The Pattern Hack – Slash and Spread

By |2019-05-06T06:46:07-04:00May 6th, 2019|1950s Style Fashion, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Every time I teach my pattern reading and layout class I demo how to cut out another dress. As you may imagine they are starting to add up. Because I do not need the same dress style over and over I also show how easy it is to hack or alter a pattern using the […]

Star Trek Inspired 1960s Dress Round Up

By |2019-04-29T07:32:11-04:00April 28th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

What influences you? Beyond Pinterest, old black and white movies and new time period television shows influence some of my designs. In 2011 and 12 I had a slight obsession with the dresses the women wore on the original Star Trek series. These little dresses are perfect to wear with leggings and boots in the […]

Easy Hippie Dress

By |2019-04-22T07:29:13-04:00April 22nd, 2019|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

What makes a garment easy to sew? No closures, no lining and very little advanced techniques being used. The only fancy thing here was the welted pocket. You may leave that out or do a patch pocket.

You may remember my other quilt top jelly roll dress from last fall. Some of […]

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 […]

From Play to Passion

By |2019-04-01T06:01:09-04:00April 1st, 2019|Costumes, Fashion Shows, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

When I was young, I used to dress my Barbie Dolls in scraps of fabric, creating unique fashions for the various festivals and outings they would attend. When I was in high school, my Grandmother let me use her sewing machine in the basement where I would “Frankenstein” outfits together from thrift store finds, which […]

Garment Sewing on a Shoe String

By |2019-03-11T09:39:27-04:00March 11th, 2019|1970s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

Some say you cannot sew for less money than you can buy something ready-made. I’m here to prove them wrong, sometimes. I agree brandname fabric purchased new can be very costly but there are still other ways around an expensive handmade dress.

Coming from a frugal family I learned early in my sewing career that I […]

Fabric, Frida and Me in NYC

By |2019-03-04T06:34:08-04:00March 4th, 2019|1930s Style Fashion, Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Uncategorized|

It’s time to be the girl I want to be. The girl that travels for art and inspiration and then writes about the adventure. The plan was to drive to New York City, see lots of art and keep the shopping minimal. This meant I would only buy fabric from people like me, small independent […]

Listen, Do You Want to Know a Secret?

By |2019-01-21T07:21:47-04:00January 21st, 2019|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Costumes, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Fashion Shows, Uncategorized|

Born into this? I believe we all enter this world with something that gives us a little sparkle in our eyes. It’s something that motivates us to keep wanting more, to charge ahead and create meaning. For me this has always been the art of fashion and I’m about to share my secret. So sit […]

Fire Dancing Performance Wear with Astrea Taylor

By |2018-12-31T10:06:55-04:00December 31st, 2018|Formal Wear, Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|

Magic, fire dancing, witchcraft, published author, blogger and elf ears, Co-Curator of Blessed Be Boxes! When I met Astrea in 2012 I immediately knew she would be someone I would admire. I have been watching her perform since 2009 and I have a lot of questions about the clothing she wears. This was […]

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