My Swimwear Journey 2014-2018

By | 2018-05-21T06:23:42+00:00 May 21st, 2018|1930s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

When googling swimwear I find articles with titles like Coping with Body Image, Swimsuits for Women Over 40, Amazon’s 21 Best Sellers, Why Women Will Not Wear Swimsuits, How Not to Look Old in a Swimsuit (leave it to Oprah) and Best Day to Buy a Swimsuit (It’s June 8th according to that article). With […]

Fast, Fake and Easy Smocking Sewing Machine Style

By | 2018-05-14T06:40:29+00:00 May 14th, 2018|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing for Babies, Uncategorized|

Do you want to be remembered? Personalized gifts are the bomb and can easily become family heirlooms. No pleating machine, no problem. You can get this look in a little over an hour with a regular sewing machine!

I had every intention of doing this project by hand the correct way. I was gifted a cute 1940s […]

T Shirt Quilt Basics at Rosewood Art Centre w/Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-12-11T13:32:59+00:00 March 10th, 2018|

Ages 12 and up Come learn the basics of T-Shirt Quilting Supplies small sewing kit including sharp scissors Thread Fusible light to medium weight interfacing T shirts 2 different pieces of 1/2 yards of coordinating or contrasting fabrics Registration starts Dec. 4th Must call to register 937-296-0294

The Two Piece Dress Prom 2017 DIY

By | 2017-05-08T07:57:32+00:00 May 8th, 2017|1950s Style Fashion, Makes of 2012, Tracy Designs Dresses|

Every year for prom I see the most popular dresses because I provide alterations to the public. This year the most popular dress was the two piece dress. The main photo is just one I altered this year. I love it when customs send me pictures to share! It’s the best flattery.  Regular alterations for a […]

The Amazing T-Skirt; There is a Class for That! April 18th 6pm-9

By | 2017-02-07T23:11:48+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, refashion, Uncategorized|

Do you love recycling, up cycling, remaking or refashioning? I put a call out to my friends with studios to ask if they would host me last summer and the first one to respond was Glenda Miles, owner of Creative Communion in Middletown’s, Pendleton Art Center. Glenda suggested a class for the T-Skirt. A T-Skirt […]

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+00:00 October 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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Clash Dayton Fashion Shows w/Pictures

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

Baby Blue 1930s Dress Replica and Dayton Fashion Week

By | 2017-02-08T00:35:10+00:00 November 17th, 2015|1930s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2012, Uncategorized|

In 2012 before we started Sew Dayton I applied to be in a fashion show called Dayton Fashion Week. It was the first one to be held in Dayton and I was excited to be a part of it.

Tracy McElfresh Dayton Fashion Week […]