Let’s get Bio Dress Friendly

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

Unprinted Vintage Dress Pattern and Resizing

By |2017-02-08T00:46:27+00:00June 25th, 2016|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Resizing a pattern with no print has to be the hardest skill to acquire in sewing garments. Especially if your garment is complex with many little pieces. For Memorial Day weekend I wanted to make something a little patriotic and a little from the bombshell WWII era.

Tracy McElfresh Sewing WWII Unprinted [...]
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Art Collaboration with Amy Kollar Anderson

By |2017-02-08T01:22:52+00:00March 21st, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Collaborations are an awesome thing!

Last fall my friend and fellow artist Amy Kollar Anderson asked me if she could paint my Art Deco butterfly dress for an invitational exhibition, to be held at The Schuster Performing Arts Center. This event was created by the Preble County Art Association to coincide with the Bridges […]

Confession of Little My Red Obsession

By |2017-02-08T01:17:24+00:00February 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 […]

Lolita and Babydoll Style Dressmaking

By |2017-02-08T01:20:17+00:00February 15th, 2016|Costumes, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2009, Makes of 2010, Makes of 2011, Makes of 2012, Makes of 2013, Makes of 2014, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Lolita fashion is said to have started in the 1970s although some say the 1980s. One thing we can all agree on is that it started in Japan. The original style was Rococo and Victorian based with knee-length dresses that were as cute as cupcakes.

Warning!!! Not all of these dresses are exact “Lolita Fashion”, […]

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 […]

Dayton’s Cyber Punk Competition 2015

By |2017-02-08T01:03:25+00:00January 11th, 2016|Costumes, Makes of 2015, Sew Dayton, Uncategorized|

The Cyber Punk Competition is an after party for the yearly Day-Con convention. Day-Con hosts one of the largest online security conventions around. People come from all over the world to Dayton, Ohio to attend. Dayton loves, technology, invention and yes hackers too.

Besides Clash Dayton’s fall and winter fashion show Mary the owner also […]

Happy New Year! A Dressmaker’s Year in Review

By |2017-02-08T01:10:43+00:00January 1st, 2016|Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Happy New Year! I’m excited for 2016 to begin although, before moving forward I would like to look back at my little learning experiences of 2015. Some fails and some success!

The first thing I made last year was the Snow Flake Dress Replica I was putting off from 2014.  Whenever I wore this 1940s […]

Liz Taylor Holiday Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:41:22+00:00December 25th, 2015|1950s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

I wanted to go on an adventure and when this pattern fell into my hands I knew I found the perfect way to fill my spare time. First of all I fell in love with what looks to be a very young Liz Taylor on the cover. Then the cut of the design was so flattering […]

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