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 […]

The Witching Hour

By |2018-10-01T06:13:31-04:00October 1st, 2018|1900s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2014, Uncategorized|

There is a place in my neighborhood we call Witches Tower, some call it Frankenstein’s Castle, but originally it was a look out for NCR (National Cash Register) that is now owned by Five Rivers Metro Parks. This was one of my favorite hang outs as a teen and […]

Confession of Little My Red Obsession

By |2017-02-08T01:17:24-05:00February 22nd, 2016|Makes of 2009, Makes of 2010, Makes of 2011, Makes of 2012, Makes of 2013, Makes of 2014, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Primarily my color, born in the early 1970s red was in then too. Here are some of the patterns that were popular the year I was born from McCalls Pattern Company.

Tracy McElfresh Confession red dress obsession

Red being the longest wave length, red is […]

Granny Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:21:19-05:00September 18th, 2015|1900s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2014, Uncategorized|

The Granny Dress was truly inspired by the little historic town of Miamisburg, Ohio with 19th century architecture. I love to visit other indie fabric shops. Miamisburg has Little Shop Of Stitches and great bike trails by the Great Miami River. It was a win, win for my 42 birthday. These are the fabrics I chose […]

Dr. Who Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:22:08-05:00September 18th, 2015|Costumes, Makes of 2014, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Last year a good friend Leah Stahl came to me and asked me if I would help make her daughter a dream dress for her high school dance. I said what is her dream dress? She showed me a picture of a Dr. Who dress, The Vintage Dr.

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Only Lovers Survive

By |2017-02-07T23:24:32-05:00September 17th, 2015|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2014, Uncategorized|

After seeing the romanic indie film Only Lovers Survive I wanted to make an entire line of romantic clothing. I started with the fabric this time. What this old piece? Yep it was some kind of think synthetic weave that the back looked like someone was using it as a painters drop cloth. […]

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