About Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh is the owner of Tracy’s Sewing Studio LLC.

Butterfly Dress: The Making and Display at Rosewood Art Center

By | 2017-12-11T07:59:39+00:00 December 11th, 2017|1920s Style Fashion|

In 2016, I saw the most beautiful butterfly dress online and it got me wondering if I should make one. After hours of researching I found a fabric designer on Spoonflower that made large scale butterfly prints. I started saving my dollars while checking out others butterfly dresses and researching the design. […]

Sweater Knit Round Up and Tips to Ease the Fear

By | 2017-12-04T07:55:07+00:00 December 4th, 2017|makes of 2017, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Up until 2 years ago I was scared to sew sweater knit fabrics. Sweater knit is really stretchy like regular sweaters. The edges fray like crazy and hemlines can be a challenge. Sizing can be a problem too.

My first knit dress was a total accident. I ordered knit fabric that said medium weight from a […]

Help! I Need a Purple Something, Shirt, Dress Hack!

By | 2017-11-27T06:13:26+00:00 November 27th, 2017|1970s Style Fashion|

When I decided to go all natural my color palates changed. They went from red and teal to hot pink, navy blue, purple, plum, black, blue grey and gold. I love color and it means I need to make more clothing! This dress is almost the same concept as last weeks blog post, the nursing […]

Custom Sewing Long Distance, Tips and Secrets of the Industry

By | 2017-11-20T07:56:36+00:00 November 20th, 2017|1940s Style Fashion, makes of 2017|

With a decade of sewing custom dresses under my belt I am here to share some helpful tips about sewing for the public when they are not local. Starting with best tip I can give you – have a written contract with your client.

The sewing part of owning a service business is not always the largest […]

Interview with WDTN Channel 2 Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik

By | 2017-11-13T06:08:22+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Interviews w/Sewists|

Have you ever had a TV celeb that you watched to see what they wore everyday? Without fail, I watch Jamie Jarosik give the weather forecast on WDTN Channel 2 news. For years she has been looking sharp and polished. Jamie has inspired many color combos for dresses I want to make. I am so […]

Pittsburgh Art, Fashion, Warhol, Couture Fabric Store, Beer and More

By | 2017-11-06T07:38:31+00:00 November 6th, 2017|1960s Style Fashion, Indie Patterns, makes of 2017, Uncategorized|

Retail is no joke with the amount of hours you put in. 2017 led to a huge purge, a minimalist approach to my lifestyle, daily chore list and defining the places we want to travel to. Pittsburgh was our first culture hop. Photos, art, people watching and coffee are some of my favorite attractions. I am […]

DIY Fan Inspired T-shirt with Reverse Appliqué and 2017 Costume Round Up

By | 2017-10-30T07:18:16+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Costumes, makes of 2017, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Today I share a fun and easy craft night you can do with your friends even if they do not sew. Reverse appliqué can be used so many different ways from inspired team sports to your favorite band.

Supplies needed
Plain t -shirt.
Color knit for you appliqué design
Copy paper/pencil […]

Large Print Floral More Than Meets the Eye

By | 2017-10-23T06:42:09+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|1980s Fashion|

In this post you will find easy tips, tricks, pattern ideas and my appliqué process. I hope you enjoy my passion and insight.

I loved the 1980s, it was such a nice mash of eras. The garments were simple to make and people were still sewing. Just because a trend goes out of style does’t mean […]

Evolution of the T-Shirt into T-Skirt

By | 2017-10-09T07:01:28+00:00 October 9th, 2017|makes of 2017, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|

It’s no secret I love buying new fabric as much as I love making things. However, I’m about to present you with a project that is free from buying new fabric, is easy and is eco-friendly.

It all started in 2016 when Ms. Glenda Miles owner of Creative Communion in Pendleton Art Center asked if […]

Easy 2 Piece Sweater Knit Design Hack by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-10-02T08:21:01+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|1950s Style Fashion|

Why all the stress of winter clothing? Well, winter clothing is a challenge because buying winter fabric costs more money than summer fabric.  You will need time to plan so you don’t waste. I have a bunch of mismatch outfits from not planning and just buying fabric I like.  Knowing what looks good on you […]

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