Frida Kahlo inspires so many artists. Is it her art, her awesome girl power, her big and bold style, her sadness in her paintings or just her dramatic character?

notes from DIA

My red Frida Kahlo inspired dress was designed after our trip to the Frida Diego art exhibit at Detroit Institute of Arts May of 2015. It was the first ever exhibit where her art work was next to her husbands and to be in Detroit after Diego’s history with the city is another story indeed.

inspiration photo

Here is my dress inspiration photo. This was hanging at the museum exhibit with notes on her paintings.

designing the DIA Frida Dress

First I cut all of my strips for the ruffles and then cut squares for the sleeves and long strips for the princess seams. I used a 1940s pajama top patten for the top and a 1980s pattern for the waistline and hips. PS That my grandmas photo in the back ground. She came to America in 1963 from Puerto Rico and was a seamstress in the sweatshop district of NYC. She is a great inspiration to me too.

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I used my ruffler foot for all of the miles of ruffles on this dress. I also used challis rayon fabric from our shop Sew Dayton. We have about 8 bolts of all kinds of pretty colors to choose from.

Lawanda and her partner Aaron

This one of my best friends Lawanda Stonerock. Fellow maker of amazing bags with her art. We’ve been friends since I started my sewing carrier and have been through a lot along the way. When she offered to model for me I t-totally took her up on the offer.

Photo taken from W magazine

After showing Jesy Anderson (Needle Ink and Thread) my business parter at Sew Dayton this photo and said, “I love the way this photo makes me feel,” She suggested I ask Stephanie Baker to take my photos for the Frida dress. Sometimes everyone and everything can inspire me.

Tracy McElfresh DIA Frida Dress

I think she nailed it! Here are a few more from the shoot. It was hard to only pick a few photos to share.

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I also made calla lily flowers inspired by ones I saw in the museums gift shop that were no for sale.\n\nBehind the Scenes~ I made another Frida Dress that I wore to the museum.

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