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 […]

No Wrong Moves with Iris Van Herpen

By |2019-01-10T20:06:37-04:00December 24th, 2018|Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|

Iris Van Herpen is a Dutch fashion designer that manages to balance technology, femininity and nature in her amazing works. I caught her show, “Transforming Fashion,” last December when it appeared at the Cincinnati Museum of Art. I was left breathless from her incredible, uncaged talent. The show included some earlier pieces that she made with […]

A Chocolate Covered Cherry Holiday

By |2018-12-17T06:15:17-04:00December 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I love chocolate! I love cherries! And I don’t need a class to make these wonderful, yet simple, chocolate covered cherries. I’m about to share my process in hopes you too will try to make your own holiday chocolates.

Supplies and ingredients for roughly 20 treats.

Luxardo cherries and […]

Quick Sew Handmade Ornaments

By |2018-12-10T06:20:38-04:00December 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Do you need an easy handmade gift for the holidays? After watching a couple hours of youtube, I combined a couple of techniques and came up with something that only takes 10-20 minutes to make from start to finish. I did not create this idea or project.

Supplies:

2 Yards of contrasting fabric – makes 23 ornaments […]

Sewing for Him or Her, Easy Lingerie

By |2018-11-26T06:25:39-04:00November 26th, 2018|1990s fashion, Uncategorized|

Sewing, making art or crafting a lot may mean your partner might suffer from neglect. You can change that. And if you do, the rewards are well worth it. This is the year that I have given Jeffrey so much love through the joy of my craft and I am going to share why you […]

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