Would you believe this blog post originally came out in 2014 with only these three terrible sentences?

This dress was made with a fabric remnant from my days of working at Hancock Fabric and an old table runner my mother gave to me. My favorite part of the dress was the butterfly collar. The total cost of the dress was $5.

Tracy McElfresh


As I slowly approach my 500th blog post milestone I’ve been looking back at young blogger me and what I wrote. I was just getting into the blogosphere and writing so I’m going to try to not be so hard on myself, but really – three sentences?

Today, I could have written a book about this dress and this photo shoot. In 2009 I used that 1960s all famous Jiffy pattern to make this mod dress. Jiffy patterns are great because they go together so quickly and with little fuss. The red fabric was a faux ultra suede and there was not enough of it for a complete dress. I added table runner and Boom! I also added vintage gold buttons and trim to the butterfly collar and hemline.

I adore the slimming effect of the French darts. These were one of my first attempts and I was apprehensive about cutting and pressing them open. I bet I even backstitched at the ends. Shhh, don’t tell.

Oh, and it turned my sewing machine reddish-pink too!

I found my first great photographer and got my sister to model. She was a perfect fit for all of my garments due to our similar sizes.

This dress was a part of a series of dresses I made out of tablecloths, sheets and recycled materials to prove you can make beautiful things for less than you can purchase them.

Looking back at this boring bland blog post I can see tremendous growth in other areas of my life. Good things take time, patience, practice and determination.

I hope you take the time to do good things.

Thank you for reading,

Tracy McElfresh

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