The Keys to Defining Success

By |2018-11-19T07:04:37+00:00November 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+00:00April 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+00:00January 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+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 […]

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

By |2017-02-08T00:50:17+00:00June 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.

Tracy McElfresh

Liz Taylor Holiday Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:41:22+00:00December 25th, 2015|1950s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

I wanted to go on an adventure and when this pattern fell into my hands I knew I found the perfect way to fill my spare time. First of all I fell in love with what looks to be a very young Liz Taylor on the cover. Then the cut of the design was so flattering […]

The Butterfly Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:34:20+00:00November 25th, 2015|Costumes, Makes of 2015, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I saw the most beautiful butterfly dress online and it got me thinking, could I make one like no other. After hours of researching I found a fabric designer on Spoonflower that made large scale butterfly prints. I started saving my dollars, seeing who else made butterfly dresses and researching the design I thought […]

Sewing for Plus Sizes

By |2017-02-08T00:28:38+00:00October 4th, 2015|Makes of 2009, Uncategorized|

I made and sold my first dress in 2006 and by 2009 I had many plus size friends asking me to make them dresses. This was my first custom made dress. Her torso was larger and longer than the patterns measurements. This dress also had a full gathered circle skirt. This was my first test in altering […]

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