Learning African Dress Techniques

By |2018-07-16T06:20:42+00:00July 16th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

Minda told me the design, structure and techniques of the four African mud cloth dresses would blow my mind. They did, seriously. I almost couldn’t believe she wanted me to alter them. I am about to share some of the smartest sewing techniques I have ever seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I noticed […]

From Dior to Ready to Wear Score

By |2018-07-09T06:21:40+00:00July 9th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

What most people are not aware of is that a lot of dress styles are not new but instead reflect vintage styles. If you can find the right silhouette most of the time you can alter the pattern just enough to make the dress look like its inspiration. I was honored to be asked to make […]

Warning! This is Not a Dress

By |2018-07-02T06:43:34+00:00July 2nd, 2018|1990s fashion, Uncategorized|

Have you ever really struggled to find the perfect project or pattern for a great fabric? How about not having enough fabric for some awesome pattern you already have? Here is a project I completed and how I managed to overcome similar issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a really cool print […]

Great Journeys and Upping My Game

By |2018-06-25T06:17:14+00:00June 25th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

When I first started selling and making custom dresses in the early 2000s my entire business was DIY. With the surprise announcement that I was on Blogspots 2018 Best Dressmaker Blogs last winter I knew wanted to have a more professional look. This was simple – I just needed better pictures! Yeah Right!

 

The Past. […]

Kids Fashion Camp is coming soon to Rosewood Art Centre

By |2018-06-18T07:01:05+00:00June 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Last year we had so much fun at Rosewood Art Centre fashion camp that we’re doing it again! Rosewood has sewing machines available for class use and I will be supplying the fabric from community donations. (Thanks sewing friends)

 

The Camp

Day one – We all learn to use the sewing machines and get a lot of […]

Let’s get Bio Dress Friendly

By |2018-06-11T07:20:11+00:00June 11th, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Makes of 2015|

The Concept of the Bio-Dress

Picture wearing a soft beautiful organic gown with imbedded wild flower seeds in the hemlines. After the big date you bury the dress in a garden. The dress slowly biodegrades becoming part of the earth while the seeds take hold and soon flowers bloom. With every years bloom good memories of […]

Chasing Frida Kahlo in a Dress at the Finding Frida Art Exhibit

By |2018-05-28T07:34:37+00:00May 28th, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, 1930s Style Fashion, Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Why Frida?

Frida Kahlo is a Mexican artist and icon. She is such a powerful presence for so many female artist. The love for Frida goes beyond her wonderful art, her style and the emotion she portrays. There is a romance and power around her ageless story. In a time where women had little rights Frida […]

My Swimwear Journey 2014-2018

By |2018-05-21T06:23:42+00:00May 21st, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

When googling swimwear I find articles with titles like Coping with Body Image, Swimsuits for Women Over 40, Amazon’s 21 Best Sellers, Why Women Will Not Wear Swimsuits, How Not to Look Old in a Swimsuit (leave it to Oprah) and Best Day to Buy a Swimsuit (It’s June 8th according to that article). With […]

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