Storm Clouds and the Raincoat, pt 1

By |2019-01-07T06:21:47+00:00January 6th, 2019|1970s Style Fashion, refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

My raincoat story is about failure and success when learning a new skill. I want to show you that every project does not always work out as planned. Sadly, the banner project did not come out. Many people see all of the success in art while ignoring the failures that are quietly brushed under the […]

No Wrong Moves with Iris Van Herpen

By |2019-01-10T20:06:37+00:00December 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 […]

The Keys to Defining Success

By |2018-11-19T07:04:37+00:00November 19th, 2018|1970s Style Fashion, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Heirloom Sewing, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

My Secrets to Turning My Hobby Job into a Success

The first year I went into business I got a good bit of negative feedback. People would say, “Good luck with that” or “Good luck with your business” and “People actually pay you to make clothing?” My favorite though, “If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse your […]

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 […]

The Witching Hour

By |2018-10-01T06:13:31+00:00October 1st, 2018|1900s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2014, Uncategorized|

There is a place in my neighborhood we call Witches Tower, some call it Frankenstein’s Castle, but originally it was a look out for NCR (National Cash Register) that is now owned by Five Rivers Metro Parks. This was one of my favorite hang outs as a teen and […]

Fancy Dance Dress Round Up

By |2018-09-10T06:35:19+00:00September 10th, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, 1980s Fashion, Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses|

It is festival season and that means DANCING!

What’s more fun than a glow in the dark dress with fluorescent snaps to dance in?

Tracy McElfreshTracy McElfresh

Now, don’t let this dress fool you. The design is just as […]

Barbie and the Matching Stripes

By |2018-09-03T08:20:32+00:00September 3rd, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, Swimwear|

Summer is not over, yet! I made another swimsuit with stripes that match up and look really cool and professional.

Matching stripes is not as hard as it may look. I will walk you through a few simple tips for successful stripe matching. Please remember that learning is a process and failures lead to success. I know […]

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 […]

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