My Swimwear Journey 2014-2018

By |2018-05-21T06:23:42+00:00May 21st, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

When googling swimwear I find articles with titles like Coping with Body Image, Swimsuits for Women Over 40, Amazon’s 21 Best Sellers, Why Women Will Not Wear Swimsuits, How Not to Look Old in a Swimsuit (leave it to Oprah) and Best Day to Buy a Swimsuit (It’s June 8th according to that article). With […]

Fast, Fake and Easy Smocking Sewing Machine Style

By |2018-05-14T06:40:29+00:00May 14th, 2018|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing for Babies, Uncategorized|

Do you want to be remembered? Personalized gifts are the bomb and can easily become family heirlooms. No pleating machine, no problem. You can get this look in a little over an hour with a regular sewing machine!

I had every intention of doing this project by hand the correct way. I was gifted a cute 1940s […]

Sewing Tips for the Cut, Layout and Marking of Vintage Child Patterns

By |2018-02-26T06:49:56+00:00February 26th, 2018|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing for Babies|

I promised a dear friend I would make her baby her first little designer dress. You may know Mary K. Burnside as the owner of Clash Dayton an awesome little store in the heart of the Historical Oregon District. I know Mary for her great style that I absolutely love.

Dayton History Sewing Year in Review

By |2018-01-29T14:35:42+00:00January 29th, 2018|1800s Style Fashion, 1900s Style Fashion, 1920s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, Costumes, Heirloom Sewing|

Boom! It all started in 2016 when I did my first Mini Makers Faire at Carillon Historical Park. After the Mini Makers Faire I was asked if I was interested in sewing for the park. I had my first interview with the directer of education and she kindly educated […]

Custom Sewing Long Distance, Tips and Secrets of the Industry

By |2017-11-20T07:56:36+00:00November 20th, 2017|1940s Style Fashion, makes of 2017|

With a decade of sewing custom dresses under my belt I am here to share some helpful tips about sewing for the public when they are not local. Starting with best tip I can give you – have a written contract with your client.

The sewing part of owning a service business is not always the largest […]

Sewing Fun With Faux Fur by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-09-25T07:09:52+00:00September 25th, 2017|1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Making winter clothes doesn’t have to be such a bore and a struggle with a handmade wardrobe. In 2013 I went with a cute Star Trek look with little mod 1960s dresses, leggings and boots. In 2014 I went Game of Thrones, long and flowing dresses that were loose enough to wear thermals under every […]

The Dustbowl Scrap Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-07-03T09:46:13+00:00July 3rd, 2017|1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, Fashion Shows, Heirloom Sewing, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

Some of the best memories are made with friends and for me if I can get them to a fabric store it’s double joy. We biked to Little Shop of Stitches, Miamisburg where I purchased fabric for my holiday scrap dress.

The bolt of fabric I […]

Unprinted Vintage Dress Pattern and Resizing

By |2017-02-08T00:46:27+00:00June 25th, 2016|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Resizing a pattern with no print has to be the hardest skill to acquire in sewing garments. Especially if your garment is complex with many little pieces. For Memorial Day weekend I wanted to make something a little patriotic and a little from the bombshell WWII era.

Tracy McElfresh Sewing WWII Unprinted [...]
</p srcset=

Sewing and Designing Sleepwear that is Comfortable

By |2017-02-08T00:51:56+00:00June 7th, 2016|1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

I started making and designing my own sleep wear about 3 years ago and I’ve learned so much about the garment! Most sleepwear is not comfortable for sleeping and I hope my tips help you along this journey.

Tracy McElfresh Making Sleepwear

This was my first summer gown.

My families favorite thing to […]

1940s WWII Era Inspired Tulip Dress and Matching Prints

By |2017-02-08T00:58:45+00:00June 2nd, 2016|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2013, Uncategorized|

Prior to 2013 I was scared of matching prints. It seemed like too big of a challenge, like such a struggle to spend that much time on a dress plus sewing time. Life is short, right?

In 2012 when we first got our own little sewing shop, we had a lot of time and endless Moda brand fabric […]

Load More Posts