WWII Era Vintage Sewing

By |2019-02-25T07:24:26-04:00February 25th, 2019|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing for Babies, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

Want your own sewing retreat but don’t want to spend lotsa money? Well, shop your sewing room and borrow from your mother, then put your blinders on for a 4 day weekend sewing project at home.

After shopping my room I decided to cut up a 78 year old pattern I had for sale in my […]

Ready, Set, Serve – Mesh Tops

By |2019-02-18T06:02:28-04:00February 18th, 2019|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion|

I love a cool mesh top for summer activities and when I do indoor exercise. This project was fast and easy to make. Here, I share my experience with a modest tee, stretch mesh pattern hack with some tips to help you be a successful seamster.

Supplies:

Any old T-shirt or stretch knit fabric 1/2 a yard

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Storm Clouds and the Raincoat, pt 1

By |2019-01-07T06:21:47-04:00January 6th, 2019|1970s Style Fashion, refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

My raincoat story is about failure and success when learning a new skill. I want to show you that every project does not always work out as planned. Sadly, the banner project did not come out. Many people see all of the success in art while ignoring the failures that are quietly brushed under the […]

Beginner Working with Leather

By |2018-08-07T01:46:59-04:00August 6th, 2018|Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

I have sewn many patches on leather jackets. I’ve mended leather and pleather (artificial leather) and so when Tim Morris of Iron Dog Salvage in Tipp City asked me to sew leather leg caps for a ladder I got to put those skills to use.

Buying the leather.  I searched Etsy for soft […]

My Swimwear Journey 2014-2018

By |2018-05-21T06:23:42-04:00May 21st, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

When googling swimwear I find articles with titles like Coping with Body Image, Swimsuits for Women Over 40, Amazon’s 21 Best Sellers, Why Women Will Not Wear Swimsuits, How Not to Look Old in a Swimsuit (leave it to Oprah) and Best Day to Buy a Swimsuit (It’s June 8th according to that article). With […]

Cycling Shirt Replica, Pattern Making with Sew a Long

By |2018-04-09T11:50:22-04:00April 9th, 2018|Fashion Dress Replicas, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Don’t judge me, this is my first cycling shirt. With all projects when you are new it is best to start with the easiest parts and build your skill from there. Active wear is considered advanced sewing.

I used my active wear knit, my serger and my new cover stitch machine to make this shirt. You […]

Easy DIY Holiday Clocks for the Sewer

By |2017-12-18T06:46:59-04:00December 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 |2017-12-04T07:55:07-04:00December 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 […]

Sewing Vintage Swim Wear by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-07-23T20:53:37-04:00July 23rd, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

I have to warn you making swim wear is addictive. It’s the only clothing that you can sew that will truly save money because it doesn’t take much fabric to make a swim suit. It does, however, take a lot of thread and you should consider swim elastic which really can also be cotton elastic.

Today’s […]

The Dustbowl Scrap Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-07-03T09:46:13-04:00July 3rd, 2017|1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, Fashion Shows, Heirloom Sewing, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

Some of the best memories are made with friends and for me if I can get them to a fabric store it’s double joy. We biked to Little Shop of Stitches, Miamisburg where I purchased fabric for my holiday scrap dress.

The bolt of fabric I […]

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