The Challenge of Smoking Jackets

By |2019-03-18T06:36:35-04:00March 18th, 2019|1950s Style Fashion|

Today, I happily share one of my more challenging projects that really got me outside of my comfort zone. The most troublesome projects can sometimes feel like a cloud hanging over your head. They are usually rooted in a lack of experience, and yet, the only way to get the experience is to do the […]

T Shirt Quilt Basics at Rosewood Art Centre

By |2018-11-26T19:47:20-04:00February 2nd, 2019||

Ages 12 and up
Come learn the basics of T-Shirt Quilting
Supplies
small sewing kit including sharp scissors
Thread
Fusible light to medium weight interfacing
T shirts
2 different pieces of 1/2 yards of coordinating or contrasting fabrics
Must call to reserve your spot 937-296-0294

Adult Machine Basics at Rosewood

By |2018-11-26T19:43:46-04:00January 16th, 2019||

Adult Machine Basics at Rosewood

*2 hour~sewing machine basics class

Learn to use your sewing machine or borrow one of Rosewood’s in a fun setting.

Students review threading, stitches, tension, bobbins, bobbin winding, parts of the machine, accessories and trouble shooting.

We will have 2 easy practice projects learning seam allowance, precision, stitch lengths and widths

Must call Rosewood to […]

Bohemian Wedding Dress with Simple Shapes

By |2018-08-13T07:30:55-04:00August 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. […]

From Dior to Ready to Wear Score

By |2018-07-09T06:21:40-04:00July 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 |2018-06-18T07:01:05-04:00June 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 |2018-05-21T06:23:42-04:00May 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 |2017-12-11T13:20:36-04:00February 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 |2017-06-19T07:17:13-04:00June 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 […]

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