Interview w/Professional Costume Designer, Ayn Wood

By |2018-10-29T06:24:52+00:00October 29th, 2018|Costumes, Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|

I got a chance to speak with Ayn Wood about her amazing work, what inspires her and if she is living her dreams. Here’s what she has to say.
Please tell us about what you do and who you are?
My business cards used to say AestheticallyPromiscuous: Eclectic Trappings for those Predestined to Thrive in Obscurity. Not much […]

Handmade Halloween from the Closet Shop

By |2018-10-23T17:59:16+00:00October 22nd, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Costumes|

Some people may find it hard to make time to create their own Halloween costume. I recommend that you consider “shopping your closet” and simply making outerwear that can be worn as everyday wear.

Some clothing that you may already own can be used for costumes – like a flapper, Mary Poppins, a […]

A New Set of Problems, Leather pt2

By |2018-10-15T06:20:39+00:00October 15th, 2018|1990s fashion, Uncategorized|

Learning something new can be so stressful. I suggest doing your research first or finding a mentor to help you. When you just have ambition this doesn’t always happen and sometimes lessons are best learned from mistakes. I am willing to share mine here today with you.

This year, for my August birthday, I wanted to […]

Sewing Dress Replicas (Retro Reveiw)

By |2017-02-08T00:58:37+00:00January 17th, 2016|Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Uncategorized|

Dress replicas are one of my favorite things to sew. They may not always come out exact although the more I do the better I get at making them. I’m always learning new sewing skills to become a better teacher.

When I first started my first sewing business, Dresses by Tracy McElfresh, I stitched and stitched and […]

David Bowie Costume

By |2017-02-08T01:00:43+00:00January 12th, 2016|Costumes, Makes of 2011, Uncategorized|

Honestly, before 2011 I really did’t know much at all about David Bowie. I had never heard a song, seen a video, or seen any of the awesome costumes he wore.

I was asked to help with the  production called The Rise and the Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The […]

Happy New Year! A Dressmaker’s Year in Review

By |2017-02-08T01:10:43+00:00January 1st, 2016|Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Happy New Year! I’m excited for 2016 to begin although, before moving forward I would like to look back at my little learning experiences of 2015. Some fails and some success!

The first thing I made last year was the Snow Flake Dress Replica I was putting off from 2014.  Whenever I wore this 1940s […]

High Style Dress Exhibit at Cincinnati Art Museum

By |2017-02-08T00:33:13+00:00November 30th, 2015|Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Uncategorized|

As soon as a friend came in our little sewing shop with a copy of the Dayton Daily News article on Cincinnati’s Art Museums High Style exhibit I knew I needed to go see the exhibit right away.\n\nThings I’m not into, hair, make up, uncomfortable shoes and shaving but I love, […]

The Butterfly Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:34:20+00:00November 25th, 2015|Costumes, Makes of 2015, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I saw the most beautiful butterfly dress online and it got me thinking, could I make one like no other. After hours of researching I found a fabric designer on Spoonflower that made large scale butterfly prints. I started saving my dollars, seeing who else made butterfly dresses and researching the design I thought […]

Early 20th Century Witch Costume Replica

By |2017-02-07T23:44:53+00:00October 31st, 2015|Costumes, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

For years I have been wanting to replicate this dress! October is our busiest month at Sew Dayton. This year I made time in my schedule. This dress took 20 hours if not more to get from start to finish. This cute little witch was my inspiration photo.

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Star Wars Replica Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:51:07+00:00October 20th, 2015|Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Makes of 2009, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

My very first white dress was a replica from the 1977 movie Star Wars, Episode 5, A New Hope. The Princess Leia formal gown is more formal and made more like her real dress.

The thing most people do not know is that there were two white dresses Carrie Fisher wore. I discovered it when my […]

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