The Keys to Defining Success

By |2018-11-19T07:04:37+00:00November 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 Butterfly Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:34:20+00:00November 25th, 2015|Costumes, Makes of 2015, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I saw the most beautiful butterfly dress online and it got me thinking, could I make one like no other. After hours of researching I found a fabric designer on Spoonflower that made large scale butterfly prints. I started saving my dollars, seeing who else made butterfly dresses and researching the design I thought […]

Early 20th Century Witch Costume Replica

By |2017-02-07T23:44:53+00:00October 31st, 2015|Costumes, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

For years I have been wanting to replicate this dress! October is our busiest month at Sew Dayton. This year I made time in my schedule. This dress took 20 hours if not more to get from start to finish. This cute little witch was my inspiration photo.

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Reversible Dress for SICSA Pet Adoption Center

By |2017-02-07T23:47:41+00:00October 26th, 2015|Indie Patterns, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Last spring I made a reversible dress for the local shop Clash Dayton who was holding an art auction benefiting SICSA’s Pet Adoption Center.

It all started when I had two 1.5 yard pieces of Cotton and Steel’s Tokyo Train Ride. After some thought and measuring I realized the Colette Patterns Parfait dress would […]

Hawaiian Party Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:29:07+00:00October 2nd, 2015|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

This dress was so popular from 2011-2012 that I got to make it a few times and a lot different versions of it for customers and friends. It was right before the Mad Men, Bomb Shell, Pin Up craze. I can see why it’s flattering on every figure.

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Art Deco Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:16:01+00:00September 28th, 2015|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2010, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Historical Wright Memorial Library is one of my favorite places to get dress ideas and this one came from a book there called Chronicles of Western Costume.

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In 2010 my husband Jeffrey was really on me to sew with perfection. He critiqued every dress […]

Dressmaking Business

By |2017-02-07T23:17:36+00:00September 25th, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2013, Uncategorized|

Before I co-owned a little indie fabric shop I made dresses for people. This one I used a vintage 1946 Butterwick pattern and floral printed linen. This dress sold to the lovely lady below Diane.

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I love making dresses for others. It is like a puzzle figuring out […]

Classic Cars with Matching Dresses

By |2017-02-07T23:27:45+00:00September 17th, 2015|Makes of 2012, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

In 2013 Marita a mother of a model that I met at Dayton’s Fashion Week in 2012 came to me with a special request. She wanted a dress from the same time period as her classic car to wear to shows. I too loving the clean steam lines, colors and designs of the classics […]

Little House on the Prairie Dress

By |2017-02-13T18:02:08+00:00September 17th, 2015|Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2015, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I have a few really cool vintage dresses that I have been saving to take apart and study. May be this winter I will make time. I made my Little House of the Prairie dress replica from a pattern cover from 1910. I love the little edwardian look.

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