popular in different ways every decade to come after.

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