Wearing History Ahwahnee Blanket Coat Pattern Hack

By | 2017-02-07T23:08:08+00:00 January 9th, 2017|1920s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

During winter months our clothing rarely gets seen out and about in public. This is when great outerwear represents our style. Pairing outerwear with handmade accessories you will be sure to shine bright wherever you are. I love Wearing History’s,  Ahwahnee 1920s blanket coat pattern. This was my second time making this jacket.


Music by Gershwin Dress by Me

By | 2017-02-07T23:36:54+00:00 December 25th, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, 1930s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Every year I love to make a fun holiday dress or two. This years gown was inspired by a 1940s sewing machine company sales ad from a machine I own. The ad implies you can make elegant and beautiful things that are as classy as Gershwin’s music. For me I needed beautiful yet simple and fast! Here […]

The Mermaid Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:44:36+00:00 December 19th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Grab a cup of hot stuff this one is a doozie!

One of my former sewing students, Monet, wrote me one morning with a photo of a dress she desperately wanted me to design for a formal event. After looking at the photo I kindly said sorry, the design was out of my skill level. It’s important to […]

The Snowball Strawberry Quilted Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:49:26+00:00 December 7th, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Makes of 2016, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Here comes Monday again and I’m here to talk about my strawberry snowball quilt failure. Here is how it all started!

Saturday mornings before work in 2015 I routinely watched PBS Think TV’s, Fons and Porter, For the Love of Quilting.

It’s not a secret that I don’t really quilt, but when I saw a demonstration […]

Sewing in Kettering; Rosewood Art Centre

By | 2017-02-07T23:51:32+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

Life has been such a rush lately, my new business has really taken off and my website isn’t even finished yet. My husband and I started this clean eating thing and who ever though it would take so much time to actually cook real food. It’s a lot of planning, prep work and cooking all day […]

Styled for a Century; The Everyday Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:54:08+00:00 November 28th, 2016|1980s Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

Wouldn’t it be great if we could have one dress, or two that never goes out of style? What if the fabric could not be dated, nor the color? What about a classic style that would look great on multiple body shapes, is this asking for too much? Is this just for a mens world?

I took some […]

The Flamenco Dancing Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:59:39+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Costumes, Formal Wear, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I love to spend hours browsing the internet looking for amazing dress styles to inspire my projects. Lately I have been seeing a lot of beautiful Spanish style Flamenco dancing dresses. I’m drawn to the way they move, bounce, flow and cling to a curvy shaped body. Below on the left,  is a screen shot photo that […]

Fashion Show Round up! October 2016

By | 2017-02-08T00:07:01+00:00 October 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

Depression Era Dress Replica, Birth of my Solids Challenge and Curt Dalton’s Book, Made do or Did Without

By | 2017-02-08T00:09:54+00:00 October 21st, 2016|1930s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2016, refashion, Uncategorized|

Let’s start with the depression era dress, although I also want to talk about how this dress birthed my 2016 solids challenge and Dayton historian Curt Dalton’s book about the depression'”Made Do or Did Without”.

In 2012 one of my students gave me this tattered depression era dress.

Depression Era Dress Replica and [...]
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18th Century Cape with Double Capelets

By | 2016-10-03T07:32:39+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|1800s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

I love making custom costume garments for people and model/stylist, Leslie Ruby Randall is no exception.When she asks me to make her garments I know it’s going to be a fully fun challenge. She knows exactly what she wants for her photo shoots and that’s easy to work with. We decided on version A the fully […]

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