Let’s Get Trashy by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2018-02-19T06:27:11+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Art made by Tracy McElfresh|

I was born into a long line of family junkers. Today, I am proud to say it taught me to be resourceful and creative. I am honored to share some personal trash to treasure with you!

Finding some old junk in the garage, sewing room or literal trash that you do not have to buy and […]

Interview with Unique Rug Hooking Artist Jo Wick

By | 2018-02-07T00:28:42+00:00 February 5th, 2018|1800s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

I interviewed artist Jo Wick about rug hooking. Jo is both extremely talented and very prolific in her field. I think that if you love doing something you will choose do it all the time and in return reach new heights. It’s all about jumping in that rabbit hole and having a good adventure.

Jo, tell […]

Large Print Floral More Than Meets the Eye

By | 2017-10-23T06:42:09+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|1980s Fashion|

In this post you will find easy tips, tricks, pattern ideas and my appliqué process. I hope you enjoy my passion and insight.

I loved the 1980s, it was such a nice mash of eras. The garments were simple to make and people were still sewing. Just because a trend goes out of style does’t mean […]

Marisol Puerto Rican Fresh Strawberry Pie by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-05-29T07:43:01+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Desserts, makes of 2017|

I love fresh fruit when it comes into season in Ohio. Strawberries especially! Lucky for me my friend and a local tie-dye artist, Jessie Wenzler, has access to a strawberry patch.

Last Saturday, I went to her house, and while she was not sure if there were any ripe strawberries yet, we were going to check. […]

Princess Diana Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-02-07T23:02:10+00:00 January 30th, 2017|1980s Fashion, makes of 2017, refashion, Uncategorized|

Last week was another awesome week, although it went by fast! My website launch is getting down to the wire.  Make sure you don’t miss my Virtual Launch Party. It’s going to be free, fun, have prizes and it’s all online! No need to go anywhere!

Let’s take a quick look at my Princess Di inspired dress and […]

The Snowball Strawberry Quilted Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:49:26+00:00 December 7th, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Makes of 2016, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Here comes Monday again and I’m here to talk about my strawberry snowball quilt failure. Here is how it all started!

Saturday mornings before work in 2015 I routinely watched PBS Think TV’s, Fons and Porter, For the Love of Quilting.

It’s not a secret that I don’t really quilt, but when I saw a demonstration […]

Dress of Barkcloth

By | 2017-02-08T00:12:48+00:00 October 10th, 2016|1960s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Uncategorized|

Short and sweet this week, sorry friends, fall camping, upcoming Clash Fashion Show and photo shoots are on my agenda. This is the time of the year everyone is super busy, I’m sure you are no exception.

Today I’m writing about my barkcloth dress. Let’s start with the fabric! As a gift Diana owner of 

Absolutely Fabulous 1970s Maxi Dress Pattern Cover Replica

By | 2017-02-08T00:30:27+00:00 August 8th, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

Staying up late at night and sewing dresses is usually a big NO NO, although my husband Jeffrey was at one of his Yellow Springs Brewery events and I wanted a dress for the movie premiere of Absolutely Fabulous.  I never need a reason to make a new dress and this was the perfect time to […]

Sewing and Designing Sleepwear that is Comfortable

By | 2017-02-08T00:51:56+00:00 June 7th, 2016|1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

I started making and designing my own sleep wear about 3 years ago and I’ve learned so much about the garment! Most sleepwear is not comfortable for sleeping and I hope my tips help you along this journey.

Tracy McElfresh Making Sleepwear

This was my first summer gown.

My families favorite thing to […]

1930s Nightmare Vogue Pattern Turn Around

By | 2017-02-08T01:00:50+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|1930s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Formal Wear, Makes of 2009, Makes of 2010, Uncategorized|

In 2009-2010 I was absolutely crazy about any patterns, movies or styles from the 1930s. I rented every movie Wright Library had from the 1930s. My favorite was Stage Door, it had the most pretty, elegant and fun garments.

At the time there were not a lot of indie pattern designers making replicas.

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