No Pattern Needed

By |2020-03-30T08:13:36-04:00March 30th, 2020|1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Let’s get fearless and make the perfect maxi dress, the kaftan. This VERY easy dress can be made with any sheer, lace or very light and flowing material. No pattern needed! It’s pull over, no fussy closures to deal with.

I used almost 4 yards of 44″ fabric. Two 40″ pieces for the length of the […]

Easiest Upcycle Ever

By |2020-03-09T06:42:33-04:00March 9th, 2020|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

One of the easiest things to up-cycle is a dress into a skirt. I do many of these for clients with their  beloved formal gowns. I hope you enjoy a very simple one that needed no closures or elastic casings.
What makes it so simple is that more than half of the work has already been […]

Easy Burlap Place Mats and Matching Coasters

By |2020-03-02T06:49:22-05:00March 2nd, 2020|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

These placemats and coasters are the cutest and so easy to make. Eight pieces cut and made in less then an hour.

Supplies needed to make four placemats and four coasters-

Burlap 1 yard (printed or unprinted)

Cotton batting enough for four 5″ squares  (insides of coasters)

Contrasting scrap fabric enough for four 5″ squares (back of coasters)

Scissors

Sewing Machine

Size […]

Never Underestimate the Power of Landfill Burglary

By |2020-02-17T06:38:49-05:00February 17th, 2020|Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

I’m honestly not sure what to call my latest line of dresses. Nothing feels quite right. They are made from materials people gave me or were being thrown out. I came up with the name landfill dresses because I believe most of the fabric would have ended up in a landfill. Picking out fabric is […]

Shhh, Don’t Tell…

By |2020-02-10T06:53:54-05:00February 10th, 2020|1960s Style Fashion, Table Cloth Dresses|

Would you believe this blog post originally came out in 2014 with only these three terrible sentences?

This dress was made with a fabric remnant from my days of working at Hancock Fabric and an old table runner my mother gave to me. My favorite part of the dress was the butterfly collar. The total cost of […]

Love What You Have

By |2020-02-03T06:39:42-05:00February 3rd, 2020|1800s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion|

As my awareness for the waste that is involved in fast fashion grows I have to ask myself, “Do I have too much waste?” Sure, I have made all of my clothing, but do I value it? Do I love it? Do I wear everything I have made? And if not, why?

I decided to do […]

The Anatomy of a Dress That Gets You…

By |2020-01-27T06:38:52-05:00January 27th, 2020|1800s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

Want to make explosions happen? Once you’ve learned to read a simple pattern and have a few garments under your belt you can also start to mix and match pattern pieces. Please enjoy my tips and tricks using a couple 1950s pattern pieces to make a beautiful bohemian prairie dress.

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