DIY wide knit headband: video tutorial + pdf pattern!

DIY wide knit headband

Download your DIY wide knit headband pattern PDF here!

A brand new year always feels good. But so do disgustingly easy freebie patterns that take no time to finish at all. Even better is that you may even be able to complete this with some kind of stretchy fabulousness that you already have in your fabric stash. Oh, and don’t even think that you will be measuring ANYTHING for this, because I’ve already made a cute pdf pattern piece for you that is ready to be printed and cut. Only ONE pattern piece. That means only ONE single sheet of letter-sized paper to print out.

New Year = WINNING.

Oh but wait, there’s more! Not only are the written instructions included in the downloadable PDF, I’ve also created a video tutorial for this pattern making it THAT much easier for people who sew at any level.

YOU get a video tutorial. And YOU get a video tutorial.

EVERYBODY GETS A VIDEO TUTORIAL!!!!!!!!!!

AND, as I mention in the video, if you can follow the instructions to make this wide knit headband then you already know the EXACT steps to making your own circle scarf or infinity scarf. Click here for DIY circle scarf video tutorial.

I know you guys. You are so welcome!

Be sure to share your finished headbands with the hashtag #wideknitheadband on Instagram or Twitter so we can all see your awesome finished projects!

Enjoy + Happy New Year!!!! ^_^

xo, Raven

kielo wrap dress with sleeve modification

kielo wrap dress

The Kielo wrap dress, by Named Patterns.

kielo wrap dress

Close-up of Kielo wrap dress tie detail + my knit fabric from Girl Charlee. Notice the gold flecks (threads) in the fabric!

kielo wrap dress pattern pieces

Laying out the 4 pattern pieces on my new large cutting table! (Only 3 pieces if you exclude the sleeves.)

kielo wrap dress

Fin.
(Well….almost!)

Hello from Vietnam! If you’ve been keeping up with my instagram you’d know that I’m on the other side of the world! One of my oldest friends from elementary school has found the love of his life in Hanoi and I couldn’t be happier to be here to celebrate. And that’s where this Kielo wrap dress comes in. I wanted to wear a nice dress for the wedding that was appropriately chic for the occasion while being able to throw this dress in my luggage without worrying about silly things like wrinkles. Hanging this up in a hot shower room = problem solved.

Am I the only one that feels that clothes look about 100% better on the human it’s made for verses the dress form? This time I do stand corrected – I absolutely LOOOOVE how this Kielo wrap dress draped on my form.

(Sidenote – it’s times like these I wish I had a catchy/cutesy name for my dressform. Oh well.)

But how this dress decided to look on ME!? Not all the fireworks that I had invisioned in my mind, to be completely honest. I’m pretty confident though that I’m the harshest critic of my work that I know of. But even that being said, there’s a couple of things that bring me to that final conclusion:

1. This fabric. It looks nice, but do you notice the chevron faintly peeking through in the last photo? This could be a problem. I’m wearing this dress to a wedding today, and I really don’t want to find out later what happens to all photos taken with flash while wearing a black bra underneath this dress. I am already committing to black drugstore tights while the average weather here in Hanoi has been around the mid to low 70’s F during the day and no wind. To camisole or not to camisole? That IS the question.

2. And this fabric (part deux). Did I mention I ordered this specialty knit online? I have come to find out first hand that Girl Charlee is fantastic, and they have quite the selections of knits online to choose from. Only problem is, I’ve never been the no-look no-feel type of fabric purchaser. The screenshot looked great and the amount of stretch the fabric description gave seemed perfect, but if I had handled this fabric in person I definitely would’ve passed on it. Between the sheerness, lack of enough stretch and the just so-so drape, I know I could’ve chosen other suitable options.

Despite my complaints, I do really like the style of this dress! It is a great beginner’s pattern, and I think it looks extra sophisticated with the FREE added sleeve modification pdf pattern + instructions. More on my actual thoughts on the pattern later, but truly not bad for my first go at this pattern.

You didn’t really think I did a muslin first, did you? Lol.

Anyway, I must start getting ready for the wedding! Pics to come. Xo

burda style magazine turtleneck top pattern

burda style magazine turtleneck top

Burda Style magazine (September 2012) Turtleneck top, pattern #104A

burda style magazine turtleneck top

This pattern is 1 of 10 from the ‘Swinging Sixties’ pattern collection in Burda Style Magazine, 2012.

burda style magazine turtleneck top

My freshly traced pattern pieces!

burda style magazine turtleneck top

Front.

burda style magazine turtleneck top

Back.

burda style magazine turtleneck top

Small cowl neck detail.

Let’s just continue with my sewing-ALL-the-knits obsession, shall we?

So I currently have two quite involved sewing projects on the table that have lots of pattern pieces and notions that I’m not too familiar working with. Did I mention that I need both projects completed by the end of this month? Even still, sometimes you just need a quick win. Like an easy, no-fuss project that you can start in the morning and wear by the afternoon/evening.

So that didn’t really happen with this top because I decided to start looking through my old Burda magazines at eleven o’clock at night, BUT it was still fast! And if you’ve ever worked with (or downright struggled with) a pattern out of a Burda Style Magazine, you already know that it’s a different world from your average big 4 pattern experience. Tracing a pattern admist millions of lines, adding your own seam allowances, and then finally putting your project together with a total of two small paragraphs of instruction. It can be a feat!

I decided to use the knit I just purchased that I mention in this video + make an easy wardrobe staple to add to my Fall wardrobe options. A slightly fitted turtleneck top with only four pattern pieces? YES please.

However after I traced/pinned my new pattern pieces the night before, genius me misplaced the magazine with the pattern instructions the very next day! But instead of panicking, I just realized that I could totally wing this project and put them together without it. I’ve made enough garments just to know exactly how it should be assembled. And even though this isn’t the hardest of pieces to make, I couldn’t help but be incredibly proud of myself!!

I’ve never been consistent with sewing, but I’m always impressed by how much I’ve really learned over the years. And I still look forward to trying new patterns and learning more techniques. Sewing is the best!!

mccall’s 6754 top + dress review

See me model my McCall’s 6754 peplum top + flared knit dress, new fabric purchases AND talk about my sewing plans for November!
mccalls6754 version C
Closer look at McCall’s 6754 peplum top, version C
mccalls6754 version D
Top-down shot of McCall’s 6754 dress (version D) created for my Olive Oyl Halloween costume.

I can’t believe that it ever took me this long to actually use knit fabrics! If I could live in one uniform for the rest of my life, it would probably be in the form of a t-shirt and leggings. (In case you were wondering, YES – leggings are totally real pants!)

I’ve been sewing on an average of a few garments per year over the last several years, but none get the love that my completed knit projects do. This latest knit peplum top make and my knit sweater top from last year go to all the layovers AND all the laundry days. If you look at both of these patterns, although made a year apart, they most definitely have their similarities. I don’t know it I’m just a sucker for sporting knits with color-blocking, raglan sleeve details or both! Either way, I can’t get enough of wearing these two.

Honestly, most of my other projects get pushed aside in my closet and get worn VERY rarely. I’ve realized that there is a real difference between choosing a sewing project because you think said fabric/pattern is amazing, verses actually selecting a pattern that is both unique + flattering to you AND your personal style. Too many times I’ve been excited to make something, but not really as excited to actually wear it.

As usual, I digress.

McCall’s 6754, an easy knit pattern, is yet another relatively quick-sew with easy-to-follow directions. My video above does a great job showing you how it actually moves on the body (ie. I’m doing ridiculous dance moves to demonstrate that very point. Hashtag. You’re all welcome.) Also, I did modify the pattern around the neckline a bit though. Definitely feel free to check out my official reviews of this pattern both on Pattern Review + Kollabora!

Til next time seamsters 🙂

seamstress tag, october sewing vlog + a halloween video!

seamstress tag

The #SeamstressTag created by Hollie of Hollie Sews

If you haven’t heard of the Seamstress Tag yet, I’ll have to make this quick because CLEARLY we have some catching up to do.

First off, HEY again. *waves* Let me assure you what I lack in blog posts, you will see that I most certainly make up in YouTube videos. The Seamstress Tag (link to mine!) was a really fun, quick + unique way to get to know other seamsters around the world with everyone answering the same series of questions. Mind you, there have been other seamstress tags created before this one. Somehow this time around everyone got really fired up to get involved in this tag + the videos just keep coming! Not only did a lot of folks start brand new YouTube channels just to participate, but Lisa of Sew Over It (UK) also got in on the fun too!

*faints*

Last time I checked, there were still more sewing babes creating their own tags. Soooooo I’ve tried my best to compile a YouTube playlist where you can check all of them out!!

And please PLEASE let me know if you’ve made one + don’t see yours. I’d love to add you to the list!! 🙂

oct16vlog

 Next up was my October 2016 sewing plans vlog!

Welp. I think that’s pretty self-explanatory. I mostly made mention of the McCall’s 6754 knit peplum top + knit dress I was planning to make for my Halloween costume. If you missed it, click the link to check that video out!

My Halloween costume preview!!

I just HAD to include the actual video clip here because I thought this one minute video was pretty darn epic. No. Lie. You get to see some great snippets of my Olive Oyl costume coming to life 🙂

Okay, okay. I’m pretty notorious for long-wielding posts, but I’ll stop here to break up the content a bit. Tomorrow I’ll be posting another blog post of my review/pics of my completed McCall’s #6754 pattern, both version C (peplum top) + version D (dress). And THEN I have to show you my sewing plans for November video!

I know, I can barely keep up myself you guys lol.  Til tomorrow then! xo

a new city. a new sewing space.

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1. New sewing space (so far). One word: WINDOWS! 2. Taking measurements of rooms + spaces in the new apartment while we were still waiting on movers to arrive with our belongings.

Hi. My name is Raven.

It has been so long, I figured it appropriate to reintroduce myself. If you are reading this, I hope that you’ve been well! I think it’s been a long year for everyone, yet I can’t believe we’re already in the final days of September.

It is already FALL!

So anyway, I have moved from lovely, sunny San Diego to the Eastern time zone. (More about that in the video below!) This is something I swore to myself that I would NEVER do. But ah the things we’ll do for certain people that make both your heart light + your eyes roll.

Can I get a witness? No? That’s cool.

Well I’ve been trying to step up my Youtube video-creating game since I’ve really fallen off my craft and my hobbies for the majority of the year. I kinda blame my previous little sewing area (also showcased in the video below). It’s hard to work next to the kitchen sink and refrigerator, but I’ll take the most responsibility on this one. But now that I’m pretty settled in D.C., I’ve got a couple new projects on the table that I can’t wait to finish in between my work trips!

So cheers to new fresh starts here in my new city + my new sewing space!

P.S.– Before I go, I’d like to share some really cute sewing Youtubers that vlog their wardrobe makes, pattern/fabric hauls + sewing plans for each month and/or season. You guys, I’m obsessed! Check out a few of these ladies that you may, or may not, know about just yet!

Miss Judith Dee talks about her pattern haul + plans for her fall wardrobe. Umm can I say that I dig her fabric/pattern selections aaaaand her dark purple lippie she’s rocking in this video are on POINT!!

Meet Megan.
Ya’ll. She’s just downright adorable! In her second ever video she shows her completed makes that she models in different locations around her city. I really love how she showcases the imperfections as well, even though I thought her outfits turned out fantastic overall!

And finally there’s Elizabeth in her first sewing vlog ever sharing her makes + plans for her WEDDING!!!! I’m loving her fabric and pattern choices! (Umm can we all collectively swoon at her choice for the Kim Dress from the amazing By Hand London ladies?!?!?! *faints*)

Anyways. Okay. Seriously now. Bye!