About Tracy McElfresh

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

This Sewing Machine is Amazing, But Why?

By |2021-10-22T07:35:55-04:00July 26th, 2021|Interviews w/Sewists|

Have you ever tried something that looked so easy only to find out it was an uncontrollable challenge? This was my lesson in free motion sewing machine embroidery. I watched a few YouTube videos, thought I knew what I was doing, and failed miserably. Modern life, ha!

I decided to practice everyday for […]

Patterns From Down Under

By |2021-10-22T07:35:35-04:00June 29th, 2021|Indie Patterns, Today's Fashion, Uncategorized|

G’day! Have you ever fallen in love with something so odd… and then, the next thing you know your drawers are chockers full of the bloody item?

In 2012 I was introduced to Style Arc patterns, a huge pattern company like no other, based out of Australia. With the motto, Patterns That Fit, […]

Five Easy Tips to Sew Your Own Vintage Clothing

By |2021-05-17T07:17:05-04:00May 17th, 2021|1940s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion|

Every day is great day to share my love and knowledge of sewing patterns and because my pattern reading and layout class is tonight I also have motivation.

It all started when I thrifted a cute duvet cover. I cut out a 1940s dress and had half of the cover left over!

How to! The Swan Dress and Reverse Appliqué

By |2021-05-03T06:53:13-04:00May 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Wait till you see how easy this is!

The Refabrication Challenges have really stoked the flames of creativity and pioneering new territories. March’s challenge was to make something out of knits and/or denim. I hope you enjoy my lesson on reverse appliqué and how this project came about.

My friend Sam and I take walks in the […]

Fashions of the Mola, A Trip to Cleveland Museum of Art

By |2021-04-19T06:50:51-04:00April 19th, 2021|Arts and Crafts, Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

When a friend shows you a fashion exhibit that can be visited in a single day trip, I highly recommend going. This exhibit, Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá, and The Cleveland Museum of Art were both amazing!

There seems to be […]

Simplicity in Your Pants

By |2021-04-05T06:53:13-04:00April 5th, 2021|1980s Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|

This year, for every month, I’ve chosen a themed project with a list to ensure I use my time productively. Last month I made swimwear, January was hat month, and March was all about the active wear.

With Spring came more work. Being busier meant I chose to create simple shorts, […]

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