Sewing Novelty Print Dress Round Up

Novelty prints are so much fun to wear because they scream, hey I like this. Whether it be fabric with pizza, dogs, tacos, cats, unicorns, beer or licensed prints they can spark conversion.  A lot of my events are in the summer where I can be found sewing outside at festivals. I have been making novelty dresses for a while now so I felt it was round up time!

I used Colette Pattern’s Eclair It’s a little fancy although I absolutely love this dress. I interfaced the bodice and I love the pockets with the full skirt. I got this fabric from Crafters Lodge.

I decided to design one of those oversized dresses out of Maker Maker linen fabric by Sarah Golden. After posting it on Facebook I got a lot of feedback that it was not flattering. I took it in a slight bit but kept it large. I designed this dress with matching bags.

This fabric was gifted to me by a student. It has patterns and sewing machines by my favorite fabric designer Alexander Henry.  I used a Colette Pattern Hawthorn pattern for this shirt dress.

Not all of my novelty dresses are sewing related. I have made dresses with cats, dogs, cooking and Japanese themes.

This was one of my first demo dresses from my Hancock Fabric employee days, 2005. It was a McCalls pattern cover print from the 1950s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for this years demo dress with fabric from Sew a Lot designed by Michael Miller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Behind the scenes~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been studying minimalism so I bought myself a new desk. The idea is to let things go that mean nothing to you and replace them with things that bring you joy. I live in a little house and so far I have let 10 pieces of furniture go and only brought one in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My last photography class with Crystal Black was last week. I highly recommend this rosewood class. As soon as I get some time I want to practice all I have learned.

Last I had the pleasure of making Krystal Walker a dress replica. While in Paris she saw a Dior dress she loved and asked if I could replicate the style in a thick soft knit.

Thank you for reading,

Tracy McElfresh

Dream it, Sew it!

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