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 […]

The Mindful Wardrobe

By |2019-06-24T06:37:22-04:00June 24th, 2019|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2008, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

We are all seeing a movement called “Mindful Clothing.” The trend is popping up everywhere again. It’s a few things, fixing and mending what you own, buying handmade clothing, buying vintage, up-cycling and staying away from fast fashion. In the 1940s there was the “Make do and Mend” movement, a time heavily influenced by WWII […]

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 […]

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 […]

Star Trek Inspired 1960s Dress Round Up

By |2019-04-29T07:32:11-04:00April 28th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

What influences you? Beyond Pinterest, old black and white movies and new time period television shows influence some of my designs. In 2011 and 12 I had a slight obsession with the dresses the women wore on the original Star Trek series. These little dresses are perfect to wear with leggings and boots in 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 […]

From Play to Passion

By |2019-04-01T06:01:09-04:00April 1st, 2019|Costumes, Fashion Shows, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

When I was young, I used to dress my Barbie Dolls in scraps of fabric, creating unique fashions for the various festivals and outings they would attend. When I was in high school, my Grandmother let me use her sewing machine in the basement where I would “Frankenstein” outfits together from thrift store finds, which […]

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