Garment Replica Tips and More Big News

By |2017-02-07T23:06:37-04:00January 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 […]

Dress of Barkcloth

By |2017-02-08T00:12:48-04:00October 10th, 2016|1960s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Uncategorized|

Short and sweet this week, sorry friends, fall camping, upcoming Clash Fashion Show and photo shoots are on my agenda. This is the time of the year everyone is super busy, I’m sure you are no exception.

Today I’m writing about my barkcloth dress. Let’s start with the fabric! As a gift Diana owner of 

Quilt Inspired by Yves Saint Laurent and Other News

By |2017-02-08T01:12:50-04:00April 24th, 2016|1960s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

Last winter, for a special holiday gift for my husband, Jeffrey, I agreed to make him a t shirt quilt out of all of his old favorite t shirts.

I am a color worshipper! As I was cutting out all the pieces I noticed the colors were quite similar to a dress I had seen in so many […]

The Sheath Dress

By |2017-02-08T01:24:40-04:00February 8th, 2016|1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Shows, Formal Wear, Makes of 2010, Uncategorized|

The sheath dress is one I know well, I’ve made this dress over 25 times. In 2010 I practiced on everyone’s different measurements and body types and gifted many of these dresses. The sheath dress is generally a fitted garment that length hits right below the knees. It has been worn by Michelle Obama, […]

My Solids Challenge (sneak peek)

By |2017-02-08T00:55:35-04:00January 24th, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2015, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I hope you are enjoying the new year. I wanted to give you a little sneak peek of some of my new 2016 solids challenges and upcoming ones.

Why solids for 2016? Solids are easy to spot mistakes and great to show off craftsmanship. Using only solids I will need to really get creative and think outside the […]

Japanese Love Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:14:54-04:00September 28th, 2015|1960s Style Fashion, Makes of 2008, Uncategorized|

This dress remains one of my all time favorites. I used a Project Runway pattern, large buttons, military style tabs, front bib on my bodice, made my own bias tape and color blocked contrasting coordinates on the back of the dress.

Tracy McElfresh

When I made this dress […]

Table Runner Dress

By |2015-09-09T03:03:38-04:00September 9th, 2015|1960s Style Fashion, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

This is another example of sewing on a budget. This dress was made with a fabric remnant from my days of working at Hancock Fabric and an old table runner my mother gave to me. Total cost $5!\n\nTracy McElfresh\n\nPhoto by Seth Stephens and modeling is Sarah […]

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