The Princess Diana Dress and Tips for Sewing for Friends

By | 2018-04-23T07:07:28+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|1980s Fashion|

I have been practicing my sewing skills on my friends for years now and I’m about to share a few tips I have learned in the last 18 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of my best friends, Kelly Wood. I wanted to make her a dress for her birthday that […]

Large Print Floral More Than Meets the Eye

By | 2017-10-23T06:42:09+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|1980s Fashion|

In this post you will find easy tips, tricks, pattern ideas and my appliqué process. I hope you enjoy my passion and insight.

I loved the 1980s, it was such a nice mash of eras. The garments were simple to make and people were still sewing. Just because a trend goes out of style does’t mean […]

Princess Diana Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-02-07T23:02:10+00:00 January 30th, 2017|1980s Fashion, makes of 2017, refashion, Uncategorized|

Last week was another awesome week, although it went by fast! My website launch is getting down to the wire.  Make sure you don’t miss my Virtual Launch Party. It’s going to be free, fun, have prizes and it’s all online! No need to go anywhere!

Let’s take a quick look at my Princess Di inspired dress and […]

Styled for a Century; The Everyday Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:54:08+00:00 November 28th, 2016|1980s Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

Wouldn’t it be great if we could have one dress, or two that never goes out of style? What if the fabric could not be dated, nor the color? What about a classic style that would look great on multiple body shapes, is this asking for too much? Is this just for a mens world?

I took some […]

The 30 Minute Dress and under $3!

By | 2017-02-08T00:28:36+00:00 August 15th, 2016|1980s Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2016, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

This is one of the easiest dresses I have ever made on my serger! Don’t despair if you do not have a serger you can use your sewing machine with the zig zag stitch and it will work fine.  Here is how I did it…..

Tracy sews the 30 minute dress Kettering

Taking Your Skills to the Next Level, Pattern Grading, Hacking, Math

By | 2017-02-08T00:50:17+00:00 June 13th, 2016|1980s Fashion, 1990s fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2016, refashion, Uncategorized|

Pattern hacking is simply a new term for altering a pattern. It’s the happy way to say alterations done to an existing pattern to get a new look.

A few summers ago I made a custom romper using this pattern. I added to the design special features for medical tubes and such.

Tracy McElfresh