Christmas in July

By |2020-07-20T07:29:15-04:00July 20th, 2020|Heirloom Sewing, Uncategorized|

As many makers, designers and crafters already know, if you want to make handmade gifts for Xmas, the best time to start is in July. Supplies usually cost less, there is much more planning time. and time if your handmade gifts turns out to be less than perfect – to try it again…

One of my […]

How to Sew Professional Pillows

By |2020-06-22T08:38:51-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Heirloom Sewing, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Piping is one of the easiest techniques to learn that can make your garments and home decor really pop! Piping makes everything look professional. Today, I share how easy it is and how I made these beautiful pillows.

Supplies:
Cording
Zippers
Thread
Pillow inserts
Fabric

The Pattern

I made a muslin first because it bothers me […]

Sleeve of the Year

By |2020-05-18T07:47:30-04:00May 18th, 2020|1950s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Indie Patterns|

During the beginning of Covid-19 I was only buying fabric for masks and then a sewing friend donated some lovely pieces for me play with. In the stack was this sheer cotton Hawaiian border print fabric.

With great respect to the pattern and the culture I dug through […]

Slipping Through the Cracks

By |2020-02-24T06:38:46-05:00February 24th, 2020|1940s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Uncategorized|

Sometime’s, it’s the pretty ones that slip through the cracks. I make so many dresses that I can’t remember which ones I have shared. Somehow this one slipped away. I hope you enjoy some of what I can remember now about this shirt dress from December of 2018.

The Keys to Defining Success

By |2018-11-19T07:04:37-05:00November 19th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Heirloom Sewing, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

My Secrets to Turning My Hobby Job into a Success

The first year I went into business I got a good bit of negative feedback. People would say, “Good luck with that” or “Good luck with your business” and “People actually pay you to make clothing?” My favorite though, “If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse your […]

Dayton History Sewing Year in Review

By |2018-01-29T14:35:42-05:00January 29th, 2018|1800s Style Fashion, 1900s Style Fashion, 1920s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, Costumes, Heirloom Sewing|

Boom! It all started in 2016 when I did my first Mini Makers Faire at Carillon Historical Park. After the Mini Makers Faire I was asked if I was interested in sewing for the park. I had my first interview with the directer of education and she kindly educated […]

The Dustbowl Scrap Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-07-03T09:46:13-04:00July 3rd, 2017|1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, Fashion Shows, Heirloom Sewing, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

Some of the best memories are made with friends and for me if I can get them to a fabric store it’s double joy. We biked to Little Shop of Stitches, Miamisburg where I purchased fabric for my holiday scrap dress.

The bolt of fabric I […]

Fashion Show Round up! October 2016

By |2017-02-08T00:07:01-05:00October 24th, 2016|Fashion Dress Replicas, Fashion Shows, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

It’s a 2016 fall round up people!

The photos from RP3 Photoworks from the Clash Fashion show are out. Feel free to click away to see details about how some of my line was made.

French Victorian jacket circa 1899 was worn by Tara pattern is made by Wearing History, Sophia. I write about the making

1920s Yellow Fairytale Wedding Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:33:25-05:00August 1st, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

For my 2nd solids challenge I wanted to learn more heirloom skills and since I am addicted to the 1920s styles I wanted to make a little something like this.

Inspiration screen shot photo Inspiration screen shot photo

\n\nJeffrey and my tea cups were my colors.

Victorian 1899 Era Suit Making

By |2017-02-08T00:48:47-05:00June 20th, 2016|1900s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

When my etsy shop does well I spend money! I got this awesome pattern from Wearing History called the Sophie Jacket, circa 1899. It reminded me of one of my favorite vampire movies, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

I wanted to invest into my skill set more than simply sewing with solid materials (#solidschallenge~ sewing with solid materials show my […]

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