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 […]

My Stripe Rage!

By | 2018-05-07T07:17:23+00:00 May 7th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

Inspired by a photography class and some Pinterest black and white photos I am wanting more stripes in my fashion.

Today’s handmade garment was inspired by this photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With French terry being my chosen fabric from a social media option poll I chose this jumper.

Kaftan Dress Wedding

By | 2018-03-26T06:31:51+00:00 March 26th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I hear the Kaftan Dress is all the rage in Italy. I’m not surprised by this at all because this style can really hit a wide range of beautiful looks and they are so comfortable. I love that 1970s inspired flow during movement. I was more than happy when Stephanie called and asked me to […]

Help! I Need a Purple Something, Shirt, Dress Hack!

By | 2017-11-27T06:13:26+00:00 November 27th, 2017|1970s Style Fashion|

When I decided to go all natural my color palates changed. They went from red and teal to hot pink, navy blue, purple, plum, black, blue grey and gold. I love color and it means I need to make more clothing! This dress is almost the same concept as last weeks blog post, the nursing […]

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 […]

Wrap Top 1970s Inspired by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-08-07T07:32:34+00:00 August 7th, 2017|1970s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

I’m back from a Charleston, SC vacation and I got to get crazy in a friends fabric shop, Five Eighth Seams! I bought tons of awesome knits to make more Insta Dress Tops at the Dayton Mini Maker Faire. I’m happy to be home with lots of awesome alterations […]

Star Wars Imperial Guard Replica by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-07-10T07:45:01+00:00 July 10th, 2017|1970s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas|

First off, this month is already kicking butt! Orders and requests are coming in fast! My best friend and I were honored to be in the Dayton Daily news last Friday, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A former co-worker, Mark,  from my grocery days at Dorothy Lane Market contacted me with a project. […]

Dreamy Draped Dress Design by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-06-05T08:40:58+00:00 June 5th, 2017|1970s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

This week it’s a spring floral scuba dress design and how I made it.

As always my first challenge was to figure out a design that would be suitable for this fabric. My scuba knit is thick, has a great amount of stretch and retention. I googled spring knit dresses, white bohemian dresses, spaghetti strap dresses […]

Bicycle Rides and Butterflies, the 1970s convertible Jumper by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-05-01T07:23:28+00:00 May 1st, 2017|1970s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Good day folks, Tracy here with some quick valuable tips! A few weeks ago I made a 1970s jumper with a long over skirt thinking I could have another cute outfit to ride my bike in. I also thought it would be cute to roller skate in as well.

The Snowball Strawberry Quilted Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:49:26+00:00 December 7th, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Makes of 2016, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Here comes Monday again and I’m here to talk about my strawberry snowball quilt failure. Here is how it all started!

Saturday mornings before work in 2015 I routinely watched PBS Think TV’s, Fons and Porter, For the Love of Quilting.

It’s not a secret that I don’t really quilt, but when I saw a demonstration […]

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