Patterns From Down Under

By |2021-06-29T06:52:43-04:00June 29th, 2021|Indie Patterns, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

G’day! Have you ever fallen in love with something so odd… and then, the next thing you know your drawers are chockers full of the bloody item?

In 2012 I was introduced to Style Arc patterns, a huge pattern company like no other, based out of Australia. With the motto, Patterns That Fit, […]

Mix Match Patch, Two Decades of Dresses

By |2021-06-14T06:44:14-04:00June 14th, 2021|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Remember those cute little patchwork hippy dresses of the 1990s? You could occasionally find them online and while they always looked homemade they were still charging around $100 for them. I thought that was way too expensive and decided to make my own. From there I really delved into up-cycling used clothing. And after that […]

Five Easy Tips to Sew Your Own Vintage Clothing

By |2021-05-17T07:17:05-04:00May 17th, 2021|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion|

Every day is great day to share my love and knowledge of sewing patterns and because my pattern reading and layout class is tonight I also have motivation.

It all started when I thrifted a cute duvet cover. I cut out a 1940s dress and had half of the cover left over!

If the Sleeve Fits

By |2020-09-21T06:57:33-04:00September 21st, 2020|1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Designing can be such a weight on your ego. It can make you bend, shift, or even break. It can force you to experiment with your potential. While something can look great on paper, or in my case an iPad, it doesn’t always look right on a real body.

Dream Holiday Vacation

By |2020-05-25T07:17:01-04:00May 25th, 2020|1980s Fashion, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

Wouldn’t a vacation be dreamy right now? Travel may be hard for many this summer. We are fixing up our living spaces, yards and thinking about what we can do for fun right now. What if I made myself some beach clothes and just pretended we were on a dream vacation?

Never Underestimate the Power of Landfill Burglary

By |2020-02-17T06:38:49-05:00February 17th, 2020|Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

I’m honestly not sure what to call my latest line of dresses. Nothing feels quite right. They are made from materials people gave me or were being thrown out. I came up with the name landfill dresses because I believe most of the fabric would have ended up in a landfill. Picking out fabric is […]

A New Approach

By |2019-10-28T06:14:30-04:00October 28th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Today's Fashion|

We all love vintage patterns. We also love modern wrinkle free knit fabrics. We want the vintage look but the feel, ease and care of a modern dress. So how can we marry these two with ease?

Since vintage patterns were made before modern knit fabrics and knits have a different set of rules than woven fabrics […]

Conquering One Yard of Fabric; Part 3 and 4

By |2019-09-09T06:44:51-04:00September 9th, 2019|Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Last summer I challenged myself to figure out what to do with 60″ wide one yard pieces of fabric. I have already shared part one the shift dress and part two a caftan top. I saved the best and the worst to share last.

The best was the […]

Building Confidence with Eight

By |2019-07-01T06:52:08-04:00July 1st, 2019|Costumes, Fashion Shows, refashion, Today's Fashion|

Eight girls signed up for this years teen fashion camp at Rosewood Art Centre in Kettering. Can you imagine trying to build confidence while unjamming machines, breaking needles and trouble shooting sewing machine mistakes on the first day? Here is how I build confidence and give the girls a great experience behind the machine all while […]

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