Sewing Vintage Swim Wear by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-07-23T20:53:37+00:00 July 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+00:00 December 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+00:00 August 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.


Replicating Swimwear Made Easy

By | 2017-02-08T01:03:58+00:00 May 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+00:00 March 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, […]