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 […]

Kids Fashion Camp is coming soon to Rosewood Art Centre

By |2018-06-18T07:01:05+00:00June 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Last year we had so much fun at Rosewood Art Centre fashion camp that we’re doing it again! Rosewood has sewing machines available for class use and I will be supplying the fabric from community donations. (Thanks sewing friends)

 

The Camp

Day one – We all learn to use the sewing machines and get a lot of […]

My Swimwear Journey 2014-2018

By |2018-05-21T06:23:42+00:00May 21st, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

When googling swimwear I find articles with titles like Coping with Body Image, Swimsuits for Women Over 40, Amazon’s 21 Best Sellers, Why Women Will Not Wear Swimsuits, How Not to Look Old in a Swimsuit (leave it to Oprah) and Best Day to Buy a Swimsuit (It’s June 8th according to that article). With […]

Basics Refresher at Rosewood Art Centre w/Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-12-11T13:20:36+00:00February 19th, 2018|

Age 12+ Want to get motivated to start sewing again? This class is just what you need to help you succeed in sewing. We go over threading, bobbins, tension, accessories, trouble shooting, stitches and practice exercises. Registration starts Dec. 4th Must call Rosewood to register 937-296-0294

Designer Anne Klein Vintage Dress Pattern by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-06-19T07:17:13+00:00June 19th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Once, last May, I took a day off and just sat still. I survived and it gave me time to figure out my upcoming projects.
The next morning as Joann opened I was there getting the things to make some dream sews happen.

I got a fancy black […]

Year of the Up-Cycle Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-04-10T09:02:24+00:00April 10th, 2017|refashion, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|

I am on the brink of the biggest Up-cycle project to date, the beer can dress, which brings me here today.

A little back story before we begin. As a child my mother didn’t believe in buying anything new. I was 16 with 2 baby sisters and all of the extra money my family had went […]

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 […]

Wearing History Ahwahnee Blanket Coat Pattern Hack

By |2017-02-07T23:08:08+00:00January 9th, 2017|1920s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

During winter months our clothing rarely gets seen out and about in public. This is when great outerwear represents our style. Pairing outerwear with handmade accessories you will be sure to shine bright wherever you are. I love Wearing History’s,  Ahwahnee 1920s blanket coat pattern. This was my second time making this jacket.

 

The Mermaid Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:44:36+00:00December 19th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Grab a cup of hot stuff this one is a doozie!

One of my former sewing students, Monet, wrote me one morning with a photo of a dress she desperately wanted me to design for a formal event. After looking at the photo I kindly said sorry, the design was out of my skill level. It’s important to […]

Sewing in Kettering; Rosewood Art Centre

By |2017-02-07T23:51:32+00:00December 5th, 2016|Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

Life has been such a rush lately, my new business has really taken off and my website isn’t even finished yet. My husband and I started this clean eating thing and who ever though it would take so much time to actually cook real food. It’s a lot of planning, prep work and cooking all day […]

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