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Summer Looks with Wrap Styles

This week, we’ll be focusing on wrapped styles. Our featured products this weeks are all of our wrapped designs, including The Sleeveless Wrap Dress, The Wrap Skirt, Wrap-Cut Tops, Wrap-Cut Dress, The Bishop Wrap, and The Hooded Wrap Top. That’s six patterns, and all of them are on sale for VIPs. You can gain access to these special offers simply by ordering our newsletter. Today, I wanted to show you a few summer looks based on our Wrap Styles.

Pink and Floofy

Summer is the time for bright, happy colors. My happy color is black, but let’s not let that get in the way. For the first (and second) look, I went with our pink Wrap-Cut Top. This super-cute style is best made with light cotton jersey. I used an old T-shirt for this pink top just because it had a cool print! The top features a lace-bound neckline and a wrap-cut front. For this look, I paired it up with two layers of skirts. I took a tight jersey skirt I usually wear under dresses that fly, and wore a tulle petticoat over it. Someone might say that’s an improper way to wear clothes, but I say who cares. If it looks good, rock it. And this definitely does. The tulle petticoat is a basic peasant skirt, and nothing actually indicates that I originally figured I’d wear it hidden under knee-length dresses. Worn as an outer layer, it’s cute and girly. This look is a bit young for me, but I’d still wear this out on a day I felt like rocking pink.

When You’re Goth As F**k But You Still Gotta Work

The cute pink top may not be entirely office-friendly with its skull print. The design is, though. Made with a single color, this can work as casual office-wear. For the second look, I wanted to take the top from cute to corporate. I paired it with a bondage-inspired pencil skirt with loads of details. This kinds of skirts are a lot of fun to wear: you can hang every piece of chain you own from it, or go entirely sans. I chose to wear one for an understated look. Zipper sandals bring more detail to the look while still keeping it at least semi-professional.

Tightly Hooded

Hoods bring a touch of mystique to any outfit. They’re also great for hiding unco-operative hair. For the last of today’s summer looks, I chose to do something with our Hooded Wrap Top. I haven’t featured this top as much as I should have: it’s the kind of top you can just pull on and forget, and making looks with it is hard. I mean, how many skirts can I pair this up with?

Today, I wore the top with a tight jersey skirt. I love the way a tight skirt leaves room for the asymmetrical cut of the top, and allows it to flow. For this look, I tied one loose end of the top’s hem into a simple knot at the waist to give it more detail.

I love this look, though hoods are a bit challenging for me to wear. This is super-comfy, and looks really good.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s summer looks.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Wrap Dress Looks

On Tuesday, I showed you a dress I modded. I’ve always had issues with wearing sleeveless dresses. Spaghetti straps and corsets are fine, but sleeveless… nope, not for me. It’s obviously not a body-issue, just a basic dislike toward a certain shape. Our Sleeveless Wrap Dress has that exact shape I just can’t make work. I’ve tried wearing this dress with blouses and jersey tops and even dresses under it, but no. None of the wrap dress looks I come up with feels right.

Wrap Dress Styles - Snakeskin

I know many people love this design, but I wanted to mod my wrap dress. It seemed a shame to just let it hang in the closet alone and abandoned. So I took it out, cut 6” off the hem, and used the extra piece of fabric to create short sleeves. I was looking out for the worst case scenario where I’d ruined a perfectly good dress, but it turned out fine. In fact, the dress is now perfect!

I promised you outfit pics for today, so here we go!

Bare Minimum

Some say that a dress alone is not an outfit. I’m not entirely certain I agree with that: dresses are often designed so that you don’t need to add anything to them. Accessorizing is fun, though, and a great way to change the way a dress looks. For the first of today’s wrap dress looks I wanted to wear the dress as is just to show you how it turned out. I was afraid the dress would end up being way too short, but it actually has a pretty good summer length. I made the dress with a medium-weight cotton jersey, so it’s super-comfy. The fabric has so much weight that it doesn’t get caught up in the wind too easily. Wearing wraps is of course a bit risqué, but this one behaves rather well.

I really, really love the dress now that it has sleeves. It works so much better with my personal style now. And the best part is that I can still pair it with blouses and tops and dresses!

Laced Up

Wrap dresses come with a relatively open hem. Though most are designed to be safe to wear, gusts of wind can cause uncomfortable moments. Sewing a snap fastener into the lower layer of the hem helps keep it closed, but that sort of ruins the idea of a wrap dress. To bring more coverage to mine, I wore a lace petticoat under it. I designed this petticoat to be worn under dresses that feel a bit too short. The lace offers extra coverage, and also serves as a cute detail.

For this look, I tied the belts of the dress to the front, and secured them with a brooch. I used a pretty heavy fabric for this dress, and that made the belts thick. Tying them leaves a big knot, and I wanted a lighter one for this outfit. A brooch helps secure the belts, and also creates another detail to the look. Black jewelry completes this style in a non-flashy way.

I love this look, and I’m totally wearing it out first chance I get!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s wrap dress looks. As you may have guessed, this week’s featured products are All Things Wrapped. Order our newsletter now to get a secret coupon code for 15% off on all of our wrap styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Sleeveless to Short-Sleeved

Summer usually starts slowly here in Finland. It gets gradually warmer until mid-summer, when temperatures reach a high of 20 C. It’s rainy most of the time, and after mid-summer, the weather starts to cool down. Well, this year, we got a surprising heatwave on May 1st, and there is no end in sight. I’m not a big fan of summer, so the weather right now is killing me a bit. A photo session was out of the question yesterday, so I decided to show you guys something I altered yesterday.

Wrap dresses are a big thing right now. I can’t recall the last time they were this popular! I love this turn of events, since wrap dresses are cute, comfy, and fun to sew. This week and next, our featured products will be All Things Wrapped, aka all of our wrap styles. These include The Bishop Wrap, our Wrap-Cut Tops, and The Sleeveless Wrap Dress. Which is the thing I altered on Monday.

sleeveless wrapdress, four

I’ve mentioned many, many times that I have minor issues with sleeveless dresses. Short sleeves are fine, but sleeveless styles leave me somehow uncomfortable. This has resulted in a difficult relationship with The Sleeveless Wrap Dress. I love the fabric I chose for the dress, and the shape is super-comfy. But the sleevelessness bums me out big time. I’d love to wear it during the summer, but for my style, it needs to be paired with blouses, and that makes it too warm.

I went through my wardrobe on Sunday, and tossed out things I don’t enjoy that much. This dress was on the verge of the charity bin when Something Dawned on me. The dress would be perfect if it only had sleeves. It’s also a bit on the long side.

I literally facepalmed as I finally realized I could just shorten the dress by 6”, and use the strip of fabric to sew sleeves. I feel stupid at least thrice a day, but this was a major derp-moment.

So yesterday, I took my scissors, cut the hem, turned to my newly-serviced serger, and spent 30 minutes perfecting the dress. I seriously cannot believe I hadn’t thought to do this before!

As I only had 6” of fabric, I sewed short sleeves for the dress. The piece I cut off was long, and I used the rest to create wide cuffs. I really like cuffed sleeves on jersey dresses. They tie the garment together, and give it a polished look with a minimal amount of fuzz. I used our Pretty Basic Jersey Top Pattern for the sleeves. They’re designed to fit this dress just in case!

I was a bit apprehensive about shortening the dress. 6” sounds like a lot, but the original hem fell below the knee by an inch or two. Cutting the hem didn’t make as big a difference as I thought: the dress still has a decent length!

I’m going to defy the weather on Thursday for fresh outfit posts to share on Friday and next week. I’ll include The Sleeveless (now Sleeved) Wrap Dress I altered today so you’ll get to see the difference!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

Mary’s Dress Looks

Spring has really sprung, and it’s getting warmer by the day. I wanted to incorporate some knits into today’s long dress looks, and boy was I warm on photo day! I hope it doesn’t shine through from the pics, though.

Our featured products have been Mary’s and Jane’s Dresses for a while now. This is the last post focusing on them for now, and next week we’ll have a new featured product. Which will most likely be an older product since I’ve been lazy.

Draped

Mary’s Dress is designed to wear as is. It has a laced up bodice and ruffled cuffs, and adding more detail to it might turn the dress a bit busy. For the first look, I wanted to do something else with the dress, though. This design loves jewelry, so I added long necklaces and silver bangles. As I felt that wasn’t quite enough, I draped the hem just a little, and secured it with a brooch. This trick can easily change the shape of any dress’s hem, and I’ve used it a lot in past outfits.

I’m not entirely certain if I like the draped hem with this dress. I love the shape it creates, and thoroughly enjoy the way it rises the hem just a little bit, but it might be too much for Mary. What do you think?

Violets

Mary’s Dress loves cardigans. For the second of today’s long dress looks, I wanted to show you the dress worn with a cute cardie. As the dress has an empire waist, I paired it up with our super-short cardigan, Violets on Stripes. This design is really short, almost a shrug, and as such, I love the way it looks with dresses. It works surprisingly well with Mary’s Dress: the cardigan covers the lacing detail, but leaves the ruffled cuffs out in a delightful way.

Violets on Stripes is embellished with crochet flowers. This detail, or rather a swarm of detail, makes it feminine and cute. Paired with a long dress, it makes a lovely outfit. And a very warm one, I might say. After shooting this look, I’m dreading taking pictures for an upcoming cardigan pattern…!

Faerie

As the weather gets warmer, it’s nice to trade jackets and blazers for shawls. I love to wear large shawls instead of coats during the summer. They’re just as warm, lovely to snuggle up in, and offer more variety. For the last stop of today’s long dress looks, I wanted to pair up Mary’s Dress with a shawl. I was thinking about flaunting my Virus Meets Granny again, but remembered poor forgotten Faerie Dragon in time.

This vortex shawl is made with two contrast-colored skeins of yarn, and features a lazy curve and lace rows. I made mine with a crazy combo of purple and green. I don’t think I never would have picked up this combination on my own. The yarns were a Birthday present, and I really do love the unusual pair. The Faerie Dragon Shawl goes beautifully with Mary’s Dress, creating an elegant look with loads of color in an easy-to-wear format.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s long dress looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Jane’s Dress Looks

Mary’s and Jane’s Dresses were launched recently. This week, I wanted to do some outfits with both dresses. These long dress looks are easy to create and fun to wear. With the weather creeping toward warmer temperatures again, I wanted to add light layers to these looks. With a bit of added warmth, you can switch to spring jackets sooner!

Blue Layers

Bringing color to outfits isn’t really my strong suit. I wear black, full stop, and to me, a colorful look is one that features a pair of pink gloves. I do know, though, that almost everybody else loves to dress in colors, so I try. With the first of today’s long dress looks, I went with a safe style I’ve actually done before. This petrol blue mesh top was an impulse buy, and I still haven’t worn it out. I do like to use it in outfit posts, especially paired with a long blue petticoat. I resort to these elements often partly to remind you that outfits can be recycled. Changing one thing can change an entire look!

For this style, I wore Jane’s Dress with a blue layer beneath it. Black jewelry brings detail to the look, and a loose ponytail keeps it simple. Long hems can be challenging to wear on an everyday basis, but this cute and comfy look is casual enough for shopping trips and late lunches.

Red Hood

For the second look, I wanted to add a red detail. Jane’s Dress is made with a detachable hood with a contrast-colored lining. I lined mine with red satin, as I happened to have some lying around. I’m not a big fan of hoods when it comes to personal style: hair gets in the way big time! I’ve been trying to come up with ways to make it work with hoods, but so far, I’ve come up with a side-braid, and nothing else. It’s an easy hairstyle, though, and I chose to do that with this look.

To bring color to this style, I tied a long red belt around my waist, and secured it with a brooch. This creates an obi-like detail, and brings a girly vibe to the look. I really like this style, although the reds have a slightly different shade, and see myself venturing out in it.

Without the hood.

80s

Jane’s Dress has a detail that reminds me of the Eighties.

Puff-sleeves.

Together with crushed velvet, they do give this dress a certain feel. With the last of today’s long dress looks, I wanted to take full advantage of it.

I wore Jane’s Dress over a polkadot mesh top. A long sleeved, even light, top offers protection against the sun, and I for one wear long sleeves throughout the summer. This look is something I would gladly wear out during the sunniest days of summer!

To add more 80s into this look, I added a selection of bangles (I wear these all the time, and you cannot believe the noise they make) and my bowler hat. This look is totally me, and I can’t wait to wear it out!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our long dress looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Mary and Jane Looks

During the past weeks, we’ve launched two new sewing patterns. These patterns, Mary’s and Jane’s Dresses, are sister patterns, and share a few qualities. Both are long, feature a fitted empire waist, and are best made with elastic materials. The similarities end there, for these two pattern have completely different personalities. Mary’s Dress is elegant and composed, and Jane’s Dress loves accessories and crazy colors. Today, I wanted to share a few maxi dress looks based on these full-length dresses.

Red Mary

Mary’s Dress comes with a lace up bodice. This detail makes it a bit difficult to accessorize. Mary’s Dress loves shawls and cardigans, so I chose to d a very basic look with it. I paired the dress with my Summer Breeze Shawl, and a heart-patterned choker. Together with large earrings these items bring more detail to the dress. A large shawl also adds warmth and coverage to a dress.

Mary’s Dress is designed so that it can be worn on its own, without complimenting accessories. Picking out little things to complete a dress can be a nightmare sometimes, and with Mary’s Dress, I wanted to give you the option of just pulling it on, and walking out. It does love shawls, though, and jewellery can give a lot to it.

Red Jane

Jane’s Dress is much easier to spruce up, and that makes it more fun. This dress has quickly become my go-to dress, and I love styling it up. With this look, I took the easy way, though. I used red satin to line the hood with. As I wanted to show you how easy it is to pull the hood off, I “had” to go with red accessories.

I chose to wear the dress with a red petticoat and my Bloodstain Corselet. I love these two together: the reds match beautifully, and together, they bring a lot of color to an outfit. They also add warmth. As summer is sneaking closer and closer, long dresses paired with long petticoats can be a bit much.

This look, especially with the hood, is quite warm. It’s a good thing the hood can, literally, be ripped off!

You might have guessed that the hood attaches to the dress with snap fasteners. They’re a really easy and undervalued way of attaching, detaching, and reattaching pieces of clothing together. Sew them on making certain they remain invisible, and you’re free to pull off pieces of a dress in mid-evening if you so choose.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these maxi dress looks. Remember, that Mary’s and Jane’s Dresses are on sale for all VIPs until May 14th!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Jane’s Dress

On Friday, I published a brand new sewing pattern called Mary’s Dress. Today, I’m happy to introduce its sister, Jane’s Dress!

These two patterns both feature an empire waist paired with fitted hem, but where Mary’s Dress is simple and elegant, Jane’s Dress is just plain fun. I made mine with crushed velvet, but any kind of elastic material is fine for this one. Jane’s Dress might even enjoy a crazy print!

Many of our patterns come with hoods. I don’t really care for wearing hoods, but I like the option. With Jane’s Dress I finally did what I’ve been wanting to do for a long time: create a detachable hood. Jane’s Dress can be eerie and mysterious with a hood…

… and fun and cute without it!

Jane’s Dress features fun, playful elements. It has short puff sleeves, an empire waist, and a ruffled hem. Where Mary’s Dress likes to be worn as is, Jane’s Dress loves accessories. This has literally become my go-to dress, and I’d like to wear it every time we go out! And even though I’m not much of a hood-girl, I might be brave enough to wear it, too, someday.

The hood, as mentioned, pops right off for the days you don’t feel like wearing it. It can be made lined or unlined, and using a contrast colored material for lining gives it a unique look. I lined the hood with red satin I had lying around from a custom order I made in a previous life. Satin is actually a really good choice for lining. It’s smooth and soft against the skin, looks beautiful, and makes your hair really static gives the hood a bit more structure. Crushed velvet on its own is soft and drapey. Paired with satin, it becomes stiffer and better behaved.

Mary’s and Jane’s (no, I have no idea who they are) Dresses are both on sale for VIPs. At first I thought I’d only do two weeks, but I have now changed my mind. These two will be featured in our blog, and on sale, until May 14th!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

PS. If you’re a VIP, you can use last Friday’s code to get both Mary’s and Jane’s Dresses at a lowered price.

Mary’s Dress

Today, I’m happy to launch a brand new sewing pattern! This is called Mary’s Dress. It’s simple, elegant, and features ruffled cuffs and a laced up bodice. What makes this dress special is that I got married in it only three weeks ago.

Mary’s Dress is best made with elastic fabrics. I used a soft, smooth poly-blend for mine, but any kind of stretchy fabric will do. Viscose and cotton jerseys are perfect for this. Crushed velvet will also work, giving the dress a lovely, lively look. Since Mary’s Dress does come with a laced up bodice, I recommend making it with fabrics without a print. Too many details can make a dress look busy, and this one is an easy target.

Mary’s Dress comes with ruffled cuffs. I wanted a dress that’s simple and easy to wear as is, but still has some level of feminine detail. Cuffs were the first thing I wanted to embellish. Hands are important to me, naturally, and I like to wear pretty things on them. Ruffles are my weakness: if I could, I’d wear them everyday. Unfortunately, ruffles do get in the way when writing and sewing. With this dress, though, I decided to go nuts. After all, I made this for my wedding day.

The ruffles are made with two separate layers. They’re attached to the sleeve with a cuff, and pleated for a feminine feel.

I love the ruffles, and I’m actually leafing through my dresses, looking for one I could add ruffled cuffs to… The sleeves on Mary’s Dress come long so that the ruffles sit over the hand, not just around the wrist.

I wanted something more to the dress, something that would take it to the next level. A long, long time ago, I made a dress with a lace up bodice, and I literally wore it to shreds. I decided the detail would be perfect for Mary’s Dress, and went ahead with the idea. Mary’s Dress features a laced up front that gives the dress another feminine detail.

The pattern is freshly launched, and on sale for all VIPs. And on Tuesday, I’m going to publish this pattern’s sister, Jane’s Dress, which will also go on sale for VIPs!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

Sneak Peak

Today, I was going to show you a dress I made from a skirt, but life happened, and I had no time for a photo-day. So instead, I’ll show you sneak peaks of an upcoming pattern, and postpone the “skirt into dress” -post to a later date. I’m not entirely certain when this new dress pattern will come out, but I’m hoping next Tuesday!

Crushed velvet is a material I love to hate. It’s light and clingy, and can look really cheap. Then again, it’s soft, it catches light in a pretty way, and falls beautifully. It has a bit of elasticity, so it’s comfortable to wear. And as it is an inexpensive material, dresses with lots of hem won’t break your budget!

This dress has a long hem with a ruffle. I wanted it girly and sweet, and I really did achieve that goal. This velvet dress has something that reminds me of Claudia, especially the scene where she cuts her hair. I gave it, the dress, I mean, not Claudia, an empire waist, a long hem, and puffball sleeves.

All of these elements were used in teens clothes in the 18th century, and though this dress is far from authentic, it is pretty.

I wanted to give the dress something extra. Something to make it unique.

Something with a touch of color.

Versatile in nature.

A hood.

How is that versatile, someone might ask. A hood is a hood, end of story.

But in this case, the hood is detachable.

With all of our hooded patterns, I’ve sighed “if only the hood could come off when I don’t want it”. It took me this far to actually stop and think how to do that, how to make a hood detachable in quick, easy steps.

The hood is large, and fully lined. I used red satin to line it, but any kind of lining material will do. You can give it a contrast-colored lining, use the same fabric as in the dress, or even sew it without a lining. Whatever you choose to do, the hood will be there. Or not, if you’d like to go without it.

I  hope you’ve enjoyed sneak peaks of this soon-to-come-dress. I promise to get the pattern out as soon as possible!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Styled Up with Blouses

This week, our featured product is The SteamPunk Dress along with The PuffBall Skirt. As usual, featured products are on sale, but for VIPs only. You can gain access to these offers simply by ordering our newsletter. Every Friday, we send out a newsletter which includes recaps of our blog posts, a bit of news, and a discount code for our featured product.

Today, I wanted to create a few styles with blouses! The SteamPunk Dress especially loves blouses, and I wanted to show you what it looks like with different textures. I ended up using the same blouse on two looks, so let’s see how I did!

See-Through SteamPunk

A while back, I modded a circle skirt I had. It had very clingy light mesh as the lowest layer, which made the skirt very difficult to wear. I cut the mesh off, and made a blouse with it. This is another one of those garments I haven’t gotten around to featuring, and I hope you’ll forgive me for that. I wanted to see what this light blouse would look like with The SteamPunk Dress, so I gave it a go. I wore a spaghetti strap top under the blouse to give it more coverage, and wore the dress as is. And for the first time ever, I wore a brooch the way it’s meant to be worn!

The look is OK, but I’m not nuts about it. The dress has a lot going on, and IMHO looks best with a simple top. This one is a bit busy for this dress, but I do like the way the brooch works together with the SteamPunk-inspired details.

See-Through PuffBall

For the second look, I paired the see-through blouse with my short PuffBall Skirt. I wore a spaghetti strap top under it again, and completed the look with our Reversible Corset. I wore black pearls beneath the collar so that they peek out just a little bit, and totally loved the effect. Though this isn’t a look from that era, pearls always remind me of the inexpensive, abundant jewelry of the 30s. I topped the look up with silver heels. That was a decision I now regret: black heels would have given more room to the less flashy accessories. Despite that, I do like this look. It’s comfortable enough, and the way the elements play together is fun in a dark way. I’d love to wear this out, with different shoes, though. A dinner date might be a good place for this look, don’t you think?

Lacey

The SteamPunk Dress works best with blouses. For the last look, I wanted to try it out with a lace blouse. This one is a flea market find from way back. It’s made with the good quality elastic lace, and features a high collar and ruffle cuffs. I love this blouse, but the sleeves do make it a bit challenging to wear. The blouse is translucent, so I usually wear it a coverage-giving layer beneath it. For this look, I wore it alone under the dress. I accessorized the look with a tie, and nothing else.

I really like the way the feminine lace works with the dress. The ruffles give texture to the top, and compliment the gathered hem. This is comfy, too, thanks to the elasticity of both the blouse and the top.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Everyday With an Edge -post.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather