Get Funky with Fine Fabrics

By |2019-07-15T06:47:47-04:00July 15th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

If you even remotely dabble in the sewing world you have probably heard the rumors about how challenging fine fabrics like silk, satin, chiffon, georgette and many more slippery goodies, can be.

It is my opinion that when learning anything new and different there are always lots of problems that pop up. I am here 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. […]

Learning African Dress Techniques

By |2018-07-16T06:20:42-04:00July 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 |2018-04-23T07:07:28-04:00April 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 |2018-03-26T06:31:51-04:00March 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 |2017-12-04T07:55:07-04:00December 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 |2017-10-23T06:42:09-04:00October 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 |2017-07-10T07:45:01-04:00July 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 |2017-02-07T23:56:23-04:00November 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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