Valentines Dress Sewing with Knits

By | 2018-02-12T06:05:49+00:00 February 12th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

Active wear is so comfortable that I’m not surprised leggings and yoga pants have become part of our mainstream fashion culture.

Why is active wear proclaimed to be hard to sew? It’s not the sewing part that is a challenge. Once you know the rules it is easy.

Here are mine.

*No straight stitches on any part that […]

4 Must Know Time and Stress Saving Tips, Zebra Print Mod 1960s Dress

By | 2018-01-15T06:47:15+00:00 January 15th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

Do you ever wonder how I get these dresses done so quickly? After you make something 10-20 times you learn all the short cuts! Today, I share with you just a few of my secrets.


























Tip #1 Princess Seams may feel like a lot of work but I […]

1960s Inspired Wool Holiday Suit

By | 2017-12-25T08:28:55+00:00 December 25th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

You will never hear me utter the words I have nothing to wear.

This years trip to Pittsburgh inspired my holiday dress. I found the softest wool at a little shop called The Fabric Place. It was so soft that I fell in love immediately.








The dress and jacket […]

Pittsburgh Art, Fashion, Warhol, Couture Fabric Store, Beer and More

By | 2017-11-06T07:38:31+00:00 November 6th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, Indie Patterns, makes of 2017, Uncategorized|

Retail is no joke with the amount of hours you put in. 2017 led to a huge purge, a minimalist approach to my lifestyle, daily chore list and defining the places we want to travel to. Pittsburgh was our first culture hop. Photos, art, people watching and coffee are some of my favorite attractions. I am […]

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 […]

My Most Used and Hacked Pattern from Sew Liberated

By | 2017-09-18T06:22:00+00:00 September 18th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion|

I’ve never been a jeans person. When I started sewing I asked myself why everyone loves jeans? Personally, for me they dig in my crotch, feel uncomfortable and the style cuts go in and out faster than I can keep up with. Feeling a little left out I asked my Facebook friends why they love […]

The One Hour Pattern Hack

By | 2017-09-04T07:41:58+00:00 September 4th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, makes of 2017|

I sometimes ask myself why I am doing all of this? What is my motivation? What makes me happy?

Most people that sew will tell you that buying fabric and making things is what brings them joy and I am no different. Last week I made 6 lined curtain panels, 4 shirts, 3 rush order hems […]

Sewing Vintage Swim Wear by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-07-23T20:53:37+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

I have to warn you making swim wear is addictive. It’s the only clothing that you can sew that will truly save money because it doesn’t take much fabric to make a swim suit. It does, however, take a lot of thread and you should consider swim elastic which really can also be cotton elastic.

Today’s […]

Designer Anne Klein Vintage Dress Pattern by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-06-19T07:17:13+00:00 June 19th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Once, last May, I took a day off and just sat still. I survived and it gave me time to figure out my upcoming projects.
The next morning as Joann opened I was there getting the things to make some dream sews happen.

I got a fancy black […]

Garment Replica Tips and More Big News

By | 2017-02-07T23:06:37+00:00 January 16th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Uncategorized|

Hello January!

I’m out of the gate and up and running in my new studio and with the launch of my website coming soon.

My first project of the new year was to replicate an A-Line chiffon dress. Since I do not really have a magic wand and I’m a sewing teacher I will tell you a few of my […]

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