Handmade Halloween from the Closet Shop

By |2018-10-22T08:07:42+00:00October 22nd, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Costumes|

Some people may find it hard to make time to create their own Halloween costume. I recommend that you consider “shopping your closet” and simply making outerwear that can be worn as everyday wear.

Some clothing that you may already own can be used for costumes – like a flapper, Mary Poppins, a […]

A New Set of Problems, Leather pt2

By |2018-10-15T06:20:39+00:00October 15th, 2018|1990s fashion, Uncategorized|

Learning something new can be so stressful. I suggest doing your research first or finding a mentor to help you. When you just have ambition this doesn’t always happen and sometimes lessons are best learned from mistakes. I am willing to share mine here today with you.

This year, for my August birthday, I wanted to […]

Men’s Wear Sewing

By |2018-10-08T06:57:11+00:00October 8th, 2018|1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion|

Why is men’s wear so hard to make? I can answer this, but first let me tell you why it’s so easy! The basic construction is pretty straightforward. It can be made in 2-3 hours and it is made out of easy to sew cotton and cotton blends. So what’s up?

It’s the fit that is […]

The Witching Hour

By |2018-10-01T06:13:31+00:00October 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 […]

Fancy Dance Dress Round Up

By |2018-09-10T06:35:19+00:00September 10th, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, 1980s Fashion, Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses|

It is festival season and that means DANCING!

What’s more fun than a glow in the dark dress with fluorescent snaps to dance in?

Tracy McElfreshTracy McElfresh

Now, don’t let this dress fool you. The design is just as […]

Say it Big with Fashion Appliqué

By |2018-08-20T06:51:43+00:00August 20th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

Have you ever wished you could make something cute and quick to add to your garment just to take everything up a notch? With appliqué you can! Appliqué is basically making your own patches. Fabric stores will carry ready made appliqués or patches also.

I created a patch for a dress with carrots as the […]

Bohemian Wedding Dress with Simple Shapes

By |2018-08-13T07:30:55+00:00August 13th, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I am about to blow your mind with this simple and glamorous dress. Most garments are made up of shapes. This 1930s gown looks like a fancy Bohemian wedding dress although it’s really made up of one tube, one rectangle and two circle shapes.

The Shapes. I like to start with cutting out everything larger. […]

My Pattern Hack of the Year, so far…

By |2018-07-23T07:38:09+00:00July 23rd, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Indie Patterns|

Who loves a great pattern hack? I do! A really great pattern hack means I don’t have to measure, do a ton of fitting or make it all up as I go along for bust, waist and hip measurements. I can focus on creativity.

I bought Grainline Studio’s Farrow dress pattern at

From Dior to Ready to Wear Score

By |2018-07-09T06:21:40+00:00July 9th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

What most people are not aware of is that a lot of dress styles are not new but instead reflect vintage styles. If you can find the right silhouette most of the time you can alter the pattern just enough to make the dress look like its inspiration. I was honored to be asked to make […]

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