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Favorite Looks From 2018

Today, I went to the internet, and saw Black Friday Sale ads everywhere. So I decided that instead of Friday, our preChristmas Sale starts NOW! From now until the end of this year, you’ll see a very annoying pop-up on our site to remind you to take advantage of our discount code. By using the code HWD-ANYTHING-15, you’ll get 15% off on everything in our collection. Sale ends by January 1st, 2019, so you have plenty of time to shop for both Basics, and not-so-basics. Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite looks from the past year to remind you of some of our patterns.

Stripy

This year, we’ve pushed out sadly few knitting patterns. I dare say Violets on Stripes is the only one! Next year, this will change, hopefully, since we have two knitting patterns in the making, and more in design.

This look featuring Violets on Stripes and our Jersey Dress is the comfiest outfit I have worn in a long time. The cute little cardigan is really warm and soft, and The Jersey Dress fits like a glove. I remember being super happy about this look on photo day, and totally love the way it looks.

Violets on Stripes is, as you see, a cropped cardigan. It’s worked up from the hem, so you can knit it as long as you like, and embellished with crochet flowers. This thing is pretty unique, but can easily be toned down.

Dark and Comfy

Lee’s Dress was launched in early fall, and quickly became one of my favorites. This Kimono-inspired dress features adjustable sleeves, an A-lined hem, and a fitted empire waist. It’s best made with non-elastic materials. I used a faux silk for mine, and am thinking about making another one with something else. I’d like to try a fabric that’s a little bit thicker just to see how it falls.

For this look, I wore Lee’s Dress with minimal accessories. I chose an elastic belt to hide the waist seam with, and silvery heels to give the look a touch of color. This look is seriously comfortable, and I’ve actually worn it out. I don’t think if it was to any place special, but I do recall feeling very happy about my outfit! 

Hooded

This dress was born right around the time I got married. At that time, I was pretty stressed out about what to wear on my special day (it’s really not that special if you do it for the second time, and only go to the registry office) and ended up making a bunch of dresses to choose from. I ended up wearing Mary’s Dress, and this one, Jane’s Dress, is its sister. Both of these dresses come with an empire waist and an A-lined hem. Jane’s Dress is a bit more casual, and sports a hood lined with contrast color. For this look, I wore it with a red sash that quarrels a bit with the hood’s lining. Despite that, I love this one of these favorite looks. There’s something innocent and mysterious about it, and it’s seriously comfy, too.

Lacey

This look is from March, I think, and features three of our Basics: Spaghetti Strap Top, Jersey Skirt, and Lace Top. This is by far my number one pick of today’s favorite looks, and I would gladly wear it anywhere. I can’t right now, though, because I turned this skirt and top into a dress, and shortened the hem.

I’m hoping fabrics are on sale after Christmas, or that Santa brings me some materials ’cause I’d kinda like to have long Jersey Skirt again! ;D
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s collection of my favorite looks. Don’t forget to take advantage of our sale (you only have until New Year’s Day, so be quick), and I will see you next time!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

Short-Sleeved Styles

November is a really dark month here in Finland. It hasn’t yet snowed, and the sun comes up for only seven hours per day. That number will go down every day until Christmas, so I hope you’ll understand why this and next weeks photos are a bit darker than usual! I usually take photos during daylight hours, but in cloudy November, it’s a bit impossible. So today, we’ll take a look at short-sleeved styles with a touch of sepia tones. I actually wanted to use the same top for both outfits just to show you how versatile basic garments can be.

Crinkled

Last summer, I think it was, I shared a tutorial on how to make a crinkle skirt. I haven’t worn mine much, but I do love the way it looks. For today’s first look, I paired The Crinkle Skirt up with my frilly petticoat, and a short sleeved blouse I got from a flea market. It’s a quite basic H&M blouse made with elastic material. It doesn’t look like much, but it does go beautifully with all kinds of skirts. I’m actually thinking about getting another one, and modding it by adding a bit of ruffles… Basic tops are, after all, the easiest ones to modify.

This look is really comfy, and pretty simple. As such, it can be worn pretty much anywhere. I’ve worn a similar outfit to a bar, a shopping spree, and for just visiting friends.

Victorian

With short-sleeved styles, one often thinks about summer. You can, though, rock short-sleeved tops during the winter as well. Pair them up with detachable sleeves, cardigans, and long gloves for a warmer look, or just rely on the fact that houses are often pretty warm. For this look, I paired the H&M blouse with our Victorian Skirt, and my BloodStain Corselet. This is the kind of outfit I would gladly wear out anytime. I love this skirt, and the corselet with its velvet print is just divine. This look, despite consisting of layers of long hems and a corset, is surprisingly comfortable, and does look very much like me.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s short-sleeved styles.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Casual Knit Looks

Today, I wanted to share my favorite casual knit looks from the past. These are all styles that work wonderfully for shopping, or just visiting friends. Cute looks like these three are actually my favorite ones to create: they’re the kind of outfits that can be worn pretty much anywhere on an ordinary day, and they add a lot of fun to said ordinary days.

Orange

For the first of today’s casual knit looks, I picked a style with a simple dress, and a show-stopping top. This Raglan Top is our most deceptive knitting pattern. It looks like a pretty basic ribbed sweater, but withholds many unique features. It sports button details on the raglan seams, an asymmetric collar, and a hi-lo hem. I love-love-love this pattern, and was thinking about making another variation of it for large needle size.

For this look, I paired The Raglan Top with our Jersey Dress. A basic dress works beautifully with an eye-catching top, and feels comfortable to wear. To top off this look, I wore wedge heels embellished with silver skulls.

Grey

This look is my favorite of this bunch. I chose our Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug for this style, and wore it over a cute and comfy look. The Shrug hides our Spaghetti Strap Top worn over a long-sleeved mesh top. I wore our Crinkle Skirt with this look, and paired it with a lace petticoat for a more romantic vibe. Double buns and black pearls give this lovely look an even more feminine feel.

Despite so many layers and details, this look is surprisingly comfortable. There’s nothing constricting in it, and the whole ensemble is really warm. It’s perfect for those cold winter days!

Cute Cardigan Looks - Seed Stitch Shrug likes our Crinkle Skirt

Green

The last of our casual knit looks is the most casual of the bunch. I wore our Faux Cable Shrug over our Jersey Dress to achieve a simple, elegant, and super-comfy look. I totally succeeded in the comfy-department!

This is the kind of style I most often go for. With very little moving parts, this outfit is easy and comfy to wear. It’s simple enough to wear around the house, and put-together enough to run errands in. The Shrug gives it a surprising amount of warmth, and also adds a touch of color to the otherwise dark look.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s casual knit looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Halloween

Last week, I promised to show you my Halloween costume. And today I will! We had a small party on Saturday, and I was super happy to see all our guests in costume. I set a cartoon theme, and went as…

Death

Death is a fictional character from The Sandman comic book series. She was created by Neil Gaiman, and inspired by Cinamon Hadley.

Going as Death was both the obvious and the easy choice. I wanted a costume that would be quick to put together and comfortable to wear. I also wanted to pay tribute to Neil Gaiman, who is one of my favorite authors.

For this look, I chose to wear a very stretchy pencil skirt and a spaghetti strap top, and accessorized with fabric gloves, an ankh, and a studded belt. The most distinguishable feature of Death’s look is the mark under her right eye. This I drew on using an eye pencil since it was the easiest option.

I was pretty happy with this Halloween costume. This look was super comfy, and I only got one “who are you” -question all night!

No Disco

We had another party to go to on Friday. Once or twice a year, our local pub throws a Gothic party called No Disco. The event is always a must-go, so I put on a pretty dress, made sure my roots weren’t showing, and went out. I wore a short dress made with satin finished elastic cotton over a frilly petticoat and a ruffle-sleeved mesh top. I added a bit of dark pink to my nails two weeks ago, and I’ve been stuck with that as an accent color ever since. To stick with the theme, I wore black fishnets over purple socks. I love the effect this creates, and often sport layered leg wear. During the winter, this trick actually adds a tiny bit of warmth to short skirt looks!

This is going to be this week’s only blog post, but I promise more dress looks and all sorts of fun for the upcoming weeks before Black Friday – pre-Christmas – end of the year – sale goes live for not only VIPs, but everyone!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

New Dress! … or two

Not everything I sew turns out as a pattern, or even a tutorial. I make loads of things just for me, sometimes without a pattern, sometimes as heavily modded versions of our designs. Today, I wanted to show you something I made during the summer. A new dress never goes amiss, so here’s two just for the fun of it!

It’s a Wrap

Lately, I’ve been really into wrap dresses. They’re easy to wear, and fun to sew. They’ve also been fashionable lately, so I guess I got influenced by advertising. Luckily, the wrap dress is a classic that never goes out of style. I made this version with light, elastic satin in two colors.

I used our Sleeveless Wrap Dress Pattern as a guide for this dress. I did modify the pattern quite a bit, though, adding sleeves and a red panel to the hem. Originally, I thought I’d use buttons to close this dress, but that didn’t work out as planned. That solution felt not-so-secure, like the dress could pop open at any minute, and also didn’t look that pretty. To make the closure more secure, I took the buttons out, and replaced them with chiffon belts. That felt a lot nicer, and the belts do add a cute detail.

For this look, I wore the dress with my in-progress shoe modding project, and red and black jewellery. This outfit is really cute, and I’m so wearing it out first chance I get!

Orange

By now, you probably know my relationship with colors. Therefore, this next new dress is a little bit… surprising.

It’s orange.

What happened was that I went to the fabric store with Mom. She refuses to believe that I don’t wear colors, and pretty much forced a not-black fabric on me. I do love this shade of orange, and the black print tones it down a bit.

Deciding on a pattern took forever. I wanted to turn this see-through georgette into a light, flowing dress or blouse. Unfortunately, there wasn’t that much of it. After a long time of pondering, I decided to take the idea behind Amanda’s Dress, and turn it into a sleeved direction. I also decided to add some black georgette to the mix. The sleeves are pretty basic puff sleeves made with black fabric, and the back has a black panel topped with a black bow. All in all, this thing is super-cute, and I will wear it to the next family party come hell or high water.

For this look, I wore my orange number with a black spaghetti strap dress under it, and a long chiffon sash as a belt. This outfit is totally cute, and I do reckon it would be Mom-approved, too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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