Collaboration with Artist and Poet Tiffany Diaz

By |2020-10-05T06:52:04-04:00October 5th, 2020|1950s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

I have been following Tiffany Diaz and enjoying her art work and poetry for years now with great respect. After many times commenting that her paintings would look great as a fabric I asked her if she was interested in collaborating. I was delighted when she said yes and to pick any painting and […]

Love What You Have

By |2020-02-03T06:39:42-05:00February 3rd, 2020|1800s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion|

As my awareness for the waste that is involved in fast fashion grows I have to ask myself, “Do I have too much waste?” Sure, I have made all of my clothing, but do I value it? Do I love it? Do I wear everything I have made? And if not, why?

I decided to do […]

No Readers Glasses Needed

By |2019-09-23T06:02:14-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Large Print Motifs and Designs

According to my 1970s Vogue sewing book large prints and large print motifs are strictly for tablecloths. I am here today to share with you that they are not! I’m writing about how I used the panel print to make a jacket and sharing other large print garments I have made.

A […]

A Quilt to Retreat In

By |2019-02-11T06:17:24-05:00February 11th, 2019|1920s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Do you quilt, make your own clothing or just want to fit in with people like you? I bet you said yes to at least one of those questions. I did, too. So, when a couple of friends invited me to the Little Shop of Stitches mini retreat I went and tried to […]

Warning! This is Not a Dress

By |2018-07-02T06:43:34-04:00July 2nd, 2018|1990s fashion, Uncategorized|

Have you ever really struggled to find the perfect project or pattern for a great fabric? How about not having enough fabric for some awesome pattern you already have? Here is a project I completed and how I managed to overcome similar issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a really cool print […]

3 Piece Sweater Knit Gown Design by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-04-03T10:52:01-04:00April 3rd, 2017|1950s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my favorite treats. To celebrate spring and freshly grown strawberries I make a “wow” red dress every year. Most dresses sell before I get to wear them but I love making them and this years was no exception.

With this years dress I wanted to try something new with sweater knit. […]

Depression Era Dress Replica, Birth of my Solids Challenge and Curt Dalton’s Book, Made do or Did Without

By |2017-02-08T00:09:54-05:00October 21st, 2016|1930s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2016, refashion, Uncategorized|

Let’s start with the depression era dress, although I also want to talk about how this dress birthed my 2016 solids challenge and Dayton historian Curt Dalton’s book about the depression'”Made Do or Did Without”.

In 2012 one of my students gave me this tattered depression era dress.

Depression Era Dress Replica and [...]
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Taking Your Skills to the Next Level, Pattern Grading, Hacking, Math

By |2017-02-08T00:50:17-05:00June 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.

Tracy McElfresh

Clash Dayton Fashion Shows w/Pictures

By |2017-02-08T00:48:05-05:00December 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 […]

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