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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

First Post of The Year

Christmas passed us peacefully, and brought with it a welcome chance to do nothing but rest. I for one took advantage of this, and pretty much spent my vacation playing Elder Scrolls Online, without giving work a single thought. Now it’s time to return to work, and I thought I’d start by sharing some plans for the new year.

Well, I wasn’t entirely idle during the holidays. I did accidentally design a way cool sweater the other night, but I’m not sure it’ll come to life the way I saw it. I hope it will work, and I’ll get to share it, but knits are often trickier than they seem. WTF-moments are inevitable, and I’m fairly certain I’ll get to frog the knit at least three times. I cast on a week or so ago, and I’ll be sharing my progress (or lack of) on my knitting-focused Instagram. I started a new account last fall just because it’s fun to share WIPs and UFOs and to connect with other knitters. If you’re a knitter, too, feel free to follow!

Along with playing, I’ve been dedicating my time to painting my nails. Mom got me 15 shades of nail polish for Christmas, and I want to try them all on right away! This green one is to die for, and it’s got a lovely matte finish. It also matches the cotton I picked for my maybe-to-someday-become-sweater project.

I’m also thinking about starting a few sewing projects. Mom always lets me loose in a fabric store before Christmas, and allows me to pick out anything I like. I had to return later to pick up lining material, and I accidentally treated myself to two pretty things.

Taking pictures of black fabrics is super-challenging, I hope you’ll forgive me for not getting a single detail to come out right.

I don’t have exact plans for all of these. The orange georgette would make a cute shirt-like tunic if there’s enough of it, and the light viscose jersey wants to be a top with a turtleneck and loads of ruffle details. The basic, thicker lycra is crying to become an empire-waist dress with a lace-up bodice and see-through details, but the last one is tricky. It’s a really heavy wet-look lycra with snake skin print. I want something special out of it, but it refuses to talk, silly thing. I’m thinking maybe turtleneck, and a hood, and an open back, but who knows.

I’m hoping this year will be a cool, fun year, especially sewing-wise. Luckily, that’s one thing we can all make happen!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

My Fav Pretty Basic Party Looks

The end of every year is the perfect time for parties and get-togethers. To honor that time-old tradition, I wanted to share with you my favorite party looks from the past fall.

A touch of Red

I love jersey dresses. I have more than enough, and I still continue to make more. They’re fun, they’re comfy, and they’re excellent for creating cute party looks. All one really needs is a few accessories.

For this look, I paired a bishop-sleeved LBD with a lace petticoat, a lace belt, and red heels. With red details, this look would be perfect for a quiet Christmas with the family. When I was a kid, we’d all wear something nice for Christmas dinner. There’d be candles and soft music, and all the food you could eat. Beautiful clothes made the night all the more special. This look is something I’d wear if we still celebrated Christmas at home. Traditions have changed over the years, and now I’ll enjoy the holidays with Charming and RPGs!

While wearing a pretty dress, of course.

Gathered Up

Our Pretty Basic Party Dress is a surprisingly versatile thing. It can be turned into all kinds of cute styles with accessories alone. I originally created this party look with Halloween theme parties in mind. With long pearls and a layered hem, this look reminds me of the Twenties. This look will work for all kinds of parties, though, especially if you have a fun personality to go with it. This look is super-cute, and now that I reminded myself of it, I kinda want to see if I can pull it off in real life.

New Year’s Eve might be the perfect night for this!

Crinkles!

Back in August, I was wondering what to do with a piece of crinkle fabric. After days and days of pondering, I decided to turn it into a skirt. The process was quick and easy, and resulted in both a cute skirt, and a tutorial on how to make one. The Crinkle Skirt is wide of hem, and has an elastic waist. It’s comfy and cute, and paired with our Lace Top, it makes a fun, casual party look. This is my favorite of the style-up -post I did with The Crinkle Skirt. The tight lace top balances out the wide hem, and the two textures look really nice together.

How To Make A Crinkle Skirt - All Done!

Warm and Cute

Just a few weeks ago, I introduced you to The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. It’s a lazy-curve vortex designed for two contrast-colored yarns. To celebrate the launch of the pattern, I created warm winter party looks with The Faerie Dragon. There were enough for two posts (one here, and the second here), and I loved creating the styles. This one is my favorite of the bunch. Our PuffBall Skirt paired with a lace blouse, a corset, and the beautiful shawlette created a look that’s fun and pretty unique. I really like the way this look turned out!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my favorite party looks. As this is this year’s last blog post, I want to wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a magical New Year. Enjoy yourselves, and remember to feel pretty!

Love,

Heather

Fun with Pretty Basics

With Christmas right around the corner, I wanted to keep the last two posts before my little break from work light and fun. That’s why I’ve chosen to feature The Pretty Basics, and create a few fun looks with The Basics. There’s little time to sew before Christmas, but as the New Year rolls in, I for one start to look forward to spring. Designing and sewing spring clothes during the winter is a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to get started! But first, let’s check out some fun looks for warmer weather.

Gorrito

… is what you get when you wrap up a Goth. As a burrito. Get it? Gorrito?

OK, maybe it wasn’t that funny. But wrapping up in a huge cardigan is a lot of fun. With the first look, I wanted to remind you of our Granny Square Cardigan. It’s a humongous square worked in filet crochet, and the pattern is completely free! This thing is super-warm, versatile, and easy to crochet. It does take some time to make, but during that time, it doubles as a lap blanket.

I worked this cardigan with upcycled cotton yarn and a 4mm / US 6 hook. It took me a week or so to crochet this. The Granny Square Cardigan is really a super-easy, a bit of a mindless project, and therefore it can be finished in a relatively short time.

I recommend using a DK-weight yarn for this cardigan. Gauge isn’t crucial for this project, but using a hook smaller than 4mm might be unwise. A larger tool makes this cardigan faster to crochet!

Sleeves?

After making The Pretty Basic Lace Top, I had a bit of skin-toned mesh left. I also had a dress to mod. I wanted to turn it into a Pretty Basic Jersey Dress, but there wasn’t enough fabric for long sleeves. Being the smart girl that I am, I took the mesh scraps, and cut the upper sleeves out of it. The lower sleeve and the cuffs I made with the dress fabric. The solution turned out really nice! I love the way the sleeves look, and they totally fooled Charming into thinking my arms were bare!

For this look, I paired the dress with our Reversible Corset. It works surprisingly well with The Jersey Dress. I gives both detail and character to the simple dress, and also serves to hide little imperfections and bumps caused by a lower layer of clothing. I love this look, and will totally wear it out in the near future.

Lace on Lace

Pairing two kinds of lace is always scary. Some say never to do it, some say go nuts. I say pick patterns that compliment each other, and don’t over-do it. For the second look, I chose to pair lace with lace.

Our Lace Top and Jersey Skirt love each other. Together, they create a lovely look both elegant and classic. I wanted to add something to the look, though, so I took the belt from our Lace Skirt, and tied around my waist. The wide belt creates an Obi-like silhouette, and adds a cute detail to the outfit. With a dab of red, it’d be perfect for a Christmas dinner with the family. I tied the belt two ways, and can’t decide which looks nicer. This goes to show that a small detail can make a big change for a look! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed our fun looks with The Basics today.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Grey Dress

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I found a piece of grey lycra with a really cute print. As you may know, I have a thing about colors, but grey, being just very light black, is sometimes OK. I bought the lycra, brought it home, and asked it what it wanted to be. It muttered something incoherent and I said fine, you just think about it as long as you’d like. Yesterday, right as I’d decided to concentrate on Christmas presents, the fabric had the audacity to announce its desire to become a Pretty Basic Jersey Dress. With a long hem. As I never say NO to fabrics, I cut it straight away, and today, I sewed the lycra into a grey dress.

The fabric really has a super-nice tone, and I’m happy I chose to make a simple dress with it. This way, the color gets a chance to shine.

I made the grey dress with long, tight sleeves. The cuffs are also very basic, but they bring a polished look to the sleeves. I have long arms, so I made the sleeves longer than the pattern calls for.

The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress has a wide, round neckline. For this dress, I made a smaller collar. It’s winter, after all, and I don’t want to freeze to death!

Sewing the dress took 1½ hours, including chat-breaks and general procrastination. The pattern is really very easy to sew, and it makes a basic dress that goes with everything! My grey dress is long, and I achieved this by simple lengthening the original pattern’s hem, and cutting it into an A-lined shape. I have to admit that I’ve made this pattern so many times I didn’t even try the dress on until it was finished…

The grey dress is basic in shape and style. That makes it a wardrobe staple. It can be paired with pretty much anything, and it’s so comfortable you’ll want to wear it all the time.

I didn’t have an awful lot of energy to create a proper outfit post with the dress after sewing it, but I did try! I bravely paired the grey dress with my black lace cardigan and called it an outfit. This look does need a hair-do and some accessories to fully work, but it does show that the grey dress really likes cardigans.

I really like the way these two garments look together. Grey and black belong to the same color-family, and look nice together. The lace cardigan allows for the dress’s color to shine through, and that effect ties these two together.

I believe I’m most likely to grab this dress when going out on a weekend. It is basic enough to wear on a weekday, but something about the print says PARTY to me. I was happy to note that my grey dress also likes corsets and large jewelry.

This look is totally Me. It has all of my favorite elements, and it’s super-comfy not only physically, but also mentally. An outfit is best when it doesn’t force you to squirm and tug at it, and this most certainly doesn’t. I’m so looking forward to wearing it out!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my new grey dress. I’d like to remind you at this point that our Pretty Basics will all be on sale until further notice, but only for VIPs. Join our mailing list to gain access to special offers!

Until next time!

Love,

Heather

Pretty Basics Collection

Christmas is just around the corner. It brings snow and gifts, and quiet time with the family. Like many others, I need a Christmas vacation! For this reason, we’ll be focusing on The Pretty Basics Collection this week and next, and all the way into next year. With all The Pretty Basics on sale for all VIPs, we’ll be focusing on outfits. I’m also hoping to push out a new pattern for Friday, but I refuse to promise I’ll make it! The said pattern will be a part of The Pretty Basics Collection, which means it’ll be easy to sew and fun to wear.

Personal style is always a unique thing. We all have our own personalities, the quirks and affections that make us US. I don’t want to tell you to change them or how you should look, but I do want to make getting dresses in the morning more fun. Our Pretty Basics Collection is designed to be easy to mix and match so that you won’t have to stress about what to wear on a busy morning.

Our Pretty Basic Collection is made of simple dresses, tops, and skirts that all go together. By adding accessories, you can use them to create a unique, elegant style that brings out your personality. During the coming few wees, I’ll do outfit posts with The Basics, focusing on creating warmer looks. After all, it is pretty cold outside! The Pretty Basics Collection comes complete with cardigans both knit and crocheted, so staying warm won’t be an issue.

Our Basics are designed to be first and foremost comfortable. That doesn’t mean they’re only meant for everyday wear. Accessories can make a simple jersey dress party-worthy. Styling tricks make all the difference. and even a hair-do can make a party look fabulous. The most important thing, though, is to have fun and stay comfortable. Especially during Christmas when the main focus is on lounging around and eating!

I hope you’ll have fun with or Pretty Basics Collection style-ups during the next few weeks.

Until next time!

Love,

Heather

More Winter Party Looks

Last week, I finally got to launch The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. It’s a lazy-curve vortex worked with two contrast colored, self-patterning yarns. I made mine with a crazy combo of green and purple, but any colors work for this project. As shawls and shawlettes are often seen as outerwear, I wanted to show you how to rock The Faerie Dragon as a part of warm party looks. All of these styles feature two light layers and The Faerie Dragon, so they’ll be nice and cozy even in the coldest house.

Full Length Puff-Ball

For the first look, I picked out yet another garment I haven’t featured in the blog. It’s a puff-ball skirt based on our pattern. I made it a few years ago with black taffeta and pretty basic lining material. I’ve only worn it a couple of times because it is a bit on the fancy side. The skirt is full length, and it makes noise when I walk. When making it, I gathered the sides just a little to give the skirt a lovely detail. For this look, I paired it with my favorite mesh top (which I literally wear all the time), and a purple waist corselet. The color of this little waist enhancer pleases me, but it’s boned with plastic, and feels quite flimsy as such. I’d really like to change the boning to light steel, and add a front closure  along with a modesty panel to the corselet. That’d make it better looking and nicer to wear.

The Faerie Dragon almost matches the purple corselet. Colors really are difficult for me, so I was hesitant about this combo. After careful consideration (and having kept an eye out for even wilder color choices) I have decided it works fine. The Faerie Dragon adds a lot of warmth to this look, while also making the corselet a bit less noticeable.

Warm Party Looks - long hems always make an outfit warmer

So Red

The temperature dropped quite violently here in Finland for a day or so, sparking the age-old conversation of “can mini skirts be worn during the winter”. I’ve always said sure, why not, and now I wish to prove my point.

I’ve seen a lot of girls shivering outside in short skirts and 20 denier tights during the coldest winters. That really isn’t the only way to wear a mini. It can be layered, just like longer skirts!

For the second stop in our warm party looks collection, I picked out a dress I made with a pattern fresh out of the 70s. It’s empire lined, bell sleeved, and super-short. For this look, I paired it with warm tights, our Garter Petticoat, fishnet socks, and my Tropical Breeze Shawl. This outfit may not look it, but it is warm.

I really like this dress, and I’ve worn it pretty often. I’d totally wear this look out, only I would switch the light heels for combat boots!

Warm Party Looks - try adding layers to leg-wear, too!

Short Puff-Ball

The last of our warm party looks is, again, my favorite. For this style, I chose to do a Corset-over-Blouse -thing. Waist corsets are often paired with blouses, but an overbust worn with a long-sleeved top under it is rarer. I would like to warn you, though, against choosing to wear a button down blouse under a tight-lacing corset. You will come out with button prints on your belly! With a corset top worn only for decorational purpose, this look is relatively safe.

Warm Party Looks - two tops instead of one make a look twice as warm

I picked out a lace blouse with small ruffles on the cuffs, and a short version of our puff-ball skirt. A zip-up corset matches the buttons on the skirt, and The Faerie Dragon brings both color and warmth to this cute look. I I thoroughly love this style, and would wear it out in a heartbeat!

Warm Party Look - a cute shawl brings loads of warmth!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our warm party looks collection. Don’t forget to take advantage of our VIP-offer on The Faerie Dragon!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather