Formal Wear Hacks and Upcycles by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-05-22T07:30:18-04:00May 22nd, 2017|Formal Wear, makes of 2017, refashion|

Have you ever seen the movie Pretty in Pink? It’s a teen love story with some sewing/refashion parts from the 1980s. I’m incredibly happy to be in a time where it has become popular for people to take old formal gowns and bring them new life. I did 3 fashions last winter and I can […]

Outlander Coat Dress Designed by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-02-12T17:23:30-04:00February 6th, 2017|1800s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Have you seen the design called the donut? It’s a one piece simple circle that looks like a party shrug.

All summer I was perplexed with one piece projects, scouring the internet for design inspirations. My friend Pamela Jackson’s donut garment opened the door to a new idea.

1950s Suspender Skirt Hack

By |2017-02-08T00:37:53-04:00July 18th, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

This summer I have a big shiny new venture (my very own studio).  I started accepting custom orders and boy did they come rolling in.\n\nOne I especially enjoyed was this 1950s skirt.

Tracy McElfresh Skirt 1950s

The problem was after getting my pieces out and laying them on the fabric I […]

Quilt Inspired by Yves Saint Laurent and Other News

By |2017-02-08T01:12:50-04:00April 24th, 2016|1960s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

Last winter, for a special holiday gift for my husband, Jeffrey, I agreed to make him a t shirt quilt out of all of his old favorite t shirts.

I am a color worshipper! As I was cutting out all the pieces I noticed the colors were quite similar to a dress I had seen in so many […]

Art Collaboration with Amy Kollar Anderson

By |2017-02-08T01:22:52-04:00March 21st, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Collaborations are an awesome thing!

Last fall my friend and fellow artist Amy Kollar Anderson asked me if she could paint my Art Deco butterfly dress for an invitational exhibition, to be held at The Schuster Performing Arts Center. This event was created by the Preble County Art Association to coincide with the Bridges […]

Dayton’s Cyber Punk Competition 2015

By |2017-02-08T01:03:25-04:00January 11th, 2016|Costumes, Makes of 2015, Sew Dayton, Uncategorized|

The Cyber Punk Competition is an after party for the yearly Day-Con convention. Day-Con hosts one of the largest online security conventions around. People come from all over the world to Dayton, Ohio to attend. Dayton loves, technology, invention and yes hackers too.

Besides Clash Dayton’s fall and winter fashion show Mary the owner also […]

Hawaiian Party Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:29:07-04:00October 2nd, 2015|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

This dress was so popular from 2011-2012 that I got to make it a few times and a lot different versions of it for customers and friends. It was right before the Mad Men, Bomb Shell, Pin Up craze. I can see why it’s flattering on every figure.

Tracy McELfresh

Art Deco Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:16:01-04:00September 28th, 2015|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2010, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Historical Wright Memorial Library is one of my favorite places to get dress ideas and this one came from a book there called Chronicles of Western Costume.

Tracy McElfresh

In 2010 my husband Jeffrey was really on me to sew with perfection. He critiqued every dress […]

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