Evolution of the T-Shirt into T-Skirt

By | 2017-10-09T07:01:28+00:00 October 9th, 2017|makes of 2017, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

It’s no secret I love buying new fabric as much as I love making things. However, I’m about to present you with a project that is free from buying new fabric, is easy and is eco-friendly.

It all started in 2016 when Ms. Glenda Miles owner of Creative Communion in Pendleton Art Center asked if […]

The Easy Frida Inspired Wrap by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-08-08T11:29:24+00:00 July 31st, 2017|1920s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, makes of 2017, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Getting creative is important. What is hard is when you have more ideas and dreams than you have time to execute. This is a quick and easy dress I like to fashion when I’m short on time. My dream is to teach this easy wrap dress at a vacation resort in Mexico soon.

First, grab […]

Formal Wear Hacks and Upcycles by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-05-22T07:30:18+00:00 May 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 […]

Yellow Springs Brewery Can Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-04-21T16:59:39+00:00 April 21st, 2017|makes of 2017, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Whoa what a project this was! My husband Jeffrey is the master brewer for Yellow Springs Brewery and recently they rebranded their cans with awesome art by Don Pendleton. I thought these cans would make a beautiful dress for an upcoming juried art show to be held at Rosewood Art Centre. My husband thought I was crazy when […]

Steps for Successful Sewing and Designing Pants by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-04-17T08:25:53+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, makes of 2017, refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Pants and Jeans have always been four letter words for me! Why are pants so hard to sew? Why are some of the best seamsters so scared to take on the challenge? The actual sewing part of pants is really easy, it’s all the fit issues that make them so hard.

I learned my fit issues with pants […]

Year of the Up-Cycle Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-04-10T09:02:24+00:00 April 10th, 2017|refashion, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|

I am on the brink of the biggest Up-cycle project to date, the beer can dress, which brings me here today.

A little back story before we begin. As a child my mother didn’t believe in buying anything new. I was 16 with 2 baby sisters and all of the extra money my family had went […]

The Amazing T-Skirt; There is a Class for That! April 18th 6pm-9

By | 2017-02-07T23:11:48+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, refashion, Uncategorized|

Do you love recycling, up cycling, remaking or refashioning? I put a call out to my friends with studios to ask if they would host me last summer and the first one to respond was Glenda Miles, owner of Creative Communion in Middletown’s, Pendleton Art Center. Glenda suggested a class for the T-Skirt. A T-Skirt […]

Princess Diana Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-02-07T23:02:10+00:00 January 30th, 2017|1980s Fashion, makes of 2017, refashion, Uncategorized|

Last week was another awesome week, although it went by fast! My website launch is getting down to the wire.  Make sure you don’t miss my Virtual Launch Party. It’s going to be free, fun, have prizes and it’s all online! No need to go anywhere!

Let’s take a quick look at my Princess Di inspired dress and […]

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 […]

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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