1940s WWII Era Inspired Tulip Dress and Matching Prints

By |2017-02-08T00:58:45+00:00June 2nd, 2016|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2013, Uncategorized|

Prior to 2013 I was scared of matching prints. It seemed like too big of a challenge, like such a struggle to spend that much time on a dress plus sewing time. Life is short, right?

In 2012 when we first got our own little sewing shop, we had a lot of time and endless Moda brand fabric […]

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”, […]

Grandma’s Vintage Stash

By |2017-02-08T01:26:28+00:00February 1st, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2013, Uncategorized|

Do you have a lot of awesome small yardage of vintage fabrics that are not enough to make an entire dress out of but want to make a dress with? Here is something I did that came out great.\n\nDig into grandma’s stash and color coordinate your pieces. Then find any pattern with many little pieces like […]

Dressmaking Business

By |2017-02-07T23:17:36+00:00September 25th, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2013, Uncategorized|

Before I co-owned a little indie fabric shop I made dresses for people. This one I used a vintage 1946 Butterwick pattern and floral printed linen. This dress sold to the lovely lady below Diane.

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I love making dresses for others. It is like a puzzle figuring out […]

The Cicada Dress an Artist Collaboration with Etch

By |2017-02-07T23:19:44+00:00September 18th, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2013, Uncategorized|

Local artist Etch designed a cicada bug to have printed on Spoonflower fabric for a collaboration. I love bugs and cicadas are the cutest. This is etch mixing, he’s also  a great DJ. Dayton is full of inspiration.

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Here is a screen shot of […]

Back From Japan Dress

By |2015-09-01T18:39:14+00:00September 1st, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2013, Uncategorized|

I love WWII 1940s era sewing patterns. They had very little waste and used little seam allowance due to the fabric ration. Here were my picks of patterns from Wearing History’s etsy shop and my fabric from Sew to Speak another indie sewing shop here in Ohio. The fabric said it […]