The Birthday Dress

By |September 14th, 2020|Categories: 1970s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , |

What little girl doesn't love a birthday dress? If you do a search for "little girls birthday dress" you will find the current trends. I saw many onesies with the year or a quote scripted on [...]

The Project

By |September 7th, 2020|Categories: Art made by Tracy McElfresh, refashion|Tags: , , , , , |

If you ask my husband, Jeffrey, there is nothing I like better than saying yes to someones old sewing supplies. An artist at Rosewood Art Centre so kindly gifted me a cast iron treadle base. [...]

What the Fussy Cut

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: 1970s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I wasn't aware fussy cutting could be used in clothing. It is mostly used in quilting, accessories, aprons and such. Fussy cutting is where you cut out a prominent fabric motif and showcase it. Long [...]

Crotch Oddities

By |August 10th, 2020|Categories: Fashion Dress Replicas, Indie Patterns, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

After buying a bunch of shoes through a Facebook ad on 4/20 I learned my lesson about not buying a bunch of shoes through a Facebook ad. That's a longer story and not what this [...]

Wacky Wednesday, Before and After Showcase

By |July 27th, 2020|Categories: refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Let's get wacky everyday! It was 2014 and I helped design a dress for a friend wanted to wear everyday for an entire year as a challenge to raise awareness about waste. This challenge was [...]

Christmas in July

By |July 20th, 2020|Categories: Heirloom Sewing, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

As many makers, designers and crafters already know, if you want to make handmade gifts for Xmas, the best time to start is in July. Supplies usually cost less, there is much more planning time. [...]

Fabulous Feats and Follies in Swimwear

By |July 13th, 2020|Categories: 1970s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

The amazing thing about swimwear is it usually only costs around $7 per suit in materials. Most dresses can cost much, much more in new materials. You can see why swimwear can be inviting for a [...]

Natural Dying and Viking Apron Dress, P2

By |July 6th, 2020|Categories: Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

After my first round of natural dying I was really bummed by the lack color that came through. For my 2nd round I would try to color my double gauze with the spice turmeric. It worked! [...]

Natural Dying and the Bohemian Peasant Dress, P1

By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: 1970s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have been on a long flowing bohemian kick. Last week I thought I would give natural dying a try to add more knowledge of textiles to my tool box. Boy did I learn a [...]

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