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, […]

Save the Socks, Easy Sock Darning

By |2021-02-22T06:48:00-05:00February 22nd, 2021|Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

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 isn’t our first attempt at trying this! It is always a work in progress. Each time we’ve tried “less,” we […]

Introducing The ReFabrication Challenge

By |2021-01-11T06:42:32-05:00January 10th, 2021|Indie Patterns, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

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 and fun you are invited to join in on our monthly ReFabrication Challenge. The idea is to use listed […]

On the Cheap, New and Old

By |2020-11-09T06:50:49-05:00November 9th, 2020|Sewing Tips and Tricks, Table Cloth Dresses, Uncategorized|

Making garments to sell can be incredibly expensive. In addition to skillset time (labor) you also have fabric costs that can get expensive quick. Let’s get creative and share those money saving tips!

1. Use your sewing groups, have a fabric swap or ask your friends and networks if they have what you need. Seamsters are […]

Best DIY Travel Blanket

By |2020-11-02T07:30:02-05:00November 2nd, 2020|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Ready for me to blow your mind? Well, with this really fast and easy to make project I just may! I’m turning a down throw blanket into a cocoon sleeping bag AND this three step process has no cutting required!

For this project you will need-

Down Throw Blanket
Sewing Machine
Scissors
Thread
Snaps (optional)

 

 

Amateur’s 10 Tips For Dying Fabric

By |2020-10-19T07:01:22-04:00October 19th, 2020|1980s Fashion, refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Can you believe that is the same garment? I get quite a few calls with requests and questions for dying garments. I rarely ever dye garments and would never dye anyone else’s clothing.

 

There’s a lot that goes into a successful dye and the directions seem to change every […]

If the Sleeve Fits

By |2020-09-21T06:57:33-04:00September 21st, 2020|1970s Style Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Designing can be such a weight on your ego. It can make you bend, shift, or even break. It can force you to experiment with your potential. While something can look great on paper, or in my case an iPad, it doesn’t always look right on a real body.

Wacky Wednesday, Before and After Showcase

By |2020-07-27T07:33:17-04:00July 27th, 2020|refashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Let’s get wacky everyday! It was 2014 and I helped design a dress for a friend wanted to wear everyday for an entire year as a challenge to raise awareness about waste. This challenge was called the Uniform Project. We designed a basic black linen shift dress that buttoned up. It […]

Help! My Dress is too Short! 7 Ways to Lengthen a Hemline

By |2020-04-27T07:42:55-04:00April 27th, 2020|Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

We’ve all been there, we either cut the hemline a bit short, ran out of fabric or have to deal with the thing tall people deal with every day – my garment is too SHORT!!!

I hope you enjoy a few fun things I have done to help lengthen those hemlines over the years.

  1. The easiest […]

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