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Conquering One Yard of Fabric; Part 2

By |June 17th, 2019|Categories: 1950s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Warning, these one yard - almost zero waste garments, are not in the order I made them. Naturally, I chose the hardest first, which was a big mistake. I don't want that to happen to you. [...]

Conquering One Yard of Fabric; Part 1

By |June 10th, 2019|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Fashion Shows, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Great things are often invented from having some type of major dilemma. My last venture was learning to design fabric on Spoonflower. I have almost 150 fabric designs in my Spoonflower shop and the best [...]

Swimsuit Replica

By |May 27th, 2019|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion, refashion, Swimwear, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I'm on a mission to use up all of my fabric stash this year! So far I have been successful. I had quite a bit of fabric left over from last years striped swimsuit project [...]

Rescuing Family Heirlooms

By |May 20th, 2019|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , |

Once upon a time newly married couples would receive linens as gifts. Most were cherished and handled so properly that they look as if they were never even used. Today, children and grandchildren are never [...]

Tea Staining and the Dress

By |May 13th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Wait until you see how easy this is! Once that's done, I will talk more about zero waste dress design and what inspired me. Have you ever wished one of your garments was just a [...]

The Pattern Hack – Slash and Spread

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: 1950s Style Fashion, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Every time I teach my pattern reading and layout class I demo how to cut out another dress. As you may imagine they are starting to add up. Because I do not need the same [...]

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 [...]