Conquering One Yard of Fabric; Part 3 and 4

By |2019-09-09T06:44:51-04:00September 9th, 2019|Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Last summer I challenged myself to figure out what to do with 60″ wide one yard pieces of fabric. I have already shared part one the shift dress and part two a caftan top. I saved the best and the worst to share last.

The best was the […]

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 2

By |2019-06-17T06:44:11-04:00June 17th, 2019|1950s Style Fashion|

Warning, these one yard – almost zero waste garments, are not in the order I made them. Naturally, I chose the hardest first, which was a big mistake. I don’t want that to happen to you. I am releasing them in the order of easiest construction to the most challenging, pants. Part one last week was […]

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 […]

The Keys to Defining Success

By |2018-11-19T07:04:37-04:00November 19th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Heirloom Sewing, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

My Secrets to Turning My Hobby Job into a Success

The first year I went into business I got a good bit of negative feedback. People would say, “Good luck with that” or “Good luck with your business” and “People actually pay you to make clothing?” My favorite though, “If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse your […]

The Princess Diana Dress and Tips for Sewing for Friends

By |2018-04-23T07:07:28-04:00April 23rd, 2018|1980s Fashion|

I have been practicing my sewing skills on my friends for years now and I’m about to share a few tips I have learned in the last 18 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of my best friends, Kelly Wood. I wanted to make her a dress for her birthday that […]

Garment Replica Tips and More Big News

By |2017-02-07T23:06:37-04:00January 16th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Uncategorized|

Hello January!

I’m out of the gate and up and running in my new studio and with the launch of my website coming soon.

My first project of the new year was to replicate an A-Line chiffon dress. Since I do not really have a magic wand and I’m a sewing teacher I will tell you a few of my […]

1950s Suspender Skirt Hack

By |2017-02-08T00:37:53-04:00July 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 […]

Taking Your Skills to the Next Level, Pattern Grading, Hacking, Math

By |2017-02-08T00:50:17-04:00June 13th, 2016|1980s Fashion, 1990s fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2016, refashion, Uncategorized|

Pattern hacking is simply a new term for altering a pattern. It’s the happy way to say alterations done to an existing pattern to get a new look.

A few summers ago I made a custom romper using this pattern. I added to the design special features for medical tubes and such.

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