Butterfly Dress: The Making and Display at Rosewood Art Center

By | 2017-12-11T07:59:39+00:00 December 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+00:00 July 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+00:00 March 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 […]

Wearing History Ahwahnee Blanket Coat Pattern Hack

By | 2017-02-07T23:08:08+00:00 January 9th, 2017|1920s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

During winter months our clothing rarely gets seen out and about in public. This is when great outerwear represents our style. Pairing outerwear with handmade accessories you will be sure to shine bright wherever you are. I love Wearing History’s,  Ahwahnee 1920s blanket coat pattern. This was my second time making this jacket.

 

Music by Gershwin Dress by Me

By | 2017-02-07T23:36:54+00:00 December 25th, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, 1930s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Every year I love to make a fun holiday dress or two. This years gown was inspired by a 1940s sewing machine company sales ad from a machine I own. The ad implies you can make elegant and beautiful things that are as classy as Gershwin’s music. For me I needed beautiful yet simple and fast! Here […]

1920s Yellow Fairytale Wedding Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:33:25+00:00 August 1st, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

For my 2nd solids challenge I wanted to learn more heirloom skills and since I am addicted to the 1920s styles I wanted to make a little something like this.

Inspiration screen shot photo Inspiration screen shot photo

\n\nJeffrey and my tea cups were my colors.

Flapper Fringe Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:36:19+00:00 July 25th, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I wanted a flapper fringe dress and Hancock Fabric closing was my perfect opportunity. Long fringe usually sells for $9.99 a yard and I needed 7-9 yards for a dress. This dresses could cost over $150 in just supplies.

Tracysews Flapper Fringe Dress

Sad Hancock Fabric is closing, very happy to […]

Art Collaboration with Amy Kollar Anderson

By | 2017-02-08T01:22:52+00:00 March 21st, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Collaborations are an awesome thing!

Last fall my friend and fellow artist Amy Kollar Anderson asked me if she could paint my Art Deco butterfly dress for an invitational exhibition, to be held at The Schuster Performing Arts Center. This event was created by the Preble County Art Association to coincide with the Bridges […]

My Solids Challenge (sneak peek)

By | 2017-02-08T00:55:35+00:00 January 24th, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2015, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I hope you are enjoying the new year. I wanted to give you a little sneak peek of some of my new 2016 solids challenges and upcoming ones.

Why solids for 2016? Solids are easy to spot mistakes and great to show off craftsmanship. Using only solids I will need to really get creative and think outside the […]

Gold Flapper Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:29:58+00:00 October 1st, 2015|1920s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2011, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

In 2011 I entered the Modcloth designer competition with dress. I did not win although I learned a lot.

Tracy McElfresh

I designed this dress from the ground up with many heirloom details out tissue lemme.

Tracy McElfresh

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