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 […]

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 […]

Valentines Dress Sewing with Knits

By |2018-02-12T06:05:49+00:00February 12th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

Active wear is so comfortable that I’m not surprised leggings and yoga pants have become part of our mainstream fashion culture.

Why is active wear proclaimed to be hard to sew? It’s not the sewing part that is a challenge. Once you know the rules it is easy.

Here are mine.

*No straight stitches on any part that […]

Sewing Vintage Swim Wear by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-07-23T20:53:37+00:00July 23rd, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

I have to warn you making swim wear is addictive. It’s the only clothing that you can sew that will truly save money because it doesn’t take much fabric to make a swim suit. It does, however, take a lot of thread and you should consider swim elastic which really can also be cotton elastic.

Today’s […]

Music by Gershwin Dress by Me

By |2017-02-07T23:36:54+00:00December 25th, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, 1930s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Every year I love to make a fun holiday dress or two. This years gown was inspired by a 1940s sewing machine company sales ad from a machine I own. The ad implies you can make elegant and beautiful things that are as classy as Gershwin’s music. For me I needed beautiful yet simple and fast! Here […]

1970s Sweater Knit Dress Replica

By |2017-02-08T00:25:46+00:00August 22nd, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Uncategorized|

Sweater knit seems to be the hot fabric this season. It is soft, warm and comfortable, how can you not love that? Honestly it’s been a tough hot summer and I wanted to do something for fall and start the changes now. I went to Joann Fabric and found what I was looking for.

 0

Replicating Swimwear Made Easy

By |2017-02-08T01:03:58+00:00May 16th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

Want to replicate your swimwear easily? First find a swimsuit that has a great cut/fit, one that you don’t mind cutting up.

Tracy McElfresh Replicating Swimwear

Next gather your supplies before getting started!

Some of the things I found very useful: Fine needles, you will be pinning a lot. […]

Sewing Active Wear

By |2017-02-08T01:29:45+00:00March 7th, 2016|Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

One thing I always need is work out clothes. Gym clothes like bathing suits are expensive although are easy to make and don’t cost $$$ in materials.

Why are knits easy? No ironing, fit is usually not a problem and sewing them up is fast. You will need patience of course.

Here are a few of the patterns, […]