Introducing The ReFabrication Challenge

By |2021-01-11T06:42:32-05:00January 10th, 2021|Indie Patterns, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

This challenge was inspired during walks to local coffee shops and thrift stores with my friend Samantha, owner of Riley Street Photography! I hope you will join us!

The ReFabrication Challenge

To help spark creativity and fun you are invited to join in on our monthly ReFabrication Challenge. The idea is to use listed […]

On the Cheap, New and Old

By |2020-11-09T06:50:49-05:00November 9th, 2020|Sewing Tips and Tricks, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

Making garments to sell can be incredibly expensive. In addition to skillset time (labor) you also have fabric costs that can get expensive quick. Let’s get creative and share those money saving tips!

1. Use your sewing groups, have a fabric swap or ask your friends and networks if they have what you need. Seamsters are […]

Undervalued Linens

By |2020-06-01T07:52:06-04:00May 31st, 2020|1980s Fashion, makes of 2017, refashion, Table Cloth Dresses|

Never discount the simple sheet, tablecloths, curtains and fine linens for dresses. In 2009 I made a series of dresses from sheets and tablecloths to prove I did not have to spend big money to make beautiful things. Today all of those dresses have sold.

Sheets are great to practice and play designer with. Unless you […]

Shhh, Don’t Tell…

By |2020-02-10T06:53:54-05:00February 10th, 2020|1960s Style Fashion, Table Cloth Dresses|

Would you believe this blog post originally came out in 2014 with only these three terrible sentences?

This dress was made with a fabric remnant from my days of working at Hancock Fabric and an old table runner my mother gave to me. My favorite part of the dress was the butterfly collar. The total cost of […]

The Mindful Wardrobe

By |2019-06-24T06:37:22-04:00June 24th, 2019|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2008, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

We are all seeing a movement called “Mindful Clothing.” The trend is popping up everywhere again. It’s a few things, fixing and mending what you own, buying handmade clothing, buying vintage, up-cycling and staying away from fast fashion. In the 1940s there was the “Make do and Mend” movement, a time heavily influenced by WWII […]

Rescuing Family Heirlooms

By |2019-05-20T09:59:19-04:00May 20th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Once upon a time newly married couples would receive linens as gifts. Most were cherished and handled so properly that they look as if they were never even used. Today, children and grandchildren are never quite sure what to do with the family heirlooms they inherit and they will often times try to find them […]

Stranger Things I Have Made

By |2018-09-17T06:11:15-04:00September 17th, 2018|1900s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|

You can get creative with sewing! I do. Drapery fabric can be garment fabric. Nightgown and lingerie patterns can be made into dresses. Exercise gear can be swimwear. You can make yoga pants so well that they look like casual dress slacks. When you are the maker you get to make all the rules. While not […]

Chasing Frida Kahlo in a Dress at the Finding Frida Art Exhibit

By |2018-05-28T07:34:37-04:00May 28th, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, 1930s Style Fashion, Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Table Cloth Dresses, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Why Frida?

Frida Kahlo is a Mexican artist and icon. She is such a powerful presence for so many female artist. The love for Frida goes beyond her wonderful art, her style and the emotion she portrays. There is a romance and power around her ageless story. In a time where women had little rights Frida […]

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 […]

Ikea Curtain Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:11:17-05:00October 17th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

We all love the movie, The Sound of Music, especially if you sew. I’ve making dresses out of other recycled/upcycled cloth for over a decade now. I love doing this because you can use fabric no one else has. It’s more than just one of a kind.

Tracy McElfresh Dressmaking out of [...]
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