Sewing for Him or Her, Easy Lingerie

By |2018-11-26T06:25:39-04:00November 26th, 2018|1990s fashion, Uncategorized|

Sewing, making art or crafting a lot may mean your partner might suffer from neglect. You can change that. And if you do, the rewards are well worth it. This is the year that I have given Jeffrey so much love through the joy of my craft and I am going to share why you […]

The Keys to Defining Success

By |2018-11-19T07:04:37-04:00November 19th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Heirloom Sewing, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

My Secrets to Turning My Hobby Job into a Success

The first year I went into business I got a good bit of negative feedback. People would say, “Good luck with that” or “Good luck with your business” and “People actually pay you to make clothing?” My favorite though, “If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse your […]

The Arts Meet Education w/ Lindsey Gustafson

By |2018-11-12T06:21:17-04:00November 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 |2018-10-29T06:24:52-04:00October 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 |2018-10-15T06:20:39-04:00October 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 |2018-10-01T06:13:31-04:00October 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 |2018-09-24T08:00:56-04:00September 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 |2018-08-27T06:42:31-04:00August 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 |2018-08-20T06:51:43-04:00August 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 |2018-08-13T07:30:55-04:00August 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. […]

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