Star Wars, Now and Then

By |October 26th, 2020|Categories: Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Makes of 2009, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My very first white dress was a replica of Princess Leia's formal gown from the 1977 Star Wars film, "A New Hope." If that sounds like a lot it, it is. Almost ten years later [...]

Amateur’s 10 Tips For Dying Fabric

By |October 19th, 2020|Categories: 1980s Fashion, refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Can you believe that is the same garment? I get quite a few calls with requests and questions for dying garments. I rarely ever dye garments and would never dye anyone else's clothing.   There's a [...]

Ten Tips for Replicating Clothing

By |October 12th, 2020|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Replicating is one of my favorite crafts! I hope you enjoy my tips that can help you remake some of your favorite garments, sew garments from pictures and grow your skillset. Start simple, whether it [...]

Collaboration with Artist and Poet Tiffany Diaz

By |October 5th, 2020|Categories: 1950s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have been following Tiffany Diaz and enjoying her art work and poetry for years now with great respect. After many times commenting that her paintings would look great as a fabric I asked her [...]

Passion to Refashion

By |September 28th, 2020|Categories: 1960s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you ever seen a dress that you love the fabric and the print but the style of the dress doesn't suit your figure, style or personality? Some of the easiest and best dresses to [...]

If the Sleeve Fits

By |September 21st, 2020|Categories: 1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Designing can be such a weight on your ego. It can make you bend, shift, or even break. It can force you to experiment with your potential. While something can look great on paper, or [...]

The Birthday Dress

By |September 14th, 2020|Categories: 1970s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , |

What little girl doesn't love a birthday dress? If you do a search for "little girls birthday dress" you will find the current trends. I saw many onesies with the year or a quote scripted on [...]

The Project

By |September 7th, 2020|Categories: Art made by Tracy McElfresh, refashion|Tags: , , , , , |

If you ask my husband, Jeffrey, there is nothing I like better than saying yes to someones old sewing supplies. An artist at Rosewood Art Centre so kindly gifted me a cast iron treadle base. [...]

What the Fussy Cut

By |August 24th, 2020|Categories: 1970s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I wasn't aware fussy cutting could be used in clothing. It is mostly used in quilting, accessories, aprons and such. Fussy cutting is where you cut out a prominent fabric motif and showcase it. Long [...]

Crotch Oddities

By |August 10th, 2020|Categories: Fashion Dress Replicas, Indie Patterns, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

After buying a bunch of shoes through a Facebook ad on 4/20 I learned my lesson about not buying a bunch of shoes through a Facebook ad. That's a longer story and not what this [...]

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