Let’s get Bio Dress Friendly

By | 2018-06-11T07:20:11+00:00 June 11th, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Makes of 2015|

The Concept of the Bio-Dress

Picture wearing a soft beautiful organic gown with imbedded wild flower seeds in the hemlines. After the big date you bury the dress in a garden. The dress slowly biodegrades becoming part of the earth while the seeds take hold and soon flowers bloom. With every years bloom good memories of […]

The Florida Dress (Solids Challenge)

By | 2017-02-08T01:21:04+00:00 March 28th, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

I’ve been hooked on 1970s fashion and dresses this year. I was born in 1972 and in the state of Florida. It seemed fitting I make a Florida dress as a souvenir from a girls trip in January and my solids challenge #4 for 2016.

Why am I only sewing solids this year? When you sew […]

Art Collaboration with Amy Kollar Anderson

By | 2017-02-08T01:22:52+00:00 March 21st, 2016|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|

Collaborations are an awesome thing!

Last fall my friend and fellow artist Amy Kollar Anderson asked me if she could paint my Art Deco butterfly dress for an invitational exhibition, to be held at The Schuster Performing Arts Center. This event was created by the Preble County Art Association to coincide with the Bridges […]

Grandma’s Vintage Stash

By | 2017-02-08T01:26:28+00:00 February 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 […]

Sewing Dress Replicas (Retro Reveiw)

By | 2017-02-08T00:58:37+00:00 January 17th, 2016|Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Uncategorized|

Dress replicas are one of my favorite things to sew. They may not always come out exact although the more I do the better I get at making them. I’m always learning new sewing skills to become a better teacher.

When I first started my first sewing business, Dresses by Tracy McElfresh, I stitched and stitched and […]

Reversible Dress for SICSA Pet Adoption Center

By | 2017-02-07T23:47:41+00:00 October 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 […]

Vintage Lifestyle Magazine Dress

By | 2017-02-08T00:27:04+00:00 October 4th, 2015|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2012, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

In 2012 someone donated yet another table cloth material. I made a dress and gave it to my dear friend Leslie Ruby Randall. Leslie and I work together a lot and I want to thank her for all her hard work and time.

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Table Cloth Dress Series Pink Lilies

By | 2017-02-07T23:14:07+00:00 September 29th, 2015|1950s Style Fashion, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

This is another example of a dress I made that cost under $1. In 2010 there was not a lot of money and I wanted to work my craft. My husband was loosing his job from as the GM of Borders Book Store. He was planning on opening a brewery and I was planning my […]

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.

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In 2010 my husband Jeffrey was really on me to sew with perfection. He critiqued every dress […]

Dressmaking Business

By | 2017-02-07T23:17:36+00:00 September 25th, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2013, Uncategorized|

Before I co-owned a little indie fabric shop I made dresses for people. This one I used a vintage 1946 Butterwick pattern and floral printed linen. This dress sold to the lovely lady below Diane.

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I love making dresses for others. It is like a puzzle figuring out […]

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