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 […]

Dressmakers 2017 Year in Review in Photos

By |2018-01-01T09:10:18+00:00January 1st, 2018|Costumes, makes of 2017, Uncategorized|

Happy New Year friends and fam!

My business has grown and grown this year!  Thank you for continuing to hang with me, reading my stories and telling all of your friends about my sewing services (wink wink) AND a big Thank You for all of the awesome reviews on my FB page. They […]

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

By |2017-10-30T07:18:16+00:00October 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+00:00July 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+00:00June 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+00:00May 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 […]

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