Tracey grew up in Melbourne, before spending time living overseas in both Malaysia and Germany. Upon returning to Australia, Tracey completed a Diploma of Primary Teaching and, later, a Graduate Diploma in Special Education. A keen traveller, she then went to live with her husband in London for 8 years, working in primary schools and special education.
Eventually Tracey was drawn back to Melbourne, where she settled with her husband and (two) young daughters. She taught for several more years, before deciding to take a 12-month break.
It was during this time that Tracey discovered a shortfall of parents able to make school production costumes. After making several large sets for some local schools herself, she decided to follow her passion for sewing (and organising!) and Costumes without Drama was born.
Originally operating from Tracey’s home, the business soon moved to Diana Drive, North Blackburn in 2009 before relocating to its much larger current premises in Molan St, Ringwood in 2014. Now in its 17th year, Costumes without Drama has made more than 11,000 barcoded and inventoried costumes, provided costumes for in excess of 1,500 performances and regularly send costumes all over Australia.
Tracey and the team complete most work onsite in the warehouse. It is clear that Tracey has truly found her passion in the work that she does, providing flexible, organised helpful service with a smile, every time.