If the Sleeve Fits

By |2020-09-21T06:57:33-04:00September 21st, 2020|1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Designing can be such a weight on your ego. It can make you bend, shift, or even break. It can force you to experiment with your potential. While something can look great on paper, or in my case an iPad, it doesn’t always look right on a real body.

Natural Dying and the Bohemian Peasant Dress, P1

By |2020-06-29T07:36:23-04:00June 29th, 2020|1970s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

I have been on a long flowing bohemian kick. Last week I thought I would give natural dying a try to add more knowledge of textiles to my tool box. Boy did I learn a lot!

A more successful part of this endeavor was the 1970s pattern for my Dayton Dressmakers Club Meet Up’s pattern […]

Love What You Have

By |2020-02-03T06:39:42-05:00February 3rd, 2020|1800s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion|

As my awareness for the waste that is involved in fast fashion grows I have to ask myself, “Do I have too much waste?” Sure, I have made all of my clothing, but do I value it? Do I love it? Do I wear everything I have made? And if not, why?

I decided to do […]

What We Do When Something Doesn’t Go As Planned

By |2019-11-04T06:00:08-05:00November 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Sometimes you just have to suck it up, accept your losses and make the best of a less than ideal situation.

For each fabric success there has been, at the least, three failures. Today, I share a failure turned into a success.

After a few photography classes I purchased a decent camera, umbrella lights and a black […]

Ready, Set, Serve – Mesh Tops

By |2019-02-18T06:02:28-05:00February 18th, 2019|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion|

I love a cool mesh top for summer activities and when I do indoor exercise. This project was fast and easy to make. Here, I share my experience with a modest tee, stretch mesh pattern hack with some tips to help you be a successful seamster.

Supplies:

Any old T-shirt or stretch knit fabric 1/2 a yard

1 […]

No Wrong Moves with Iris Van Herpen

By |2019-01-10T20:06:37-05:00December 24th, 2018|Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|

Iris Van Herpen is a Dutch fashion designer that manages to balance technology, femininity and nature in her amazing works. I caught her show, “Transforming Fashion,” last December when it appeared at the Cincinnati Museum of Art. I was left breathless from her incredible, uncaged talent. The show included some earlier pieces that she made with […]

Formal Wear Hacks and Upcycles by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-05-22T07:30:18-04:00May 22nd, 2017|Formal Wear, makes of 2017, refashion|

Have you ever seen the movie Pretty in Pink? It’s a teen love story with some sewing/refashion parts from the 1980s. I’m incredibly happy to be in a time where it has become popular for people to take old formal gowns and bring them new life. I did 3 fashions last winter and I can […]

Music by Gershwin Dress by Me

By |2017-02-07T23:36:54-05:00December 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 […]

Ikea Curtain Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:11:17-05:00October 17th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

We all love the movie, The Sound of Music, especially if you sew. I’ve making dresses out of other recycled/upcycled cloth for over a decade now. I love doing this because you can use fabric no one else has. It’s more than just one of a kind.

Tracy McElfresh Dressmaking out of [...]
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Day of the Dead meets the Date Night Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:15:00-05:00September 26th, 2016|1930s Style Fashion, Costumes, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

What’s more fun for your birthday than going fabric shopping with one of your best friends? This is my friend Brenda, we had so much fun looking fabrics and discussing them. There is so much education in a fabric store.

Day of the Dead Dress with Date Night Dress by Tracy's [...]
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