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Easy Hippie Dress

By |April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

What makes a garment easy to sew? No closures, no lining and very little advanced techniques being used. The only fancy thing here was the welted pocket. You may leave that out or do a [...]

From MuuMuu to 1940s Pinup Playsuit

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: 1940s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I'm so excited to share what these MuuMuu's turned into. I love a good upcycle puzzle. Taking a piece of clothing and making it into something totally different is an art form. Last summer, Sarah [...]

Fearless Swimwear Sewing

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Swimwear|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I have a sure proof way of getting over any fears of sewing swimwear to share with you today. Try cutting up and refashioning an old swimsuit or one that you know can be replaced [...]

From Play to Passion

By |April 1st, 2019|Categories: Costumes, Fashion Shows, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

When I was young, I used to dress my Barbie Dolls in scraps of fabric, creating unique fashions for the various festivals and outings they would attend. When I was in high school, my Grandmother [...]

Fat Quarter Bundle Zero Waste Skirt

By |March 25th, 2019|Categories: 1920s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Everyone has been asking how I made this skirt and so I would like to share the entire experience. It was super bowl Sunday and I needed something fun to do. On my way out [...]

The Challenge of Smoking Jackets

By |March 18th, 2019|Categories: 1950s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Today, I happily share one of my more challenging projects that really got me outside of my comfort zone. The most troublesome projects can sometimes feel like a cloud hanging over your head. They are [...]

Garment Sewing on a Shoe String

By |March 11th, 2019|Categories: 1970s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Some say you cannot sew for less money than you can buy something ready-made. I'm here to prove them wrong, sometimes. I agree brandname fabric purchased new can be very costly but there are still [...]

Fabric, Frida and Me in NYC

By |March 4th, 2019|Categories: 1930s Style Fashion, Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's time to be the girl I want to be. The girl that travels for art and inspiration and then writes about the adventure. The plan was to drive to New York City, see lots [...]

WWII Era Vintage Sewing

By |February 25th, 2019|Categories: 1940s Style Fashion, Sewing for Babies, Sewing Tips and Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , |

Want your own sewing retreat but don't want to spend lotsa money? Well, shop your sewing room and borrow from your mother, then put your blinders on for a 4 day weekend sewing project at [...]

Ready, Set, Serve – Mesh Tops

By |February 18th, 2019|Categories: refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I love a cool mesh top for summer activities and when I do indoor exercise. This project was fast and easy to make. Here, I share my experience with a modest tee, stretch mesh pattern [...]

A Quilt to Retreat In

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: 1920s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Do you quilt, make your own clothing or just want to fit in with people like you? I bet you said yes to at least one of those questions. I did, too. So, when a [...]

A Valentine’s Day Science Experiment

By |February 4th, 2019|Categories: 1950s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This science project started because of yet another epic fail. While packing fabric for a Valentine's Day dress to make in my Rosewood Art Centre studio I grabbed what I thought was dark scuba knit [...]