The Keys to Defining Success

By |2018-11-19T07:04:37+00:00November 19th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Heirloom Sewing, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

My Secrets to Turning My Hobby Job into a Success

The first year I went into business I got a good bit of negative feedback. People would say, “Good luck with that” or “Good luck with your business” and “People actually pay you to make clothing?” My favorite though, “If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse your […]

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 […]

The Dustbowl Scrap Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-07-03T09:46:13+00:00July 3rd, 2017|1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, Fashion Shows, Heirloom Sewing, makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

Some of the best memories are made with friends and for me if I can get them to a fabric store it’s double joy. We biked to Little Shop of Stitches, Miamisburg where I purchased fabric for my holiday scrap dress.

The bolt of fabric I […]

Fashion Show Round up! October 2016

By |2017-02-08T00:07:01+00:00October 24th, 2016|Fashion Dress Replicas, Fashion Shows, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

It’s a 2016 fall round up people!

The photos from RP3 Photoworks from the Clash Fashion show are out. Feel free to click away to see details about how some of my line was made.

French Victorian jacket circa 1899 was worn by Tara pattern is made by Wearing History, Sophia. I write about the making

1920s Yellow Fairytale Wedding Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:33:25+00:00August 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.

Inspiration screen shot photo Inspiration screen shot photo

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

Victorian 1899 Era Suit Making

By |2017-02-08T00:48:47+00:00June 20th, 2016|1900s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

When my etsy shop does well I spend money! I got this awesome pattern from Wearing History called the Sophie Jacket, circa 1899. It reminded me of one of my favorite vampire movies, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

I wanted to invest into my skill set more than simply sewing with solid materials (#solidschallenge~ sewing with solid materials show my […]

My Solids Challenge (sneak peek)

By |2017-02-08T00:55:35+00:00January 24th, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2015, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I hope you are enjoying the new year. I wanted to give you a little sneak peek of some of my new 2016 solids challenges and upcoming ones.

Why solids for 2016? Solids are easy to spot mistakes and great to show off craftsmanship. Using only solids I will need to really get creative and think outside the […]

Gold Flapper Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:29:58+00:00October 1st, 2015|1920s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2011, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

In 2011 I entered the Modcloth designer competition with dress. I did not win although I learned a lot.

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I designed this dress from the ground up with many heirloom details out tissue lemme.

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Art Deco Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:16:01+00:00September 28th, 2015|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2010, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Historical Wright Memorial Library is one of my favorite places to get dress ideas and this one came from a book there called Chronicles of Western Costume.

Tracy McElfresh

In 2010 my husband Jeffrey was really on me to sew with perfection. He critiqued every dress […]

Happy Flapper Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:16:53+00:00September 27th, 2015|1920s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2006, Uncategorized|

In 2006 after making my best friends bridesmaid dresses I decided to make myself a flapper dress with matching jacket to wear to her wedding.  At the time I worked for Hancock fabric. I got a great discount plus back then you could make model garments. Model garments are garments made by employees,  supplies are all […]

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