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 […]

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

By |2017-02-07T23:11:48-04:00February 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 |2017-02-07T23:02:10-04:00January 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 |2017-02-07T23:49:26-04:00December 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 |2017-02-08T00:09:54-04:00October 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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The 30 Minute Dress and under $3!

By |2017-02-08T00:28:36-04:00August 15th, 2016|1980s Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2016, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

This is one of the easiest dresses I have ever made on my serger! Don’t despair if you do not have a serger you can use your sewing machine with the zig zag stitch and it will work fine.  Here is how I did it…..

Tracy sews the 30 minute dress Kettering

Taking Your Skills to the Next Level, Pattern Grading, Hacking, Math

By |2017-02-08T00:50:17-04:00June 13th, 2016|1980s Fashion, 1990s fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2016, refashion, Uncategorized|

Pattern hacking is simply a new term for altering a pattern. It’s the happy way to say alterations done to an existing pattern to get a new look.

A few summers ago I made a custom romper using this pattern. I added to the design special features for medical tubes and such.

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