From MuuMuu to 1940s Pinup Playsuit

By |2019-04-15T06:01:31-04:00April 15th, 2019|1940s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I’m so excited to share what these MuuMuu’s turned into. I love a good upcycle puzzle. Taking a piece of clothing and making it into something totally different is an art form.

Last summer, Sarah Russel, came into my studio with a small muumuu and a great idea. Sarah’s boyfriend, Todd, was […]

Fearless Swimwear Sewing

By |2019-04-08T06:03:27-04:00April 8th, 2019|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Swimwear|

I have a sure proof way of getting over any fears of sewing swimwear to share with you today.

Try cutting up and refashioning an old swimsuit or one that you know can be replaced easily.

When Ryan came to me with a “Mermaid” Swim suit her mother in law bought her it had so many issues. […]

Ready, Set, Serve – Mesh Tops

By |2019-02-18T06:02:28-04:00February 18th, 2019|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion|

I love a cool mesh top for summer activities and when I do indoor exercise. This project was fast and easy to make. Here, I share my experience with a modest tee, stretch mesh pattern hack with some tips to help you be a successful seamster.

Supplies:

Any old T-shirt or stretch knit fabric 1/2 a yard

1 […]

Storm Clouds and the Raincoat, pt 1

By |2019-01-07T06:21:47-04:00January 6th, 2019|1970s Style Fashion, refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

My raincoat story is about failure and success when learning a new skill. I want to show you that every project does not always work out as planned. Sadly, the banner project did not come out. Many people see all of the success in art while ignoring the failures that are quietly brushed under the […]

Evolution of the T-Shirt into T-Skirt

By |2017-10-09T07:01:28-04:00October 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 |2017-08-08T11:29:24-04:00July 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 |2017-05-22T07:30:18-04:00May 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 |2017-04-21T16:59:39-04:00April 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 |2017-04-17T08:25:53-04:00April 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 |2017-04-10T09:02:24-04:00April 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 […]

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