Bohemian Wedding Dress with Simple Shapes

By |2018-08-13T07:30:55+00:00August 13th, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I am about to blow your mind with this simple and glamorous dress. Most garments are made up of shapes. This 1930s gown looks like a fancy Bohemian wedding dress although it’s really made up of one tube, one rectangle and two circle shapes.

The Shapes. I like to start with cutting out everything larger. […]

Let’s get Bio Dress Friendly

By |2018-06-11T07:20:11+00:00June 11th, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Makes of 2015|

The Concept of the Bio-Dress

Picture wearing a soft beautiful organic gown with imbedded wild flower seeds in the hemlines. After the big date you bury the dress in a garden. The dress slowly biodegrades becoming part of the earth while the seeds take hold and soon flowers bloom. With every years bloom good memories of […]

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 […]

My Swimwear Journey 2014-2018

By |2018-05-21T06:23:42+00:00May 21st, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

When googling swimwear I find articles with titles like Coping with Body Image, Swimsuits for Women Over 40, Amazon’s 21 Best Sellers, Why Women Will Not Wear Swimsuits, How Not to Look Old in a Swimsuit (leave it to Oprah) and Best Day to Buy a Swimsuit (It’s June 8th according to that article). With […]

The Dustbowl Scrap Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-07-03T09:46:13+00:00July 3rd, 2017|1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, Fashion Shows, Heirloom Sewing, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

Some of the best memories are made with friends and for me if I can get them to a fabric store it’s double joy. We biked to Little Shop of Stitches, Miamisburg where I purchased fabric for my holiday scrap dress.

The bolt of fabric I […]

Draping the Design of a Dream Dress Inspired by Frida Kahlo

By |2017-02-27T11:26:56+00:00February 27th, 2017|1930s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

There was a time when I wanted to be a painter like Frida Kahlo. Fine arts painting brought me joy. I took numerous classes at Rosewood Art Centre in Kettering. I spent countless dollars on supplies like Cobalt blue and a Winton hog hair flat brush #6. My practices were entertaining and time-consuming. My painting […]

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 […]

Depression Era Dress Replica, Birth of my Solids Challenge and Curt Dalton’s Book, Made do or Did Without

By |2017-02-08T00:09:54+00:00October 21st, 2016|1930s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2016, refashion, Uncategorized|

Let’s start with the depression era dress, although I also want to talk about how this dress birthed my 2016 solids challenge and Dayton historian Curt Dalton’s book about the depression'”Made Do or Did Without”.

In 2012 one of my students gave me this tattered depression era dress.

Depression Era Dress Replica and [...]
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Day of the Dead meets the Date Night Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:15:00+00:00September 26th, 2016|1930s Style Fashion, Costumes, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

What’s more fun for your birthday than going fabric shopping with one of your best friends? This is my friend Brenda, we had so much fun looking fabrics and discussing them. There is so much education in a fabric store.

Day of the Dead Dress with Date Night Dress by Tracy's [...]
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1930s Nightmare Vogue Pattern Turn Around

By |2017-02-08T01:00:50+00:00May 23rd, 2016|1930s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Makes of 2009, Makes of 2010, Uncategorized|

In 2009-2010 I was absolutely crazy about any patterns, movies or styles from the 1930s. I rented every movie Wright Library had from the 1930s. My favorite was Stage Door, it had the most pretty, elegant and fun garments.

At the time there were not a lot of indie pattern designers making replicas.

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