The Quickie One Hour Dress

By |2023-01-16T06:05:01-05:00January 16th, 2023|1960s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Would you believe I made this simple dress in less than an hour and with only two yards of fabric? This design was adapted from the simplicity of the old children’s pillow case dress pattern. A few small changes make it very suitable for adults. And hey, sometimes you just want to get your mojo […]

The Project With Everything!

By |2022-08-15T18:14:14-04:00August 15th, 2022|1920s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

This project has everything; replicating, inspiration, upcycling and fandom!

The B52’s have the most amazing stage clothes, period. When I saw Cindy Wilson bouncing around on stage in a Sunday Morning show story clip I knew I wanted a piece of that fun.

I went to the local thrift […]

Simple Skirt Lab at Rosewood Art Centre, Kettering

By |2022-03-09T11:41:03-05:00May 18th, 2022||

Age 12+ Supplies students need to bring 2 yards of cotton fabric, matching thread and 1-2 yards of 1” wide elastic (not suitable for plaid matching) This class you learn how to drift your own A line skirt from your measurements, make an elastic casing, finish seams and hem. Registration starts Dec. 4th Must call Rosewood to register 937-296-0294

Making Patches on a Regular Sewing Machine

By |2021-10-22T07:35:18-04:00October 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 […]

Patterns From Down Under

By |2021-10-22T07:35:35-04:00June 29th, 2021|Indie Patterns, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

G’day! Have you ever fallen in love with something so odd… and then, the next thing you know your drawers are chockers full of the bloody item?

In 2012 I was introduced to Style Arc patterns, a huge pattern company like no other, based out of Australia. With the motto, Patterns That Fit, […]

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 […]

Fashions of the Mola, A Trip to Cleveland Museum of Art

By |2021-04-19T06:50:51-04:00April 19th, 2021|Arts and Crafts, Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

When a friend shows you a fashion exhibit that can be visited in a single day trip, I highly recommend going. This exhibit, Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá, and The Cleveland Museum of Art were both amazing!

There seems to be […]

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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