Last year we had so much fun at Rosewood Art Centre fashion camp that we’re doing it again! Rosewood has sewing machines available for class use and I will be supplying the fabric from community donations. (Thanks sewing friends)


The Camp

Day one – We all learn to use the sewing machines and get a lot of practice. Learning the sewing machine includes the parts of the machine, filling the bobbin, threading, tension, stitches, accessories and seam allowance. I make samples for the children to practice precision on. This year I will add a simple clutch to the first day. Any extra time at the end will be for open-ended sewing with scraps from the treasure chest. Attendance on the first day is very important.

Day two – We start with a basics refresher. Then we will draft skirt patterns from our measurements and make the skirts. If there is extra time we will make a belt that ties. Children that finish faster than the rest of the group will be able to enjoy open sew as no child is left behind.

This includes learning to press and use pressing tools.

Last year we did a bat wing shirt that had knit and a woven fabric combined. This year we will work on a total new design. This is day three!

Some of the older children really had great sewing skills and made their own designs with a little guidance.

Day four – We finish our shirt designs, practice accessories and embellishments.

Day five – We practice for a fashion show of all our projects we made and take class photos.

This class has 2 spaces left! Call Rosewood for more details on Fashion Camp at 937-294-0294.

Behind the scenes~

Dayton Garment Designers Meet Up

















Starts at 5:30pm. More information is here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Art on the commons is Aug 11th, 2018 and we need volunteers. Volunteer shifts are 2 hours long and you must be ages 15 and up. Under 15? Bring a parent. Some perks include community involvement, getting to meet the artist and a free volunteer/artist party the night before. You must be 21 or be with a parent for the party. For more information please contact Claire at Rosewood Art Centre (

Crazy for Custom

I have so many custom orders right now and I could not be happier! I will be sewing all summer.

Thank you for reading,

Tracy McElfresh
Dream it! Sew it!





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