Fat Quarter Bundle Zero Waste Skirt

By |2019-03-25T06:25:07-04:00March 25th, 2019|1920s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Everyone has been asking how I made this skirt and so I would like to share the entire experience. It was super bowl Sunday and I needed something fun to do. On my way out of one of my favorite sewing shops, Sew to Speak, I spotted a bundle of soft […]

Handmade Halloween from the Closet Shop

By |2018-10-23T17:59:16-04:00October 22nd, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Costumes|

Some people may find it hard to make time to create their own Halloween costume. I recommend that you consider “shopping your closet” and simply making outerwear that can be worn as everyday wear.

Some clothing that you may already own can be used for costumes – like a flapper, Mary Poppins, a […]

Fancy Dance Dress Round Up

By |2018-09-10T06:35:19-04:00September 10th, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, 1980s Fashion, Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses|

It is festival season and that means DANCING!

What’s more fun than a glow in the dark dress with fluorescent snaps to dance in?

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Now, don’t let this dress fool you. The design is just as […]

My Pattern Hack of the Year, so far…

By |2018-07-23T07:38:09-04:00July 23rd, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Indie Patterns|

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, waist and hip measurements. I can focus on creativity.

I bought Grainline Studio’s Farrow dress pattern at

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

By |2018-05-28T07:34:37-04:00May 28th, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, 1930s Style Fashion, Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|

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 she portrays. There is a romance and power around her ageless story. In a time where women had little rights Frida […]

Dayton History Sewing Year in Review

By |2018-01-29T14:35:42-04:00January 29th, 2018|1800s Style Fashion, 1900s Style Fashion, 1920s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, Costumes, Heirloom Sewing|

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. I had my first interview with the directer of education and she kindly educated […]

Butterfly Dress: The Making and Display at Rosewood Art Center

By |2017-12-11T07:59:39-04:00December 11th, 2017|1920s Style Fashion|

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 butterfly prints. I started saving my dollars while checking out others butterfly dresses and researching the design. […]

The Easy Frida Inspired Wrap by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-08-08T11:29:24-04:00July 31st, 2017|1920s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, makes of 2017, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Getting creative is important. What is hard is when you have more ideas and dreams than you have time to execute. This is a quick and easy dress I like to fashion when I’m short on time. My dream is to teach this easy wrap dress at a vacation resort in Mexico soon.

First, grab […]

Courtyard in Rome: A One-Piece, Use Everything Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-03-13T12:27:32-04:00March 13th, 2017|1920s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

My friend and artist Erica gave me 3 yards of 1970s polyester to play with. The perfect fabric to work with on my easy 1 piece, no-waste, design concept.

Now, before you go shrugging your shoulders at cheap poly you should know that it is fun to play with, it costs next to nothing and I […]

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