If the Sleeve Fits

By |2020-09-21T06:57:33-04:00September 21st, 2020|1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Designing can be such a weight on your ego. It can make you bend, shift, or even break. It can force you to experiment with your potential. While something can look great on paper, or in my case an iPad, it doesn’t always look right on a real body.

The Birthday Dress

By |2020-09-14T06:57:46-04:00September 14th, 2020|1970s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

What little girl doesn’t love a birthday dress? If you do a search for “little girls birthday dress” you will find the current trends. I saw many onesies with the year or a quote scripted on the top and tulle skirts sewn to the bottom.

A client asked me to make a little […]

How to Sew Professional Pillows

By |2020-06-22T08:38:51-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Heirloom Sewing, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Piping is one of the easiest techniques to learn that can make your garments and home decor really pop! Piping makes everything look professional. Today, I share how easy it is and how I made these beautiful pillows.

Supplies:
Cording
Zippers
Thread
Pillow inserts
Fabric

The Pattern

I made a muslin first because it bothers me […]

Center That Lace Appliqué

By |2020-06-08T07:22:58-04:00June 8th, 2020|1800s Style Fashion, 1900s Style Fashion|

Where to begin, where to begin? Large patches, motifs and appliqués can be tough to get centered and put on.

I hope you enjoy my easy tips to help you get a large appliqué centered and placed on any already made garment.

Fold garment in half matching the shoulder seams and side seams to find your center […]

Sleeve of the Year

By |2020-05-18T07:47:30-04:00May 18th, 2020|1950s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Indie Patterns|

During the beginning of Covid-19 I was only buying fabric for masks and then a sewing friend donated some lovely pieces for me play with. In the stack was this sheer cotton Hawaiian border print fabric.

With great respect to the pattern and the culture I dug through […]

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 […]

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