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”, […]

The Sheath Dress

By | 2017-02-08T01:24:40+00:00 February 8th, 2016|1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Shows, Formal Wear, Makes of 2010, Uncategorized|

The sheath dress is one I know well, I’ve made this dress over 25 times. In 2010 I practiced on everyone’s different measurements and body types and gifted many of these dresses. The sheath dress is generally a fitted garment that length hits right below the knees. It has been worn by Michelle Obama, […]

Art Deco Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:16:01+00:00 September 28th, 2015|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2010, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Historical Wright Memorial Library is one of my favorite places to get dress ideas and this one came from a book there called Chronicles of Western Costume.

Tracy McElfresh

In 2010 my husband Jeffrey was really on me to sew with perfection. He critiqued every dress […]

1940s Faux Fur Coat

By | 2015-09-11T02:24:38+00:00 September 11th, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2010, Uncategorized|

Another thing I love to make is outerwear. Coats are so much fun! I get to use all kinds of fun sewing skills when making them.\n\nThis coat was made from a 1940s vintage sewing pattern. The large pockets and lining were done in bright red Winsor Satin.\n\nTracy [...]
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