Taffeta Skirt

Once upon a time, I had a little piece of left-over taffeta. It was the basic sort of light taffeta you can get anywhere for 5€/meter, tops. I kinda wanted to make a corselet with it, but taffeta, though it is hard, doesn’t handle pressure that well. Taffeta corsets and corselets require a better quality material, so I opted on making a skirt. I had about half a meter of fabric, so my taffeta skirt was bound to be short.

I wanted a very basic skirt that wouldn’t take long to make. A simple skirt easy to mix and match with all kinds of tops, and even bustle skirts. Instead of picking out a “real” pattern, I used the same idea as with The Crinkle Skirt. With just a long strip of fabric, a zip, and a waist band, this style is super-easy to make.

Taffeta Skirt - this was really easy to sew!

As taffeta frays, and leaves long strands of clingy, fuzzy stuff behind, I used my trusty serger to sew the skirt. I finished all the raw edges straight away to keep from getting covered with taffeta fibers. Then, I used my sewing machine to create a very basic, yet tidy, hem.

Taffeta Skirt - a basic rolled hem always looks tidy.

The original Crinkle Skirt is made with a proper waist band. With this mod, I just took a piece of elastic, and pleated the taffeta against it. I don’t plan to wear this skirt with the waist band exposed, so it doesn’t really need to be that pretty. The wide elastic is tidy enough, though, to be seen, so I do have the option to change my mind about hiding it.

As I chose to pleat the fabric to the elastic without stretching it, the waist band is non-elastic.

Taffeta Skirt - pleated waist is so pretty!

The skirt needed closure. I sewed an exposed zipper to it along with a large button. This solution works with casual skirts, but for formal wear, always use a hidden or concealed zipper!

The skirt turned out really nice, and as I planned, it goes with all kinds of tops and cardigans, and looks super-cute with fluffy petticoats. On Friday, I’ll show a few outfits based on this skirt, along with our featured product for the coming week.

Taffeta Skirt - exposed zippers work for casual wear only!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my taffeta skirt.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Ruffle Skirt Looks for Fun

Last week, I got to launch the last of The Pretty Basics. The Ruffle Skirt completes our line of cute, casual skirts, tops, and dresses. Today, I wanted to show you two more ways to wear it. This skirt is designed for viscose jersey, or similar fabrics. As a cute little jersey skirt, it isn’t really fancy. Still, I wanted to see how it would work with parties, so let’s take a look at some fun Ruffle Skirt looks!

Lace and Tie

As you may have noticed, I really like ties. I pair them up with pretty much anything, and of course I had to see if The Ruffle Skirt would like one, too. I paired the skirt with a lace blouse, and added a tie to the mix. Instead of a black tie, I opted for a purple one.

I’m not that into colors, and I felt super-uncomfortable in this outfit. I love the idea, though, it’s just the colors that gave me a hard time. I’d also like this better if I replaced the skirt with a high-waist pencil skirt… or a long black one in any shape.

Getting dressed can be a bit of a challenge, and even I can’t win every time!

Fun Ruffle Skirt Looks - Lace blouse and tie always work together

Tulle on Tulle

The second look is a bit different. You see, I started writing this post, got a little bit discouraged by the first look, and my subconsciousness started working on an alternative. I remembered that I have a corset top that matches with The Ruffle Skirt’s purple tone, a brand new mesh blouse, and a tulle that works for both a petticoat and an outer layer. Combined, these elements make a super-cute outfit. I literally don’t have time to do a photo-shoot today, so I assembled the outfit on a flat surface. I know it’s not the same, but it does give an idea toward how these elements work together.

The blouse is actually my favorite part of this ensemble. I made it from the mid-layer of a circle skirt, and finished it yesterday. It’s really light and a bit on the loose side, and bears subtle lace details. I’m thinking I might turn it into a pattern as it turned out so well.

This look is so cute, and The Ruffle Skirt works wonderfully under a layer of tulle. In a perfect world, the ruffles would match in height, of course, but minor imperfections make life interesting.

Fun Ruffle Skirt Looks - Tulle on tulle looks so pretty

Ruffles on Ruffles

Back in August, I showed you a Ruffle Dress I made. It’s made with the same fabric as The Ruffle Skirt, so my natural instinct was to pair the two up. The dress is made with a ruffle front, and an empire-line, contrast colored hem.

This look is my favorite of the fun ruffle skirt looks. It’s cute, it’s feminine, and it color-coordinates perfectly. It’s also really comfortable, and works for all kinds of outings. I wouldn’t wear this to a wedding, but totally for drinks at the corner pub or a casual dinner. When venturing outside I’d opt for more sensible footwear, but the combo of ruffles really works for me.

Fun Ruffle Skirt Looks - The skirt plays an undercover agent here!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of fun Ruffle Skirt looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Handbag Mod

Once upon a time, I decided I needed a new handbag. I turned the internet upside down in search of the perfect purse, and came out empty-handed. I even ventured outside into the real world in search of one! As I am a little bit picky, and didn’t want to spend a fortune on an accessory, I went on eBay. That’s what I usually do when I “need” something I’m likely to grow bored with in less than a year. Going in, I had no idea what kind of a bag I actually wanted, and finally settled on a slouchy one. The decision is based entirely on material: I figured if the purse was a total bust, I could just rip it apart, and use the fake leather for a new one!

The bag arrived in due time, quite quickly actually, and it was fine. A bit larger than expected, and lacking a sturdy bottom, but OK in quality. I could have used it as it was, but I really wanted to add a reinforcement, and minor details.

This bag is soft, and frameless. It’s sewn with light fake leather, and fully lined. The design is very basic, and it’s large enough to house a notebook and other essentials, such as wallet, phone, make-up kit, hairties, knitting, and a bottle of wine along with a change of clothes. Seriously, this thing is huge. As it is “just” sewn, I felt confident to go under the lining.

I pulled the lining out, and carefully ripped open the bottom seam. Then, I proceeded to cut out a piece of sturdy cardboard in the shape of the bag’s bottom, and an extra pocket. I also took a D-ring.

As I was inside the lining, attaching the patch pocket was a piece of cake. Securing the D-ring to the lining was also easy. And now you ask why on Earth do I need a D-ring attached to the inside of a purse. Well, the answer is simple. I have a snap hook on my key ring. Clipped onto a D-ring inside a purse, it saves me from losing my keys inside my bag. I always know where they are, and never have to stand in the middle of a sidewalk digging around my bag. Literally the best idea I’ve ever had.

After the pocket and the D-ring were in place, I proceeded to anchor the cardboard to the bag. I cut out a piece of lining silk to match its shape, and sewed it onto the sole. The fabric keeps the reinforcement from moving around.

The entire process took about an hour and a half, and cost pennies. It didn’t alter the bag’s look, but made it sturdier, and easier to handle. I’m so glad I took the time to do it! This humongous yet still sleek carry-all is now my new favorite. It goes with any outfit, and is so easy to carry around. With the make-over, it can even stand on its own!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my little purse make-over.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Ruffle Skirt Looks for Free Time

As you may have guessed, this week’s featured product is The Ruffle Skirt. This cute little jersey skirt sewing pattern was launched on Tuesday. The skirt completes our Pretty Basic Collection, and it’s so easy to sew you won’t believe it! Today, I wanted to show you a few outfits based on The Ruffle Skirt. Since the skirt is made with jersey, it doesn’t feel fancy. It’s perfect for everyday outings, such as trips to the craft store, and just hanging around the house. That’s why these ruffle skirt looks are super-casual and comfy.

Flowers

The Ruffle Skirt loves all kinds of tops. For the first look, I paired it with a mesh top and our Spaghetti Strap Top. Tights and chunky heels complete the outfit, but winter calls for something extra. It’s cold outside and in, and I for one don’t much care for freezing to death. To stay just a bit warmer, I added a long crochet scarf and our Fishnet Gloves to the mix.

Small pieces of cotton aren’t really that warm, but they do add to the coziness-factor in any outfit. Fingerless gloves add length to light sleeves, and keeps wrists and hands protected against draft. A scarf brings texture to the look, and keeps cold air away from the neck.

The flower embellishments on the scarf are cute and feminine. Both sides of the scarf bear them, adding both detail and weight to the scarf. This is actually a mod of our Hooded Scarf Crochet Pattern, which is available as a free recipe, and a more detailed download.

So Warm

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Pretty Basics all go together. The Jersey Top, Spaghetti Strap Top and Crochet Blazer are perfect for this skirt! For the second look, I held on to the top combo, and wore our Crochet Blazer over them. I also wore a tight, black skirt under the purple one to give it more warmth.

I made the lower skirt a while back to go under short jersey dresses that have a wider hem. I used our Garter Petticoat Pattern for this one, only I made mine longer, and without garters.

This look is really comfy, and I’m definitely going to make it a part of my everyday style. I work from home, so I get to stay comfortable, but I still like to look nice. This outfit is cute, fun, and, best of all, comfy.

Hooded

For the last look, I wanted to try something a bit different. Lately, the not-so-basic designs in our collection have gone with little attention, and I try to change that when I can. For this look, I chose our long-neglected Hooded Wrap Top.

This top is made with a three-layer front and wrap cut. Instead of wearing the hem straight, I tied it to the back to create a cropped look. The hood worked perfectly in saving me from having to figure out a hair-do, and delicate heels balance out the androgynous top.

I really like the way the top looks wrapped down, but I’d probably wear it with a long spaghetti strap dress instead of a short skirt. The hem of the top rides, and that makes me all fidgety. A dress would feel more comfortable for me personally.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Ruffle Skirt Looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt

Basics are the foundation of any wardrobe. Our Pretty Basic Collection is just about complete. I will create one more knit item for it, but sewing-wise, we’re done. Today, we’re launching the last sewn item to the line! The Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt comes in five sizes, and is so quick and easy to sew you won’t believe it. Making the model skirt took me around two hours! That includes all the breaks I took to consider how I’d like to write a tutorial for it.

Our Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt is best made with medium-weight jersey. I used a viscose jersey in a really nice shade of purple. I was tempted to make this in black, but maybe a wild color will be fun for a change!

Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt - I made this with medium weight viscose jersey

The Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt is figure-hugging and short-ish. It features an elastic waist, and ruffled hem. This skirt is made with the simplest techniques, so it’s a cool project for beginners, too! Sewing this skirt is really super-easy, and you’ll only need a serger to make one.

I really like the shape of this skirt. It’s cute, feminine, and really comfortable. The Ruffle Skirt loves most kinds of tops, and works as a petticoat just as well as an outer layer. Since this skirt is made with a material that can turn translucent when worn, I do recommend petticoats or thicker leggings with this one. Layering The Ruffle Skirt up makes it warmer, and even fit for winter wear. Our Garter Petticoat will work wonderfully with this one, just like all the Pretty Basic tops! For extra-warmth, add a Crochet Blazer or a Chunky Shrug to the mix!

I hope you’ll have fun with The Ruffle Skirt. On Friday, I’m going to show you a few outfits made with it!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

Yoked Blouse Looks, pt. 2

This week’s featured product is The Yoked Blouse. As stated in the first part of Yoked Blouse Looks, this is my all time favorite blouse. It’s cute, it’s comfortable, and it suits my style perfectly. That’s actually why styling up this blouse gave me a bit of a hard time. This blouse loves all kinds of skirts, but creating an outfit simply by pairing a top to a skirt does get boring pretty fast. The blouse’s tendency to hide accessories with its long, long sleeves did not help one bit. I actually got a bit desperate, and tried to pair this with pants! It looked nice, I’ll admit that, but I was so uncomfortable and out of my element I wanted to scream. So today we shall, once more, wear hems.

Ruffles

Ruffled cuffs are the very essence of romantic Victorian style. Sometimes I wish I’d given The Yoked Blouse ruffled cuffs, and even more often I’ve thought about modding them. Changing the sleeves would change the entire look of the blouse, so I’ve decided against it. Luckily, there are non-permanent solutions! For the first look, I gathered the sleeves with – yes, you guessed it – hair ties.

I know it sounds a bit silly to use a hair  tie to alter sleeves, but it does work. A narrow, elastic hair tie hides beneath the folds of the sleeve, and keeps the cuff pretty securely in place. I was a bit skeptical about it myself, but the trick does turn a cuff around.

I paired the altered blouse with a long cotton skirt and our Reversible Corset. This look is again something I really do wear. The combination of ruffled hems and a waist corset is just delightful for me, and makes me feel pretty.

Puffed

The Yoked Blouse is designed with a Victorian feel. That doesn’t keep it from turning way cute, though! For the last stop of your yoked blouse looks, I paired it up with our PuffBall Skirt.

This version of our PuffBall Skirt sports silver buttons and a lively material. For some reason, I’ve made this with an elastic waist, which I no longer care for that much. The elastic waistband isn’t that pretty, and I feel obligated to hide it. I’m thinking about replacing it with a fitted one so that this pretty skirt will get more wear!

This look is really cute, and would work perfectly for a casual party with friends. Simple outfits gain a lot from jewelry and accessories. For this style, I chose buckled heels and snowflake earrings.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the second part of our Yoked Blouse Looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Yoked Blouse Looks, pt. 1

This week’s featured product is The Yoked Blouse. This is one of my all time favorite blouses, and I literally wear it all the time. I like it best paired with long skirts and corsets, but The Yoked Blouse can be worn many ways. Today, I’ll show you two ways to style up the versatile blouse in the first part of our Yoked Blouse Looks.

Pleated

The Yoked Blouse likes all kinds of skirts. For the first look, I paired it with a knee-length pleated skirt that strongly reminds me of the Eighties. With that in mind, I continued by adding Fishnet Gloves and my bowler hat to the style. I was having a super-bad hair-day, so I left it loose for the first look. It’s getting really long, and I dare not cross it by trying on multiple ‘dos!

Yoked Blouse Looks - Pleated Skirt makes it so cute

This look turned out really nice. It feels both comfortable, and ME. The pleated skirt, a flea market find from long ago, is a part of my everyday wardrobe, and works beautifully with all kinds of tops. It has a fitted waist which I decorated with a piece of lace, and that makes it a perfect companion for blouses. The waist keeps blouse tails securely hidden, and adds comfort to any outfit.

The Yoked Blouse has long but wide sleeves. That makes it not-so-warm during the winter. Adding a pair of fingerless gloves helps keep wrists warm, and also add a cute detail to  this look.

Yoked Blouse Looks - Fishnet Gloves and bowler hat complete the look

Corp Goth 101

As many may suspect, creative professionals often work from home, in their jammies. I am no exception to that rule. Working from home allows me to ignore dress codes, and though I don’t stay in jammies all day, I do wear my comfiest jersey dresses. If I did work in an office, though, The Yoked Blouse would most likely be my go-to garment. It’s cute, it’s comfortable, and it pairs up beautifully with pencil skirts. For the second look, I wore The Yoked Blouse with an elastic pencil skirt and lace-up stilettos.

I love the way this outfit looks, but while taking photos, I noted that I thoroughly dislike the skirt. It has the wrong shape for my body, which makes it ride and twist and just feel horrible. I threw it into the “recyclables”-pile, and will turn it into something else. In my world, no ill-fitting garment goes to the bin!

Yoked Blouse Looks - Office appropriate with a pencil skirt

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first part of our Yoked Blouse Looks. We’ll continue with the theme on Friday!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

Yoked Blouse

The new year has begun, and it’s high time to get back in line. Our first featured product for 2018 is The Yoked Blouse. I just realized that for some reason, I’ve been very quiet about it. It’s one of my wardrobe staples, and I wear it all the time, so I can’t understand why! I love this blouse, and would actually like another one, only with bishop sleeves.

The Yoked Blouse is best made with two kinds of fabric. A light cotton blend for the bodice and lower sleeves, and a slightly elastic chiffon for the yoke and upper sleeves. Mixing elastic and non-elastic materials is a big no-no for some sewists, but I say go nuts. Adding a bit of stretch to a garment makes it much more comfortable, and gives it more ease. Mixing stiff cotton with light jersey won’t work, of course, but lighter cotton blends paired with chiffon with a minuscule amount of elastane is a match made in heaven.

The Yoked Blouse has super-long sleeves. They’re cut flared, and finished with a satin ribbon. This tiny detail makes the sleeves both cute and unique.

The Yoked Blouse comes, obviously, with a yoke. I wanted to create a blouse that’s both conservative and revealing. I accomplished this by using a see-through material for the yoke, while keeping the overall design simple. This style has a low mandarin collar, and a lace detail outlining the yoke.

yoked blouse sewing pattern - collar detail

While this is my favorite blouse, it’s been featured in only two outfit posts. That’s going to change next week! In the mean time, I wanted to re-share the outfits already created with it.

A cute, feminine blouse can be styled in many ways. For this look, I chose a super-wide cotton skirt with a high elastic waist. Looking at these two garments next to each other I was certain they wouldn’t look good together, but lo and behold, they rock! It’s always fun to see unexpected companions turn into a kick-ass outfit, and that totally happened here. The wide, light skirt with asymmetric hem goes beautifully with the blouse, and the belt I tied into a little bow brings the cutest element to the look.

This style was a part of warmer party looks. The Faerie Dragon Shawlette adds loads of color to the look, and makes it warm for winter.

The second look belongs to the “and this is how I wear it” -category. Most of the looks I share in the Everyday With an Edge -part of the blog aren’t exactly Me. This is, for me, an eternal dress up -game that as many as possible can enjoy and draw inspiration from. All black and all Goth would leave me with a very limited audience, so I try to tone most of the looks down a bit, or add a dab of color. This is one of the rare looks I actually wear. I love the way The Yoked Blouse plays with our Victorian Skirt and Reversible Corset, and run to this outfit on days when no dress feels just right. This style is always there to save me!

This Victorian inspired outfit features our rarely seen Yoked Blouse.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our Yoked Blouse!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather