Passion to Refashion

By |2020-09-28T07:07:08-04:00September 28th, 2020|1960s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Have you ever seen a dress that you love the fabric and the print but the style of the dress doesn’t suit your figure, style or personality? Some of the easiest and best dresses to upcycle are 1970s Kaftans. This is because they have so much yardage and are rarely cut with the exception of […]

Crotch Oddities

By |2020-08-10T07:43:45-04:00August 10th, 2020|Fashion Dress Replicas, Indie Patterns, Uncategorized|

After buying a bunch of shoes through a Facebook ad on 4/20 I learned my lesson about not buying a bunch of shoes through a Facebook ad. That’s a longer story and not what this post is about, but I will say FB is constantly putting cuteness in my feed. I hope you enjoy my […]

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.

Essential Safety Tips for Beginners; Guest Blogger Helen Spencer

By |2020-01-13T06:40:36-05:00January 13th, 2020|Interviews w/Sewists, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

Essential Safety Tips for Beginners

Safety always must come first. Whether you’re working, having fun, or exercising, getting injured is no fun at all. You should especially pay attention to safety if you’re a beginner at the activity you’re about to enjoy because you could end up accidentally hurting yourself due to lack of skill.

Sewing might […]

Glitz, Glam, no Shame

By |2019-12-23T07:51:43-05:00December 23rd, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

I believe talent is inherent and that skills are learned and built upon.

With each new fabric there is another medium that needs to be studied and practiced. Learning a new skill may also be stressful. There are always failures on the road to success.

I have made a few sequin dresses before that either had no […]

What We Do When Something Doesn’t Go As Planned

By |2019-11-04T06:00:08-05:00November 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Sometimes you just have to suck it up, accept your losses and make the best of a less than ideal situation.

For each fabric success there has been, at the least, three failures. Today, I share a failure turned into a success.

After a few photography classes I purchased a decent camera, umbrella lights and a black […]

Conquering One Yard of Fabric; Part 3 and 4

By |2019-09-09T06:44:51-04:00September 9th, 2019|Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Last summer I challenged myself to figure out what to do with 60″ wide one yard pieces of fabric. I have already shared part one the shift dress and part two a caftan top. I saved the best and the worst to share last.

The best was the […]

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 […]

Swimsuit Replica

By |2019-05-27T09:10:35-04:00May 27th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, refashion, Swimwear, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

I’m on a mission to use up all of my fabric stash this year! So far I have been successful. I had quite a bit of fabric left over from last years striped swimsuit project that needed to be used, but who needs two striped suits?

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