Learning African Dress Techniques

By |2018-07-16T06:20:42+00:00July 16th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

Minda told me the design, structure and techniques of the four African mud cloth dresses would blow my mind. They did, seriously. I almost couldn’t believe she wanted me to alter them. I am about to share some of the smartest sewing techniques I have ever seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I noticed […]

The Princess Diana Dress and Tips for Sewing for Friends

By |2018-04-23T07:07:28+00:00April 23rd, 2018|1980s Fashion|

I have been practicing my sewing skills on my friends for years now and I’m about to share a few tips I have learned in the last 18 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of my best friends, Kelly Wood. I wanted to make her a dress for her birthday that […]

Kaftan Dress Wedding

By |2018-03-26T06:31:51+00:00March 26th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I hear the Kaftan Dress is all the rage in Italy. I’m not surprised by this at all because this style can really hit a wide range of beautiful looks and they are so comfortable. I love that 1970s inspired flow during movement. I was more than happy when Stephanie called and asked me to […]

Sweater Knit Round Up and Tips to Ease the Fear

By |2017-12-04T07:55:07+00:00December 4th, 2017|makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Up until 2 years ago I was scared to sew sweater knit fabrics. Sweater knit is really stretchy like regular sweaters. The edges fray like crazy and hemlines can be a challenge. Sizing can be a problem too.

My first knit dress was a total accident. I ordered knit fabric that said medium weight from a […]

Large Print Floral More Than Meets the Eye

By |2017-10-23T06:42:09+00:00October 23rd, 2017|1980s Fashion|

In this post you will find easy tips, tricks, pattern ideas and my appliqué process. I hope you enjoy my passion and insight.

I loved the 1980s, it was such a nice mash of eras. The garments were simple to make and people were still sewing. Just because a trend goes out of style does’t mean […]

Star Wars Imperial Guard Replica by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-07-10T07:45:01+00:00July 10th, 2017|1970s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas|

First off, this month is already kicking butt! Orders and requests are coming in fast! My best friend and I were honored to be in the Dayton Daily news last Friday, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A former co-worker, Mark,  from my grocery days at Dorothy Lane Market contacted me with a project. […]

Matching Stripes and Chevron Pattern Tips

By |2017-02-07T23:56:23+00:00November 14th, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Uncategorized|

In 2010 chevron was starting its trend again. Chevron is a stripe or a line going up making a V shape or down making an upside-down V shape. It can also form a zig zag or rick rack pattern. Military rank and gasoline company Chevron’s logo are two good examples of chevrons you may be familiar with.

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