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By |2019-09-23T06:02:14-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Large Print Motifs and Designs

According to my 1970s Vogue sewing book large prints and large print motifs are strictly for tablecloths. I am here today to share with you that they are not! I’m writing about how I used the panel print to make a jacket and sharing other large print garments I have made.

A […]

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 […]

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?

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 […]

Fat Quarter Bundle Zero Waste Skirt

By |2019-03-25T06:25:07-04:00March 25th, 2019|1920s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Everyone has been asking how I made this skirt and so I would like to share the entire experience. It was super bowl Sunday and I needed something fun to do. On my way out of one of my favorite sewing shops, Sew to Speak, I spotted a bundle of soft […]

The Witching Hour

By |2018-10-01T06:13:31-04:00October 1st, 2018|1900s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2014, Uncategorized|

There is a place in my neighborhood we call Witches Tower, some call it Frankenstein’s Castle, but originally it was a look out for NCR (National Cash Register) that is now owned by Five Rivers Metro Parks. This was one of my favorite hang outs as a teen and […]

Spring into Strawberry Season

By |2018-06-04T06:53:23-04:00June 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 |2018-01-01T09:10:18-04:00January 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 |2017-11-20T07:56:36-04:00November 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 […]

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