Easy Marisol Puerto Rican Fresh Strawberry Pie

By |2020-06-15T07:24:33-04:00June 15th, 2020|Desserts, makes of 2017|

Full disclosure ~ I have made this family recipe many times with great success. This time, I decided to leave out the extra cup of sugar and corn starch in the glaze due to the fact that Jello already has a lot of sugar. Huge mistake! It did not work out at all. The glaze […]

Undervalued Linens

By |2020-06-01T07:52:06-04:00May 31st, 2020|1980s Fashion, makes of 2017, refashion, Table Cloth Dresses|

Never discount the simple sheet, tablecloths, curtains and fine linens for dresses. In 2009 I made a series of dresses from sheets and tablecloths to prove I did not have to spend big money to make beautiful things. Today all of those dresses have sold.

Sheets are great to practice and play designer with. Unless you […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

From Play to Passion

By |2019-04-01T06:01:09-04:00April 1st, 2019|Costumes, Fashion Shows, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

When I was young, I used to dress my Barbie Dolls in scraps of fabric, creating unique fashions for the various festivals and outings they would attend. When I was in high school, my Grandmother let me use her sewing machine in the basement where I would “Frankenstein” outfits together from thrift store finds, which […]

The Keys to Defining Success

By |2018-11-19T07:04:37-05:00November 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 […]

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