Have you ever seen a pattern cover or dress, fell in love with it, only to buy it and realize it was something you would never wear? We have all been there. I bought hundreds of patterns on those 99 cent sales before I realized what my personal style was.  I bought his floor length 1912 replicated design pattern. The floor length lace and the sheer overlay options are just too long for a shorty like me to pull off.














While on a trip to the West Coast my fabric shop radar went off and I found this little gem that was sadly closing. Everything left in the store was 70% off.














First I assessed what was not practical about the pattern but also what I liked about the pattern. I decided the overlay, material and length was too much.





















Along the way I found some scraps in my garage from a wedding dress I made a customer years ago. The lace on a black background really added another texture to the look that I love.

























Of course for me I had to take the lined top in a bit and let the unlined skirt of the dress out because my hips are larger. Alterations are usually always need done. The pattern is never a perfect fit all over. Like any artist it’s hard not to be critical.

























Modeling is Ruby Randall and behind the camera is Sharon Elaine Photography.

Behind the scenes~

My Insta Dress Class has been listed for March 3rd at Creative Communion, Pendleton Art Centre, Middletown, Ohio. There is still time to sign up. We are limited to 8 people so do not wait.














Our Dayton Garment Designers Meet Up Group had movie night and saw the Phantom Thread at the Neon Theatre. The movie was fabulous, I had a wonderful time and The Neon is really the coolest theater in town. They have Esher Price chocolates, coffee and biscotti too.




















Thank you for reading!

Tracy McElfresh
Dream it! Sew it!


Tracy McElfresh

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