I can make that! – Blouse with ruffled sleeves and a gathered back.

One of the things I really love to do is sew. So much so, that I even own a shop where I sew accessories for dogs and cats :) I knew the basics, but I wanted to learn more to the point where I could actually make my own clothes. I just always thought that was so cool. Since last year, I have been taking sewing classes and I feel I’ve reached a comfortable enough stage to grab a pattern from the shelves and give it a go. The class has not only made me appreciate sewing way, way more, but it has also made me a more savvy shopper. You start to pay attention to seams, fabrics, and the construction of the garment. You begin to analyze it: is it well-made or not worth my money? I’ve even gotten to the point where I look at clothes in the store, online, or being worn on Instagram and I think, “I can make that :D!” It’s a good feeling.

Don’t get me wrong, sewing is tough! It takes so much patience and knowledge. But if you’re like me, paying $50 for a basic, thin tee is a no-no. If I can, I’m going to try it to make it. Also, it’s fun, so why not! I want to make this a series here on my blog. A sort of like, I-attempt-to-make-today’s-fast-fashion-trends, and maybe save money and improve my sewing skills. If you’re new at this too, then join me and let’s learn together!

I’ve seen that shirts with ruffled sleeves are very popular at the moment. They’re very cute so I wanted to make one myself. I found the Simplicity 8335 pattern in my local store and got to work! It’s a Learn to Sew edition, which was perfect for me since I still consider myself a beginner. For me some parts were tricky, I’m not gonna lie. I acknowledge the mistakes I made and like I said, I am still learning, so in my mind, it’s ok to mess up as long as I learn from it, which I did.

I’ve linked some similar styles below in case you need inspiration. The orange romper is my favorite! Might just contradict all I’ve been saying and buy it…(kidding, but it is cute)

Anyway, here is the end result: (I didn’t iron it, don’t judge)

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I should’ve ironed it! I love how it looks though. Sadly, no one will be able to wear it :( I made a huge rookie mistake when sewing this: I didn’t measure my sister (it was for her) to see if the size I cut out would fit her. I also didn’t make her wear it along the way to see if I needed any alterations. My fault for sewing this at midnight when she was asleep.

I was reading other’s reviews on it and they said theirs fit them small as well, so take it from me and them and size up. It says an XS (which I made) will fit a woman’s 6-8 but that’s so untrue. I also read another blog where a girl combined size S for the body but M for the sleeves – it’s a smart idea you can try as well. Do what I didn’t do and measure!

Also, I felt I rushed my process out of excitement that I did sloppy work. Very sloppy work. As a whole, I’m proud that I accomplished this, but when I come close and focus on the little details on the blouse, it kills me. I should’ve been more careful. At least I learned many things– so that’s the bright side. Take a chance and give a sewing project a try! Even if, like me, you first don’t do so good.

What did you think of my top? Do you like these kinds of posts? Should I make it a series? Let me know in the comments! :)

– diana

Here are some pieces I found online containing ruffled sleeves. Aren’t they cute? Which is your favorite?

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diana & david try: Calbee’s Snapea Crisps in Wasabi Ranch

hey friends! i hope you’re doing well :)

so the other day david and I went to 7eleven and found these:

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since I am trying to eat healthier, and since I’ve seen that the internet has been a little obsessed with edamame lately, I decided to purchase them. after trying them, david and i gave our verdict. we find pleasure in trying and describing things we’ve never had before. it’s like a fun little game between us. so, we have decided to start this new section called “diana & david try:” to introduce new foods to our palate. and to have fun of course :) we hope you enjoy it, and if you have any suggestions, send them our way. it can be anything. well maybe not anything, haha. but if it’s reasonable and in our reach we promise to try it!

today we are tried Calbee’s Snapea Crisps in Wasabi Ranch!

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ingredients and nutritional facts here.

these are supposed to be healthier alternative to chips. they are baked and contain 70% whole peas. I read reviews and a lot of people in Amazon love this product (so much they buy it in boxes!). David and I…well, here’s what we think:

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b o t t o m  l i n e:

did we like them? no.

what did he think? flavorless // crunchy // really good garlic scent – like the bread from Olive Garden.

what did i think? still have unpleasant taste in mouth, even after eating pizza // weird smell // little spicy kick at times // couldn’t taste the ranch flavor

we… think the packaging is neat // liked the fact that chip was shaped like a pea // felt bad for throwing them away so they’re still there //

would we give this brand another try? in another flavor, yes. well at least me, hah.

would we purchase this specific item again? nope! come back to us, fatty chips<3

why we’re bad judges: david and I don’t like snap peas or wasabi or ranch. :(

should you try it? you should! it’s good to try new things.

:)

 

 


don’t forget to leave more suggestions below.

love you guys. thanks you for your time. have a very nice day:)

–diana&david