Handmade Halloween from the Closet Shop

By |2018-10-23T17:59:16+00:00October 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+00:00September 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+00:00July 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+00:00May 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+00:00January 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+00:00December 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+00:00July 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+00:00March 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 […]

Wearing History Ahwahnee Blanket Coat Pattern Hack

By |2017-02-07T23:08:08+00:00January 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+00:00December 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 […]

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