Reflecting a Light Backwards

By |2019-01-28T07:31:08-04:00January 28th, 2019|Costumes, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2009, Makes of 2010, Makes of 2011, Makes of 2012, Makes of 2013|

In the beginning I had an idea. The idea turned into a project that also continued to evolve. In the end the project turned out radically different from that idea as it was envisioned. These are a collection of dresses that hopped off the beaten path and are now truly a blast from the past.

Defiance and the Raincoat Practice Pt. 2

By |2019-01-14T07:13:59-04:00January 14th, 2019|Indie Patterns, Today's Fashion|

You may remember my banner raincoat project fail in last week’s post? This time I chose to do this project with a more malleable textile called oilcloth. I can be ambitious and brave sometimes, or perhaps I just love to test my own patience, and I thought I knew more about how to […]

Storm Clouds and the Raincoat, pt 1

By |2019-01-07T06:21:47-04:00January 6th, 2019|1970s Style Fashion, refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

My raincoat story is about failure and success when learning a new skill. I want to show you that every project does not always work out as planned. Sadly, the banner project did not come out. Many people see all of the success in art while ignoring the failures that are quietly brushed under the […]

The Keys to Defining Success

By |2018-11-19T07:04:37-04:00November 19th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Heirloom Sewing, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

My Secrets to Turning My Hobby Job into a Success

The first year I went into business I got a good bit of negative feedback. People would say, “Good luck with that” or “Good luck with your business” and “People actually pay you to make clothing?” My favorite though, “If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse your […]

The Arts Meet Education w/ Lindsey Gustafson

By |2018-11-12T06:21:17-04:00November 11th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion, Interviews w/Sewists, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

I met middle school art teacher Lindsay Gustafson through Rosewood Art Centre and quickly grew fond of her.  The first things I noticed about Lindsay was her flare for quirky artsy looks, her smile and her positive personality. Besides looking like a ton of fun, teaching and making art, Lindsay is also passionate about […]

Keeping it Clean

By |2018-11-05T16:24:35-04:00November 5th, 2018|Indie Patterns, Today's Fashion|

I want a highly tailored and clean looking shirt. Something that doesn’t scream out “I made this!” No matter how much experience you have, to grow, you have to take the time to learn from others. I wanted to learn to make a classic white collar button-up shirt for myself. It needed to be highly […]

T Shirt Quilt Basics at Rosewood Art Centre w/Tracy McElfresh

By |2018-07-31T06:34:10-04:00November 3rd, 2018|

Ages 12 and up Come learn the basics of T-Shirt Quilting Supplies small sewing kit including sharp scissors Thread Fusible light to medium weight interfacing T shirts 2 different pieces of 1/2 yards of coordinating or contrasting fabrics Registration starts Dec. 4th Must call to register 937-296-0294

Handmade Halloween from the Closet Shop

By |2018-10-23T17:59:16-04:00October 22nd, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Costumes|

Some people may find it hard to make time to create their own Halloween costume. I recommend that you consider “shopping your closet” and simply making outerwear that can be worn as everyday wear.

Some clothing that you may already own can be used for costumes – like a flapper, Mary Poppins, a […]

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