Valentines Dress Sewing with Knits

By | 2018-02-12T06:05:49+00:00 February 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+00:00 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, […]