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

By | 2018-03-05T07:55:53+00:00 March 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 […]

Basics Refresher at Rosewood Art Centre w/Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-12-11T13:20:36+00:00 February 19th, 2018|

Age 12+ Want to get motivated to start sewing again? This class is just what you need to help you succeed in sewing. We go over threading, bobbins, tension, accessories, trouble shooting, stitches and practice exercises. Registration starts Dec. 4th Must call Rosewood to register 937-296-0294

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

By | 2017-12-11T13:21:48+00:00 February 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+00:00 January 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 […]

1960s Inspired Wool Holiday Suit

By | 2017-12-25T08:28:55+00:00 December 25th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

You will never hear me utter the words I have nothing to wear.

This years trip to Pittsburgh inspired my holiday dress. I found the softest wool at a little shop called The Fabric Place. It was so soft that I fell in love immediately.








The dress and jacket […]

Sweater Knit Round Up and Tips to Ease the Fear

By | 2017-12-04T07:55:07+00:00 December 4th, 2017|makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Up until 2 years ago I was scared to sew sweater knit fabrics. Sweater knit is really stretchy like regular sweaters. The edges fray like crazy and hemlines can be a challenge. Sizing can be a problem too.

My first knit dress was a total accident. I ordered knit fabric that said medium weight from a […]

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