Fast, Fake and Easy Smocking Sewing Machine Style

By | 2018-05-14T06:40:29+00:00 May 14th, 2018|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing for Babies, Uncategorized|

Do you want to be remembered? Personalized gifts are the bomb and can easily become family heirlooms. No pleating machine, no problem. You can get this look in a little over an hour with a regular sewing machine!

I had every intention of doing this project by hand the correct way. I was gifted a cute 1940s […]

Ikea Curtain Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:11:17+00:00 October 17th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

We all love the movie, The Sound of Music, especially if you sew. I’ve making dresses out of other recycled/upcycled cloth for over a decade now. I love doing this because you can use fabric no one else has. It’s more than just one of a kind.

Tracy McElfresh Dressmaking out of [...]
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Unprinted Vintage Dress Pattern and Resizing

By | 2017-02-08T00:46:27+00:00 June 25th, 2016|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Resizing a pattern with no print has to be the hardest skill to acquire in sewing garments. Especially if your garment is complex with many little pieces. For Memorial Day weekend I wanted to make something a little patriotic and a little from the bombshell WWII era.

Tracy McElfresh Sewing WWII Unprinted [...]
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Dressmaking Business

By | 2017-02-07T23:17:36+00:00 September 25th, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2013, Uncategorized|

Before I co-owned a little indie fabric shop I made dresses for people. This one I used a vintage 1946 Butterwick pattern and floral printed linen. This dress sold to the lovely lady below Diane.

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I love making dresses for others. It is like a puzzle figuring out […]

1940s Faux Fur Coat

By | 2015-09-11T02:24:38+00:00 September 11th, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2010, Uncategorized|

Another thing I love to make is outerwear. Coats are so much fun! I get to use all kinds of fun sewing skills when making them.\n\nThis coat was made from a 1940s vintage sewing pattern. The large pockets and lining were done in bright red Winsor Satin.\n\nTracy [...]
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Antique Shopping Kimono

By | 2015-09-02T19:06:23+00:00 September 2nd, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2012, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I made a kimono out of a WWII Japanese panel I found at an antiques treasure house while on vacation in Fla. I feel it shows our love for their culture even after the war.\n\nTracy McElfresh\nI wanted to cut it with respect, to have zero waste and […]