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Mondrian Was A Replicant

By |September 6th, 2021|Categories: 1940s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

What I didn't know when I set out to replicate this dress is that it was not from the 1960s. Yves St. Laurent designed this dress after Piet Mondrian's art work and debuted it at [...]

The Three Year WIP

By |August 23rd, 2021|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Perhaps you have one of these... or maybe even a few? You know, you start a project and then somewhere along the way it goes into a bag or the closet and soon enough it [...]

This Sewing Machine is Amazing, But Why?

By |July 26th, 2021|Categories: Interviews w/Sewists|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever tried something that looked so easy only to find out it was an uncontrollable challenge? This was my lesson in free motion sewing machine embroidery. I watched a few YouTube videos, thought [...]

Patterns From Down Under

By |June 29th, 2021|Categories: Indie Patterns, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

G'day! Have you ever fallen in love with something so odd... and then, the next thing you know your drawers are chockers full of the bloody item? In 2012 I was introduced to Style Arc patterns, [...]

Mix Match Patch, Two Decades of Dresses

By |June 14th, 2021|Categories: Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Remember those cute little patchwork hippy dresses of the 1990s? You could occasionally find them online and while they always looked homemade they were still charging around $100 for them. I thought that was way [...]

Flapper Wedding

By |May 31st, 2021|Categories: 1920s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our twenty year wedding anniversary is coming up! It is so hard to believe! Originally, my mother was going to make my dress. That didn't happen the way it was supposed to and we purchased [...]

Five Easy Tips to Sew Your Own Vintage Clothing

By |May 17th, 2021|Categories: 1940s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Every day is great day to share my love and knowledge of sewing patterns and because my pattern reading and layout class is tonight I also have motivation. It all started when I thrifted a [...]

How to! The Swan Dress and Reverse Appliqué

By |May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Wait till you see how easy this is! The Refabrication Challenges have really stoked the flames of creativity and pioneering new territories. March's challenge was to make something out of knits and/or denim. I hope [...]

Fashions of the Mola, A Trip to Cleveland Museum of Art

By |April 19th, 2021|Categories: Arts and Crafts, Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

When a friend shows you a fashion exhibit that can be visited in a single day trip, I highly recommend going. This exhibit, Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá, and The Cleveland Museum of Art [...]

Simplicity in Your Pants

By |April 5th, 2021|Categories: 1980s Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This year, for every month, I've chosen a themed project with a list to ensure I use my time productively. Last month I made swimwear, January was hat month, and March was all about the active [...]

Rounding Up Dayton’s Finest in the Field

By |March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Time to do a round up of awesome local artists, sewers, crafters, photographers and fashion gurus. Check us out as we band together and invite you to get to know us. Katie Stafinaik Owner and [...]

One Pattern, Five Ways

By |March 8th, 2021|Categories: 1920s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

February was an amazing month and a big part of the reason was having something fun to stay focused on, something to look forward to everyday... Swimwear MONTH!! I started planning and buying fabric for [...]

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