Glow in the Dark Cowgirl Dress

What cow girl doesn’t want to look up at the stars and tell amazing stories of the past?\n\nMost of my friends know I love to have fun and it shows in the things I make. I’ve been told I have a child like mind by my art teachers and it’s a great thing. There is no reason to feel I have to conform to a set of unrealistic American guidelines. A few I dislike are, you must shave your legs, you must wear make up, you must dress business casual, over 40 you can’t wear cute vintage dresses. And all those fashion rules, white after labor day, dark on the bottom prints on the top, and must use color themes can all go in the trash!!!

When I started telling my friends and customers I was making a glow in the dark cowgirl dress I got a few funny looks and some,” well that’s Tracy.” I made this dress to wear to a cowboys and indians dubstep show that I won free tickets too. It was tagged as the sexiest dubstep in town. The costume dress up party sold my friends and I.

Here I am with my ladies Jessie Wenzler and Harriet Meehan.

Here I am with my ladies the night of the show Jessie Wenzler and Harriet Meehan

 

Late 1970s early 1980s pattern

Late 1970s early 1980s pattern

Don’t let this pattern fool you. It Was quite the challenge for me with eight ruffle flounces, princess seams and fit issues across the board. I decided a ruffle skirt attached to the bodice would make a better presentation for dancing. I designed a three teired circle skirt and used awesome florescent snaps to go down the front in lieu of buttons. Why my love of snaps? You get to hammer them on and how fun is that?

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Here is my finished glow in the dark cowgirl dress outside of my tiny little American 1955 Huber Home. Charles Huber built many homes in our Dayton, Ohio area. I hear he had quite a personality, but that is another story indeed. Back to my dress, I love everything about this dress.

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This photo was taken in the Oregon District at Toxic Brew Company. Modeling is the lovely Ruby Randall and this photo was captured by Sharon Elaine Photography. The awesome artwork is by MrEtcha! p.s. Look for my next dress with his art work painted on it. It is quite the collaboration.

Don’t forget our Clash Dayton fall fashion show is coming up soon. One of my garments I stitched made it to the cover of the add!!

Clash Fashion Show Fall 2015 Tracy McElfresh, Imagine Gnats

The Clash Fall Fashion Show is November 22! Here I made Imagine Gnats Bess top. We sell her patterns at Sew Dayton also located in the Historical Oregon District. Modeling is the lovely Emily Broughon from the Downtown Dayton Partnership.

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Tracy McElfresh is the owner of Tracy’s Sewing Studio LLC.
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