My Swimwear Journey 2014-2018

By | 2018-05-21T06:23:42+00:00 May 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+00:00 April 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+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 […]

Sewing Vintage Swim Wear by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-07-23T20:53:37+00:00 July 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+00:00 July 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 […]

Designer Anne Klein Vintage Dress Pattern by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-06-19T07:17:13+00:00 June 19th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Once, last May, I took a day off and just sat still. I survived and it gave me time to figure out my upcoming projects.
The next morning as Joann opened I was there getting the things to make some dream sews happen.

I got a fancy black […]

Bicycle Rides and Butterflies, the 1970s convertible Jumper by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-05-01T07:23:28+00:00 May 1st, 2017|1970s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Good day folks, Tracy here with some quick valuable tips! A few weeks ago I made a 1970s jumper with a long over skirt thinking I could have another cute outfit to ride my bike in. I also thought it would be cute to roller skate in as well.

Steps for Successful Sewing and Designing Pants by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-04-17T08:25:53+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, makes of 2017, refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Pants and Jeans have always been four letter words for me! Why are pants so hard to sew? Why are some of the best seamsters so scared to take on the challenge? The actual sewing part of pants is really easy, it’s all the fit issues that make them so hard.

I learned my fit issues with pants […]