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 […]

Year of Better Canceled!

By |2020-08-03T07:50:40-04:00August 3rd, 2020|1950s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

Every year I have a little mantra for myself to become a better person. 2017, “Tracy the world doesn’t revolve around you, keep your mouth shut and move on.” This was to help me not personalize every little thing.

2018 was the ‘Year of Less,” use it or let go. This was after we closed Sew […]

Wacky Wednesday, Before and After Showcase

By |2020-07-27T07:33:17-04:00July 27th, 2020|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Let’s get wacky everyday! It was 2014 and I helped design a dress for a friend wanted to wear everyday for an entire year as a challenge to raise awareness about waste. This challenge was called the Uniform Project. We designed a basic black linen shift dress that buttoned up. It […]

Fabulous Feats and Follies in Swimwear

By |2020-07-13T07:15:15-04:00July 13th, 2020|1970s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

The amazing thing about swimwear is it usually only costs around $7 per suit in materials. Most dresses can cost much, much more in new materials. You can see why swimwear can be inviting for a seamstress to work with when keeping costs low.

In 2013, I made my first attempt, though feeble, at making swimwear. I’ve […]

Natural Dying and the Bohemian Peasant Dress, P1

By |2020-06-29T07:36:23-04:00June 29th, 2020|1970s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

I have been on a long flowing bohemian kick. Last week I thought I would give natural dying a try to add more knowledge of textiles to my tool box. Boy did I learn a lot!

A more successful part of this endeavor was the 1970s pattern for my Dayton Dressmakers Club Meet Up’s pattern […]

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 […]

Dream Holiday Vacation

By |2020-05-25T07:17:01-04:00May 25th, 2020|1980s Fashion, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

Wouldn’t a vacation be dreamy right now? Travel may be hard for many this summer. We are fixing up our living spaces, yards and thinking about what we can do for fun right now. What if I made myself some beach clothes and just pretended we were on a dream vacation?

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