1930s Nightmare Vogue Pattern Turn Around

By | 2017-02-08T01:00:50+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|1930s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Makes of 2009, Makes of 2010, Uncategorized|

In 2009-2010 I was absolutely crazy about any patterns, movies or styles from the 1930s. I rented every movie Wright Library had from the 1930s. My favorite was Stage Door, it had the most pretty, elegant and fun garments.

At the time there were not a lot of indie pattern designers making replicas.

Confession of Little My Red Obsession

By | 2017-02-08T01:17:24+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Makes of 2009, Makes of 2010, Makes of 2011, Makes of 2012, Makes of 2013, Makes of 2014, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Primarily my color, born in the early 1970s red was in then too. Here are some of the patterns that were popular the year I was born from McCalls Pattern Company.

Tracy McElfresh Confession red dress obsession

Red being the longest wave length, red is […]

Lolita and Babydoll Style Dressmaking

By | 2017-02-08T01:20:17+00:00 February 15th, 2016|Costumes, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2009, Makes of 2010, Makes of 2011, Makes of 2012, Makes of 2013, Makes of 2014, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Lolita fashion is said to have started in the 1970s although some say the 1980s. One thing we can all agree on is that it started in Japan. The original style was Rococo and Victorian based with knee-length dresses that were as cute as cupcakes.

Warning!!! Not all of these dresses are exact “Lolita Fashion”, […]

Star Wars Replica Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:51:07+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Makes of 2009, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

My very first white dress was a replica from the 1977 movie Star Wars, Episode 5, A New Hope. The Princess Leia formal gown is more formal and made more like her real dress.

The thing most people do not know is that there were two white dresses Carrie Fisher wore. I discovered it when my […]

Sewing for Plus Sizes

By | 2017-02-08T00:28:38+00:00 October 4th, 2015|Makes of 2009, Uncategorized|

I made and sold my first dress in 2006 and by 2009 I had many plus size friends asking me to make them dresses. This was my first custom made dress. Her torso was larger and longer than the patterns measurements. This dress also had a full gathered circle skirt. This was my first test in altering […]

1930s Sewing Obsession

By | 2015-09-10T03:12:41+00:00 September 10th, 2015|1930s Style Fashion, Makes of 2009, Uncategorized|

There is something so elegant about the dress styles of the 1930s. I spent the year of 2009 watching movies with fashions of the 1930s. I made a few dresses inspired by them that year as well. I was obsessed! My favorite was the movie Stage Door.\n\nTracy [...]
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