The One Hour Pattern Hack

I sometimes ask myself why I am doing all of this? What is my motivation? What makes me happy?

Most people that sew will tell you that buying fabric and making things is what brings them joy and I am no different. Last week I made 6 lined curtain panels, 4 shirts, 3 rush order hems and altered 10 bridesmaid dresses. At the end of Friday I had 1 hour left and 2 yards of pretty Art Gallery Fabric moderate knit.









I have a bunch of patterns at work, maybe 50, that have migrated their way there from past endeavors. I quickly knew Jamie Cristina’s Mission Maxi dress was a great fit and could be made in a hot minute. While digging I also pulled out a 1960s pattern that had great dramatic sleeves and a sheath silhouette. I knew I could hack and marry these two patterns to make a great dress fast.

I simply laid Jamie’s pattern over the kimono sleeve pattern and cut around everything quickly.








The sleeve piece was simply 2 gathered rectangles. I really laughed out loud when I saw this and realized I probably did not need a pattern at all.

Sleeve piece








To make it even faster but still professional looking most of the dress was serged. The sleeve bottoms, neckline and hemlines were all pre-serged while the pieces were open and flat. Last, I stitched them all down with a good twin needle. Can you believe I used red thread for this dress?





















I am excited to wear this dress through the fall with my new cute rubber rain boots and a handmade crochet scarve my mother made me.

Behind the scenes~

























Rosewood Makers Market is going to be awesome! Come say HI!!

Yep! That is the model and fashion stylist Ruby Randall and photographer Sharon Elaine!

Thank you for reading!

Tracy McElfresh

Dream it, Sew it!






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