Custom Sewing Long Distance, Tips and Secrets of the Industry

By | 2017-11-20T07:56:36+00:00 November 20th, 2017|1940s Style Fashion, makes of 2017|

With a decade of sewing custom dresses under my belt I am here to share some helpful tips about sewing for the public when they are not local. Starting with best tip I can give you – have a written contract with your client.

The sewing part of owning a service business is not always the largest […]

Courtyard in Rome: A One-Piece, Use Everything Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-03-13T12:27:32+00:00 March 13th, 2017|1920s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

My friend and artist Erica gave me 3 yards of 1970s polyester to play with. The perfect fabric to work with on my easy 1 piece, no-waste, design concept.

Now, before you go shrugging your shoulders at cheap poly you should know that it is fun to play with, it costs next to nothing and I […]

Draping the Design of a Dream Dress Inspired by Frida Kahlo

By | 2017-02-27T11:26:56+00:00 February 27th, 2017|1930s Style Fashion, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

There was a time when I wanted to be a painter like Frida Kahlo. Fine arts painting brought me joy. I took numerous classes at Rosewood Art Centre in Kettering. I spent countless dollars on supplies like Cobalt blue and a Winton hog hair flat brush #6. My practices were entertaining and time-consuming. My painting […]

1920s Yellow Fairytale Wedding Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:33:25+00:00 August 1st, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

For my 2nd solids challenge I wanted to learn more heirloom skills and since I am addicted to the 1920s styles I wanted to make a little something like this.

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\n\nJeffrey and my tea cups were my colors.

Natural Dying Part 2 and Viking Apron Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:42:28+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

After my first round of natural dying I was really set off by the lack color. For my 2nd round I would try to color my Cotton and Steel double gauze with the spice turmeric, it worked! Here is what I did!

I decided to soak my fabric in 4 quarts water, 1 part vinegar for […]

The Dig Project, My 1950s Formal Wear Dress

By | 2017-02-08T01:19:04+00:00 April 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 […]

Table Cloth Dress Series Pink Lilies

By | 2017-02-07T23:14:07+00:00 September 29th, 2015|1950s Style Fashion, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

This is another example of a dress I made that cost under $1. In 2010 there was not a lot of money and I wanted to work my craft. My husband was loosing his job from as the GM of Borders Book Store. He was planning on opening a brewery and I was planning my […]

Japanese Love Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:14:54+00:00 September 28th, 2015|1960s Style Fashion, Makes of 2008, Uncategorized|

This dress remains one of my all time favorites. I used a Project Runway pattern, large buttons, military style tabs, front bib on my bodice, made my own bias tape and color blocked contrasting coordinates on the back of the dress.

Tracy McElfresh

When I made this dress […]