Get Funky with Fine Fabrics

By |2019-07-15T06:47:47-04:00July 15th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

If you even remotely dabble in the sewing world you have probably heard the rumors about how challenging fine fabrics like silk, satin, chiffon, georgette and many more slippery goodies, can be.

It is my opinion that when learning anything new and different there are always lots of problems that pop up. I am here to […]

Fearless Swimwear Sewing

By |2019-04-08T06:03:27-04:00April 8th, 2019|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Swimwear|

I have a sure proof way of getting over any fears of sewing swimwear to share with you today.

Try cutting up and refashioning an old swimsuit or one that you know can be replaced easily.

When Ryan came to me with a “Mermaid” Swim suit her mother in law bought her it had so many issues. […]

Fat Quarter Bundle Zero Waste Skirt

By |2019-03-25T06:25:07-04:00March 25th, 2019|1920s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Everyone has been asking how I made this skirt and so I would like to share the entire experience. It was super bowl Sunday and I needed something fun to do. On my way out of one of my favorite sewing shops, Sew to Speak, I spotted a bundle of soft […]

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

1 […]

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 […]

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