Stranger Things I Have Made

By |2018-09-17T06:11:15+00:00September 17th, 2018|1900s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|

You can get creative with sewing! I do. Drapery fabric can be garment fabric. Nightgown and lingerie patterns can be made into dresses. Exercise gear can be swimwear. You can make yoga pants so well that they look like casual dress slacks. When you are the maker you get to make all the rules. While not […]

Fancy Dance Dress Round Up

By |2018-09-10T06:35:19+00:00September 10th, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, 1980s Fashion, Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses|

It is festival season and that means DANCING!

What’s more fun than a glow in the dark dress with fluorescent snaps to dance in?

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Now, don’t let this dress fool you. The design is just as […]

My Swimwear Journey 2014-2018

By |2018-05-21T06:23:42+00:00May 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+00:00May 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+00:00March 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+00:00November 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+00:00September 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+00:00August 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+00:00July 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+00:00June 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 […]

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