Making Patches on a Regular Sewing Machine

By |2021-10-18T12:34:27-04:00October 18th, 2021|Arts and Crafts, Costumes, Uncategorized|

My blog as has taken a back seat after the newest Apple update crashed my computer. Apple was kind enough to wipe it clean and restore it to a 2014 update – and today I am writing you from my cell phone.

So, I’m ten months into my Year of Less and finding even more creative […]

Mondrian Was A Replicant

By |2021-09-06T07:14:27-04:00September 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 not from the 1960s. Yves St. Laurent designed this dress after Piet Mondrian‘s art work and debuted it at his fall/winter show in 1946. This made color blocking popular in different ways every decade to come after.

Patterns From Down Under

By |2021-06-29T06:52:43-04:00June 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, […]

Mix Match Patch, Two Decades of Dresses

By |2021-06-14T06:44:14-04:00June 14th, 2021|Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Early 20th Century Style Fashion, Today's Fashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

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 too expensive and decided to make my own. From there I really delved into up-cycling used clothing. And after that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Loving Yourself Looks Good on You

By |2021-02-08T06:48:43-05:00February 8th, 2021|1950s Style Fashion, Costumes, Uncategorized|

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. This print is called Hepburn and it comes in three color ways. While we don’t personally celebrate Valentine’s […]

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