A Decade in the Biz

By |2019-09-30T07:06:41-04:00September 30th, 2019|Sew Dayton, Swimwear, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I have had my professional business license to make and sell garments for a decade now. I thought it would be fun to round-up some of the more interesting makes and share some back story for each.

It was almost impossible to keep from sharing everything I have made. Making things strikes a deep nerve of […]

The 30 Minute Dress

By |2019-09-16T06:12:21-04:00September 16th, 2019|1980s Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2016, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

This is one of the easiest dresses I have ever made on my serger! Don’t despair if you do not have a serger you can use your sewing machine with the zig zag stitch and it will work fine.  Here is how I did it…..

Tracy sews the 30 minute dress Kettering

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 […]

Directions for the T-Skirt

By |2019-08-19T06:35:54-04:00August 19th, 2019|makes of 2017, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

It’s no secret I love buying new fabric almost 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, […]

Conquering One Yard of Fabric; Part 1

By |2019-06-10T06:53:01-04:00June 10th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Fashion Shows, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Great things are often invented from having some type of major dilemma. My last venture was learning to design fabric on Spoonflower. I have almost 150 fabric designs in my Spoonflower shop and the best part is you can have them printed on any fabric.

To sell your fabric designs on Spoonflower […]

Swimsuit Replica

By |2019-05-27T09:10:35-04:00May 27th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, refashion, Swimwear, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

I’m on a mission to use up all of my fabric stash this year! So far I have been successful. I had quite a bit of fabric left over from last years striped swimsuit project that needed to be used, but who needs two striped suits?

Rescuing Family Heirlooms

By |2019-05-20T09:59:19-04:00May 20th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Once upon a time newly married couples would receive linens as gifts. Most were cherished and handled so properly that they look as if they were never even used. Today, children and grandchildren are never quite sure what to do with the family heirlooms they inherit and they will often times try to find them […]

The Pattern Hack – Slash and Spread

By |2019-05-06T06:46:07-04:00May 6th, 2019|1950s Style Fashion, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Every time I teach my pattern reading and layout class I demo how to cut out another dress. As you may imagine they are starting to add up. Because I do not need the same dress style over and over I also show how easy it is to hack or alter a pattern using the […]

Easy Hippie Dress

By |2019-04-22T07:29:13-04:00April 22nd, 2019|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

What makes a garment easy to sew? No closures, no lining and very little advanced techniques being used. The only fancy thing here was the welted pocket. You may leave that out or do a patch pocket.

You may remember my other quilt top jelly roll dress from last fall. Some of […]

From MuuMuu to 1940s Pinup Playsuit

By |2019-04-15T06:01:31-04:00April 15th, 2019|1940s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I’m so excited to share what these MuuMuu’s turned into. I love a good upcycle puzzle. Taking a piece of clothing and making it into something totally different is an art form.

Last summer, Sarah Russel, came into my studio with a small muumuu and a great idea. Sarah’s boyfriend, Todd, was […]

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