Custom Sewing Long Distance, Tips and Secrets of the Industry

By | 2017-11-20T07:56:36+00:00 November 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+00:00 September 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+00:00 July 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+00:00 June 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 [...]
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Sewing and Designing Sleepwear that is Comfortable

By | 2017-02-08T00:51:56+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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 […]

Dressmaking Business

By | 2017-02-07T23:17:36+00:00 September 25th, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2013, Uncategorized|

Before I co-owned a little indie fabric shop I made dresses for people. This one I used a vintage 1946 Butterwick pattern and floral printed linen. This dress sold to the lovely lady below Diane.

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I love making dresses for others. It is like a puzzle figuring out […]

The Cicada Dress an Artist Collaboration with Etch

By | 2017-02-07T23:19:44+00:00 September 18th, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2013, Uncategorized|

Local artist Etch designed a cicada bug to have printed on Spoonflower fabric for a collaboration. I love bugs and cicadas are the cutest. This is etch mixing, he’s also  a great DJ. Dayton is full of inspiration.

Tracy Mcelfresh

Here is a screen shot of […]

Snow Flake Dress Replica

By | 2015-09-17T01:09:00+00:00 September 17th, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

There is a shop in Dayton just a few doors down from our shop Sew Dayton called Clash. It’s a really cool dress shop that has every style under the sun. I get a lot of cool vintage dresses from this shop that I remake into new garments. This gives me the chance to […]

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