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 […]

Love What You Have

By |2020-02-03T06:39:42-05:00February 3rd, 2020|1800s Style Fashion, 1940s Style Fashion, 1970s Style Fashion|

As my awareness for the waste that is involved in fast fashion grows I have to ask myself, “Do I have too much waste?” Sure, I have made all of my clothing, but do I value it? Do I love it? Do I wear everything I have made? And if not, why?

I decided to do […]

Formal Wear Hacks and Upcycles by Tracy McElfresh

By |2017-05-22T07:30:18-04:00May 22nd, 2017|Formal Wear, makes of 2017, refashion|

Have you ever seen the movie Pretty in Pink? It’s a teen love story with some sewing/refashion parts from the 1980s. I’m incredibly happy to be in a time where it has become popular for people to take old formal gowns and bring them new life. I did 3 fashions last winter and I can […]

Taking Your Skills to the Next Level, Pattern Grading, Hacking, Math

By |2017-02-08T00:50:17-05:00June 13th, 2016|1980s Fashion, 1990s fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2016, refashion, Uncategorized|

Pattern hacking is simply a new term for altering a pattern. It’s the happy way to say alterations done to an existing pattern to get a new look.

A few summers ago I made a custom romper using this pattern. I added to the design special features for medical tubes and such.

Tracy McElfresh

Collaboration with The Mural Machine

By |2017-02-08T01:08:51-05:00May 9th, 2016|Fashion Shows, Formal Wear, Makes of 2016, Uncategorized|

Last April two wonderful Dayton artists Etch and Tiffany Clark of the Mural Machine asked if I would be interested in making something out of their drop cloth from painting the East End Community Center, Cornerstone below.

East End Community Center, Cornerstone painted by Tiffany Clark and Etch

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