The Challenge of Smoking Jackets

By |2019-03-18T06:36:35-04:00March 18th, 2019|1950s Style Fashion|

Today, I happily share one of my more challenging projects that really got me outside of my comfort zone. The most troublesome projects can sometimes feel like a cloud hanging over your head. They are usually rooted in a lack of experience, and yet, the only way to get the experience is to do the […]

Natural Dying pt 1 and the Bohemian Peasant Dress

By |2017-02-08T00:44:37-04:00July 4th, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

For 2016, I have been on a long flowing bohemian kick. Last week I thought I would give natural dying a try as part of my solids challenges for 2016.\n\nI used a 1970s pattern for my Dayton Dressmakers Club Meet Up’s pattern swap.

Tracy McElfresh Natural Dying

My […]

1930s Nightmare Vogue Pattern Turn Around

By |2017-02-08T01:00:50-04:00May 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.

Collaboration with The Mural Machine

By |2017-02-08T01:08:51-04:00May 9th, 2016|Fashion Shows, Formal Wear, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

Last April two wonderful Dayton artists Etch and Tiffany Clark of the Mural Machine asked if I would be interested in making something out of their drop cloth from painting the East End Community Center, Cornerstone below.

East End Community Center, Cornerstone painted by Tiffany Clark and Etch

Clash Spring Fashion Show 2016

By |2017-02-08T01:15:15-04:00April 17th, 2016|Fashion Shows, Uncategorized|

The next Clash Fashion Show is right around the corner, April 24th at 7pm.

I would like to celebrate a few of the other designers that will be showcased in the Spring Clash Fashion Show.

 

Anna Jones-Huguely of Gone BanAnnas

\nGonbananas clash fashion show

Anna says,”I started making […]

1940s Faux Fur Coat

By |2015-09-11T02:24:38-04:00September 11th, 2015|1940s Style Fashion, Makes of 2010, Uncategorized|

Another thing I love to make is outerwear. Coats are so much fun! I get to use all kinds of fun sewing skills when making them.\n\nThis coat was made from a 1940s vintage sewing pattern. The large pockets and lining were done in bright red Winsor Satin.\n\nTracy [...]
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