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 […]

Endless Scones & Tea Embroidery Holiday Edition, Family Tree at Communitea Cafe

By |2017-06-07T20:34:53+00:00December 7th, 2017|

Come spend an evening with me at Communitea and learn your basic stitches in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
All other embroidery classes at Communitea have sold out so please sign up today. Sign up HERE to lock in your spot.

1920s Yellow Fairytale Wedding Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:33:25+00:00August 1st, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

For my 2nd solids challenge I wanted to learn more heirloom skills and since I am addicted to the 1920s styles I wanted to make a little something like this.

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\n\nJeffrey and my tea cups were my colors.

My Solids Challenge (sneak peek)

By |2017-02-08T00:55:35+00:00January 24th, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2015, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I hope you are enjoying the new year. I wanted to give you a little sneak peek of some of my new 2016 solids challenges and upcoming ones.

Why solids for 2016? Solids are easy to spot mistakes and great to show off craftsmanship. Using only solids I will need to really get creative and think outside the […]

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 […]

Gold Flapper Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:29:58+00:00October 1st, 2015|1920s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2011, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

In 2011 I entered the Modcloth designer competition with dress. I did not win although I learned a lot.

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I designed this dress from the ground up with many heirloom details out tissue lemme.

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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 […]

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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