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 […]

Gold Flapper Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:29:58+00:00October 1st, 2015|1920s Style Fashion, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2011, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

In 2011 I entered the Modcloth designer competition with dress. I did not win although I learned a lot.

Tracy McElfresh

I designed this dress from the ground up with many heirloom details out tissue lemme.

Tracy McElfresh

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Japanese Love Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:14:54+00:00September 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 […]

Art Deco Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:16:01+00:00September 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 […]

The Cicada Dress an Artist Collaboration with Etch

By |2017-02-07T23:19:44+00:00September 18th, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2013, Uncategorized|

Local artist Etch designed a cicada bug to have printed on Spoonflower fabric for a collaboration. I love bugs and cicadas are the cutest. This is etch mixing, he’s also  a great DJ. Dayton is full of inspiration.

Tracy Mcelfresh

Here is a screen shot of […]

Table Runner Dress

By |2015-09-09T03:03:38+00:00September 9th, 2015|1960s Style Fashion, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

This is another example of sewing on a budget. This dress was made with a fabric remnant from my days of working at Hancock Fabric and an old table runner my mother gave to me. Total cost $5!\n\nTracy McElfresh\n\nPhoto by Seth Stephens and modeling is Sarah […]

Table Cloth Dress

By |2015-09-03T02:50:31+00:00September 3rd, 2015|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2008, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

In 2008 there was not a lot of spending money so I made a line of dresses from table cloths from the thrift store. It was a make do and mend time period in my life. This dress was under $2 to make and it proves sewing is not\n\nTracy [...]
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