Making Patches on a Regular Sewing Machine

By |2021-10-18T12:34:27-04:00October 18th, 2021|Arts and Crafts, Costumes, Uncategorized|

My blog as has taken a back seat after the newest Apple update crashed my computer. Apple was kind enough to wipe it clean and restore it to a 2014 update – and today I am writing you from my cell phone.

So, I’m ten months into my Year of Less and finding even more creative […]

This Sewing Machine is Amazing, But Why?

By |2021-07-26T07:46:53-04:00July 26th, 2021|Interviews w/Sewists|

Have you ever tried something that looked so easy only to find out it was an uncontrollable challenge? This was my lesson in free motion sewing machine embroidery. I watched a few YouTube videos, thought I knew what I was doing, and failed miserably. Modern life, ha!

I decided to practice everyday for […]

Mix Match Patch, Two Decades of Dresses

By |2021-06-14T06:44:14-04:00June 14th, 2021|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Remember those cute little patchwork hippy dresses of the 1990s? You could occasionally find them online and while they always looked homemade they were still charging around $100 for them. I thought that was way too expensive and decided to make my own. From there I really delved into up-cycling used clothing. And after that […]

Five Easy Tips to Sew Your Own Vintage Clothing

By |2021-05-17T07:17:05-04:00May 17th, 2021|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion|

Every day is great day to share my love and knowledge of sewing patterns and because my pattern reading and layout class is tonight I also have motivation.

It all started when I thrifted a cute duvet cover. I cut out a 1940s dress and had half of the cover left over!

How to! The Swan Dress and Reverse Appliqué

By |2021-05-03T06:53:13-04:00May 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Wait till you see how easy this is!

The Refabrication Challenges have really stoked the flames of creativity and pioneering new territories. March’s challenge was to make something out of knits and/or denim. I hope you enjoy my lesson on reverse appliqué and how this project came about.

My friend Sam and I take walks in the […]

Simplicity in Your Pants

By |2021-04-05T06:53:13-04:00April 5th, 2021|1980s Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

This year, for every month, I’ve chosen a themed project with a list to ensure I use my time productively. Last month I made swimwear, January was hat month, and March was all about the active wear.

With Spring came more work. Being busier meant I chose to create simple shorts, […]

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