A Year of Independence

By |2019-12-30T06:51:45-05:00December 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Who doesn’t love a good challenge? We all set out with great ambitions and big hearts but when it comes down to keeping up with the smallest challenges it’s a commitment. I’m going to be perfectly honest, I had one bleep in the year buying emergency Walmart fabric for a client but I’m not letting that […]

My Pattern Hack of the Year, so far…

By |2018-07-23T07:38:09-04:00July 23rd, 2018|1920s Style Fashion, Costumes, Indie Patterns|

Who loves a great pattern hack? I do! A really great pattern hack means I don’t have to measure, do a ton of fitting or make it all up as I go along for bust, waist and hip measurements. I can focus on creativity.

I bought Grainline Studio’s Farrow dress pattern at

Sewing Novelty Print Dress Round Up

By |2018-03-19T18:33:43-04:00March 19th, 2018|1950s Style Fashion, 1960s Style Fashion, Indie Patterns|

Novelty prints are so much fun to wear because they scream, hey I like this. Whether it be fabric with pizza, dogs, tacos, cats, unicorns, beer or licensed prints they can spark conversion.  A lot of my events are in the summer where I can be found sewing outside at festivals. I have been making […]

Large Print Floral More Than Meets the Eye

By |2017-10-23T06:42:09-04:00October 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 […]

Baby Blue 1930s Dress Replica and Dayton Fashion Week

By |2017-02-08T00:35:10-05:00November 17th, 2015|1930s Style Fashion, Fashion Dress Replicas, Makes of 2012, Uncategorized|

In 2012 before we started Sew Dayton I applied to be in a fashion show called Dayton Fashion Week. It was the first one to be held in Dayton and I was excited to be a part of it.

Tracy McElfresh Dayton Fashion Week […]

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