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Dark Looks

This weekend, my home town is taken over by the annual Gothic festival. It’s the eighteenth Lumous, and I wanted to celebrate this by sharing my favorite dark looks from the past year. Some of these include Pretty Basics, some don’t, but all of them are based on our patterns. To make things a bit more interesting, I picked out looks I would actually wear.

The Secretary

I love the secretary -look. This used to be my Go To -style, and I still wear it. There’s something about the combination of a blouse, tie, corset, and long hems that I find aesthetically pleasing. This is surprisingly comfortable, too. Long, loose hems offer full coverage, and elastic blouse doesn’t constrict movement, and a made-to-measure corset feels like a warm hug.

Posh

PuffBall hems are pretty to look at, and fun to sew. This long skirt is a mod of our pattern. I made this with taffeta, and lined with ordinary, non-elastic lining fabric. For this look, I paired it up with my reversible zip-up corset. I love this look, but it is actually too posh for anything but Goth parties. I wore this skirt to last Lumous with a different corset, but I might take this zip-up overbust out this year.

Lace Wrap

Wrap skirts are comfortable, and versatile in nature. This one is designed to suite both him and her! Our Wrap Skirt bears an androgynous feel, so I like to pair it with feminine tops, and little jewelry. I’m actually thinking about ordering some satin, and sewing another one without a lining. As much as I like this one, it is a bit warm to wear with its two layers of fabric! This look is really comfy, and though I have yet to wear it out, I often pair our Lace Top with my velvet wrap skirt (which I don’t think you’ve been introduced to).

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Dark Looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

The Basics Morphs

The Pretty Basics are my favorite part of our collection. The Basics are designed to go together, and to make getting dressed easier. Our basics designs have a bit more in common than you’d think: these dresses, skirts, and tops are crafted from the same basic elements. That means that pattern pieces fit together, and you can actually Frankenstein these together to create bigger and better basics!

Let’s take The Sleeveless Wrap Dress for an example. Sleeveless dresses are comfy and cool during the summer, and most women love them. I’m one of those who just don’t like the basic sleeveless shape. For obvious reasons, I had a Sleeveless Wrap Dress that just sat in my closet dreaming about sleeves. I didn’t have any fabric left after making it, and a while back, I decided to shorten it, and use the extra bit of hem to sew sleeves. For sewing the sleeves, I used our Pretty Basic Jersey Top Pattern. I took the sleeve pattern from The Jersey Top, shortened it, cuffed it, and sewed it onto the dress. No alterations needed!

Another thing I did with The Basics is my spaghetti strap dresses. Tops and skirts are a perfect combo for the summer, but personally, I prefer dresses. I want clothes to stay put, and dresses behave better. Again, for obvious reasons I had a long skirt and a spaghetti strap top made with the same fabric. I wanted these two to be a dress, so I took off the elastic on the skirt’s waist, cut the top’s hem to length, and sewed. For this, I did need to take the skirt’s waist in a little, but if you’re morphing these two patterns together, the difference in waist width can easily be removed when cutting.

After combining my Spaghetti Strap Top and Jersey Skirt into a dress, I realized I liked it so much I needed another one. I used lace and skin-toned mesh to create a spaghetti strap bodice, and made the hem with black lycra. This dress is super-comfy, and so pretty I want to wear it all the time!

The Pretty Basics are on sale until August 6th, so now is a good time to pick up some patterns and use them to create wicked morphs! If you do, feel free to share your creations on our Facebook page.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Fits Like a Glove

… or a Pretty Basic Jersey Dress.

As you might know, I got married in April. We didn’t have a huge party, but the event still demanded a new dress. I didn’t want anything fancy or over-the-top, just a nice dress I could wear as a party dress in the future.

That wasn’t an order too tall, but it still sent me into a spiral of dress-panic. First there was color to decide, then there was material, and then style. So I did what any nervous bride would: chose my favorite color and my favorite style, and topped it off with with a crazy fabric.

… and then changed my mind a gazillion times, and ended up getting married in something else.

I had a snake-skin lycra stashed, and decided to turn it into The Dress. I wanted over-hand cuffs like in our BombShell Dress, a naked-detail on the back, a long hem, and a hood. Some of those requirements actually made it into the finished garment.

Sewing a dress isn’t always easy. With this one, I had a little accident when cutting. You see, the selvage edges weren’t symmetrical. There was a wide printless bit on one end, and I didn’t notice that until I had already cut my back pieces. At that point, The Dress needed a serious time-out.

At that point, I also noticed that the lycra smelled like PVC, got offended, and used the time-out to create Mary’s Dress.

Upon returning to The Dress, I decided to sew a Pretty Basic Jersey Dress instead of a long number. Everything went beautifully on the second go, and I even got my over-hand cuffs.

I wanted the back to be revealing, and still comfortable. To avoid slipping and sliding, I cut the back into a V-shape, and filled it with a skin-tone mesh. I bound the neckline with a strip of fabric, and saw this was good. I even made a hood for the dress, and decided to make it detachable. Hoods are cool, but it’s nice to have the option of going without one. I haven’t gotten around to sewing snap fasteners to the hood, so you don’t get to see that today.

On the morning of my actual wedding day, I changed my mind for the gazillion-and-first time, and figured I’d just wear this after all. I pulled it on, walked to the kitchen, and noted that my pretty little lycra dress climbs. The registry office was a 10 minute walk away, and I didn’t feel like pulling this down fifteen times on the way over there. So I wore Mary’s Dress.

I did wear this tuned-up Pretty Basic Jersey Dress to a Goth party a while back, and it was perfect for that!

I do love the way this dress turned out, though making it was a bit of an adventure. That just goes to show that even professionals make horrendous mistakes!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Pretty Basic Jersey Dress near-fiasco!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Birthday Dress 2018

It was my Birthday a week ago on Tuesday, and just like every year, I made myself a new dress. My B-Day celebrations consisted of shopping with Mom and Dad and eating loads of cake, so I didn’t get to wear this. I plan to, though, since summers are always full of fun! This year, my birthday dress came together really slowly. I ordered black satin from Minerva Crafts in March maybe, cut into it in April, and spent two months arguing with it. Sometimes, fabrics just refuse to come out the way I want them to. Finally, on the eve of my Birthday actually, I said “fine then”, and gave the dress a pre-birth make-over.

I had a cap sleeved blouse I got from a flea market. I liked the fabric, but not the sleeves. I took the blouse, ripped the sleeves off, and cut its hem off. Then, I ripped off the bodice of the dress, and Frankensteined the two together. I proceeded to install big puff-sleeves, and cuff them with the black and white remnants of the blouse.

The original plan was to create an all-black dress with a fitted bodice and empire waist. I ran into issues at the waist, though. I needed to sew a lot of darts into the bodice to get it to fit, and that just doesn’t look good on satin. Getting rid of the original bodice, and replacing it with that of a blouse saved me from a lot of trouble! This is definitely not the optimal way to make a dress, but it worked this time. And taught me not to sew darts into satin.

My Birthday Dress features a black and white bodice with an open collar, huge puff-sleeves, and a long empire-lined hem. It’s super-comfy, and I plan to wear it out soon!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Birthday Dress post!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

PS: I’m on vacation right now, which means that The Pretty Basics are on sale. I’ll try to schedule an Everyday With an Edge -post for every Friday through July, but will make no promises. Follow us on IG for (hopefully) more regular updates!

More Faerie Looks

This week, we’ve been focusing on The Faerie Dragons. I had some yarn left over from The Faerie Dragon Shawlette, and I wanted to use it for top-down gloves. The idea of working an upside down Indian thumb gusset had been brewing for quite a while, and with this project, I finally worked up the courage to just do it. The thumb gusset worked out wonderfully, and I’m so happy with the way these pretty little gloves turned out! The Faerie Set is our featured product for this week, so today I wanted to show you some more Faerie looks.

Well I was Cold

Summer can be unstable. Cloudy skies and rain showers often follow crazy-warm mornings at least up here in the North (where winter is always coming). The easiest way to prepare for ever-changing weather is to carry an extra layer of clothing. This look is perfect for the days when you want to go shopping, and know there’s a chance of a dramatic drop in temperature.

Mary’s Dress is designed to be worn as is. It has ruffled cuffs and a lace-up bodice, so it doesn’t really need accessories. For this look, I wore Mary’s Dress with The Faerie Dragon Shawlette and Faerie Gloves. The long sleeves pretty much hide the colorful gloves, but they still offer a lot of warmth for chilly hands. The shawlette brings more color to the look, and also serves as a warming layer. The Shawlette may look large, but it fits into a relatively small space. I can easily fit mine into a larger purse, so it’s a good choice for a just-in-case shawl.

Wide Wide Hems

My Handkerchief Dress has quickly become a new favorite. I wear this thing every chance I get, and wanted to incorporate it into these Faerie looks as well.

Spaghetti strap dresses are easy to wear and fun to accessorize. They can also feel a bit cold or too revealing. With this look, I sorted out both problems by adding a shawl. A wildly colored vortex stays put pretty well, and brings both warmth and coverage to any outfit. The Faerie Gloves give this dress a whimsical feel I thoroughly enjoyed.

I like to wear this dress with belts and corsets. It’s really loose at the waist, and though I love the way the fabric moves around me, I do like to enhance the waist a bit. For this look, I wanted a black elastic belt. I didn’t have one, so I turned the one I had backwards. Worn in the front, a silver clasp is an eye-catching detail. It dictates and balances the look, and gives it a certain feel. Flipped to the back, though, it’s less dominating, and can serve as another aspect of whimsy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Faerie looks!

This is the last blog post before my summer break, but I will schedule at least one post for each week. On Monday, The Pretty Basics go on sale, so don’t forget to take advantage of that!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Faerie Looks

Last week, I launched a brand new knitting pattern. The Faerie Gloves are designed to gobble up left-over yarn. They’re worked top down, and feature an upside down Indian thumb gusset, and crochet cast off. I really like this pattern, and hope to knit another pair during my summer break. Which starts next Monday. While I’m off playing Elder Scrolls Online, The Pretty Basics go on sale. Before that, though, we’ll concentrate on The Faerie Dragons.

I made my Faerie Gloves with the yarn I had left after knitting The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. I didn’t want stripes, so I made one purple glove, and one green. Today and Friday, I’ll share Faerie Looks featuring The Faerie set. All of these photos include a fun detail: as I wanted to show you the gloves as a part of an outfit, I couldn’t hide my hands, so you’ll be able to see my remote.

Blank Canvas

I like simple dresses and basic styles. They give loads of room for accessories, and can work for any style. For the first of today’s faerie looks, I wore one of my Pretty Basic Jersey Dresses. This one features mesh inserts on the sleeves and a very giving neckline. I wore The Faerie Dragon Shawlette thrown over my neck so that it offers a bit of coverage. The gloves complete the colors of the shawlette.

I don’t usually wear skin-toned socks, but for this look they seemed appropriate. They match the mesh inserts, and create an illusion of bare skin. Basic heels bring a touch of elegance to the look along with a classic up-do.

This look felt really polished and put-together, but, thanks to the elastic dress and super-soft merino-silk, this was also comfortable. I’d love to wear this out some day!

LopSided

Today’s second look was the first one I put together on photo-day. I was feeling a bit un-inspired so I just pretty much reached into my closet, and pulled out clothes. Sometimes that works wonders when trying to figure out what to wear!

For this look, I ended up in our Crinkle Skirt (check out a free tutorial behind the link there), and a top with just one sleeve. I liked the lopsided feel, and wanted to continue it with accessories. I’m not entirely happy with my Crinkle Skirt’s waist, so I try to hide it. Today, I used an elastic belt. I wore the belt with the buckle on the side rather than the middle, and really liked the result. It was fun and really easy, and created two different sides to the outfit. The Faerie Gloves continued the lopsidedness, and make the look even more fun.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Faerie Looks. There’ll be more on Friday, so I’ll see you then!

Love,

Heather

Faeries

On Tuesday, I shared a brand new knitting pattern. It’s for top down gloves with an upside down Indian thumb gusset. I made these gloves with what was left from The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. Instead of striping the gloves, I made one purple glove, and one green. I love the solution: these gloves are perfect for bringing a touch of madness into any outfit.

The Faerie Gloves are available as a free download for all VIPs until Halloween. I’ve created an automated email that sent out to each new subscriber. That email includes a coupon code for The Faerie Gloves, plus a 20% discount code to be used on anything you choose.

Now my older subscribers moan in dismay, but fear not! If you’re already on our mailing list, you’ll get the coupon code later today.

Along with something else.

I’m pretty ready to start my summer vacation. That happens on June 26th, and on that day, our Pretty Basics go on sale for everyone, and stay on sale until August 6th. That’s a lot of time to shop! But before that happens, we have time for one more featured product. This week, it’s The Faerie Dragon Shawlette with matching Faerie Gloves! I was actually going to do a really cool outfit post today, but I didn’t have time for a photo-day. I will rectify this next week, and in the mean while, we can walk down the memory lane for a spell. When The Faerie Dragon was first launched, I did a party-themed outfit shoot with it. The weather’s warmer now, but there was a look that will work during the summer as well.

Fun with Faerie

Cotton is a light, breathable material perfect for summer. I created this look with our Yoked blouse, and a circle skirt. Though this is pretty concealing, it is, thanks to light cotton, cool to wear on a summer day. I would stay out of direct sunlight, though, since black has a tendency of becoming really hot in the sun.

I love this look: it’s cute and fun, and the wildly colored vortex shawl gives it a bright pop of color. The long sleeves are perfect for keeping lethal rays away from vampire-white skin, too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Faerie Gloves

Yesterday, I decided that for the rest of the summer, I shall do whatever I want. So today, I launched a brand new knitting pattern! It’s for top down gloves worked with left over yarn. I know summer isn’t really the optimal time for knitting, but this project is quick and really easy. It’s perfect for rainy days, and small enough to take along on road trips.

For this project, I used yarns left over from The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. I had one tiny ball of purple, and one equally tiny ball of green left. Instead of working stripes, I made one purple glove, and one green one. This mismatched combo is a lot of fun, and I like it better than conservative stripes.

The color choice isn’t the thing that makes these top down gloves special. You see, I really like the Indian thumb gusset. It looks good, it’s easy to work, and it gives gloves a perfect fit. The basic Indian thumb gusset is worked from the wrist up. I wanted to see if it can be incorporated into top down gloves. For many weeks, I wondered and pondered. Jumping in with an idea I hadn’t seen done before felt daunting. Then one day I was desperate for a small travel-knit, tossed what was left from The Faerie Dragon into my bag, and just cast on. And it worked out beautifully.

The Faerie Gloves are ridiculously easy to knit: they’re worked top down, interrupted by a thumb gusset, and continue to cobble up all the yarn reserved for them. A frilly crochet cast off perfects the design, and helps create a loose edge. You can knit these in any color, and with any kind of yarn (as long as the gauge matches). I used 3,5 mm needles for my gloves along with  fingering weight yarn.

As you know, all new patterns go on sale for all VIPs. The Faerie Gloves will, too, but with a twist. From now until Halloween, these top down gloves are completely free for all VIPs! Just join our mailing list, and a special code for a free knitting pattern will arrive to your inbox. If you already are  VIP, you’ll receive the code in this week’s newsletter.

I hope you’ll enjoy The Faerie Gloves Knitting Pattern!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Fun Looks for Fun Times

This week, we’ve been focusing on Amanda’s Dress. This design is A-lined, and fit for summer parties. It’s best made with two kinds of light fabric, but it can work made with only one layer. I made mine with lace and a matching lining, but Amanda’s Dress would look stunning made with satin alone. Today, I wanted to share a few fun looks based on a modded version of Amanda’s Dress.

Blouse and Skirt

A blouse-skirt -combo is an ever-popular favorite of the fashion world. For this look, I did it a bit differently.

This dress used to be a skirt. I loved the fabric and the wide handkerchief hem, but wasn’t that crazy about the color. The material tints toward shades of grey and dark blue, and as such, it went with none of my tops. After a few years of wondering what to do with the skirt, it suddenly dawned on me to turn it into a dress. I jumped to action, and an hour later, I had a cool new dress! The color remained the same, of course, but now it’s easier to combine with other shades of black colors.

For this look, I paired the dress with a see-through blouse I have yet to properly introduce to you. I made this a while back just for the fun of it. It’s also a bit challenging to pair with, so I wanted to see how these two difficult garments play together. I’m a bit iffy about the results: I like the shape of the collar combined with the dress’s neckline, but the lace details on the sleeves might be a bit much for this look. What do you think? Leave a comment to vote yay or nay!

Laced Up

This dress, just like Amanda’s Dress, is A-lined. This particular cut flatters most body types. I don’t feel all the comfortable in A-lines, so I like to add belts to my dresses. Drawing out the narrowest part of the body does make one appear smaller, and also helps keep loose dresses in place. For this look, I wore my handkerchief dress with our Reversible Waist Corset. I also wore a mesh top under the dress to give it a bit more coverage.

I love everything about this look. It’s comfortable, the details work wonderfully for my personal taste, and it’s warm enough to wear on colder summer nights. Lately, we’ve gotten to enjoy those up here, and I for one could not be happier!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s fun looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

The Difference a Belt Makes

Last week, I showed you two new dresses. Both of these are A-lined, and designed for summer parties. Amanda’s Dress, our brand new sewing pattern, is on sale for all VIPs until next Monday. Since these styles are both loose, I wanted to show you how an A-lined dress with a belt looks. The dress changes entirely, and so easily!

Amanda’s Dress With a Belt

Amanda’s Dress is designed for two layers of light material. I made mine with a grey lace and a cupro lining. Both of these fabrics are light and airy, but they still create a bulky look to my dress. A-lined shapes flatter most body types. Mine, not so much. In Amanda’s Dress, I look five sizes bigger than normal! Luckily, this is easily corrected with a belt.

 

By adding a belt to the dress, I can easily accentuate the narrowest part of my body. This gives the dress a more flattering profile, and makes me look smaller.

This trick works for all kinds of dress shapes, not just A-lined. Empire-lined dresses are the perfect example. By tying a sash directly below the bust, you can give an empire-dress a much needed waist line.

 

 

 

Amanda’s Dress is super-comfy, and I can’t wait to wear it to all kinds of events this summer. For this look, I paired it with very basic elastic belt. The belt is comfy and cute, but a fancier one would make the dress look even nicer. 

Handkerchief Hems

Last Tuesday, I showed you a makeover I gave to a skirt. I pretty much turned a long skirt into a dress, and got a super-loose short dress with loads and loads of hem. I love this dress, but as it is really loose, it requires a belt. I showed you how it looks on me as is in last Tuesday’s post, and today, I styled it up a bit. 

The material on this dress is light and crinkly. I can squeeze the entire volume at the waist into my fist, and I have small hands. That’s why I can wear the dress with a belt without it looking bulky. The crinkly fabric settles beautifully under a belt, follows my shape, and flares out at the hem. This is a perfect example of how an A-lined dress with a belt should behave!

I’ve mentioned before that the hem on this dress has pretty much fabric. To demonstrate, I raised it up at the side, and it made absolutely no difference to the rest of the dress!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post.

Until next time!

Love,

Heather