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Wrap Dress Styles

Styling up a wrap dress can be a tall order. They’re difficult to pair with belts, and they can have issues with cardigans. There are options, though, for creating wrap dress styles. Today, I wanted to show you a few cute outfits based on our Sleeveless Wrap Dress Pattern. The Wrap Dress is our featured product for this week and next. It’s on sale for all VIPs, so go head and join our mailing list to gain access to the offer.

I took these photos late in the evening, so the lighting’s a bit different from usual. My camera was also a bit poorly leveled as you may notice…

Snake Skin

Popping a top under a sleeveless dress is always a good choice. For the first look, I paired The Wrap Dress with our Pretty Basic Jersey Top. The top’s made with snake skin print lycra, and has a double-bound neckline.

My wrap dress is made with a thick cotton jersey. It’s black, but tints toward brown. That’s why my first instinct was to choose a top with a brown print. I really like the way this outfit turned out. It’s comfortable and cute, and completely office appropriate. Snake skin shoes repeat the top’s pattern, and complete the look.

For jewelry, I chose to wear a single black bangle. I fear it might have been lonely on its own, but it does make a pretty detail!

Wrap Dress Styles - Snakeskin

A dab of Blue

Small touches of color brighten up any outfit. I’m most comfortable in black, but sometimes it’s nice to shake it up a bit.

Not too much, though.

For the second look, I wore a blue mesh top under the wrap dress. To even out the contrast between a light top and a heavy dress, I wore sleeves over the top. The sleeves bring a bit of warmth, and also tone down the blue top a little.

This outfit it also super-comfy, and perfect for running errands and shopping. For the photos, I decided to pair it with H&M heels I just got. I’m not that crazy about the shoes, but they’re basic, classic, and affordable. I had a bit of a shoe-related emergency, and these heels saved me.

Wrap Dress Styles - Blue

Cute with Lace

Blouses also work well with wrap dresses. For the last stop of today’s wrap dress styles, I paired the dress up with a black lace blouse. I’ve actually done a similar look earlier, in this post. I wore that particular outfit when we went to see CMX in August, and really liked it. Today, I wanted to show you a slight variation of it.

I wore a lace blouse with ruffle sleeves under the wrap dress along with a lace petticoat. Together, they bring a lot of femininity to the look. I tied the belts to the front, and secured them with a brooch. Silver pumps and a statement ring play well with the silvery brooch, and add a bit of color the otherwise dark outfit.

This looks is really nice for parties that might be on the chilly side. A light layer under the dress gives a lot of warmth, and adding a shawl to the mix will make this look even cozier.

Wrap Dress Styles - Lace I hope you’ve enjoyed our Wrap Dress Styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

More Party Looks

This week, we’ve been talking about The Pretty Basic Party Dress. On Tuesday, I showed you a red variation of it, and today we’re going to look at more outfits. Party looks are fun to create. I tried to make this bunch have a bit more attitude!

Long and Red

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I have issues with this dress. I like the style and the shape, the color not so much. The dress has loads of sentimental value, so I can’t just toss it or mod it beyond recognition. My only choice is to accessorize it. Sadly, this dress has a lot going on. The lace yoke and details work against statement jewelry, and the long hem makes it almost impossible to play with leg wear and petticoats. The only thing this red number likes is corsets.

Different hair styles and make-up will do a lot to change the general mood of the dress, but they can’t erase one bit of its overwhelming redness.

With these words, I give up, and reserve the dress to be worn on Christmas at Mom’s and Dad’s. That’ll teach it!

Party Looks - Long red hems can work for casual gettogethers, too

Light Layers

The black versions of the dress are much more co-operative when creating party looks. With a neutral base, the dresses take accessories well, and love accent colors. For the second look, I drew inspiration from all the times I’ve been forced to spend a long time outside, shivering with cold. Wearing a cardigan over a dress is always a viable option, but it tends to cover up a lot of the dress. Adding another layer under a dress brings just as much warmth, and looks much cooler.

I wore a mesh top with ragged ruffle sleeves under the top. My tulle ring goes beautifully with the ruffles!

This look tasted like the eighties, so I wanted to bring more of it to the outfit. A bowler hat did the trick with a minimal amount of effort. Popping on a hat also saves you from doing your hair!

I wore a tulle petticoat under the dress. It matches the mesh top’s ruffle sleeves, and completes the look. To keep this style casual, I wore canvas shoes. I got the shoes a few years back, and sewed a bit of lace on them to make them prettier. These are really good for walking, and cute enough to wear to casual parties.

Party Looks - Going outside? Wear light layers!

Black Pearls

For the last outfit, I chose to hold on to the layer-idea. I wore a mesh top under the lace-yoked version, and pushed up the dresses sleeves. This changed the shape of the sleeves quite a bit, and gave the dress a lighter look. I also pulled the dress up at the waist a bit, just enough to make it wrinkle. This trick makes the dress look less polished, and allows the use of statement jewelry.

I wanted to add a belt to the dress. Something big and flashy and unique. I didn’t really have anything like that, so I took a long pearl necklace, put it around my waist, and secured it with a brooch. I also wore all of my bangles, big silver hoops, and a huge silver ring. Silver heels complete the look with an eye-catching detail.

Party Looks - Adding a belt is always an option

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Party Looks!

Next week, I’m going to be in Italy, so all of our posts will be timed. I’m really hoping everything will roll out smoothly!

Love,

Heather

Red Party Dress

This week, our theme has been The Pretty Basic Party Dress. I really like the style: it’s easy to sew, super-comfy, and perfect for informal little parties. I’ve made a few variations of the dress, including the dress I wore on my Birthday. Today, I wanted to show you another mod based on the pattern. I call this one The Red Party Dress. Unlike the previous dresses, this one is made with non-elastic materials!

I made this dress a few years back, actually. I needed something special for Mom’s and Dad’s 70th. Something that wasn’t black. Luckily, I had something red(ish) stashed. I also had a bit of lace left over from an order. Combining the two fabrics was an easy choice, and so was the style. A yoked dress with a long hem is classic and pretty, and not too fancy for a small party.

I used a lace fabric with a scallop edge. The lace has a little bit of stretch, but only enough to make it comfortable to wear. I was also running very low on it. I wanted long sleeves, but the limited quantity forced me to quilt a bit. I cut the upper and lower sleeve on the lace, and covered the seam with a strip cut on the scallop edge. This solution gave me a pretty detail, and hid the fact that I had to improvise a little.

I made the yoke with more scraps of lace. I didn’t have a zipper long enough to reach the neck, and since I was very low on time, I made the back with a slit. I used a scalloped lace strip to bind the slit and the neckline.

Lace fabrics with a scallop edge can be a bit intimidating. I’m always tempted to cut pattern pieces from the scalloped edge. Cutting the edge off, and using it to hem garments in another viable option. Playing with lace and adding it to dresses is fun, and makes garment feel special. Lace fabrics are available in almost any fabric store, including amazon. I dug around a bit, and found a lovely lace in many pretty colors. If you purchase fabrics via the links below, I might earn a little extra.
58″ Aqua Scalloped Floral Pattern Lace Fabric by the Yard – 1 Yard
58″ Peach Papaya Scalloped Floral Pattern Lace Fabric by the Yard – 1 Yard
58″ Lilac Scalloped Floral Pattern Lace Fabric by the Yard – 1 Yard
58″ Navy Scalloped Floral Pattern Lace Fabric by the Yard – 1 Yard

Attaching the yoke to the red part was an easy job, but the seam looked very strict. To make it softer, I added another strip of lace. The pretty edge made all the difference, and the seam turned out quite nice.

The bodice and hem are one piece shaped only at the side seams, and the center back seam. Sewing a zipper into a curved seam is a nightmare, but with a lot of basting, it came out fine. Mom was very happy with my choice of attire, but I’ve only worn the dress once after their party!

That one time was my first actual date with Charming. I’d been thinking about taking the dress apart and using it for something else, but now it has sentimental value. I guess I’ll just have to learn to wear red. Accessories can turn a dress around entirely. Making this one more Me shouldn’t be that difficult.

Red Party Dress - Black lace yoke with long red hem

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Red Party Dress!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Pretty Basic Party Looks

This week’s featured product is The Pretty Basic Party Dress. I really like this dress. Since this is a relatively new pattern, I figured it’d be nice to feature it again. On Tuesday, I promised an outfit post, and here it is! I came up with four different ways to rock The Pretty Basic Party Dress. I had loads of fun styling up the dress and creating party looks!

Cropped

The Pretty Basic Party Dress is designed to be knee-length. The hem is easy to shorten, so you can sew it as short (or long) as you like. Shortening a finished dress isn’t that easy, especially if you’re in a rush and need it now. For the first look, I came up with a super-easy way to shorten a hem. All you need is an elastic belt. Put it around your waist, pull the dress up and over the belt, and voila! you’re wearing a skirt and a crop top.

This is a really young look. I topped it up with a tulle petticoat and a ring to match. I made the ring a long time ago, but haven’t shown it in the blog. Maybe I’ll feature it, and even write a quick tutorial on how to make one!

I kinda like the way a belt can turn a dress into something entirely different. Crop tops, I hear, are in again, but wearing one during the winter is cold, uncomfortable, and just not fun in general. With this trick, you can pull off a cropped look without freezing your belly.

Pretty Basic Party Looks - Cropped

A Bit Gothic

You’ve probably noticed that I like slapping corsets on dresses. It’s a quick and easy way to add both color and character to a dress. Of course, I had to do it with this dress, too. I chose my blood-splatter corset mainly because it’s the one I wear most. It’s comfortable, it has the perfect fit for me, and I thoroughly love the print. This elastic waist enhancer looks cute with The Party Dress, too.

Corsets often turn any outfit into a Gothic direction. I wanted to travel a bit further down that road. I added a lace petticoat to the look, and topped it off with a heart choker. Red heels bring a bit more red to the outfit, and add a grown-up element.

I really like this style, and am very likely to wear it out soon!

Pretty Basic Party Looks - A Bit Gothic

Classy

Get-togethers with relatives often require classic party looks with as little personality as possible. The Party Dress is pretty perfect for creating a classic look that doesn’t offend anyone. I paired the short-sleeved version with a lace petticoat, and silver heels. I chose small, elegant jewelry over statement pieces to keep the look nice and polished.

Personal style is important to me and everyone. There are certain times, though, when it’s polite to dress down a bit. Christmas with family, weddings, and funerals are highest on my list. This look is something I’d consider wearing for Christmas dinner. Mom would wrinkle her nose at me being clad in black yet again, but this style is elegant, classy, and free of skulls and spiderwebs.

Pretty Basic Party Looks - Classy

20s Fun

Halloween is on its way, and we don’t really have that much time to create elaborate costumes. I for one always sort of wake up the morning before, and go “oh f**k not again”. Due to me being a complete scatterbrain and having a habit of pushing things off, I’ve developed a skill of raiding a closet for a super-quick Halloween costume. I’ve realized that a costume doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to look like you put in some effort. Theme-parties are the easiest for me, and decades my favorite themes. Dressing up to fit the standard of a certain era is a perfect chance to just dive into your dress collection, and accessorizing like crazy!

For the last style in our party looks collection, I chose Twenties.

The Twenties were the era of prohibition and jazz, of All Things Forbidden. Skirts grew short and accessories large. For this look, I wore a black rose on my wrist. It’s actually meant for the hair, but accessories are versatile things!

The Party Dress falls just above the knee. To give it a bit more lace, I wore a lace petticoat under it, and gathered the hem up with a brooch. Pearls and the rose complete the  fun look.

Pretty Basic Party Looks - 20s Fun

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Party Looks with The Pretty Basic Party Dress! On Tuesday, I’ll show you guys something I made again, and it will follow this week’s theme.

Until then.

Love,

Heather

 

Escalator Ate My Dress!

I didn’t have the best day yesterday. I slept poorly and woke up too early. I decided to have a knitting day, but I didn’t have anything interesting on the needles. Leafing through Facebook, I noted that Eurokangas was having a flash sale on select items. As I didn’t have anything urgent planned, I deemed myself worthy of retail therapy. I had my coffee while playing Hearthstone, threw on my favorite long jersey dress, and headed out.

I met my spouse, whom I call Charming, in the city center and went to the fabric store while he ran an errand. I couldn’t find anything I liked, and after he came to collect me, we left empty-handed.

On the way out, the most terrifying thing happened. I wore a long dress, and stepped on an escalator like I’d done a hundred times before, without giving it a second thought. As the steps grew smaller and smaller, disappearing into a dark no-man’s-land, I realized, to my horror, that my dress followed!

I thought I screamed, but was later told that I let out the smallest sound, one little word.

help

Had I been alone, I would have just stood there on receding steps, desperately clinging on to my dress without the faintest idea of what else to do. Luckily, Charming was there to hit the emergency-button. That stopped the stairs from moving, but I was caught.

He ran back up, got scissors from a very startled clerk, and cut me loose. There was little else to do, and my dress came out horridly mutilated. I couldn’t believe that an escalator ate my dress! I thought this only happened in nightmares!

escalator ate my dress

A “normal” person would have just tossed the dress, but I’m crafty. I really like this dress, and wanted to save it.

I had a few options, but I decided to cut the hem at knee-length.

The surgery left me with some undamaged fabric which I decided to use to mod the sleeves. The original dress had short sleeves. I’m not that into the “short dress with short sleeves” -concept, so I went ahead to alter the sleeves.

I cut off the original cuffs…

and cut out two A-lined pieces to lengthen the sleeves with. This process would leave me with long trumpet sleeves with seams above the elbow.

The original dress is made with plain viscose jersey. I was working on turning the dress into a pattern, but I hadn’t taken product pictures of it before the accident. I’m thinking I might go ahead with the pattern, and wrap two styles into one, but who knows. I might even order viscose jersey on amazon, and make myself a new dress! I was looking through their selection, and found a lovely medium weight viscose jersey in various colors. This would be perfect for practically all of our Pretty Basics. If you purchase fabric through the links below, I might earn a little extra.
Black Viscose Spandex Fabric, Casual Jersey Knit Fabric
Eggplant Viscose Spandex Fabric, Casual Jersey Knit Fabric
Magenta DK Viscose Spandex Fabric, Casual Jersey Knit Fabric

I had elastic lace stashed for emergencies, and this was nothing short of one. I used the lace to bind the hem and sleeves.

The entire process to save the dress took about an hour, and I’m super-happy that I took the time to do it. The dress turned out cute and comfy, and the lace gives it a lovely detail. I’d completely forgotten how much I love trumpet sleeves!

The new and improved dress really likes the company of Lovelace and Lune, too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this true story about the day when an escalator ate my dress.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Purlace

Purlace, our new gloves knitting pattern, was launched on Friday. Today, I wanted to share a bit more info about these intricate gloves. I love this pattern, and I hope you will, too!

Purlace and its sister-pattern Lovelace are this week’s featured products with Lune. I’m thinking about doing another outfit post on Friday, but today we’ll concentrate on Purlace.

I wear knit gloves, and knit gloves alone during the winter. Layers of wool keep my hands warm better than leather, and often hand-knit gloves are more unique than store-bought ones. I wanted Purlace to be beautiful but still comfortable. That’s why I chose to work them with reverse stockinette and lace. I wanted to make the outside lovely to look at, and the inside smooth against the hand. Reverse stockinette gave me just that: Purlace are super-pretty, and still soft to wear. They’ll be even softer if you use a yarn with a smooth finish. I worked the model gloves with Novita’s Nalle, and was rewarded with a nice and painful yarnburn on my finger. I would advice against using that! Leafing through amazon, I found an acrylic yarn that might be pretty perfect for this pattern. This Red Heart yarn is a bit lighter from Nalle, but the gauge is pretty close. If you purchase the yarn through the link below, I might earn a little extra.
Coats Yarn Red Heart Comfort Sport Yarn

Purlace have a lot of details. They’re embellished with cables and lace columns, and have a hidden thumb gusset.

I chose coin cables for these gloves. Both the wrist and the back of the glove bear a similar pattern. The cables on the wrist end to leave the palm smooth, but the ones on the back of the hand continue to reach the fingers.

Lace columns climb all the way to the tops of the forefinger and pinkie on both sides.

These gloves have a lot going on. That’s why I recommend using solid colors for Purlace. Self-striping yarns are beautiful, but they tend to make intricate styles a bit busy. With cables and lace, one color is better than many.

Purlace look challenging to work, and they do require a bit of knitting skills. I wouldn’t call this an overwhelming project, though. Purlace is an intermediate pattern, tops! Lace and cables aren’t that difficult if you know the basics, but the pattern requires you to know how to read charts.

I hope you’ll love our Purlace Gloves Knitting Pattern as much as I do!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Fall Looks

On Tuesday, I promised to launch The Purlace today. Here they are! I love these gloves, and can’t wait to wear them out again. Purlace along with their sister-pattern Lovelace are this week’s featured product. I also added Lune to the bunch, since it’s pretty difficult to create outfits based on gloves alone! Today, I wanted to show you a few outfits I really like to wear during the autumn. All of them feature Lune which is my second favorite scarf. It’s perfect for creating fall looks!

Out? But It’s Cold!

It’s too early for winter coats, but too cold for cardigans. I like to sort out the coat-problem with light layers and blazers. This one is my favorite one. It’s a basic H&M corduroy blazer. I got it from a flea market at least ten years ago for one €. I expected it to fall apart the next day, but it held on.

It held on long enough to “shrink in the wash a bit” so to make it more comfortable, I added a lacing in the back. I’ll feature the blazer at a later time, I promise!

For this look, I paired it with a pencil skirt, a few tops beneath, and my black and green Lune. The Purlace Gloves look fab with this style, adding a super-feminine detail to the androgynous lines. This outfit is pretty perfect for shopping and running errands in, and I really love this kinds of looks in the fall.

You can’t see the gloves that well in the outfit photo, so here’s a close-up on them!

… Chilly Indoors, Too

Wearing light layers is an easy way to stay warm. This is what I wore under the blazer!

For some reason, I have an H&M lace top in green. I’m not that nuts about the color, but it goes perfectly with my Lune. Pairing these two up was a natural choice. I wore a mesh tee under the top because it’s far too cold for spaghetti straps alone. The top combo is pretty girly. I wore them with a pencil skirt to make the outfit look more grown-up.

Lune is designed to worn around the neck. It loves to be thrown over the shoulder, and stays put really well. It can be worn as a shawl, too, though it is a bit on the narrow side.

Mmm Purple

The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress has quickly become The Dress I Love The Most. After taking photos of this look I thought “oh I’ll just leave this on to go out in later” only to realize I wore it last weekend, too… That just goes to show you how often I wear this one!

For this look, I paired The Jersey Dress with my black and purple Lune and fingerless Lovelace. I used the same yarn for both, so the scarf and gloves go perfectly together. I used to live in a really cold house, and my hands hurt all the time. To keep them warm, I wore fingerless gloves. They really did the trick. Nowadays I only “have to” be cold outside, and fingerless gloves are reserved for fall outings. The Lovelace Gloves are so pretty I often choose them.

This look is my favorite of the bunch just because it’s so comfy and features that pretty shade of purple.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our fall looks! Don’t forget, Lovelace, Purlace, and Lune are our featured products until October 2nd. They’re on sale for all VIPs, so if you want 15% off on them, go ahead and subscribe for our newsletter!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Lovelace and Purlace

Temperatures have dropped drastically here in Finland. Leaves are starting to turn yellow, and it smells like frost outside. It’s not yet cold enough to switch to winter clothes, but chilly enough to dig out scarves and gloves. This time of year I go for blazers, warm scarves, and fingerless gloves. Today, I wanted to show you some of my favorites, and an upcoming pattern for super-pretty gloves!

I like accessories with little detail. Lace shawls aren’t really my thing, though they are beautiful to look at. Simple things with interesting texture are more to my personal taste. I created Lune last winter, and it quickly became my second favorite scarf. Lune’s easy to wear, stripy, and so basic it goes with almost any outfit. I love the pattern so much I made two!

Lune is a knitting pattern for a crescent shawl

The original Lune is black and green. My second one is made with black and purple stripes with Novita’s Nalle. It’s a Finnish wool blend that is available in any store and in any color and at an affordable price. It would be a really good deal, if the yarn didn’t love my forefinger so much. Two hours of knitting, and it’s dug its way inside no matter how much tape I hide it under. The yarn is warm, though, and somehow makes its way into Christmas presents. Right now I only have one ball stashed, and I’m hoping Nalle hasn’t found out where I live now.

Anyway, I used black and purple Nalle for a Lune last winter. I really like this scarf, and a long soak in fabric softener took away some of the hardness. I’d really like to know how Novita has managed to make it so rough and painful to work…

My black and purple Lune has a crochet shell edge to give it a more feminine vibe. The original version is unisex, but this one fits a lady’s wardrobe better. After casting off, I still had some purple yarn left. I divided to ball in two, and used to work fingerless Lovelace gloves.

The Lovelace pattern came out last spring. I had horrible timing in launching the pattern: Lovelace came out just when everyone wanted to start working on light cotton garments for the summer! The Lovelace pattern will be our featured product through next week along with its sister-pattern, Purlace, and Lune.

I worked the original Lovelace Gloves in an unusual color. I found a ball of yellow mystery yarn (it loved to burrow its way into my finger, so it must have been Nalle), and it wanted really badly to become a pair of intricate lace gloves. The Lovelace pattern took its sweet time to come out, but the gloves are beautiful.

After casting off Lovelace, I cast on another pair of lace gloves with the same general idea of lace columns continuing from wrist to hand to fingers. I worked these in black Nalle, and decided to wait until fall to launch the pattern. Now’s the time, and Purlace will come out on Friday!

I hope you’ll enjoy our Lovelace and Purlace patterns!

Until Friday!

Love,

Heather

Bishop Wrap Styles

Our Bishop Wrap Sewing Pattern was launched last week. and it’s been this week’s featured product. On Tuesday, I paired it up with a Spaghetti Strap Top and a seed stitch shawl I knit a while back. Today, I’ll show you a few more wrap dress styles.

As you know, wrap dresses can be challenging to wear. Belts and buttons are kinda restricting outfit-wise, and set limitations to wrap dress styles. The Bishop Wrap is shaped like a wrap dress, but free of belts. That makes it a bit easier to wear.

The Bishop Wrap loves corsets and shawls. I wanted to keep all of these looks clean and simple to show off the elegant lines of the dress itself.

Embroidered

The first outfit features our Embroidered Corselet, an elastic waist enhancer decorated with rows of flowers. The corselet is super-comfy. It’s meant to be a decoration only, and to add a cute detail to almost any outfit. The Embroidered Corselet works especially well with this dress. It enhances the waist, and helps support the weight of the hem.

I really like the way red details pop out in an all-black outfit. The embroidered flowers are tiny, but they still bring color to this style. Red bone channels and buttons also help in making the outfit brighter. A red crochet shawl with a floral pattern would look gorgeous with this style!

This outfit has a romantic feel. I left my hair (which I have decided not to cut short) loose to keep the look soft and feminine. Light make-up keeps the look simple and fit for everyday wear.

Cabled

I really like shrugs, and wear them often to keep warm. Draft makes my shoulders hurt a bit, and a shrug is an easy way to keep cold air at bay. For the second look, I paired The Bishop Wrap with our Faux Cable Shrug and Reversible Waist Corset. The combo turns the dress in a more elegant way. To make the look sleek and chic, I tied my hair into a low bun.

I really like this look. The shrug is soft and comfy, and I thoroughly love the way the collar rises up to warm the neck. Soft faux cables along the sleeves and the edging give it a soft, feminine feel. Despite the details, the shrug is actually quite easy to knit up.

The corset is still one of my favorites, though I really should make a new one to replace it. I’ve worn it so much it’s starting to come apart!

Draped

You might remember my fascination toward draped details, and the brooch I use to create them. The Bishop Wrap is made with viscose jersey, which means it drapes beautifully. The material is light and soft, and falls in a delicate manner. For this look, I wanted to add a daring detail to match the neckline. I pulled one side of the front to the side, gathered it into soft folds, and secured it with a brooch. This created a long slit into the dress, and left one leg revealed. To keep the dress from showing too much, I’d use a safety pin to secure the lower front pieces together.

This look might seem a bit scandalous, but, well, I’ve seen much, much more revealing skirts in broad daylight. Compared to bare bottoms this is chic.

The brooch looks like antique-silver, so I chose to wear vintage earrings Mom gave me. I topped off the look with silver pumps from H&M.

The shoes look fab, but they’re just a little bit too high to be comfortable. For parties, though, they’re cool!

Skulls

As usual, the last outfit is the one I love best, and the one I wear the most. I love The Bishop Wrap with its cute sleeves and daring neckline and long wrap-cut hem, and for my taste, it works best with my favorite corset. This is the “right” side of The Reversible Corset. It bears a skull print, and black bone channels. The “wrong” side is completely black, and top stitched on both sides of the seams. I usually go with the black side, but the skull print is fun for a change. I picked it for this look to bring a playful element to The Bishop Wrap. The dress itself is elegant and grown-up, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be made fun!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our wrap dress styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Seed Stitch Shawl

On Friday, I promised you two outfit posts for this week. Still, I wanted to show you guys something I made!

Fall is almost here, and it’s time to dig out shawls and gloves. I took a quick peek around my winter wardrobe, and remembered I haven’t showed you my favorite shawl. I think it may be because the shawl is a very basic triangle, black, and worked in seed stitch. As lovely as it is to wear, it’s not very photogenic.

See?

I made the shawl with Novita’s Rose. It’s worked from side to side, entirely in seed stitch. Knitting this was the most boring task ever, and I watched loads of movies during the process. I’ve grown a liking toward seed stitch, but knitting it is just plain old boring. The surface seed stitch creates is lovely, and seed stitch garments are super elastic. The stitch is versatile, too. I’ve used it in so many things I can’t even count that far.

After casting off, I decided to add a little crochet border to my seed stitch shawl. I like lace, and the shawl seemed to need a little something to make it special. I just did a basic picot edge, but it did add a cute detail to the shawl.

I usually wear this around my neck during the coldest winter, but it is big enough to wear as a shawl. For outfit photos, I wore the shawl with The Bishop Wrap. That dress sure loves its shawls!

This look is cute and comfy, and the shawl adds an extra layer of warmth. I’m quite certain this outfit will get loads of wear in the winter. It’s pretty perfect to wear for our weekly quiz. The pub it’s held at is super-cold, so the seed stitch shawl will sure come in handy.

You might remember that The Bishop Wrap is quite revealing. It has a generous neckline that might not be suitable for every occasion. To tone it down and make it a bit more modest, I wore a Spaghetti Strap Top under it. Blue lace peeks out beautifully from under the dress, and gives it not only a cute detail, but also more coverage.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my seed stitch shawl! Be sure to join us on Friday for another outfit post.

Until then!

Love,

Heather