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 […]

Matching Stripes and Chevron Pattern Tips

By | 2017-02-07T23:56:23+00:00 November 14th, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Uncategorized|

In 2010 chevron was starting its trend again. Chevron is a stripe or a line going up making a V shape or down making an upside-down V shape. It can also form a zig zag or rick rack pattern. Military rank and gasoline company Chevron’s logo are two good examples of chevrons you may be familiar with.

From […]

Busy Bohemian Replica and Fabric Hop in Portland

By | 2017-02-08T00:02:51+00:00 November 1st, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

My favorite kind of dress to make is a replica. It’s such a fun challenge and I don’t mind when they are not perfect because I know nothing ever is perfect. This dress was no exception although overall I love the dress. Below is my inspiration photo.

Tracy McElfresh Bohemian Replica

The Tent Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:17:24+00:00 September 19th, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

What is my sudden craze of the tent dress? Well, it is the most comfortable dress because it’s very loose fitting. It fits no matter how much your weight fluctuates and has no darts or waistline. You can dress it up or dress it down. It can be belted or work as a great Saturday lounge […]

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