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 […]

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 […]

New Year, New You, Right?

By |2020-12-28T08:16:23-05:00December 28th, 2020|1960s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Uncategorized|

I have been racking my brain with goals for 2021. I’ve been making goals lists for the last 30 years. It’s been a successful practice although I may have skipped some like, “dance naked in the woods under a full moon one evening.” Some were just unrealistic hopes and dreams… Change is incredibly hard when […]

2020 Year in Review

By |2020-12-21T06:55:56-05:00December 21st, 2020|1940s Style Fashion, 1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

I’m not even going to try to complain about this year. All I can say is that some good things did come out of so much tragedy. I stay excited thinking about the new year and the future as it approaches.

Pre-Covid

Here are just a few of the things I made right before everything shut down, […]

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