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 […]

Evolution of the Lost Dress Hem

By |2019-11-18T06:07:49-05:00November 18th, 2019|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Formal Wear|

This year I completed over 200 formal hemlines. With the lining most have about 9-12 yards of length. You would be blown away if you knew how many of these have gone to waste in the past! No more!

This year I started collecting these multicolored scraps and […]

Get Funky with Fine Fabrics

By |2019-07-15T06:47:47-05:00July 15th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

If you even remotely dabble in the sewing world you have probably heard the rumors about how challenging fine fabrics like silk, satin, chiffon, georgette and many more slippery goodies, can be.

It is my opinion that when learning anything new and different there are always lots of problems that pop up. I am here to […]

Fire Dancing Performance Wear with Astrea Taylor

By |2018-12-31T10:06:55-05:00December 31st, 2018|Formal Wear, Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|

Magic, fire dancing, witchcraft, published author, blogger and elf ears, Co-Curator of Blessed Be Boxes! When I met Astrea in 2012 I immediately knew she would be someone I would admire. I have been watching her perform since 2009 and I have a lot of questions about the clothing she wears. This was […]

Let’s get Bio Dress Friendly

By |2018-06-11T07:20:11-05:00June 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 […]

Kaftan Dress Wedding

By |2018-03-26T06:31:51-05:00March 26th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I hear the Kaftan Dress is all the rage in Italy. I’m not surprised by this at all because this style can really hit a wide range of beautiful looks and they are so comfortable. I love that 1970s inspired flow during movement. I was more than happy when Stephanie called and asked me to […]

Designer Anne Klein Vintage Dress Pattern by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-06-19T07:17:13-05:00June 19th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Once, last May, I took a day off and just sat still. I survived and it gave me time to figure out my upcoming projects.
The next morning as Joann opened I was there getting the things to make some dream sews happen.

I got a fancy black […]

Dreamy Draped Dress Design by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-06-05T08:40:58-05:00June 5th, 2017|1970s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

This week it’s a spring floral scuba dress design and how I made it.

As always my first challenge was to figure out a design that would be suitable for this fabric. My scuba knit is thick, has a great amount of stretch and retention. I googled spring knit dresses, white bohemian dresses, spaghetti strap dresses […]

Formal Wear Hacks and Upcycles by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-05-22T07:30:18-05:00May 22nd, 2017|Formal Wear, makes of 2017, refashion|

Have you ever seen the movie Pretty in Pink? It’s a teen love story with some sewing/refashion parts from the 1980s. I’m incredibly happy to be in a time where it has become popular for people to take old formal gowns and bring them new life. I did 3 fashions last winter and I can […]

3 Piece Sweater Knit Gown Design by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-04-03T10:52:01-05:00April 3rd, 2017|1950s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my favorite treats. To celebrate spring and freshly grown strawberries I make a “wow” red dress every year. Most dresses sell before I get to wear them but I love making them and this years was no exception.

With this years dress I wanted to try something new with sweater knit. […]

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