Patchwork Panel Dress Design

By |2019-10-21T06:35:51-04:00October 21st, 2019|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Going local can really push you to your limits if you make clothing. In our town we have a lot of awesome indie quilt shops and no fashion fabric shops.

Last June, while our roof was getting replaced, we took a trip to North Dayton and I got to visit Bernina on North Main. […]

Project of the Year

By |2019-07-22T07:58:11-04:00July 22nd, 2019|1920s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

Have you ever gone down the rabbit hole of looking for the perfect sized piece of furniture or wished you could just do it yourself? This has been me looking for a work sewing desk for the last three years. I wanted, at the least, 72″ long, 20″ wide and 30″ tall. These are pretty […]

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 […]

A Quilt to Retreat In

By |2019-02-11T06:17:24-05:00February 11th, 2019|1920s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Do you quilt, make your own clothing or just want to fit in with people like you? I bet you said yes to at least one of those questions. I did, too. So, when a couple of friends invited me to the Little Shop of Stitches mini retreat I went and tried to […]

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 |2018-01-29T14:35:42-05:00January 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 […]

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