Bohemian Wedding Dress with Simple Shapes

By |2018-08-13T07:30:55+00:00August 13th, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I am about to blow your mind with this simple and glamorous dress. Most garments are made up of shapes. This 1930s gown looks like a fancy Bohemian wedding dress although it’s really made up of one tube, one rectangle and two circle shapes.

The Shapes. I like to start with cutting out everything larger. […]

The Birthday Dress

By |2018-07-30T17:48:59+00:00July 29th, 2018|1980s Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

When I was a little girl getting a birthday dress was better than getting a new baby doll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These days I do not have a lot of time to sew personal projects. I look for garments I can make in a couple hours. This dress was inspired by a […]

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

By |2018-05-28T07:34:37+00:00May 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 […]

Cycling Shirt Replica, Pattern Making with Sew a Long

By |2018-04-09T11:50:22+00:00April 9th, 2018|Fashion Dress Replicas, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Don’t judge me, this is my first cycling shirt. With all projects when you are new it is best to start with the easiest parts and build your skill from there. Active wear is considered advanced sewing.

I used my active wear knit, my serger and my new cover stitch machine to make this shirt. You […]

Kaftan Dress Wedding

By |2018-03-26T06:31:51+00:00March 26th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I hear the Kaftan Dress is all the rage in Italy. I’m not surprised by this at all because this style can really hit a wide range of beautiful looks and they are so comfortable. I love that 1970s inspired flow during movement. I was more than happy when Stephanie called and asked me to […]

1960s Inspired Wool Holiday Suit

By |2017-12-25T08:28:55+00:00December 25th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

You will never hear me utter the words I have nothing to wear.

This years trip to Pittsburgh inspired my holiday dress. I found the softest wool at a little shop called The Fabric Place. It was so soft that I fell in love immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dress and jacket […]

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

By |2017-10-30T07:18:16+00:00October 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+00:00October 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 […]

Sewing Fun With Faux Fur by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-09-25T07:09:52+00:00September 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+00:00August 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 […]

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