What makes a dress worthy of a queen? Something that makes you feel beautiful, feel comfortable and cool.

Every year I celebrate summer’s arrival  by making a beautiful red summer dress right around the city of Troy’s Strawberry Festival. One of the biggest festivals in the Dayton area and this year they’re celebrating 40 years.

This dress was also inspired by my obsession with garments on the popular show, Game of Thrones.

Strawberry Queen Festival Dress by Tracy McElfresh

I used cotton Swiss dot fabric for this design. It looks like a strawberry and drapes so beautifully.

Strawberry Queen Festival Dress by Tracy McElfresh

I also used a 1970s wedding dress pattern for the base of the dress and drafted my own large sleeves.

Strawberry Queen Festival Dress by Tracy McElfresh

To get that large stand out look on the sleeves and hemline I used heavy trim and fusible hem tape. This gives the dress a structured look.

Sadly I posted a picture of this dress in a Facebook group called, We Sew Retro Sew and Tell and I got a lot of negative feed back. One lady said I should have used this draping fabric of which I did. Another said she would never have done those hemlines. Then for some reason unknown to me I was kicked out of the group and blocked.

Here is the dress after making it. It had a great light bounce to it. This dress is for sale in my etsy shop with many other dresses I have made.

photo by Sarah Babcock modeling is Lea Marie

The professional photos are taken by Sarah Babcock and the lovely model is Lea Marie. This dress was part of my 2016 solids challenge, where I challenge myself to get creative.

Behind the scenes~

A few moths ago we rented our sewing shop out for a photo shoot that was to be for a credit card for makers to put their supplies on. The team had a cute young model although at the end they snapped a few pictures of us. No worries~We got paid and signed their wavers, it was all legit. Last Friday my friends from another sewing shop, Five Eighth Seams tagged me in this picture.

Tracy McElfresh

Thank you for reading!

Tracy McElfresh

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