The Riding Coat

By |2020-11-16T06:54:00-05:00November 16th, 2020|1800s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2014, Uncategorized|

In late September 2014 while watching TV in my bedroom I was folding laundry and feeling not so pretty. I saw this beautiful picture on the screen and I took a quick pic and posted it to Instagram. Ruby Randall contacted me instantly with a request for a romantic 18th century riding […]

Star Wars, Now and Then

By |2020-10-26T07:03:39-04:00October 26th, 2020|Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Makes of 2009, Tracy Designs Dresses|

My very first white dress was a replica of Princess Leia’s formal gown from the 1977 Star Wars film, “A New Hope.” If that sounds like a lot it, it is. Almost ten years later and reading this old blog post helped me recognize my growth as both a writer and a designer.

My first experience […]

Natural Dying and Viking Apron Dress, P2

By |2020-07-06T07:17:43-04:00July 6th, 2020|Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

After my first round of natural dying I was really bummed by the lack color that came through. For my 2nd round I would try to color my double gauze with the spice turmeric. It worked! Here is what I did!

I decided to soak my fabric in a mix of 4 quarts water to 1 […]

Glitz, Glam, no Shame

By |2019-12-23T07:51:43-05:00December 23rd, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

I believe talent is inherent and that skills are learned and built upon.

With each new fabric there is another medium that needs to be studied and practiced. Learning a new skill may also be stressful. There are always failures on the road to success.

I have made a few sequin dresses before that either had no […]

Flourishing Creativity

By |2019-12-16T06:05:11-05:00December 16th, 2019|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Costumes|

Making something with no plan truly lets your creativity flourish naturally through play. We can spend countless hours researching the next project and planning it out perfectly although many times the best creations are made on a whim. I hope you enjoy my very simple visibly stitched wrap bolero and how my creative process works.

I […]

Dayton Garment Designers Fashion Faves

By |2019-11-25T07:43:38-05:00November 25th, 2019|Costumes, Fashion Shows, Formal Wear, Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|

We all want to feel like we belong to a group that shares a common thread? Through a meet up group called, The Dayton Garment Designers Meet Up , I have found my tribe! Connecting with others that share your passion stimulates growth and inspires. While other people may get tired of […]

Patchwork Panel Dress Design

By |2019-10-21T06:35:51-04:00October 21st, 2019|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Going local can really push you to your limits if you make clothing. In our town we have a lot of awesome indie quilt shops and no fashion fabric shops.

Last June, while our roof was getting replaced, we took a trip to North Dayton and I got to visit Bernina on North Main. […]

Building Confidence with Eight

By |2019-07-01T06:52:08-04:00July 1st, 2019|Costumes, Fashion Shows, refashion, Today's Fashion|

Eight girls signed up for this years teen fashion camp at Rosewood Art Centre in Kettering. Can you imagine trying to build confidence while unjamming machines, breaking needles and trouble shooting sewing machine mistakes on the first day? Here is how I build confidence and give the girls a great experience behind the machine all while […]

From Play to Passion

By |2019-04-01T06:01:09-04:00April 1st, 2019|Costumes, Fashion Shows, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

When I was young, I used to dress my Barbie Dolls in scraps of fabric, creating unique fashions for the various festivals and outings they would attend. When I was in high school, my Grandmother let me use her sewing machine in the basement where I would “Frankenstein” outfits together from thrift store finds, which […]

Reflecting a Light Backwards

By |2019-01-28T07:31:08-05:00January 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.

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