From Dior to Ready to Wear Score

By |2018-07-09T06:21:40+00:00July 9th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

What most people are not aware of is that a lot of dress styles are not new but instead reflect vintage styles. If you can find the right silhouette most of the time you can alter the pattern just enough to make the dress look like its inspiration. I was honored to be asked to make […]

Great Journeys and Upping My Game

By |2018-06-25T06:17:14+00:00June 25th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

When I first started selling and making custom dresses in the early 2000s my entire business was DIY. With the surprise announcement that I was on Blogspots 2018 Best Dressmaker Blogs last winter I knew wanted to have a more professional look. This was simple – I just needed better pictures! Yeah Right!

 

The Past. […]

Let’s get Bio Dress Friendly

By |2018-06-11T07:20:11+00:00June 11th, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Makes of 2015|

The Concept of the Bio-Dress

Picture wearing a soft beautiful organic gown with imbedded wild flower seeds in the hemlines. After the big date you bury the dress in a garden. The dress slowly biodegrades becoming part of the earth while the seeds take hold and soon flowers bloom. With every years bloom good memories of […]

Fast, Fake and Easy Smocking Sewing Machine Style

By |2018-05-14T06:40:29+00:00May 14th, 2018|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing for Babies, Uncategorized|

Do you want to be remembered? Personalized gifts are the bomb and can easily become family heirlooms. No pleating machine, no problem. You can get this look in a little over an hour with a regular sewing machine!

I had every intention of doing this project by hand the correct way. I was gifted a cute 1940s […]

Interview w/ Fairy Godmother Creations, Liane Wagner

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

Kaftan Dress Wedding

By |2018-03-26T06:31:51+00:00March 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 […]

Don’t Do This, The Good, Bad and Ugly! Active Wear Pants

By |2018-03-05T07:55:53+00:00March 5th, 2018|Today's Fashion|

Why are pants so hard to make fit on what would seem to be the most normal bodies? It’s because we are solving the mysteries of the crotch oddities. Measurements for crotch ease, lets just say CURVES, full bottom extensions and being a short woman does not make it any easier. Every year for the […]

Let’s Get Trashy by Tracy McElfresh

By |2018-02-19T06:27:11+00:00February 19th, 2018|Art made by Tracy McElfresh|

I was born into a long line of family junkers. Today, I am proud to say it taught me to be resourceful and creative. I am honored to share some personal trash to treasure with you!

Finding some old junk in the garage, sewing room or literal trash that you do not have to buy and […]

Knit Flower Head Bands at Rosewood Art Centre w/Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-12-11T13:21:48+00:00February 12th, 2018|

Age 10 and up Supplies Students are to bring 5-10 large flowers of their choice. Want to learn how to make your own big flower head bands like the artist Frida Kahlo wore? In this class we will learn how to make a simple knit headband on a sewing machine and then hand stitch using the back stitch techniques. Registration starts Dec. 4th Must call Rosewood to register 937-296-0294

4 Must Know Time and Stress Saving Tips, Zebra Print Mod 1960s Dress

By |2018-01-15T06:47:15+00:00January 15th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

Do you ever wonder how I get these dresses done so quickly? After you make something 10-20 times you learn all the short cuts! Today, I share with you just a few of my secrets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tip #1 Princess Seams may feel like a lot of work but I […]

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