About Tracy McElfresh

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

Evolution of the Lost Dress Hem

By |2019-11-18T06:07:49-05:00November 18th, 2019|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Formal Wear|

This year I completed over 200 formal hemlines. With the lining most have about 9-12 yards of length. You would be blown away if you knew how many of these have gone to waste in the past! No more!

This year I started collecting these multicolored scraps and […]

The Finisher. An Interview with Turisa Porter Turner

By |2019-11-11T05:46:55-05:00November 11th, 2019|Interviews w/Sewists|

There is some psychology behind the reasons why people do not finish projects. We’ve all been there and the reasons are too numerous to list. Things happen and tasks get put on the back burner, sometimes to stay. But, what about people that pick up and finish other’s projects? Say what? Today I want to […]

What We Do When Something Doesn’t Go As Planned

By |2019-11-04T06:00:08-05:00November 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Sometimes you just have to suck it up, accept your losses and make the best of a less than ideal situation.

For each fabric success there has been, at the least, three failures. Today, I share a failure turned into a success.

After a few photography classes I purchased a decent camera, umbrella lights and a black […]

A New Approach

By |2019-10-28T06:14:30-05:00October 28th, 2019|1960s Style Fashion, Today's Fashion|

We all love vintage patterns. We also love modern wrinkle free knit fabrics. We want the vintage look but the feel, ease and care of a modern dress. So how can we marry these two with ease?

Since vintage patterns were made before modern knit fabrics and knits have a different set of rules than woven fabrics […]

Patchwork Panel Dress Design

By |2019-10-21T06:35:51-05:00October 21st, 2019|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Going local can really push you to your limits if you make clothing. In our town we have a lot of awesome indie quilt shops and no fashion fabric shops.

Last June, while our roof was getting replaced, we took a trip to North Dayton and I got to visit Bernina on North Main. […]

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