Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Halloween is tomorrow. Most of you probably have your costumes all ready, but just in case you miscalculated time (like I always do), I wanted to show you two last minute Halloween costume ideas! Both of these are super-easy, require absolutely no crafting, and can be put together using wardrobe staples.

Mrs. Mia Wallace

If you’re into quirky films, you’ve most likely seen Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. It’s one of my favorite films, and Mrs. Mia Wallace one of my favorite characters. Channeling her is easy: all you need is a pair of black pants, a white shirt, and a bob with bangs.

The outfit should cause no problems, but hair can be tricky. Wigs are costly, and not everyone wishes to have a haircut just to pull off a costume. I most certainly didn’t! Luckily, YouTube is full of hair tutorials. Whether you wish to create the perfect French twist, or a faux bob, a friendly YouTuber is guaranteed to help. To pull off this look, I turned to Loepsie. She hosts a wonderful beauty channel, and creates hair and make-up tutorials among other things. I highly recommend her faux bangs and faux bob tutorials, and, in fact, her entire channel.

Creating this last minute Halloween costume took me about half an hour, most of which I spent struggling with stubborn hair. I wore the only pair of pants I own, and a white shirt I actually got from Dad many, many years ago. This is a super-comfy look, but when venturing outside, I recommend wearing shoes!

Last Minute Halloween costume: Mrs. Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction

Wednesday Addams

Wednesday, daughter of Morticia and Gomez Addams, is most likely known to all. This epic child was born on the pages on The New Yorker, and later seen in a black and white TV show in the 60s. In the 90s, we met Wednesday in a movie. The Wednesday portrayed by Christina Ricci is probably the one everyone knows best. She is gloomy, big-eyed and clad in black. For my Wednesday costume, I wore a white shirt under a black dress, and black tights. I braided my hair, and chose a Suicide Bunny to drag along.

Wednesday costume is also a really easy one. All you really need is a black dress with a white collar, and the trademark braids. When doing this costume, it’s tempting to go for a slutty version, but I suggest you keep in mind that Wednesday Addams is, in fact, 8 years old.

With this in mind, I kept make-up to a bare minimum. I did a light foundation, applied mascara, and dabbed on a touch of red lipgloss to not looks so… well, dead. I took my Suicide Bunny along for the ride since it does look like something Wednesday would love and cherish.

Last Minute Halloween Costume: Wednesday Addams

I hope you’ve enjoyed these last minute Halloween costume ideas!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Lace Dress Looks

On Tuesday, I showed you a dress I made for a special occasion. Today, I wanted to share outfits based on the new dress, and its source of inspiration. I made my Lace Dress with our Hooded Dress Pattern with minor modifications. Instead of two layers, I only used one, and instead of long bishop sleeves, I went with short ones. The dress goes with a contrast colored slip, and I can wear it either with it, or with something else. For today, I styled up my Lace Dress for a darkly inclined party, and our Hooded Dress for Halloween Day. Let’s jump right in with wide hem dress looks!

Lace

For the first look, I wore my Lace Dress with its purple slip. The color doesn’t show in the photos at all, and it’s pretty subdued in real life, too. The combo does look pretty, though, with a hint of purple shining through black lace.

This design is super-simple. It doesn’t have too many seams, or details, and that’s why it can look a little plain worn as is. I wore my black corset over the dress to give it more detail, and draped black pearls around my neck. Too much jewellery is always a great idea, but for this look, I chose to wear only a few bangles. I chose black pearl earrings and a black earcuff , and made an attempt at a more challenging hair-do. Part from the hair, I’m quite pleased with this look. It’s comfy and cute, and totally house-party worthy!

Meow

Last Halloween, I went as a cat. I wore our bodycon Jersey Dress and kitty ears, and even did a cat make-up. The costume was so much fun: it even got me a chance to push things off tables! This year, I have something else planned, but I still wanted to use the ears as part of an outfit. Halloween costumes are fun to come up with and create, but if you’re in a rush and need something super-fast, you can always go simple. Making an effort, even the slightest one, is polite toward hosts if you’re going to a party, and can make a day even more fun. For the second of our wide hem dress looks, I wore our Hooded Dress (the hoodless option) over our Crinkle Skirt. I used an elastic belt to give the simple dress a detail, and wore cat ears to push the look into a feline direction.

This look is also super-comfy, and I would love to wear this out. The Crinkle Skirt has a wide hem, and worn as a petticoat, it makes the dress’s hem look even larger. I totally love that effect!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s wide hem dress looks!

Next week is Halloween week, and I was thinking about doing a “last minute costume” -post for Tuesday. We’re going to have our Halloween party on Saturday, so you’re going to have to wait until next week to see what I wore!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Lace Dress

A while back, nearly five weeks ago, we went to London for the weekend. We went to museums, ate all things tasty, and saw Garbage. I’ve been hoping to see them ever since Only Happy When It Rains came out as a single, so the occasion naturally required a new lace dress. I made one out of black lace and purple lycra, and felt very good about it. I also felt very good about finally getting to see Garbage: it was well worth the 13 year wait!

I chose to sew a separate slip and a lace dress. This way, I could combine the pieces with other elements, too. The materials for this new dress came from our local fabric store. I went in looking for skin toned jersey for a slip, and walked out it purple lycra and black lace. Could have been worse, though. I could have walked out empty handed!

After pre-washing the fabrics, I started to think about patterns. A simple design seemed like the best option. I wanted a narrow, purple slip, and a black lace dress with a wide hem. Choosing a design for the slip was easy: our spaghetti strap top worked perfectly after adding length to the hem. But the lace… well, that gave me a hard time. I wanted to make the dress with as few seams as possible. Patterned fabrics have a tendency to dislike vertical seams in particular. After giving the dilemma an entire hour of thought, I decided to go with our Hooded Dress Pattern.

Cutting the dress was fun. I’d chosen, at random, a nice and sturdy cotton based lace. It had a little bit of elasticity to it, and that promised a dress both cute and comfy. To make it easier to actually get into the dress, I installed a zipper into the center back seam. I used most of the fabric into the dress’s bodice and hem. This meant that I had to settle for short sleeves. Long ones would have of course been nice, especially with winter coming, but short ones are sometimes OK, too. I went with a basic cuffed sleeve, and sewed pleats onto the shoulder for an added detail.

The finished dress was even more comfortable than I imagined! I was so happy to pull it on, and notice that it, even combined with the slip, required no tugging or pulling. The dress even takes accessories well, and I’ll show you an outfit based on it on Friday. I’ll also style up my hoodless version of our Hooded Dress, so stay tuned!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Long Skirt Styles

For the past two years, I’ve picked out a featured product for each week, and created outfits based on it. Yesterday, I started thinking. Why is it always me who gets to say what’s on sale for VIPs? What if they could decide for themselves for a change? I figured this was a relatively brilliant idea, and so I have decided to give all VIPs anything they want for 15% off. Pick a pattern, and it will be on sale until the end of this year. And to make this more fun, I’ll open the offer to everyone on Black Friday week! This also gives me the opportunity to show you looks that inspire me right this moment. Let’s begin with some long skirt styles! The first one is something I wasn’t happy about.

See-Through

A long time ago, I showed you a brief glimpse of a see-through blouse I made. I haven’t worn this thing yet because it’s a bit difficult. The blouse has a cute cut, and wearing a black spaghetti strap top under it sort of ruins the details. A month or so ago, I used left-over mesh to sew a skin toned top that I could wear under see-through tops. On photo-day, I paired the top with the blouse.

And I’m feeling a bit iffy about it. I mean, the idea works, but the top has a lot of lace on it, and it’s really light, and this combo just made me feel uncomfortable. I kinda like the way it looks, but… maybe I’ll just make a skin toned tank top. Or better yet, a slip!

Super Long

The second look of our long skirt styles is actually the first one’s back-up. I used the same skirt, and the same hair-do. This skirt is a flea market find. It’s long, fitted, and has a low-cut waist. I might turn this into a knee-length skirt at some point, but for now it’s OK. For this look, I paired it with my Yoked Blouse. This is my favourite blouse. It features all the elements I thoroughly love, is super-comfy, and even takes accessories well.

Throwing on a blouse and a skirt works fine, but I wanted to give this look an upgrade. I took a chiffon sash, and tied it around my waist to create a simple detail. A bow works wonders in turning a look ultra-feminine!

Hooded

I’m not really a hood-person, but I do think they look cool. For the third look, I wanted to try a hooded style. I took our Hooded Wrap Top, a surprisingly fun pattern with a three layer front, and paired it up with a long peasant skirt. This look isn’t something I’d choose to wear, but I was surprised at how comfortable it was. A long skirt is easy to wear, and the top required no tugging or pulling. I kept accessories to a bare minimum here, and only wore my wedding ring, and platform shoes. This style turned out to battle for the spot of my favorite, and actually won!

One more thing about the shoes. I got them on H&M, and plan to give them a serious make-over! Stay tuned to see what happens.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s long skirt styles.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Taking in a Tardis Tee

A while back, I stole a T-shirt from Charming. I’m not a T-shirt person, but this one had the coolest Tardis print, and I had to have it. Needless to say, the Tee was designed for a boy, and would not flatter a girl. Since I really wanted to wear it, I decided to go on a T-shirt resizing quest. Here’s what I had to work with!

The T-shirt was pretty OK around the shoulders, but below that, it was a disaster. Way too wide at the waist, and a touch tight at the hip. I started my T-shirt resizing by putting it on inside out. While wearing it, I pinned down the sides using safety pins. Next, I opened the side seams, and removed the sleeves.

I shaped the side seams to gain a narrower waist. To add room to the hip, I decided to add wedges. Cotton jersey was a bit sparse (I don’t really care for it, cotton has a tendency of clinging to itself and that makes me fidget) so I settled for left-over lace.

I closed the side seams while adding in the wedges, tried the Tee on, and found that it was good. Also, I found that I needed to change my original plans a bit. The shoulder width was fine, but arm scythes were waaaay too big!

To remedy this flaw, I ripped off the neckline binding. Then, I cut off a bit at the shoulder, and shaped the neckline on the back piece. This does seem like a lot of work, but it is the most efficient way to shorten an arm hole.

After closing the shoulder seams, I returned to the sleeves. They were the basic boys’ Tee shape, which can only be described as “boxy”. I could have cut them into a narrower shape, but instead, I merely shaped the cap a bit.

To hide the extra width, I pleated the excess around the shoulder to gain a puff sleeve.

Though the Tardis Tee needed a lot of work, the actual T-shirt resizing only took two hours. Putting a Tee together is pretty straightforward, and I think I spent most of the two hours seam ripping and taking photos. The finished product is still a bit loose at the waist, but I don’t think a T-shirt needs to be super tight. What matters is that it’s no longer baggy at the waist and small at the hip!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s T-shirt resizing adventure!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Winter Accessories Looks

This week, I planned to talk about gloves and scarves, and nothing more, but I guess we all know what happens to best-laid plans. They may not always fail, but behind them, there’s a human who gets caught up in ideas. You see, Monday was really cold and grey. I needed a pick-me-up, and figured you would, too. For that reason, I decided to write a quick tutorial on how to make a blanket coat! The tutorial will be free on the blog from now until eternity, and I do hope you’ll take advantage of it. Today, we’ll be returning to planned schedule, and looking at winter accessories.

Green

Scarves are an easy way to bring warmth to any outfit. They go with everything, and work for any occasion. For the first look, I wanted to pair winter accessories with a corset. Choosing a corset was pretty easy: I have one with green details and lining that matches my green Lune. The outfit came together quickly and painlessly, but… well, we all know what corsets feel like when it’s been a while since you’ve been in one.

If we ignore what this outfit felt like, I have to say that I like the way it looks. I’ve always loved the combination of long hems and corsets, and my green Lune adds a unique element to the look. I wore it thrown over my chest to conceal bare shoulders. This way, it gives way to the lacing at the back, and won’t end up tangled up in hair. Though the scarf doesn’t necessarily look like it, it does bring a lot of warmth to this look.

Purple

Winter accessories are an easy way to change the mood of a dress. With the second look, I chose to use Jane’s Dress. I seriously love this dress, and plan to make another one once I stumble onto the right fabric. For this look, purple knits seemed appropriate. Mu purple Lune and fingerless Lovelace Gloves match beautifully in color, and I often wear them together. This sleeveless dress is starting to be a bit too cold to wear as is. Adding gloves, even fingerless, and a scarf add a lot of warmth to it. And the best part about winter accessories is that you can easily remove them if you get hot!

This look proved to be really comfortable, and I will most definitely wear it someday. The purple winter accessories look lovely with Jane’s Dress, and bat earrings push it closer to my own personal style. Along with the run-away strand of hair that seems to have escaped my bun.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s outfit post!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Blanket Coat

This week, we should be focusing on knitting patterns. Instead, I wanted to give you a quick tutorial on how to make a blanket coat! As fall is coming, we all need something easy to sew, something that will both lift our spirits, and make us feel pretty. A blanket coat fits that bill perfectly. This project is super easy, takes about two hours, and grants you a flowy coat to wear on cold, grey days.

How to sew a Blanket Coat

You will need light wool fabric, and satin lining. You can use other lining materials, too, but satin is preferred since it looks pretty, and drapes beautifully. Drape is the most important thing to look at when choosing materials for this coat: there will be a lot of fabric around you, and if it doesn’t fall soft and pretty, the coat might look bulky. Pick light and soft fabrics!

You’ll need about 80″ of 60″ wide fabric, both lining and wool.

How to sew a Blanket Coat

Fold your fabric lengthwise. You can make this coat as long as you like, naturally, but a knee-length version is the most practical to wear. It keeps you warm enough while flowing around you, but won’t weigh too much, and most definitely won’t drag through mud. How to sew a Blanket Coat

Next, determine the center of your material. You can do this by folding the fabric widthwise, or by measuring. The latter is more accurate, of course. Cut one layer of the fabric open along the center line. Shape the upper part of the opening to a V-shape. At this point, round the corners. This is entirely optional: this coat will look just as nice with crisp corners as it does with a rounded hem.

Repeat with your lining.

Sew the wool and lining together with right sides facing leaving a gap at the back hem. Turn, and close the gap.

There are loads of tutorials on how to make a blanket coat on the internet. Most of them end here, leaving you to tie the coat on with a belt, crunching up all the fabric at the sides and leaving your arms to freeze.

We’ll take this one step further.

How to sew a Blanket Coat

Determine the distance from shoulder to waist, and mark it on both sides. Measure out your waist, half it, and transfer the measurement to the coat. Then, sew buttonholes through both the front and back of the coat. This will attach the front to the back.

Open the buttonholes and push a belt through.

Sew another buttonhole to the top of the center front opening, and add a button to the other side for easy fastening.

You can also embellish the coat if you happen to feel like it. Add patch pockets before sewing the lining to the wool, or add lace applique to the thing. Or you can do what I did: take a Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf you never wear, and sew it to the neckline as an afterthought to create a warmer collar!

How to sew a Blanket Coat

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick tutorial on how to make a blanket coat. Oh, and I did incorporate this week’s featured product into the photos!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Warm Fall Looks

October is finally here, and winter is reminding us of its presence. Though it isn’t super-chilly yet, it’s a good time to start knitting for winter. I don’t think there’s a better way to relax than to curl up on the sofa with a cup of coffee, a rewarding knit, and your favorite shows queued up on Netflix. With that in mind, I chose to feature wintery accessories this week. We all deserve a new pair of gloves and a cute little scarf, so Lovelace, Purlace, and Lune get to shine in the spotlight until October 15th! As I am still a bit under the weather (what is fall without a flu that lasts for two weeks and counting), we’ll start off with warm fall looks from last year. These two looks are not only comfy and cozy, but also my favorite fall styles featuring this week’s product picks.

Forest Green

I don’t usually go for pencil skirts, but for this look, I wanted to try. Pencil skirts create a lovely silhouette, but can be challenging to function in. If made a bit too narrow, like I did here, one will need to consider walking again. This look is really cute, though, and if the skirt were comfier, I would gladly wear this out.

I paired my not-so-comfy pencil skirt with a corduroy blazer, my forest green Lune, and black Purlace gloves. This first stop of our warm fall looks is perfect for running errands, and I actually do wear my Lune a lot with this autumn coat. I love the way the stockinette drapes, and the shape makes Lune easy to wear.

This skirt, by the way, was discarded, and turned into a waist corset. Check out the results of the operation here!

Purple

Some of you might remember a dreadful incident from last fall. I was leaving a fabric store via an escalator, got lost in thought thus losing concentration, and BAM! my dress got caught in the ascending stairs. Charming cut me loose, but my dress seemed pretty much ruined. Luckily, I sew. It took me an hour or so to salvage the mangled dress, and the results were pretty awesome. A long dress turned short, gained long sleeves, and even got a bit of lace!

For this look, I paired the transformed dress with my purple Lune, and fingerless Lovelace gloves. I love this look, though for going out, I’d opt for black tights and warmer footwear. This look would totally work for shopping trips and casual lunches!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s warm fall looks. I’m hoping to feel well enough to take new outfit photos soon!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather