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!
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Closer look at McCall’s 6754 peplum top, version C
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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!

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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!! 🙂

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 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!

Sewing pattern review – Simplicity 1165

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As with most projects that I start, I usually end up completing them several months later for one reason or the other. This naturally means that the masterpiece that I have created is actually out of season. So here I am looking like Summer when it feels like Fall.

However, my elation will not be deterred!! Check out these fancy pants made of loud (and proud) floral rayon fabric.

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Also, I love reading pattern reviews because they prove so helpful before I start my own pattern project. I appreciate the time that other seamsters have taken to share awesome outfit pictures and write detailed reviews of the great and not-so-great things about said sewing pattern. I’ve contributed a few of my own over the years too.

However, I thought I’d take this idea further and make a simple pattern review video instead! There’s no substitution for video sometimes, especially when it comes to seeing how clothes really move on the body.

I plan to do more of these because I feel like these prove helpful to some. Take a gander at my quick pattern review of Simplicity pants pattern #1165.

simlicity1165cNew Ikea project desk and my sewing machine that I haven’t seen in nearly 4 months!

simlicity1165d100 pounds of sewing supplies from home that I finally got around to shipping to myself from Houston!

I know it’s been a while, kids. I’m ever-so-slowly trying to get my life here settled in San Diego. Remember when I transferred to Seattle for work? Yeah, well after 4 months, I just transferred to San Francisco!

Oh the adjustments. But at least I’m working in the same state that I live now AND my sewing life is finally here with me!

More to come. xo.

 

Tokyo in 3 minutes video

Konichiwa! Tokyo is definitely a great city to visit anytime of the year, but this time I had my heart set on visiting during the cherry blossom season. Unfortunately my friend and I were a week late for it AND it rained the first 2 days of our visit -_-

But no worries! We made the best of our trip and I scoured the drugstores and markets bringing some goodies back for my friends. I usually bring boxes of flavored Kit-Kats, but this time I decided it would be fun to try out a few Japanese beauty products instead!

Also on this visit, I got a chance to stuff my face at the Tsukiji fish market, which is THE largest wholesale fish market in the entire world!

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That’s sweet egg on a stick with a radish-based sauce? Whatever it was, it was seriously bomb. If you are curious about the street foods in the market, you can see a few food porn pics on my IG account.

Just to let you know that in this video of course I’m all about THE FOODS; from touch-screen sushi to the fish market finds. But care to see my swanky capsule hotel and some clips around the big city? Check out my latest visit smashed into 3 minutes!

 


Till nextime! xo

fabric shopping in japan (!!!!)

Mybad. I’ve moved my blogging life these past few months from WordPress, to SquareSpace, then to Tumblr, and now back to WordPress. I think I’m done now.

But that’s kind of besides the point for this post.

YOU GUYS WE WENT FABRIC SHOPPING IN JAPAN LAST WEEK-ISH.

Yes, YOU and I. AND I finally make my official acquaintance to you fine folks that visit this blog 🙂

It’s probably a good idea to let you know right now that I’m slightly awkward and a touch nerdy IRL.
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Apologies in advance!


 

More on life, sewing patterns, travels + fabrics coming soon. xo