New Website

busy with New Website

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been working on building a new website for Damask Raven.  I like the layout better, the shopping cart function is easier, and I think overall it’s just easier to navigate.  For you the customer, and for me, the behind the scenes administrator.  And I waffled back and forth between keeping the blog here or relocating that too.  I’m still not sure.  Mostly, I’m doing more vlogging, or at least exploring it more.  Ultimately, I think it will be a combination. For now, I will keep this one active, and resume posting here, while

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The Lost Art of Dress

The Lost Art of Dress

I read a book.  I’m not sure I liked this book.  The Lost Art of Dress by Linda Przybyszewski was a bit to get through.  I initially thought this book was sort of a how to guide on the lost styles of the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s.  Well, sort of.  The book did not provide any specific how-to’s.  However, it did provide some general guidance on color schemes to make one appear stylish, broad overviews on what might be in a ladies wardrobe.  First and foremost though, it was a history book.  It was a history book on, believe it

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Lipstick on Silk

Who doesn’t feel utterly glamorous with a silk blouse and the right shade of lipstick?  You know what’s NOT glamorous?  Lipstick on silk.  Which is why I’m going to show you how to remove lipstick, should you get some on your silk fabric. Now, generally speaking you probably won’t be using your blouse as a blotter.  But, should a smudge occur while disrobing, you won’t need to panic all the way to the dry cleaners.  Just put a little Dawn detergent on it and you’re good to go. And voila!  Lipstick gone, thanks to my favorite detergent!  I did use

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Silk Pilling

Silk Pilling

I saw a post on a Facebook group about silk pilling. And the poster did not think you could use Fabric Shavers on silk.  Now, I know you can use Fabric Shavers on silk. I have done so many times.  But I have not done so on camera.  So I did. Before I post the video, let me explain a bit about what causes pilling in Silk. In fibers in general, pilling occurs when short staple fibers work themselves loose from the weave.  In natural fibers like wool and cotton, they eventually break off.  In synthetics like polyester or nylon,

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’70s Retro Skirt

Among the many projects I have ongoing in connection to Damask Raven is a new wardrobe.  Like many people, I tend to have the wardrobe items I favor and wear over and over again, typically for many years, until they either fall apart, or I out grow them. So decided to make a video of my sewing process.  First up was a new skirt.  And in keeping with my own preference for looser clothing with a little flare, I opted to start with Simplicity Pattern 8019. The first choice was which of the many silks available to me did I

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The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman, an entrepreneurial love story

I have no problem reviewing books, but have typically steered clear of reviewing movies.  This is due largely to there are enough blogs out there that review and critique the film industry.  Why should my opinion count in this most selective of fields?  And I mostly want to keep the focus of Damask Raven on silk and sewing.  Yet I find I am unable to stop thinking about The Greatest Showman. I was a little ambivalent about this movie owing to some early conceptions about PT Barnum.  Then I read a review from an unexpected area, Fee.org.  This made me

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Knits

A brief review for knits

I will readily admit that sewing knit fabrics is not my strongest skill set.  I understand some fundamentals, I understand the zig zag stitch versus straight stitch.  I know that knits are typically serged when not sewn with zig zag stitch on a standard machine.  I do know that any fiber can be knit, including silk.  And that taps me out. So before I really did anything with knitted fabric (cotton to start, sorry), I reached for Sew Knits with Confidence by Nancy Zieman. Of course, generations of seamstresses grew up watching Sewing with Nancy, but what really brought the book

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That moment when…

That moment when

That moment when you realize you haven’t written a blog post in over two months.  Yikes!  That’s just bad business.  This was not an intentional disconnect.  I’ve been vacillating between blog and vlog or a hybrid thereof.  I’ve been working consistently behind the scenes.  Which would be fine, except that I am also the in front of the scenes person. So, bluntly, I need to do better.  I may not have the  largest following, but the people who do follow me deserve a little more attention and communication from me.  So here is an up to date status report of

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