DIY Fan Inspired T-shirt with Reverse Appliqué and 2017 Costume Round Up

By | 2017-10-30T07:18:16+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Costumes, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Today I share a fun and easy craft night you can do with your friends even if they do not sew. Reverse appliqué can be used so many different ways from inspired team sports to your favorite band.

Supplies needed
Plain t -shirt.
Color knit for you appliqué design
Copy paper/pencil […]

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 […]

Sewing Fun With Faux Fur by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-09-25T07:09:52+00:00 September 25th, 2017|1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Making winter clothes doesn’t have to be such a bore and a struggle with a handmade wardrobe. In 2013 I went with a cute Star Trek look with little mod 1960s dresses, leggings and boots. In 2014 I went Game of Thrones, long and flowing dresses that were loose enough to wear thermals under every […]

Easy Viking Apron Dress

By | 2017-08-28T07:54:13+00:00 August 28th, 2017|makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Dramatic play is so important to children. I can remember making up dresses or clothing out of scraps of fabric, tying or even stapling pieces together. Adults love to play and its good to break free from structure and let the possibilities run wild! You may not make something perfect, but who cares. Perfection can […]

Evolution of the One Piece Insta Dress

By | 2017-08-21T10:03:14+00:00 August 21st, 2017|makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Before we were get stared I wanted to share with you a project from last week. I’m so honored my home town of Kettering asked me to be in their Play2Day video.

Here we go~Do you know the old saying that goes “the less pieces a garment has the easier it is to put together?” […]

Wrap Top 1970s Inspired by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-08-07T07:32:34+00:00 August 7th, 2017|1970s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

I’m back from a Charleston, SC vacation and I got to get crazy in a friends fabric shop, Five Eighth Seams! I bought tons of awesome knits to make more Insta Dress Tops at the Dayton Mini Maker Faire. I’m happy to be home with lots of awesome alterations […]

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 […]

Dreamy Draped Dress Design by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-06-05T08:40:58+00:00 June 5th, 2017|1970s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

This week it’s a spring floral scuba dress design and how I made it.

As always my first challenge was to figure out a design that would be suitable for this fabric. My scuba knit is thick, has a great amount of stretch and retention. I googled spring knit dresses, white bohemian dresses, spaghetti strap dresses […]

The Two Piece Dress Prom 2017 DIY

By | 2017-05-08T07:57:32+00:00 May 8th, 2017|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2012, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Every year for prom I see the most popular dresses because I provide alterations to the public. This year the most popular dress was the two piece dress. The main photo is just one I altered this year. I love it when customs send me pictures to share! It’s the best flattery.  Regular alterations for a […]

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 […]

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