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Mix Match Patch, Two Decades of Dresses

By |June 14th, 2021|Categories: Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Remember those cute little patchwork hippy dresses of the 1990s? You could occasionally find them online and while they always looked homemade they were still charging around $100 for them. I thought that was way [...]

Flapper Wedding

By |May 31st, 2021|Categories: 1920s Style Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our twenty year wedding anniversary is coming up! It is so hard to believe! Originally, my mother was going to make my dress. That didn't happen the way it was supposed to and we purchased [...]

Five Easy Tips to Sew Your Own Vintage Clothing

By |May 17th, 2021|Categories: 1940s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

How to! The Swan Dress and Reverse Appliqué

By |May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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

By |April 19th, 2021|Categories: Arts and Crafts, Costume Fashion Art Exhibits, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Simplicity in Your Pants

By |April 5th, 2021|Categories: 1980s Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Rounding Up Dayton’s Finest in the Field

By |March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Time to do a round up of awesome local artists, sewers, crafters, photographers and fashion gurus. Check us out as we band together and invite you to get to know us. Katie Stafinaik Owner and [...]

One Pattern, Five Ways

By |March 8th, 2021|Categories: 1920s Style Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

February was an amazing month and a big part of the reason was having something fun to stay focused on, something to look forward to everyday... Swimwear MONTH!! I started planning and buying fabric for [...]

Save the Socks, Easy Sock Darning

By |February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

This year is the year of less here at the House of McElfresh. Just a touch of minimalism can save money, help make us more mindful, and free up some time. I disclose that this [...]

Loving Yourself Looks Good on You

By |February 8th, 2021|Categories: 1950s Style Fashion, Costumes, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

February is the season of love and what better way to love yourself than to buy fabric and make something pretty. I invested in myself and purchased one of my own Spoonflower Shop prints in velvet. [...]

Adventuring in Hats

By |January 25th, 2021|Categories: 1930s Style Fashion, Arts and Crafts, Costumes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Over the summer a friend sparked joy when she agreed I should spend a month making hats just for fun. Every time I organize my patterns I wish I could visit them fully. Since January [...]

Introducing The ReFabrication Challenge

By |January 10th, 2021|Categories: Indie Patterns, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This challenge was inspired during walks to local coffee shops and thrift stores with my friend Samantha, owner of Riley Street Photography! I hope you will join us! The ReFabrication Challenge To help spark creativity [...]

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