Collaboration with Artist and Poet Tiffany Diaz

By |2020-10-05T06:52:04-04:00October 5th, 2020|1950s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

I have been following Tiffany Diaz and enjoying her art work and poetry for years now with great respect. After many times commenting that her paintings would look great as a fabric I asked her if she was interested in collaborating. I was delighted when she said yes and to pick any painting and […]

All the Bells and Whistles with Pauline Trigere

By |2020-03-16T06:53:58-04:00March 16th, 2020|1950s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Makes of 2015|

I was already dreaming of going on an adventure when this pattern popped into my hands. I fell in love with what looks to be a very young Liz Taylor on the cover. Famous 1950s designer, Pauline Trigere, makes a gorgeous dress and I knew I had found the perfect way to fill some spare […]

The Two Piece Dress Prom 2017 DIY

By |2017-05-08T07:57:32-04:00May 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 […]

The Mermaid Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:44:36-05:00December 19th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Grab a cup of hot stuff this one is a doozie!

One of my former sewing students, Monet, wrote me one morning with a photo of a dress she desperately wanted me to design for a formal event. After looking at the photo I kindly said sorry, the design was out of my skill level. It’s important to […]

Fashion Show Round up! October 2016

By |2017-02-08T00:07:01-05:00October 24th, 2016|Fashion Dress Replicas, Fashion Shows, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

It’s a 2016 fall round up people!

The photos from RP3 Photoworks from the Clash Fashion show are out. Feel free to click away to see details about how some of my line was made.

French Victorian jacket circa 1899 was worn by Tara pattern is made by Wearing History, Sophia. I write about the making

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 [...]
</p srcset=

Dress of Barkcloth

By |2017-02-08T00:12:48-05:00October 10th, 2016|1960s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Uncategorized|

Short and sweet this week, sorry friends, fall camping, upcoming Clash Fashion Show and photo shoots are on my agenda. This is the time of the year everyone is super busy, I’m sure you are no exception.

Today I’m writing about my barkcloth dress. Let’s start with the fabric! As a gift Diana owner of 

The Dig Project, My 1950s Formal Wear Dress

By |2017-02-08T01:19:04-05:00April 4th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

Have you ever wanted to sew an amazing era dress and be able to put it in an big art show? Last January I was invited to be in an art show called The Dig Project. I happily accepted before even reading what it was.

Breaking it down simply any artist in a 30 mile radius of Dayton is […]

Vintage Dress Daydream Music Show

By |2017-02-08T01:14:29-05:00February 29th, 2016|Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Uncategorized|

Saturday my husband, Jeffery and I took a trip to Columbus’s Museum of Art to see Spin Art. It honored record covers by famous artist. I too collect records, some for the vintage covers and some for the art inside.\n\nA girl can dream right? Let’s daydream that I got to go to a few […]

Etch Graffiti Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:52:56-05:00December 7th, 2015|1950s Style Fashion, Costumes, Formal Wear, Makes of 2015, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Put some sugar on it!!! WARNING!! I’m holding nothing back in this journal listing.\n\nSorry, I’m a little tired from last nights Sleater Kinny/ Waxahatchee music show.

I have been extremely excited to tell you all about the graffiti dress. I kept it secret for so long and it about killed me! When I make […]

Go to Top