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Bohemian Wedding Dress with Simple Shapes

By |August 13th, 2018|Categories: 1930s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I am about to blow your mind with this simple and glamorous dress. Most garments are made up of shapes. This 1930s gown looks like a fancy Bohemian wedding dress although it's really made up [...]

The Birthday Dress

By |July 29th, 2018|Categories: 1980s Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When I was a little girl getting a birthday dress was better than getting a new baby doll.                                   [...]

My Pattern Hack of the Year, so far…

By |July 23rd, 2018|Categories: 1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Indie Patterns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who loves a great pattern hack? I do! A really great pattern hack means I don't have to measure, do a ton of fitting or make it all up as I go along for bust, [...]

Learning African Dress Techniques

By |July 16th, 2018|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Minda told me the design, structure and techniques of the four African mud cloth dresses would blow my mind. They did, seriously. I almost couldn't believe she wanted me to alter them. I am about [...]

From Dior to Ready to Wear Score

By |July 9th, 2018|Categories: 1950s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What most people are not aware of is that a lot of dress styles are not new but instead reflect vintage styles. If you can find the right silhouette most of the time you can alter [...]

Warning! This is Not a Dress

By |July 2nd, 2018|Categories: 1990s fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you ever really struggled to find the perfect project or pattern for a great fabric? How about not having enough fabric for some awesome pattern you already have? Here is a project I completed [...]

Great Journeys and Upping My Game

By |June 25th, 2018|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

When I first started selling and making custom dresses in the early 2000s my entire business was DIY. With the surprise announcement that I was on Blogspots 2018 Best Dressmaker Blogs last winter I knew [...]

Kids Fashion Camp is coming soon to Rosewood Art Centre

By |June 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last year we had so much fun at Rosewood Art Centre fashion camp that we're doing it again! Rosewood has sewing machines available for class use and I will be supplying the fabric from community [...]

Let’s get Bio Dress Friendly

By |June 11th, 2018|Categories: 1930s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Makes of 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Concept of the Bio-Dress Picture wearing a soft beautiful organic gown with imbedded wild flower seeds in the hemlines. After the big date you bury the dress in a garden. The dress slowly biodegrades [...]

Spring into Strawberry Season

By |June 4th, 2018|Categories: 1950s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , |

We know how to celebrate the spring strawberry harvest around here! My motto is, every event, holiday and special occasion is dress making time! The Fabric. I love a challenge and while on our road [...]

Chasing Frida Kahlo in a Dress at the Finding Frida Art Exhibit

By |May 28th, 2018|Categories: 1920s Style Fashion, 1930s Style Fashion, Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Why Frida? Frida Kahlo is a Mexican artist and icon. She is such a powerful presence for so many female artist. The love for Frida goes beyond her wonderful art, her style and the emotion [...]