Spring into Strawberry Season

By | 2018-06-04T06:53:23+00:00 June 4th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion|

We know how to celebrate the spring strawberry harvest around here! My motto is, every event, holiday and special occasion is dress making time!

The Fabric.

I love a challenge and while on our road trip to Ann Arbor I found this beautiful fabric called, Flower, Strawberry and Panda by Cotton Kobayashi. The fabric was imported from Japan and […]

Interview w/ Fairy Godmother Creations, Liane Wagner

By | 2018-04-16T06:50:07+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Interviews w/Sewists, Uncategorized|

Owned by Liane Wangner, Fairy Godmother is a successful local sewing business that specializes in repurposing family memories into new family heirlooms. Liane and her staff will take items like wedding dresses and make them into christening gowns, teddy bears, Christmas tree skirts and all kinds of things. You should check out what she does […]

Let’s Get Trashy by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2018-02-19T06:27:11+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Art made by Tracy McElfresh|

I was born into a long line of family junkers. Today, I am proud to say it taught me to be resourceful and creative. I am honored to share some personal trash to treasure with you!

Finding some old junk in the garage, sewing room or literal trash that you do not have to buy and […]

Interview with Unique Rug Hooking Artist Jo Wick

By | 2018-02-07T00:28:42+00:00 February 5th, 2018|1800s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

I interviewed artist Jo Wick about rug hooking. Jo is both extremely talented and very prolific in her field. I think that if you love doing something you will choose do it all the time and in return reach new heights. It’s all about jumping in that rabbit hole and having a good adventure.

Jo, tell […]

Large Print Floral More Than Meets the Eye

By | 2017-10-23T06:42:09+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|1980s Fashion|

In this post you will find easy tips, tricks, pattern ideas and my appliqué process. I hope you enjoy my passion and insight.

I loved the 1980s, it was such a nice mash of eras. The garments were simple to make and people were still sewing. Just because a trend goes out of style does’t mean […]

Marisol Puerto Rican Fresh Strawberry Pie by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-05-29T07:43:01+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Desserts, makes of 2017|

I love fresh fruit when it comes into season in Ohio. Strawberries especially! Lucky for me my friend and a local tie-dye artist, Jessie Wenzler, has access to a strawberry patch.

Last Saturday, I went to her house, and while she was not sure if there were any ripe strawberries yet, we were going to check. […]

Princess Diana Dress by Tracy McElfresh

By | 2017-02-07T23:02:10+00:00 January 30th, 2017|1980s Fashion, makes of 2017, refashion, Uncategorized|

Last week was another awesome week, although it went by fast! My website launch is getting down to the wire.  Make sure you don’t miss my Virtual Launch Party. It’s going to be free, fun, have prizes and it’s all online! No need to go anywhere!

Let’s take a quick look at my Princess Di inspired dress and […]

The Snowball Strawberry Quilted Dress

By | 2017-02-07T23:49:26+00:00 December 7th, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Art made by Tracy McElfresh, Makes of 2016, refashion, Tracy Designs Dresses, Uncategorized|

Here comes Monday again and I’m here to talk about my strawberry snowball quilt failure. Here is how it all started!

Saturday mornings before work in 2015 I routinely watched PBS Think TV’s, Fons and Porter, For the Love of Quilting.

It’s not a secret that I don’t really quilt, but when I saw a demonstration […]

Dress of Barkcloth

By | 2017-02-08T00:12:48+00:00 October 10th, 2016|1960s Style Fashion, Makes of 2011, Uncategorized|

Short and sweet this week, sorry friends, fall camping, upcoming Clash Fashion Show and photo shoots are on my agenda. This is the time of the year everyone is super busy, I’m sure you are no exception.

Today I’m writing about my barkcloth dress. Let’s start with the fabric! As a gift Diana owner of 

Absolutely Fabulous 1970s Maxi Dress Pattern Cover Replica

By | 2017-02-08T00:30:27+00:00 August 8th, 2016|1970s Style Fashion, Uncategorized|

Staying up late at night and sewing dresses is usually a big NO NO, although my husband Jeffrey was at one of his Yellow Springs Brewery events and I wanted a dress for the movie premiere of Absolutely Fabulous.  I never need a reason to make a new dress and this was the perfect time to […]

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