Spring into Strawberry Season

By |2018-06-04T06:53:23+00:00June 4th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion|

We know how to celebrate the spring strawberry harvest around here! My motto is, every event, holiday and special occasion is dress making time!

The Fabric.

I love a challenge and while on our road trip to Ann Arbor I found this beautiful fabric called, Flower, Strawberry and Panda by Cotton Kobayashi. The fabric was imported from Japan and […]

Dressmakers 2017 Year in Review in Photos

By |2018-01-01T09:10:18+00:00January 1st, 2018|Costumes, makes of 2017, Uncategorized|

Happy New Year friends and fam!

My business has grown and grown this year!  Thank you for continuing to hang with me, reading my stories and telling all of your friends about my sewing services (wink wink) AND a big Thank You for all of the awesome reviews on my FB page. They […]

Custom Sewing Long Distance, Tips and Secrets of the Industry

By |2017-11-20T07:56:36+00:00November 20th, 2017|1940s Style Fashion, makes of 2017|

With a decade of sewing custom dresses under my belt I am here to share some helpful tips about sewing for the public when they are not local. Starting with best tip I can give you – have a written contract with your client.

The sewing part of owning a service business is not always the largest […]

Wrap Top 1970s Inspired by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-08-07T07:32:34+00:00August 7th, 2017|1970s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

I’m back from a Charleston, SC vacation and I got to get crazy in a friends fabric shop, Five Eighth Seams! I bought tons of awesome knits to make more Insta Dress Tops at the Dayton Mini Maker Faire. I’m happy to be home with lots of awesome alterations […]

The Easy Frida Inspired Wrap by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-08-08T11:29:24+00:00July 31st, 2017|1920s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, makes of 2017, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Getting creative is important. What is hard is when you have more ideas and dreams than you have time to execute. This is a quick and easy dress I like to fashion when I’m short on time. My dream is to teach this easy wrap dress at a vacation resort in Mexico soon.

First, grab […]

Formal Wear Hacks and Upcycles by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-05-22T07:30:18+00:00May 22nd, 2017|Formal Wear, makes of 2017, refashion|

Have you ever seen the movie Pretty in Pink? It’s a teen love story with some sewing/refashion parts from the 1980s. I’m incredibly happy to be in a time where it has become popular for people to take old formal gowns and bring them new life. I did 3 fashions last winter and I can […]

Outlander Coat Dress Designed by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-02-12T17:23:30+00:00February 6th, 2017|1800s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Have you seen the design called the donut? It’s a one piece simple circle that looks like a party shrug.

All summer I was perplexed with one piece projects, scouring the internet for design inspirations. My friend Pamela Jackson’s donut garment opened the door to a new idea.

1950s Suspender Skirt Hack

By |2017-02-08T00:37:53+00:00July 18th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

This summer I have a big shiny new venture (my very own studio).  I started accepting custom orders and boy did they come rolling in.\n\nOne I especially enjoyed was this 1950s skirt.

Tracy McElfresh Skirt 1950s

The problem was after getting my pieces out and laying them on the fabric I […]

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