Easy 2 Piece Sweater Knit Design Hack by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-10-02T08:21:01+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|1950s Style Fashion|

Why all the stress of winter clothing? Well, winter clothing is a challenge because buying winter fabric costs more money than summer fabric.  You will need time to plan so you don’t waste. I have a bunch of mismatch outfits from not planning and just buying fabric I like.  Knowing what looks good on you […]

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 Two Piece Dress Prom 2017 DIY

By | 2017-05-08T07:57:32+00:00 May 8th, 2017|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2012, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Every year for prom I see the most popular dresses because I provide alterations to the public. This year the most popular dress was the two piece dress. The main photo is just one I altered this year. I love it when customs send me pictures to share! It’s the best flattery.  Regular alterations for a […]

3 Piece Sweater Knit Gown Design by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-04-03T10:52:01+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|1950s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my favorite treats. To celebrate spring and freshly grown strawberries I make a “wow” red dress every year. Most dresses sell before I get to wear them but I love making them and this years was no exception.

With this years dress I wanted to try something new with sweater knit. […]

Secret Dress for Horror Novelist JJ Philips Revealed

By | 2017-03-20T11:55:53+00:00 March 20th, 2017|1950s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, makes of 2017|

When JJ Philips, a successful horror novelist and also named horror novelist of the year from SQ Horror Magazine, came to me and asked me to make her a secret dress I was very excited! I had seen her book, Perinatal Bloodshed at shops around town and I listened to her on Gem […]

Halter Dress Round Up

By | 2017-03-06T12:13:00+00:00 March 6th, 2017|1950s Style Fashion|

This has been another amazing week! I was sworn into the Kettering Arts Council, asked to teach and promote the “Makers Kit” at Wright Memorial Library, and approved to make 1910 period costumes for Carillons Historical park’s Culp’s Cafe.  I also pitched my idea to have a class at the Patterson Homestead House to Carillon and […]

The Mermaid Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:44:36+00:00 December 19th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Grab a cup of hot stuff this one is a doozie!

One of my former sewing students, Monet, wrote me one morning with a photo of a dress she desperately wanted me to design for a formal event. After looking at the photo I kindly said sorry, the design was out of my skill level. It’s important to […]

Ikea Curtain Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:11:17+00:00 October 17th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

We all love the movie, The Sound of Music, especially if you sew. I’ve making dresses out of other recycled/upcycled cloth for over a decade now. I love doing this because you can use fabric no one else has. It’s more than just one of a kind.

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The Gardening Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:19:36+00:00 September 12th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

I’ve had this Simplicity pattern with the carrot pockets to the far right on my to do list for 6 years. I get it out, lay it all out, press it out, study it and then put it back in it’s cover. I’m not sure if it was because I wasn’t up for the challenge […]

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