Reflecting a Light Backwards

By |2019-01-28T07:31:08+00:00January 28th, 2019|Costumes, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2009, Makes of 2010, Makes of 2011, Makes of 2012, Makes of 2013|

In the beginning I had an idea. The idea turned into a project that also continued to evolve. In the end the project turned out radically different from that idea as it was envisioned. These are a collection of dresses that hopped off the beaten path and are now truly a blast from the past.

Listen, Do You Want to Know a Secret?

By |2019-01-21T07:21:47+00:00January 21st, 2019|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Costumes, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Fashion Shows, Uncategorized|

Born into this? I believe we all enter this world with something that gives us a little sparkle in our eyes. It’s something that motivates us to keep wanting more, to charge ahead and create meaning. For me this has always been the art of fashion and I’m about to share my secret. So sit […]

Interview w/Professional Costume Designer, Ayn Wood

By |2018-10-29T06:24:52+00:00October 29th, 2018|Costumes, Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|

I got a chance to speak with Ayn Wood about her amazing work, what inspires her and if she is living her dreams. Here’s what she has to say.
Please tell us about what you do and who you are?
My business cards used to say AestheticallyPromiscuous: Eclectic Trappings for those Predestined to Thrive in Obscurity. Not much […]

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 […]

The Witching Hour

By |2018-10-01T06:13:31+00:00October 1st, 2018|1900s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2014, Uncategorized|

There is a place in my neighborhood we call Witches Tower, some call it Frankenstein’s Castle, but originally it was a look out for NCR (National Cash Register) that is now owned by Five Rivers Metro Parks. This was one of my favorite hang outs as a teen and […]

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 […]

Interview with a Family of Master Costumers

By |2018-03-12T07:09:42+00:00March 12th, 2018|Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Interviews w/Sewists|

Do you ever wonder what it is like to be surrounded by a family of the most creative, accurate and highly detailed costumer makers? I do! Tell me this family is not amazing!

I am more than excited to introduce from Merritt Island, Florida “Simple Tricks & Nonsense” otherwise known as Becky, John and John Sr.

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 […]

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