About Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh is an alterations and fit specialist, Kettering Arts Council member, and Kettering resident. Tracy has a skillset built from multigenerational roots in the sewing and garment industries. Operating out of a studio located inside Rosewood Art Centre she provides alterations, garment design (including a strong passion for swimwear), formal and casual dressmaking, and sewing classes. Tracy founded a meetup group in 2014 called the Dayton Garment Designers Meet Up that is open to all newcomers at any skill level. In her free time, she is an avid writer and blogger and was a recognized award winner in 2018 as having one of the Best Dressmaker Blogs on the Planet from Blogspot. You can follow her work on Facebook and Instagram at TracySews.

On my way to Giza

By |2024-06-04T06:39:37-04:00June 4th, 2024|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Arts and Crafts, Fashion Dress Replicas, Uncategorized|

Don’t get me wrong, I love to watch sewists create content. Sometimes though it leads to a disheartening misconception that creating is an instant and easy process. You know, the camera blinks on a piece of fabric, a second or two of their sewing, and then, BOOM they have a three-piece suit!

Working in the sewing […]

The Painted Dress

By |2024-04-18T12:53:59-04:00April 18th, 2024|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Arts and Crafts, Fashion Dress Replicas, Uncategorized|

Here’s the problem, as an artist, you see so many things that inspire you. Before you know it; the project has turned into a huge big thing. This project was no different! I hope you enjoy this collaboration project!

When Joy Hoover owner of Joy2Sew showed up at a Dayton […]

Easy Experimental Cascade Ruffle Skirt

By |2024-03-06T06:35:36-05:00March 6th, 2024|Uncategorized|

Have you ever seen a picture of a garment and you absolutely had to have it? When you can sew clothing this can be a fun problem… but you may want to make everything you see! I saw an Instagram posts that showed this skirt with these simple steps. That was it, I was inspired […]


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