2 looks, 1 Talvikki sweater tunic!

Happy Monday y'all! If you follow me on Instagram (@ravenmaureen_) then you know that I've already shared this look a few times. Once in my stories for a nice date night with my boo. And the second time, last week as a shirt. That's just how versatile this tunic is! Or...maybe that's just how short…

5 reasons you should pre-wash your fabric!

Is pre-washing a do or don’t in your sewing process? It’s definitely a “do” for me. I was taught that you should always pre-wash your fabric as you intend to wash it in the future. So for example, if you have a wool fabric that requires extra care, then you can take it to the…

Santa, baby! …the little red dress

Merry Christmas everyone! It is truly one of the most wonderful times of the year! Since I'm currently on vacay and it's a national holiday, I'm going to keep this super, super short! Here it is! My red dress. It was supposed to have a sequin collar...but there was way too much bulk and I…

A Baby Doll Dress | McCall Pattern 7977 Review

Happy Monday! Every once in a while I like to indulge my inner old-soul vintage vibes and make something retro. As soon as I saw this pattern in the McCall catalogue, I knew that it could be something really great. It's true what people say. A sewing pattern is like a cooking recipe. You can…

An Autumn Date Night Look!

It's a complete coincidence that yesterday I posted a matching separates look...and that here I am again, doing the same thing! Ha! I originally made this outfit for a date night for my trip to Jackson, Mississippi to see my boyfriend and the weather switched up completely when I landed so I never got to…

5 ways to rock leopard this Fall | Ready-to-wear

It's always nice when you can go into a store and look at a garment and say "I know how this was made!" Or, "I bet I can make that!" And often times, I leave a clothing store feeling more empowered than ever to finish projects and make my next outfit. But what happens when…

A coffee run in my Lou box top

It seems like the entire Summer I was surrounded by sewists who made beautiful garments from the Crowded Faces collection by Lady McElroy. I went back and forth on if I loved the fabric (it is quite an investment). Then by the time I wanted to purchase it, Summer was over and I had to…

My very first pair of jeans: Mimi G/Simplicity 8516

Whew! If you follow me on IG then you know I fought hard to make these jeans. I faced every challenge... from having the wrong fabric to breaking my machine (hopefully that's temporary). But mama! I made it! Here they are and I lived to tell the tale! My very first pair of jeans! With…

Scrap busting series part 4: The office outfit!

Did you know that you can make an office outfit from scraps? Yeah, me either! Honestly, this outfit was by accident and the separates were not intended to be worn together, but the separates matched and I said "Eff it, let's wear this together!" I chose a very 1960s inspired silhouette. I made the ultimate…

The essential tank: V for Victory for Chalk & Notch

This. Is. A. Must. For your sewing collection. Seriously, if you're looking for the perfect tank to add to your wardrobe or to test the waters with basics and essentials then this is the pattern you want. The Victory tank is the first pattern by Chalk & Notch in 2019. It's got 2 views, one…