Pittsburgh Art, Fashion, Warhol, Couture Fabric Store, Beer and More

By | 2017-11-06T07:38:31+00:00 November 6th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, Indie Patterns, makes of 2017, Uncategorized|

Retail is no joke with the amount of hours you put in. 2017 led to a huge purge, a minimalist approach to my lifestyle, daily chore list and defining the places we want to travel to. Pittsburgh was our first culture hop. Photos, art, people watching and coffee are some of my favorite attractions. I am […]

Taking Your Skills to the Next Level, Pattern Grading, Hacking, Math

By | 2017-02-08T00:50:17+00:00 June 13th, 2016|1980s Fashion, 1990s fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2016, refashion, Uncategorized|

Pattern hacking is simply a new term for altering a pattern. It’s the happy way to say alterations done to an existing pattern to get a new look.

A few summers ago I made a custom romper using this pattern. I added to the design special features for medical tubes and such.

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Quilt Inspired by Yves Saint Laurent and Other News

By | 2017-02-08T01:12:50+00:00 April 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 […]

Clash Spring Fashion Show 2016

By | 2017-02-08T01:15:15+00:00 April 17th, 2016|Fashion Shows, Uncategorized|

The next Clash Fashion Show is right around the corner, April 24th at 7pm.

I would like to celebrate a few of the other designers that will be showcased in the Spring Clash Fashion Show.

 

Anna Jones-Huguely of Gone BanAnnas

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Anna says,”I started making […]

Liz Taylor Holiday Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:41:22+00:00 December 25th, 2015|1950s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

I wanted to go on an adventure and when this pattern fell into my hands I knew I found the perfect way to fill my spare time. First of all I fell in love with what looks to be a very young Liz Taylor on the cover. Then the cut of the design was so flattering […]

High Style Dress Exhibit at Cincinnati Art Museum

By | 2017-02-08T00:33:13+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Uncategorized|

As soon as a friend came in our little sewing shop with a copy of the Dayton Daily News article on Cincinnati’s Art Museums High Style exhibit I knew I needed to go see the exhibit right away.\n\nThings I’m not into, hair, make up, uncomfortable shoes and shaving but I love, […]

Baby Blue 1930s Dress Replica and Dayton Fashion Week

By | 2017-02-08T00:35:10+00:00 November 17th, 2015|1930s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2012, Uncategorized|

In 2012 before we started Sew Dayton I applied to be in a fashion show called Dayton Fashion Week. It was the first one to be held in Dayton and I was excited to be a part of it.

Tracy McElfresh Dayton Fashion Week […]

Early 20th Century Witch Costume Replica

By | 2017-02-07T23:44:53+00:00 October 31st, 2015|Costumes, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

For years I have been wanting to replicate this dress! October is our busiest month at Sew Dayton. This year I made time in my schedule. This dress took 20 hours if not more to get from start to finish. This cute little witch was my inspiration photo.

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Gold Flapper Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:29:58+00:00 October 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+00:00 September 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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