Spring into Strawberry Season

By | 2018-06-04T06:53:23+00:00 June 4th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion|

We know how to celebrate the spring strawberry harvest around here! My motto is, every event, holiday and special occasion is dress making time!

The Fabric.

I love a challenge and while on our road trip to Ann Arbor I found this beautiful fabric called, Flower, Strawberry and Panda by Cotton Kobayashi. The fabric was imported from Japan and […]

My Swimwear Journey 2014-2018

By | 2018-05-21T06:23:42+00:00 May 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 […]

Sewing Novelty Print Dress Round Up

By | 2018-03-19T18:33:43+00:00 March 19th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Indie Patterns|

Novelty prints are so much fun to wear because they scream, hey I like this. Whether it be fabric with pizza, dogs, tacos, cats, unicorns, beer or licensed prints they can spark conversion.  A lot of my events are in the summer where I can be found sewing outside at festivals. I have been making […]

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 […]

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