Spring into Strawberry Season

By | 2018-06-04T06:53:23+00:00 June 4th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion|

We know how to celebrate the spring strawberry harvest around here! My motto is, every event, holiday and special occasion is dress making time!

The Fabric.

I love a challenge and while on our road trip to Ann Arbor I found this beautiful fabric called, Flower, Strawberry and Panda by Cotton Kobayashi. The fabric was imported from Japan and […]

The Princess Diana Dress and Tips for Sewing for Friends

By | 2018-04-23T07:07:28+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|1980s Fashion|

I have been practicing my sewing skills on my friends for years now and I’m about to share a few tips I have learned in the last 18 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of my best friends, Kelly Wood. I wanted to make her a dress for her birthday that […]

Kaftan Dress Wedding

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

Sewing Novelty Print Dress Round Up

By | 2018-03-19T18:33:43+00:00 March 19th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Indie Patterns|

Novelty prints are so much fun to wear because they scream, hey I like this. Whether it be fabric with pizza, dogs, tacos, cats, unicorns, beer or licensed prints they can spark conversion.  A lot of my events are in the summer where I can be found sewing outside at festivals. I have been making […]

Guest Blogger Gayle Sampson on Wearable Art

By | 2017-10-16T06:28:54+00:00 October 16th, 2017|1800s Style Fashion, 1900s Style Fashion|

When Tracy asked me to write about my wearable art, and pick a piece that meant a lot to me, and about the new Etsy store I’m developing, my first thought was “Oh, this is so cool! What fun!” She is, after all, the lady who taught me how to read a pattern after years […]

Easy 2 Piece Sweater Knit Design Hack by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-10-02T08:21:01+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|1950s Style Fashion|

Why all the stress of winter clothing? Well, winter clothing is a challenge because buying winter fabric costs more money than summer fabric.  You will need time to plan so you don’t waste. I have a bunch of mismatch outfits from not planning and just buying fabric I like.  Knowing what looks good on you […]

The One Hour Pattern Hack

By | 2017-09-04T07:41:58+00:00 September 4th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, makes of 2017|

I sometimes ask myself why I am doing all of this? What is my motivation? What makes me happy?

Most people that sew will tell you that buying fabric and making things is what brings them joy and I am no different. Last week I made 6 lined curtain panels, 4 shirts, 3 rush order hems […]

Easy Viking Apron Dress

By | 2017-08-28T07:54:13+00:00 August 28th, 2017|makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Dramatic play is so important to children. I can remember making up dresses or clothing out of scraps of fabric, tying or even stapling pieces together. Adults love to play and its good to break free from structure and let the possibilities run wild! You may not make something perfect, but who cares. Perfection can […]

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