Blog 2017-02-07T12:51:52+00:00

Let’s Get Trashy by Tracy McElfresh

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: Art made by Tracy McElfresh|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I was born into a long line of family junkers. Today, I am proud to say it taught me to be resourceful and creative. I am honored to share some personal trash to treasure with [...]

Valentines Dress Sewing with Knits

By | February 12th, 2018|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , |

Active wear is so comfortable that I'm not surprised leggings and yoga pants have become part of our mainstream fashion culture. Why is active wear proclaimed to be hard to sew? It's not the sewing [...]

Interview with Unique Rug Hooking Artist Jo Wick

By | February 5th, 2018|Categories: 1800s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I interviewed artist Jo Wick about rug hooking. Jo is both extremely talented and very prolific in her field. I think that if you love doing something you will choose do it all the time [...]

Dayton History Sewing Year in Review

By | January 29th, 2018|Categories: 1800s Style Fashion, 1900s Style Fashion, 1920s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, Costumes, Heirloom Sewing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Boom! It all started in 2016 when I did my first Mini Makers Faire at Carillon Historical Park. After the Mini Makers Faire I was asked if I was interested in sewing for the park. [...]

Let’s Make it for Todays Wear, 1912 Style Frock

By | January 22nd, 2018|Categories: 1900s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

4 Must Know Time and Stress Saving Tips, Zebra Print Mod 1960s Dress

By | January 15th, 2018|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Do you ever wonder how I get these dresses done so quickly? After you make something 10-20 times you learn all the short cuts! Today, I share with you just a few of my secrets. [...]

Dressmakers 2017 Year in Review in Photos

By | January 1st, 2018|Categories: Costumes, makes of 2017, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Happy New Year friends and fam! My business has grown and grown this year!  Thank you for continuing to hang with me, reading my stories and telling all of your friends about my sewing services [...]

1960s Inspired Wool Holiday Suit

By | December 25th, 2017|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

You will never hear me utter the words I have nothing to wear. This years trip to Pittsburgh inspired my holiday dress. I found the softest wool at a little shop called The Fabric Place. [...]

Easy DIY Holiday Clocks for the Sewer

By | December 18th, 2017|Categories: Art made by Tracy McElfresh, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks|Tags: , , , , , |

I'm not sure what my obsession is with clock making. I guess our "ticks" (lol)  are what make us all unique. Anyways, here's some of what I've been up to with clocks!       [...]

Butterfly Dress: The Making and Display at Rosewood Art Center

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: 1920s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In 2016, I saw the most beautiful butterfly dress online and it got me wondering if I should make one. After hours of researching I found a fabric designer on Spoonflower that made large scale [...]

Sweater Knit Round Up and Tips to Ease the Fear

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Up until 2 years ago I was scared to sew sweater knit fabrics. Sweater knit is really stretchy like regular sweaters. The edges fray like crazy and hemlines can be a challenge. Sizing can be [...]