Bohemian Wedding Dress with Simple Shapes

By |2018-08-13T07:30:55-04:00August 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. […]

Let’s Make it for Todays Wear, 1912 Style Frock

By |2018-01-22T07:19:04-04:00January 22nd, 2018|1900s Style Fashion|

Have you ever seen a pattern cover or dress, fell in love with it, only to buy it and realize it was something you would never wear? We have all been there. I bought hundreds of patterns on those 99 cent sales before I realized what my personal style was.  I bought his floor length 1912 […]

Fashion Show Round up! October 2016

By |2017-02-08T00:07:01-04:00October 24th, 2016|Fashion Dress Replicas, Fashion Shows, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

It’s a 2016 fall round up people!

The photos from RP3 Photoworks from the Clash Fashion show are out. Feel free to click away to see details about how some of my line was made.

French Victorian jacket circa 1899 was worn by Tara pattern is made by Wearing History, Sophia. I write about the making

Collaboration with The Mural Machine

By |2017-02-08T01:08:51-04:00May 9th, 2016|Fashion Shows, Formal Wear, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

Last April two wonderful Dayton artists Etch and Tiffany Clark of the Mural Machine asked if I would be interested in making something out of their drop cloth from painting the East End Community Center, Cornerstone below.

East End Community Center, Cornerstone painted by Tiffany Clark and Etch

Grandma’s Vintage Stash

By |2017-02-08T01:26:28-04:00February 1st, 2016|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2013, Uncategorized|

Do you have a lot of awesome small yardage of vintage fabrics that are not enough to make an entire dress out of but want to make a dress with? Here is something I did that came out great.\n\nDig into grandma’s stash and color coordinate your pieces. Then find any pattern with many little pieces like […]

Clash Dayton Fashion Shows w/Pictures

By |2017-02-08T00:48:05-04:00December 15th, 2015|Fashion Shows, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Twice a year Clash Dayton a small but mighty shop in the Oregon District puts on a big fashion show. Every fall and spring we gear up for this amazing event. This was my 6th year participating in the show.

I have made so many friends, memories and connections at the Clash fashion show that […]

Reversible Dress for SICSA Pet Adoption Center

By |2017-02-07T23:47:41-04:00October 26th, 2015|Indie Patterns, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Last spring I made a reversible dress for the local shop Clash Dayton who was holding an art auction benefiting SICSA’s Pet Adoption Center.

It all started when I had two 1.5 yard pieces of Cotton and Steel’s Tokyo Train Ride. After some thought and measuring I realized the Colette Patterns Parfait dress would […]

Gold Flapper Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:29:58-04:00October 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.

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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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