About Tracy McElfresh

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

Interview with a Family of Master Costumers

By | 2018-03-12T07:09:42+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Costumes, Fashion Dress Replicas, Interviews w/Sewists|

Do you ever wonder what it is like to be surrounded by a family of the most creative, accurate and highly detailed costumer makers? I do! Tell me this family is not amazing!

I am more than excited to introduce from Merritt Island, Florida “Simple Tricks & Nonsense” otherwise known as Becky, John and John Sr.

Don’t Do This, The Good, Bad and Ugly! Active Wear Pants

By | 2018-03-05T07:55:53+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Today's Fashion|

Why are pants so hard to make fit on what would seem to be the most normal bodies? It’s because we are solving the mysteries of the crotch oddities. Measurements for crotch ease, lets just say CURVES, full bottom extensions and being a short woman does not make it any easier. Every year for the […]

Sewing Tips for the Cut, Layout and Marking of Vintage Child Patterns

By | 2018-02-26T06:49:56+00:00 February 26th, 2018|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing for Babies|

I promised a dear friend I would make her baby her first little designer dress. You may know Mary K. Burnside as the owner of Clash Dayton an awesome little store in the heart of the Historical Oregon District. I know Mary for her great style that I absolutely love.

Let’s Get Trashy by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2018-02-19T06:27:11+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Art made by Tracy McElfresh|

I was born into a long line of family junkers. Today, I am proud to say it taught me to be resourceful and creative. I am honored to share some personal trash to treasure with you!

Finding some old junk in the garage, sewing room or literal trash that you do not have to buy and […]

Valentines Dress Sewing with Knits

By | 2018-02-12T06:05:49+00:00 February 12th, 2018|1960s Style Fashion|

Active wear is so comfortable that I’m not surprised leggings and yoga pants have become part of our mainstream fashion culture.

Why is active wear proclaimed to be hard to sew? It’s not the sewing part that is a challenge. Once you know the rules it is easy.

Here are mine.

*No straight stitches on any part that […]

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