DIY Fan Inspired T-shirt with Reverse Appliqué and 2017 Costume Round Up

By | 2017-10-30T07:18:16+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Costumes, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Today I share a fun and easy craft night you can do with your friends even if they do not sew. Reverse appliqué can be used so many different ways from inspired team sports to your favorite band.

Supplies needed
Plain t -shirt.
Color knit for you appliqué design
Copy paper/pencil […]

Star Wars Imperial Guard Replica by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-07-10T07:45:01+00:00 July 10th, 2017|1970s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas|

First off, this month is already kicking butt! Orders and requests are coming in fast! My best friend and I were honored to be in the Dayton Daily news last Friday, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A former co-worker, Mark,  from my grocery days at Dorothy Lane Market contacted me with a project. […]

Star Wars Costume Exhibit in Photos

By | 2017-06-12T07:06:39+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, makes of 2017, Uncategorized|

Day two of the Cincinnati Museum Center Star Wars exhibit and I had the pleasure of being there. The museum is in an old train station that is currently under construction.

If you go to the exhibit prepare to be blown away. First, I’m no […]

Pokemon Trainer Custom Costume a Mother’s Day Story

By | 2017-05-15T06:44:10+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Costumes, makes of 2017|

A few weeks ago I received a most interesting email. A guy named Juan wrote and asked if I would make his wife a Pokemon trainer costume for a family photo. Right away I said yes to this project! Then he asked if I could do it by Mother’s Day, which was in 2 weeks. It […]

The Flamenco Dancing Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:59:39+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Costumes, Formal Wear, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I love to spend hours browsing the internet looking for amazing dress styles to inspire my projects. Lately I have been seeing a lot of beautiful Spanish style Flamenco dancing dresses. I’m drawn to the way they move, bounce, flow and cling to a curvy shaped body. Below on the left,  is a screen shot photo that […]

18th Century Cape with Double Capelets

By | 2016-10-03T07:32:39+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|1800s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

I love making custom costume garments for people and model/stylist, Leslie Ruby Randall is no exception.When she asks me to make her garments I know it’s going to be a fully fun challenge. She knows exactly what she wants for her photo shoots and that’s easy to work with. We decided on version A the fully […]

Day of the Dead meets the Date Night Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:15:00+00:00 September 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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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.

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

Natural Dying Part 2 and Viking Apron Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:42:28+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

After my first round of natural dying I was really set off by the lack color. For my 2nd round I would try to color my Cotton and Steel double gauze with the spice turmeric, it worked! Here is what I did!

I decided to soak my fabric in 4 quarts water, 1 part vinegar for […]

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