“My One Yard Thing” 2022 Collection

By |2022-07-27T09:23:42-04:00July 27th, 2022|1980s Fashion, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Since the term One Yard Wonders has long been taken I’m calling my series of one yard garments My One Yard Thing! You might know that it is very, very difficult to make adult clothing out of one yard of fabric. You have to get extra creative and really love a challenge, but, it can […]

Easy 4 Step Hat Patch Tutorial

By |2022-04-10T07:23:39-04:00April 10th, 2022|Sewing Tips and Tricks|

When a client mailed me his baseball cap from California it dawned on me that not everyone  knows how to sew patches on baseball caps. With his hat there was a thank you note saying no one there would sew it and that it would require a special type sewing machine. There is a special […]

So You Think You Can Quilt

By |2021-11-22T06:32:24-05:00November 22nd, 2021|Arts and Crafts, Heirloom Sewing, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized|

Every year I get wildly inspired to create a huge project that I know nothing about and mess up all along the way! I wanted to make something more memorable this time, something that would be passed down and cherished. Even though I might be experienced and amazing behind a sewing machine I get the privilege […]

Mondrian Was A Replicant

By |2022-08-22T18:18:49-04:00September 6th, 2021|1940s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

What I didn’t know when I set out to replicate this dress is that it was from the 1960s. Yves St. Laurent designed this dress after Piet Mondrian‘s art work and debuted it at his fall/winter show in 1965-66. This made color blocking popular in different ways every decade to come after.

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!

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 […]

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