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The Painted Dress

By |April 18th, 2024|Categories: Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Arts and Crafts, Fashion Dress Replicas, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Here's the problem, as an artist, you see so many things that inspire you. Before you know it; the project has turned into a huge big thing. This project was no different! I hope you enjoy this collaboration project! [...]

Easy Experimental Cascade Ruffle Skirt

By |March 6th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Have you ever seen a picture of a garment and you absolutely had to have it? When you can sew clothing this can be a fun problem... but you may want to make everything you [...]

Dressmakers Year in Review

By |December 26th, 2023|Categories: Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My life is far from perfect, let's just say I have a lot going on like everyone. Perhaps all of this making is my escape. I am so very grateful for all of these privileges [...]

Learning to Flat Pattern Block

By |December 9th, 2023|Categories: 1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

I believe it takes a lot of bravery and strength to start something completely new and even more to share it with the public. I hope you enjoy my new adventure. A few months ago [...]

Date Night, Art w/ a Regular Sewing Machine

By |February 4th, 2023|Categories: 1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

With a little practice and some patience anyone can apply their very own art to clothing using a regular sewing machine. I hope you find my three different techniques helpful. Just a heads up! Doing [...]

The Quickie One Hour Dress

By |January 16th, 2023|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Would you believe I made this simple dress in less than an hour and with only two yards of fabric? This design was adapted from the simplicity of the old children's pillow case dress pattern. [...]

CatWoman Claws Her Way To The Top

By |October 1st, 2022|Categories: 1990 pattern|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Throw out your fears with these tips for sewing tricky fabrics like latex, wet look and other rubber coated knits. I found the purrrrrfect fabric in NYC's garment district, a wet look knit. The outside is [...]

The Project With Everything!

By |August 15th, 2022|Categories: 1920s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This project has everything; replicating, inspiration, upcycling and fandom! The B52's have the most amazing stage clothes, period. When I saw Cindy Wilson bouncing around on stage in a Sunday Morning show story clip I [...]

“My One Yard Thing” 2022 Collection

By |July 27th, 2022|Categories: 1980s Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Since the term One Yard Wonders has long been taken I'm calling my series of one yard garments My One Yard Thing! You might know that it is very, very difficult to make adult clothing [...]

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