Matching Stripes and Chevron Pattern Tips

By |2017-02-07T23:56:23+00:00November 14th, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Uncategorized|

In 2010 chevron was starting its trend again. Chevron is a stripe or a line going up making a V shape or down making an upside-down V shape. It can also form a zig zag or rick rack pattern. Military rank and gasoline company Chevron’s logo are two good examples of chevrons you may be familiar with.

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Ikea Curtain Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:11:17+00:00October 17th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

We all love the movie, The Sound of Music, especially if you sew. I’ve making dresses out of other recycled/upcycled cloth for over a decade now. I love doing this because you can use fabric no one else has. It’s more than just one of a kind.

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Dress of Barkcloth

By |2017-02-08T00:12:48+00:00October 10th, 2016|1960s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Uncategorized|

Short and sweet this week, sorry friends, fall camping, upcoming Clash Fashion Show and photo shoots are on my agenda. This is the time of the year everyone is super busy, I’m sure you are no exception.

Today I’m writing about my barkcloth dress. Let’s start with the fabric! As a gift Diana owner of 

Confession of Little My Red Obsession

By |2017-02-08T01:17:24+00:00February 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+00:00February 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”, […]

David Bowie Costume

By |2017-02-08T01:00:43+00:00January 12th, 2016|Costumes, Makes of 2011, Uncategorized|

Honestly, before 2011 I really did’t know much at all about David Bowie. I had never heard a song, seen a video, or seen any of the awesome costumes he wore.

I was asked to help with the  production called The Rise and the Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The […]

Hawaiian Party Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:29:07+00:00October 2nd, 2015|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

This dress was so popular from 2011-2012 that I got to make it a few times and a lot different versions of it for customers and friends. It was right before the Mad Men, Bomb Shell, Pin Up craze. I can see why it’s flattering on every figure.

Tracy McELfresh

Gold Flapper Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:29:58+00:00October 1st, 2015|1920s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2011, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

In 2011 I entered the Modcloth designer competition with dress. I did not win although I learned a lot.

Tracy McElfresh

I designed this dress from the ground up with many heirloom details out tissue lemme.

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