Don’t Do This, The Good, Bad and Ugly! Active Wear Pants

By | 2018-03-05T07:55:53+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Today's Fashion|

Why are pants so hard to make fit on what would seem to be the most normal bodies? It’s because we are solving the mysteries of the crotch oddities. Measurements for crotch ease, lets just say CURVES, full bottom extensions and being a short woman does not make it any easier. Every year for the […]

Let’s Get Trashy by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2018-02-19T06:27:11+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Art made by Tracy McElfresh|

I was born into a long line of family junkers. Today, I am proud to say it taught me to be resourceful and creative. I am honored to share some personal trash to treasure with you!

Finding some old junk in the garage, sewing room or literal trash that you do not have to buy and […]

Knit Flower Head Bands at Rosewood Art Centre w/Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-12-11T13:21:48+00:00 February 12th, 2018|

Age 10 and up Supplies Students are to bring 5-10 large flowers of their choice. Want to learn how to make your own big flower head bands like the artist Frida Kahlo wore? In this class we will learn how to make a simple knit headband on a sewing machine and then hand stitch using the back stitch techniques. Registration starts Dec. 4th Must call Rosewood to register 937-296-0294

4 Must Know Time and Stress Saving Tips, Zebra Print Mod 1960s Dress

By | 2018-01-15T06:47:15+00:00 January 15th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

Do you ever wonder how I get these dresses done so quickly? After you make something 10-20 times you learn all the short cuts! Today, I share with you just a few of my secrets.


























Tip #1 Princess Seams may feel like a lot of work but I […]

Vintage Sewing Machine Show/Virtual Party

By | 2017-09-07T08:21:43+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

Let’s start our own industrial EDU revolution!
Do you have a vintage sewing machine? Marlene MacVane and I had a great idea of having a vintage sewing machine art show. To make it even better we thought what if people from all over the world could come learn and see awesome sewing machines without leaving their […]

DIY Fan Inspired T-shirt with Reverse Appliqué and 2017 Costume Round Up

By | 2017-10-30T07:18:16+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Costumes, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Today I share a fun and easy craft night you can do with your friends even if they do not sew. Reverse appliqué can be used so many different ways from inspired team sports to your favorite band.

Supplies needed
Plain t -shirt.
Color knit for you appliqué design
Copy paper/pencil […]

Large Print Floral More Than Meets the Eye

By | 2017-10-23T06:42:09+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|1980s Fashion|

In this post you will find easy tips, tricks, pattern ideas and my appliqué process. I hope you enjoy my passion and insight.

I loved the 1980s, it was such a nice mash of eras. The garments were simple to make and people were still sewing. Just because a trend goes out of style does’t mean […]

Sewing Fun With Faux Fur by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-09-25T07:09:52+00:00 September 25th, 2017|1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Making winter clothes doesn’t have to be such a bore and a struggle with a handmade wardrobe. In 2013 I went with a cute Star Trek look with little mod 1960s dresses, leggings and boots. In 2014 I went Game of Thrones, long and flowing dresses that were loose enough to wear thermals under every […]

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