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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 [...]

Mexican Inspired Holiday Ornaments w/ Free Pattern

By |December 7th, 2020|Categories: Arts and Crafts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Want something easy and fun to make for the holiday? This can be a memorable parent child activity. Cutting the small flower shape may be a challenge for small hands so its great working together. [...]

Ugly Sweater Pillow Covers

By |November 30th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hey, time to refashion those ugly sweaters into wonderful holiday decor. We love the idea of using what we have and getting more use out of it. Although, if you want to do this project [...]

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