A Year of Independence

By |2019-12-30T06:51:45-05:00December 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Who doesn’t love a good challenge? We all set out with great ambitions and big hearts but when it comes down to keeping up with the smallest challenges it’s a commitment. I’m going to be perfectly honest, I had one bleep in the year buying emergency Walmart fabric for a client but I’m not letting that […]

What We Do When Something Doesn’t Go As Planned

By |2019-11-04T06:00:08-05:00November 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Sometimes you just have to suck it up, accept your losses and make the best of a less than ideal situation.

For each fabric success there has been, at the least, three failures. Today, I share a failure turned into a success.

After a few photography classes I purchased a decent camera, umbrella lights and a black […]

A New Approach

By |2019-10-28T06:14:30-04:00October 28th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Today's Fashion|

We all love vintage patterns. We also love modern wrinkle free knit fabrics. We want the vintage look but the feel, ease and care of a modern dress. So how can we marry these two with ease?

Since vintage patterns were made before modern knit fabrics and knits have a different set of rules than woven fabrics […]

Through the Looking Glass of Time

By |2019-10-14T06:53:49-04:00October 14th, 2019|1800s Style Fashion, 1900s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion|

Have you ever seen a movie set in a specific time period but you’ve still been able to date the production because the current styles bled through? Hair styles, color themes and popular silhouettes give hints to the true time period in these movies. This also happens with period clothing sewing patterns.

After making multiple 1860 […]

The Mindful Wardrobe

By |2019-06-24T06:37:22-04:00June 24th, 2019|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2008, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

We are all seeing a movement called “Mindful Clothing.” The trend is popping up everywhere again. It’s a few things, fixing and mending what you own, buying handmade clothing, buying vintage, up-cycling and staying away from fast fashion. In the 1940s there was the “Make do and Mend” movement, a time heavily influenced by WWII […]

Conquering One Yard of Fabric; Part 2

By |2019-06-17T06:44:11-04:00June 17th, 2019|1950s Style Fashion|

Warning, these one yard – almost zero waste garments, are not in the order I made them. Naturally, I chose the hardest first, which was a big mistake. I don’t want that to happen to you. I am releasing them in the order of easiest construction to the most challenging, pants. Part one last week was […]

Conquering One Yard of Fabric; Part 1

By |2019-06-10T06:53:01-04:00June 10th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Fashion Shows, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Great things are often invented from having some type of major dilemma. My last venture was learning to design fabric on Spoonflower. I have almost 150 fabric designs in my Spoonflower shop and the best part is you can have them printed on any fabric.

To sell your fabric designs on Spoonflower […]

The Pattern Hack – Slash and Spread

By |2019-05-06T06:46:07-04:00May 6th, 2019|1950s Style Fashion, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Every time I teach my pattern reading and layout class I demo how to cut out another dress. As you may imagine they are starting to add up. Because I do not need the same dress style over and over I also show how easy it is to hack or alter a pattern using the […]

Reflecting a Light Backwards

By |2019-01-28T07:31:08-05:00January 28th, 2019|Costumes, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2009, Makes of 2010, Makes of 2011, Makes of 2012, Makes of 2013|

In the beginning I had an idea. The idea turned into a project that also continued to evolve. In the end the project turned out radically different from that idea as it was envisioned. These are a collection of dresses that hopped off the beaten path and are now truly a blast from the past.

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