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 […]

Tips for Your First Dress Replica Draft

By |2017-03-27T12:30:00+00:00March 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Hello friends,

I have been making replicas for a just few years now. I have found a few great tips that have helped me. It’s another busy week so let’s jump in, when making your first replica you should consider starting with something that is easy to put together. This means barely any pieces, no closures and […]

Busy Bohemian Replica and Fabric Hop in Portland

By |2017-02-08T00:02:51+00:00November 1st, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

My favorite kind of dress to make is a replica. It’s such a fun challenge and I don’t mind when they are not perfect because I know nothing ever is perfect. This dress was no exception although overall I love the dress. Below is my inspiration photo.

Tracy McElfresh Bohemian Replica

1920s Yellow Fairytale Wedding Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:33:25+00:00August 1st, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

For my 2nd solids challenge I wanted to learn more heirloom skills and since I am addicted to the 1920s styles I wanted to make a little something like this.

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\n\nJeffrey and my tea cups were my colors.

Unprinted Vintage Dress Pattern and Resizing

By |2017-02-08T00:46:27+00:00June 25th, 2016|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Resizing a pattern with no print has to be the hardest skill to acquire in sewing garments. Especially if your garment is complex with many little pieces. For Memorial Day weekend I wanted to make something a little patriotic and a little from the bombshell WWII era.

Tracy McElfresh Sewing WWII Unprinted [...]
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Vintage Dress Daydream Music Show

By |2017-02-08T01:14:29+00:00February 29th, 2016|Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Uncategorized|

Saturday my husband, Jeffery and I took a trip to Columbus’s Museum of Art to see Spin Art. It honored record covers by famous artist. I too collect records, some for the vintage covers and some for the art inside.\n\nA girl can dream right? Let’s daydream that I got to go to a few […]

Lolita and Babydoll Style Dressmaking

By |2017-02-08T01:20:17+00:00February 15th, 2016|Costumes, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2009, Makes of 2010, Makes of 2011, Makes of 2012, Makes of 2013, Makes of 2014, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Lolita fashion is said to have started in the 1970s although some say the 1980s. One thing we can all agree on is that it started in Japan. The original style was Rococo and Victorian based with knee-length dresses that were as cute as cupcakes.

Warning!!! Not all of these dresses are exact “Lolita Fashion”, […]

Early 20th Century Witch Costume Replica

By |2017-02-07T23:44:53+00:00October 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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Hawaiian Party Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:29:07+00:00October 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

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.

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