SteamPunk Dress

Sometimes, fabrics are very clear about what they want to be. They tell me their desire, and I do my best to make come true. A few months ago, a lightly elastic pinstripe twill happened upon me at a flea market, and announced its will to become a steampunk-inspired pinafore. The fabric’s vision quickly turned into a reality, and the fruit of our joined vision is now available as the SteamPunk Dress Sewing Pattern.

SteamPunk Dress side view 2

The steampunk dress sewing pattern features a large collar which floats on the shoulder-line. The front of the dress is open, so it requires a blouse underneath! This steampunk-inspired pinafore is best worn with collared blouses paired with ties, or shirts with ruffled fronts.

SteamPunk Dress Sewing Pattern - collar detail

This dress is un-lined, so that it can be paired with blouses and petticoats. Designed to be worn over a layer of clothing, I wanted it to be as light as possible.

The fabrics that work best for this style are slightly elastic. Since the hem is designed to be gathered to length, the dress requires a thicker fabric. Jerseys can work for this style, but I recommend choosing a twill or even a high-quality taffeta for this style. Since the steampunk dress sewing pattern is designed with an open front, it is comfortable to wear even if made with non-elastic materials.

SteamPunk Dress Sewing Pattern - hem detal

The hem of this dress is cut with excessive length, and gathered to shape with the help of buttons. The pick ups create an interesting shape to the hem, but the dress can be made with a less dramatic straight hem, or even modded to knee-length. This dress loves variations, and works with a number of hem options. Paired with a tulle petticoat or even a hoop skirt, the hem of this dress will gain volume and an even more interesting shape.

I hope you’ll enjoy our SteamPunk Dress Sewing Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

SteamPunk Dress front view

Heather’s Basic Blazer

Filet crochet is one of my favorite crochet techniques. It’s easy, quick to master, and lovely to look at. Its versatility never ceases to amaze me. Filet crochet can be used for curtains, table runners, accessories, and many kinds of garments. I chose it to feature in my crochet cardigan called Heather’s Basic Blazer.

I like pieces of clothing that are easy to mix and match. Especially cardigans should work with everything in your closet. This basic style works wonders with skirts and dresses, and compliments looks built around trousers. The only thing that can clash with this cardigan is its color. I’ve sorted out that problem by making two: one in basic black, and one in petrol blue. The blue version is actually made with a combination of two yarns. A light, upcycled acrylic in petrol blue, and a satin finished black yarn also upcycled. The combo of two textures and colors gave the blazer a unique finish, and made the blue cardigan decadently heavy. I’ve often heard that one shouldn’t mix different weights and finishes, but I think it’s a way to add detail to a basic garment. As long as the yarns can both be washed in the same temperature, it’s OK to go nuts. I recommend playing around with yarns. After all, crocheting should be fun and rewarding.

The black version is made with basic cotton. I chose to use upcycled materials for both black and blue crochet cardigan. You can find a short tute on how to salvage yarn here, but feel free to use freshly bought yarn or something from your stash instead. This crochet cardigan works with any kind of sport weight yarn. As long as the gauge matches, you’re good to go!

Both these cardigans have quickly become my absolute favourites. They’re easy to pair, comfy to wear, and offer the right amount of warmth to casual outfits. With a sleek shape, they’re even nice to wear under winter coats!

I hope you’ll enjoy the Heather’s Basic Blazer crochet pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Embroidered Corselet

Corsets can sometimes be a pain to wear. Still, they add detail and bring a lovely silhouette to any outfit. To ensure a comfortable fit, I turned elastic fabric into an Embroidered Corselet.

embroidered corselet with contrasting bone channels

Elastic fabrics come with various degrees of stretch, and in all finishes. For a corselet, I recommend picking a fabric that keeps its shape and only gives enough to ensure comfortable wear. Too much elastane in a corset-like clothing can ruin the shape of the garment. A lightly stretchy fabric makes a corselet a joy to wear, and offers a bit of support as well.

This embroidered corselet features contrast coloured bone channels, and light embroidery on the sides. Creating this style requires only a sewing machine, since most of them have a selection of embroidery stitches. For the model corselet, I picked a floral stitch. Feel free to use any kind of embroidery, from flowers to basic zigzag. Even a straight stitch can create stunning results: just make certain stitching doesn’t eat at the elasticity of the fabric.

The shape of this corselet is quite standard. What separates it from the rest isn’t only embroidery and contrast colours. The closure also bears a unique element. Since the corselet is made with elastic fabric, it can be sewn into a snug fit. Therefore, it doesn’t have lacing, but button closure in the front. This makes the corselet easy to get in and out of. The buttons also serve as an interesting detail.

The embroidered corselet is supported with rigilene tape. As the garment is light and not meant to be laced up tight, rigilene serves its purpose of keeping the corselet sturdy. If you prefer, feel free to use metal spiral boning. You can also easily mod the pattern to sport a back lacing as well.

Corsetry is a fascinating are of fashion, and corselets are only a tiny section of it. I hope to find the time to create patterns for steel boned corselets as well. In the mean time, I hope you’ll enjoy the Embroidered Corselet sewing pattern.

Until next Wednesday!

Love,

Heather

embroidered corselet with button-down front

The NightSky Set

A while back, I found a yarn that wanted desperately to come home with me. It was a simple, sport-weight acrylic with a touch of lurex. I bought it, took it home, and knit it in two weeks. The yarn turned into fingerless gloves and a hat to match. Since they both sparkled like starts, I called it the NightSky Set.

Set of hat and fingerless gloves featuring seed stitch and cables

As you may have noticed, I have a lot of hair. To make life easier, I wanted a hat that can house all of that. Also, I wanted a hat that can be changed to a warmer style. Knitting up a hat that can go from slouchy beanie to regular beanie seemed a bit daunting, but with a little bit of thought, I got what I wanted.

The set is knit in seed stitch, and sprayed with a cable pattern. Together, these two surfaces create an elegant look. Since seed stitch looks the same on both sides, the set is easy to alter. The fingerless gloves have a long edge. It can be worn long for warmth, and turned down when you need to use your phone. And the beanie… thanks to invisible decreases, it can be turned inside out for easy manipulation. Wear it long when you want a slouchy beanie. When you need a regular one, flip it over, and fold the edge to show off the cable pattern. Quick, simple, and practical.

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This set has quickly become my favourite one. The sparkle of the yarn brings happiness to dark nights, and the practicality of the set is a delight. I’m super-happy to have been able to publish it before Christmas, since it has an added bonus hidden inside. The cable pattern works in fingerless gloves, and hats. And scarves! In the knitting pattern, you’ll find a chart for a scarf to complete the set.

I hope you’ll enjoy the NightSky Set -knitting pattern! It’s also available on Ravelry along with the rest of my knitting patterns.

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

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