Dressmakers 2017 Year in Review in Photos

By | 2018-01-01T09:10:18+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Costumes, makes of 2017, Uncategorized|

Happy New Year friends and fam!

My business has grown and grown this year!  Thank you for continuing to hang with me, reading my stories and telling all of your friends about my sewing services (wink wink) AND a big Thank You for all of the awesome reviews on my FB page. They […]

1960s Inspired Wool Holiday Suit

By | 2017-12-25T08:28:55+00:00 December 25th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

You will never hear me utter the words I have nothing to wear.

This years trip to Pittsburgh inspired my holiday dress. I found the softest wool at a little shop called The Fabric Place. It was so soft that I fell in love immediately.








The dress and jacket […]

Easy DIY Holiday Clocks for the Sewer

By | 2017-12-18T06:46:59+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

I’m not sure what my obsession is with clock making. I guess our “ticks” (lol)  are what make us all unique. Anyways, here’s some of what I’ve been up to with clocks!














I dug through my vintage pattern collection looking for patterns that would allow clock hands to be […]

Sweater Knit Round Up and Tips to Ease the Fear

By | 2017-12-04T07:55:07+00:00 December 4th, 2017|makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Up until 2 years ago I was scared to sew sweater knit fabrics. Sweater knit is really stretchy like regular sweaters. The edges fray like crazy and hemlines can be a challenge. Sizing can be a problem too.

My first knit dress was a total accident. I ordered knit fabric that said medium weight from a […]

Custom Sewing Long Distance, Tips and Secrets of the Industry

By | 2017-11-20T07:56:36+00:00 November 20th, 2017|1940s Style Fashion, makes of 2017|

With a decade of sewing custom dresses under my belt I am here to share some helpful tips about sewing for the public when they are not local. Starting with best tip I can give you – have a written contract with your client.

The sewing part of owning a service business is not always the largest […]

Pittsburgh Art, Fashion, Warhol, Couture Fabric Store, Beer and More

By | 2017-11-06T07:38:31+00:00 November 6th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, Indie Patterns, makes of 2017, Uncategorized|

Retail is no joke with the amount of hours you put in. 2017 led to a huge purge, a minimalist approach to my lifestyle, daily chore list and defining the places we want to travel to. Pittsburgh was our first culture hop. Photos, art, people watching and coffee are some of my favorite attractions. I am […]

DIY Fan Inspired T-shirt with Reverse Appliqué and 2017 Costume Round Up

By | 2017-10-30T07:18:16+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Costumes, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Today I share a fun and easy craft night you can do with your friends even if they do not sew. Reverse appliqué can be used so many different ways from inspired team sports to your favorite band.

Supplies needed
Plain t -shirt.
Color knit for you appliqué design
Copy paper/pencil […]

Evolution of the T-Shirt into T-Skirt

By | 2017-10-09T07:01:28+00:00 October 9th, 2017|makes of 2017, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

It’s no secret I love buying new fabric as much as I love making things. However, I’m about to present you with a project that is free from buying new fabric, is easy and is eco-friendly.

It all started in 2016 when Ms. Glenda Miles owner of Creative Communion in Pendleton Art Center asked if […]

Sewing Fun With Faux Fur by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-09-25T07:09:52+00:00 September 25th, 2017|1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Making winter clothes doesn’t have to be such a bore and a struggle with a handmade wardrobe. In 2013 I went with a cute Star Trek look with little mod 1960s dresses, leggings and boots. In 2014 I went Game of Thrones, long and flowing dresses that were loose enough to wear thermals under every […]

Green County Fair Sewing Competitions, Interview with a First Place Winner, Marlene MacVane

By | 2017-09-11T07:37:07+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Interviews w/Sewists, makes of 2017|

Friends and followers, this is my very first attempt at an interview style post! I’m always up for learning, trying new things and connecting in my community.

Don’t forget at the bottom of this post is my,”Behind the scenes” addition and I have some new free community events you may be interested in.

Meet Marline MacVane, stunt […]

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