Oh dear, I do believe I made something I do not like. It happens. I love the fabric, but it just doesn’t look good. The fabric is too thick for the drape and, well, I like to learn the hard way.

A friend and artist Erica Blackstolk gifted me four yards of wonderful 1970s knit.

These were the best photos I could get from the fold over Caftan I designed. Soon to be ripped apart!

I ripped out every stitch in the first dress while waiting to see the dentist.


I decided whatever I made next should be more fitted to the body.

I wanted to use this pattern for my Pattern Reading and Layout class and I thought it would be good to make one or two before the class. It is a great pattern because it shows notches, grainlines, darts, simple sleeves and different necklines.

Once I made my dress I cut a big circle, did a fancy rolled hem with my serger and attached it to the bodice.

Like most things, the hem I cut was totally uneven. I wound up measuring, cutting and hemming it again to make it right. It is important to always be real with yourself and take the time to correct mistakes when possible.


The second dress for the win! These photos were taken at the Fall Clash Fashion Show by Gem City Pin Up Photography and modeling is Cady Elizebeth.

Rarely is anything ever as easy as we make it look on social media. There is always a few hang ups along the way or for here it was an entire upcycle of my design failure. Runway shots were taken by Brian Milulski.

Behind the scenes~

Happy New Year!

This year I decided to skip my annual September vacation and take the full two weeks of Christmas and New Years off. It’s always a slow time of the year for Tracy’s Sewing Studio. I had so many really lazy days, made a few quick and easy garments, cleaned my sewing room and slowed down to think about the past and the future. Every year I make a huge list of goals. This year I decided not to. I am in a great place with my business, classes, friends and family and I want to keep this and just continue to make it better. Life has been moving too fast and I want to enjoy the things that make me happy.

Thank you for reading,

Tracy McElfresh

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Tracy McElfresh