Bohemian Wedding Dress with Simple Shapes

By |2018-08-13T07:30:55+00:00August 13th, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I am about to blow your mind with this simple and glamorous dress. Most garments are made up of shapes. This 1930s gown looks like a fancy Bohemian wedding dress although it’s really made up of one tube, one rectangle and two circle shapes.

The Shapes. I like to start with cutting out everything larger. […]

The Birthday Dress

By |2018-07-30T17:48:59+00:00July 29th, 2018|1980s Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

When I was a little girl getting a birthday dress was better than getting a new baby doll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These days I do not have a lot of time to sew personal projects. I look for garments I can make in a couple hours. This dress was inspired by a […]

The Snowball Strawberry Quilted Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:49:26+00:00December 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 […]

The Flamenco Dancing Dress

By |2017-02-07T23:59:39+00:00November 7th, 2016|Costumes, Formal Wear, Makes of 2016, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

I love to spend hours browsing the internet looking for amazing dress styles to inspire my projects. Lately I have been seeing a lot of beautiful Spanish style Flamenco dancing dresses. I’m drawn to the way they move, bounce, flow and cling to a curvy shaped body. Below on the left,  is a screen shot photo that […]

Fashion Show Round up! October 2016

By |2017-02-08T00:07:01+00:00October 24th, 2016|Fashion Dress Replicas, Fashion Shows, Formal Wear, Heirloom Sewing, Indie Patterns, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

It’s a 2016 fall round up people!

The photos from RP3 Photoworks from the Clash Fashion show are out. Feel free to click away to see details about how some of my line was made.

French Victorian jacket circa 1899 was worn by Tara pattern is made by Wearing History, Sophia. I write about the making

The Florida Dress (Solids Challenge)

By |2017-02-08T01:21:04+00:00March 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 […]

Grandma’s Vintage Stash

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

Clash Dayton Fashion Shows w/Pictures

By |2017-02-08T00:48:05+00:00December 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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