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Bishop Wrap

Wrap dresses are lovely and elegant. They flatter all body types, and can be styled up for nearly any occasion. The belts, though, can be a bit annoying at times. A cute bow is pretty to look at, and loose belts create an interesting detail, but they make styling a wrap dress all the more difficult. I wanted a wrap dress that would have an open hem, a revealing neckline, and no belts or buttons. I also wanted to incorporate my favorite sleeve style to the design. Thus was born our brand new wrap dress sewing pattern, The Bishop Wrap.

The Bishop Wrap has a long hem that’s open on both sides up to the hip. It comes with a daring neckline that can be made with or without a gathered detail. This dress is best made with elastic materials such as light viscose or cotton jersey. I made mine in black, but this style loves wild prints and bright colors. 

A viscose jersey similar to the one I used is available on amazon. I also picked out a beautiful green snake print viscose jersey. If you purchase materials through the links below, I might make a little extra.
Black Viscose Spandex Fabric, Causal Jersey Knit Fabric, Fabric by the Yard – 1 YARD
Snakeskin Print Viscose Stretch Jersey Knit Dress Fabric Green – per metre

The Bishop Wrap has long, wide sleeves that are gathered at the wrist with a tight cuff. I personally love this sleeve style. It’s feminine and comfortable, and bears a vintage feel. The bishop sleeve was hugely popular in the sixties, and I actually have a few vintage patterns that rock this style.

This wrap dress pattern comes with a full length hem. I highly recommend using a light fabric for this dress. The hem takes a lot of fabric, and a heavy material can make it stretch and pull in wear. A light material makes the dress comfortable to wear.

The Bishop Wrap loves belts and corsets. It can be paired with all kinds of waist enhancing accessories. This dress also likes the company of cardigans and shrugs. Next week, I’ll show you how to rock this wrap dress in two different Everyday With an Edge -posts!

As you may have guessed, The Bishop Wrap Dress Pattern is our featured product for the coming week. It will be on sale for all VIPs, so now’s a good time to join our mailing list to gain access to the special offer.

I hope you’ll enjoy The Bishop Wrap! I’ll see you on Tuesday!

Love,

Heather

Dress Make-Over

Once upon a time, I had a dress that had never felt quite right, and a top that just didn’t work. I made the dress a while back, felt displeased, and modded it a bit. It still didn’t feel right, so it got buried in my wardrobe.

The top I got as a souvenir from Mom a long, long time ago. That was back when she still tried to understand what I like. Sadly, she forgot that I’m horrified of spiders.

A few weeks ago, I found both the top and the dress, and asked them whether they’d like to get tossed, or play nice together.

The answer was obvious. Dress make-over!

I liked the shape of the top along with its mesh sleeves. The dress had a nice hem, so I decided to combine them. This way, I’d get to make the best of both item’s good qualities.

I started by taking out my scissors. I got these from my ex-mother-in-law (she didn’t die or anything, I just got divorced) a few years ago. I’m not really into the Moomin-thing, but Fiskars makes the kind of scissors I love. They’re durable, easy to sharpen, and comfortable to use.

The scissors are available on amazon in case you’re into Moomin characters. If you get them through the link below, I might earn a little extra.
Moomin Stainless Steel Moominmamma Scissors

I cut the dress at the waist so that I could use all of the hem. I ended up shortening it a bit, though. I like hems to fall mid-thigh, knee, or all the way to the floor, and this one ended up in the gray area of “below the knee”, commonly known as eww in my world.

I also cut the top at the waist. I like waistlines to sit at the narrowest part of the waist. Through this procedure, I gained a bit of cobweb-print material. I used it cut out basic cuffs to replace the ragged ruffles at the sleeves.

I like those, basically, in this top they were just too small and a bit sad.

I serged the pieces together at the waist, installed cuffs, and voila! Two not-so-happy garments turned into a cute dress!

I really like giving sad clothes make-overs, and this trick is among my favorites. Combining a top with a hem to gain a dress is quick, easy, and rewarding. This dress make-over resulted in a comfy and cute dress with just a bit of edge. I might show this to Mom someday to see whether she remembers the top she gave me, or just serve me the good old “dear lord, what on earth are you wearing”-shriek.

With a seam at the waist, this dress needs a belt to ease out the contrast created by two different kinds of fabric. I like to wear this with an elastic belt, a tight petticoat (the hem flies a bit and it makes me uncomfortable), and small, sparkly bits of jewelry. This dress is basic enough to wear for running errands, and still cute enough to style up for a Friday-night outing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my dress make-over!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Crinkle Skirt Styles

On Tuesday, I shared a tutorial on how to sew a basic skirt with crinkle fabric. The tutorial is available here. Today we’re going to look at outfits based on the skirt. I really like this skirt, but it turns out that crinkle skirt styles are surprisingly difficult. There’s not that much you can do with a skirt: pairing it up with a top is pretty much it. What affects the outfit most of all is the style of the top. Let’s take a look at how a basic skirt can change.

Office Appropriate

Clean, basic looks are perfect for the office. A cute blouse paired with basic pumps make the crinkle skirt fit for a working environment. Elastic material ensures a comfy fit for the blouse, and puff sleeves add a feminine element to the look.

This outfit is really comfy. The skirt’s wide and long enough to office friendly, and the elasticity of the blouse adds another level to comfort. A fitted blouse stays put, and hides co-cooperatively under a skirt’s waist. Matching pumps and a tidy hairdo make the outfit look polished.

The blouse is made with our Loli Outfit Pattern.

Tight Waist

Basic skirts love corsets. For the second crinkle skirt style, I paired wide hems with a tight corset. Our Reversible Waist Corset has been my favorite for a long time, and it’s starting to show. As I was putting it on, I noted a small tear on the black side. I guess it’s time to make a new one! The corset still has some wear in it, and I decided to go ahead and use it for this look. I wore a green spaghetti strap top under it to give the outfit a bit of color. I got the lace top from H&M a few years back. It’s really comfy and super-cute, I just can’t understand why I didn’t buy a black one, too.

This look is perfect for going out. It’s comfy despite the tight corset, and cool enough to wear at crowded bars. To make it warmer, just wear a mesh top under it, or pop a shrug over it.

Party!

Fall isn’t really the time for parties, but Christmas will be here sooner than you think. This outfit is pretty perfect for a dinner with the family around Yule-time. I paired the crinkle skirt with our Pretty Basic Lace Top, and wore a lace petticoat under the skirt to give it a bit of volume. This skirt would love a poofy petticoat, and I’m thinking about making one with grey organza!

Basic looks can change a great deal though material. Made with jerseys, this would be a “just hanging around the house” -outfit. Crinkle fabric and lace make the style suitable for casual parties and get-togethers.

Winter Is Coming

Days are getting colder, there’s no denying it. I hate being cold, and am most likely the first one to reach for a cardigan. I wanted to incorporate a sweater for the last look to show you that skirts can work during the winter as well. Light layers can surprisingly warm: one winter I went out wearing two long skirts, two long-sleeved Tees, a shrug, two layers of socks and a coat, and I was hot though it was -30 degrees celsius!

For this look, I paired the crinkle skirt with a spaghetti strap top, my blood stain corselet, and our Cropped Pullover.

This sweater is my favorite one ever. I love this particular shade of orange, the raglan shape is cute and comfy, and the collar turned out just right. The shape of the hem, though, is the thing that’s most unusual about this design. The front hem curves up, and the back hem falls lower to reach the waist. This cropped sweater it worked top down, and despite the non-traditional shape, it’s really easy to knit. This sweater is available in three variations: ribbed and smooth in one pattern, and cabled in another.

This outfit is again something I am very likely to wear during the coming winter. The sweater is really cute and works well with the skirt and corset. The crinkle skirt looks nice, is comfy, and worn over a Garter Petticoat, will be warm enough for winter.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our crinkle skirt styles.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

How To Make a Crinkle Skirt

A few weeks ago, Mom brought me a pile of fabrics. She needed a new top or two, and naturally turned to me. In addition to the materials she wanted me to use for the tops, she brought me a present. Crinckle fabric. The material wanted to be a skirt, and so I decided to show you how to make a crinkle skirt.

Now I haven’t seen this material since the crinckle skirt was a big hit back in the year I-forget. I didn’t expect to run into it again, but there it was, demanding attention. This fabric is making a comeback, so I wanted to make a tutorial on how to turn it into a skirt. You can make blouses and jackets and all sorts of thing with this material, but I would stick to simple designs. This stuff is difficult to cut, and the pleats can throw off a fitted garment’s shape. We’re going to keep it simple, and make a skirt with two straight pieces.

How To Make a Crinkle Skirt

A skirt made with just two rectangular pieces is the simplest skirt design known to man. It requires a certain kind of material to look its best. Pleated and crinckled fabrics work best for this style.

You will need

 -Two lengths + 6″ of 50″ wide crinkle fabric if the crinkle is vertical.

I dug around, and found a fabric very similar to the one I used. It’s available in glittery black and a lovely dusky pink. Both of these fabrics are sold by Tia Knight’s fabric store in UK. I’ve ordered fabrics from them both on their actual site and eBay on several occasions, and totally recommend them.

– 2″ wide elastic band

– 8″ long zipper

– sewing machine (serger optional)

– notions you like to use when sewing

how to make a crinkle skirt - material

Start by measuring the desired length of your skirt. I chose to make a knee-length skirt that sits on my waist, so I measured the distance between waist and knee. That came to 55 cm, allowance included.

We’ll want the crinkle pattern to be vertical.

Cut two straight pieces to the desired length.

how to make a crinkle skirt - cutting

With right sides facing, sew one side seam. Serge through raw edges.

I used my serger for sewing, but a sewing machine will be just as good.

how to make a crinkle skirt - sewing

Install a zipper to the other side seam. This tutorial will help you along!

how to make a crinkle skirt - installing zipper

We’ll want the waist to be both tight and elastic. The finished skirt will be heavy, and it needs to sit securely at the waist.

Cut a strip of fabric a bit longer than your waist and wide enough to house your elastic band. Don’t forget to add allowance!

Pin the waistband to the inside of the skirt with right side facing the wrong side of the skirt’s waist. Gather all of the fabric to the waist band. The crinkle of the material will come to aid with this step. Though there seems to be an abundance of material, it will all fit onto the waistband.

Sew the waistband to place.

how to make a crinkle skirt - installing waistband

Take your elastic band, and place it in between the waistband and the seam. Secure both ends to the waistband, fold the waistband over the elastic, and tuck in the raw edge. Top stitch to place while carefully stretching the elastic to length. Top stitch the upper edge of the waist band to keep the elastic from turning inside.

how to make a crinkle skirt - finished waistband

Hem the crinkle skirt, and you’re all done!

how to make a crinkle skirt - hemming

I really love the way the skirt turned out. It’s cute, it’s wide, and despite the huge amount of fabric piled onto the waist, it has quite a narrow silhouette. The material is nice and lively, and the simple style goes with almost anything.

How To Make A Crinkle Skirt - All Done!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial on how to make a crinkle skirt! On Friday, I’ll show you a few ways to style this cute crinkle skirt.

Until then.

Love,

Heather

The Many Faces of a Spaghetti Strap Top

The Spaghetti Strap Top is a wondrous thing. It goes with everything and anything, it’s easy to sew, and even comfortable. Today, I wanted to show you just a couple of ways to rock the classic. My photo session got completely out of hand, so instead of three outfits, you get seven!

Our Pretty Basic Spaghetti Strap Top is launched today, and on flash sale for all VIPs. I thought this is reason enough to celebrate with loads of spaghetti strap styles.

Warm in Blue

One of the easiest ways of creating spaghetti strap styles is to wear a top over a light long-sleeved Tee. I do this all the time. A mesh top is very see-through, and demands another layer. A spaghetti strap top offers just enough coverage, but doesn’t completely hide the mesh. For this look, I picked a petrol blue mesh top. I wore it under a black top embellished with a bit of lace, and paired the tops with my long velvet skirt.

This style is really comfy. It’s perfect for going shopping, and as fall draws near, the light layers offer much needed warmth.

Shrug It Up

Spaghetti Strap Tops are often low cut and revealing. As the weather turns cooler, it’s nice to cover up a little. For the second look, I wore my favorite shrug over a spaghetti strap top trimmed with blue lace. I really like the way the lace peeks out just a little, giving a splash of color to the black outfit. One drop of contrast catches the eye far better than many!

I wore The Pretty Basic Jersey Skirt for this outfit. It goes perfectly with The Pretty Basic Spaghetti Strap Top, and The Hooded Shrug will look lovely with the combo.

I wore a black sash as a belt to hide the elastic waist of the skirt. I secured the belt to place with a brooch to give the outfit another detail.

This style is also super-comfy, and perfect for casual outings.

Ruffle Hems

The weather may be changing, but days can still be warm. A spaghetti strap top is still warm enough indoors. For the next look, I picked out a skirt I haven’t shown you yet. It will maybe come out as a pattern soon!

I like to pair fabrics that have the same consistency. Synthetics go with synthetics and cotton with cotton. All the elements of this style are made with viscose jersey, which is my favorite material. It’s light, it breathes, and it’s nice and soft. It’s perfect for summer clothes, such as spaghetti strap tops. I made this one a bit longer so I can wear it over skirt waists.

The skirt is made of two layers. Beneath, there’s a tight fitted shell. Over it goes a contrast colored layer with a ruffled hem. For this outfit, I gathered the hem and secured it with a brooch to add more detail to the otherwise basic look. The skirt is really cute worn as is, too, and it goes with all of our basic tops.

This style works really well with my personal taste, only I might wear a black mesh top under it. I get cold easily and it makes me all whingy!

Black and White Skulls

Basic tops love corsets, and that’s why you’ll see a lot of spaghetti strap styles on darkly inclined ladies. A skimpy top doesn’t wrinkle up under a tight corset, and feels comfortable and cool at crowded clubs. I paired a black spaghetti strap top up with a long peasant skirt and our Reversible Corset. The outfit is classic and comfortable, and the long full hems give it a romantic feel.

This style can be completed with jewelry, or with a shrug. A mesh top under the top will give more warmth. You can also add sleeves to the outfit to give it a more interesting feel!

Red Lace

Spaghetti strap styles are often seen as day-to-day looks. A basic top is easy to pop on with a pair of jeans or a jersey skirt. It’s easy to forget that a spaghetti strap top can work for parties, too. Just pick a high-quality material, and pay attention to embellishments and finishing.

I paired a basic spaghetti strap top with our Lace Skirt to create a look fit for casual parties with the family. This kind of outfits are perfect for small birthdays and dinners.

I tied the belt higher this time to hide the lace on the top. I think two kinds of lace can clash pretty badly, and I wanted to avoid that. The belt gives the skirt a high waist, and changes the silhouette toward an empire-style. I tied the look together with red pumps, and skipped wearing jewelry to keep the outfit simple.

Funky and Cute

One top is cute, so wearing two is even cuter. I layered two tops for this look. I wore a top with a blue lace over a solid black one to make the detail pop even more. I wanted to create a cute, fun look for partying. I paired the tops with our PuffBall Skirt and an elastic belt. A bit of dark silver jewelry and high heels top up the look.

And of course what makes an outfit cute is the attitude you wear it with.

And Then There’s How I Wear It

Spaghetti strap styles are various and versatile. They range from casual to festive to funky, and suit almost any taste.

I wear spaghetti strap tops quite often, and wanted to show you how I like to make them a part of my unique look. This is an outfit I would gladly wear to any club! I wore a black mesh top with black velvet-print polkadots, a spaghetti strap top, my PuffBall Skirt, a Reversible Waist Corset, and loads of necklaces and bangles.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our super-long outfit post with spaghetti strap styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Spaghetti Straps

I don’t know about you, but my wardrobe is in constant lack of basics. After making my Pretty Basic Jersey Skirt, I realized I didn’t have enough tops to go with it.

That’s what you get for relying on dresses…

Luckily, getting out off that pickle was easy. I had a bit of lycra left, and my Monday called for a bit of sewing related therapy. I decided to use the left-over fabric for two new spaghetti strap tops. I made these with our upcoming pattern!

Spaghetti strap tops can be worn in various ways. The garment is cute, comfy, and versatile. I wanted these new ones to go with everything I have. I didn’t quite succeed with the second one, though…

Narrow straps can be a pain to turn over. I like to take a strip of fabric, serge the long edges together, and then use a safety pin to easily turn the tube. This trick really works wonders when you need to make skinny straps!

I wanted my first top to have a romantic feel. I trimmed the neckline with a piece of lingerie elastic. I use elastics like this one quite a lot on necklines. They keep their elasticity better than lace, and often last longer.

A basic top can look plain without any embellishments. I added a simple detail to the front just to give the top a bit more character. A piece of left-over lace serves as an eye-catcher. A cute detail also adds to the romantic vibe I wanted to achieve.

The first top is all black, so it goes with everything I have. With the second one, I wanted to play around a little. Colors are a bit foreign to me, but a splash of something bright is always welcome. I had a bit of blue lace stashed, left-overs from a top I made someone. The lace has been rolling around my stash for, like, years, and now I finally found the perfect use for it. I used it to bind the neckline of the second top, and to add a bit of color to it.

I really like both of these tops, and I know they’ll get plenty of wear. On Friday, I’m going to both publish the pattern for The Pretty Basic Spaghetti Strap Top, and to do an outfit post with these two tops and one more!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my new spaghetti strap tops.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Wide Wide Hems

This week, we’ve been concentrating on dresses. I’m not a sundress-kind of girl, but prefer styles that offer a bit more coverage. I like dressing up, and most of our designs are pretty perfect for going out. Today, I wanted to show you a few skater dress styles. All of these dresses are based on our SkaterDress Pattern. It’s a versatile pattern with the option for a classic style, a Gothic update, and a version made with upcycled materials. I love all of these dresses, but again, one outfit pleases me more than the others.

Velvet Circles

Our SkaterDress Pattern comes complete with three styles. One of them is a Gothic version of the classic. It’s made with a super-short hem, wide cuffs, and a lacing. You can also choose to add a hood to the dress. I don’t feel comfortable under a hood, so I made this version without it. The hoodless style works better with my personal taste, though I do love the fairytale-vibe a hood always seems to add.

This dress has a lot of details. With the lacing and the bell sleeves, it can be challenging to accessorize. I wanted to go with a look that’s a bit on the conservative side. I’m not young enough to pull off a wild look with a mini skirt, so I chose to tame the dress down.

Hair and make up can work wonders in changing a look. I chose to wear my hair in a French twist secured with small claws. I kept my make up very light, and chose to wear only a small heart-shaped pendant. I covered the seam of the dress with a elastic belt, and wore a tulle petticoat under the dress to give it a bit more length. Semi-opaque tights and Demonias complete the outfit.

I like this look, especially with the bell sleeves. The dress is elastic, so it’s really comfy. The only thing that bothers me is the length. Were the dress floor-length, this would be perfect for me!

Purple Accents

Mixing up feminine and masculine is a thing that always makes an outfit interesting. This skater dress mod is super-feminine with its three-layer hem and fitted bodice. The cuffs, collar, and mid-sleeves are embroidered, which adds to the femininity. I needed a balancing detail. Instead of wearing the dress with necklaces, I chose to go with a tie. A purple tie matches with my favorite corset, and gives the outfit a masculine touch.

Since the hem is again on the short side, I popped the tulle petticoat under this one, too. It gives the hem more volume, and a bit more length. Circle hems should always be worn with a petticoat due to the unavoidable Marilyn-moments. They make wearing wide hems much nicer, since you don’t have to be guarding the hems all the time.

This outfit is one I wear quite often, with minor changes in tie and corset color. It works wonderfully when going out to check out bands, and it’s actually a go-to style. Wearing this is easy and fun, and the outfit is surprisingly comfortable especially when standing around all night.

So Sweet

The last of this batch of skater dress styles is my favorite. I made the dress last fall, and it’s gotten a lot of wear. I used an H&M blouse for the bodice. The blouse was a bit snug around the shoulders, and the original long sleeves were too short for me. I ripped the sleeves out, and turned them into short puff sleeves to add a comfort factor to the bodice. I then took a circle skirt with a sewn-in purple tulle petticoat, and joined the two. As a result, I gained a super-cute dress that’s perfect for pretty much any occasion.

For this look, I wanted to underline the sweetness of the dress. I added a long sash to it, and wore it as a belt. I tied the long ends to one side to give the outfit an asymmetric detail, and also something to fiddle with when I get nervous.

I’ve worn black pearl stud earrings all week, and wanted more black pearls for this look. A necklace would clash with the lace-trimmed collar, so I took my black pearl necklace, and wrapped it around my wrist. It turns out the necklace makes a cute bracelet as well!

This outfit turned out really cute. The French twist takes away some of the girliness of the look, and so do the chunky shoes. The dress is also really comfy, and, well, this just looks like me more the most.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our skater dress styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Pretty Black Dress Styles

This week, we’re celebrating dresses. I for one can’t ever have too many dresses, and I love styling them up. Today, instead of the usual I Made This! -post, I wanted to show you a few black dress styles to inspire everyday outfits.

… along with something I made.

Sun Is Still Out There

Although nights are getting colder and days cloudier, we have quite a few sunny days left to enjoy this summer. Getting an accidental autumn tan is not on my to-do list, so I’m not done wearing my sunhat. It’s both witchy, and perfect for blocking out lethal rays. Long sleeves are also a good way to hide from the sun, so I paired both of these elements up in the first outfit.

The Wrap-Cut Dress is both comfy and easy to sew. I made mine with light cotton jersey, which makes it perfect for warm days. The long hem an sleeves shield me from the sun, and the low cut neckline adds some allure to the long dress. I like to wear this dress with corsets mainly to add detail to it. A long, black garment can appear nun-like despite a daring neckline, so it’s nice to add accessories here and there.

I really like this outfit, and have worn similar ones throughout the summer. The best part about this style is that it will work in colder weather as well: lose the hat, wear a mesh top and tights under the dress, and you’re good to go.

Lace Wrap Up

This second of these black dress styles is my favorite of the bunch.

I haven’t been on very good terms with our Sleeveless Wrap Dress. There are many little things about it that clash with my personal taste and preferences. The biggest issue is that I like sleeves. The belts also bother me a bit since I haven’t gotten around to figuring out the cutest way to tie them.

With this outfit, I sorted out two major conflicts I had with the dress, and it happened by accident.

I have this lace blouse that has a large collar and ruffled cuffs. I wanted to wear it, and pulled it one. The blouse, being lacey, is see-through. I didn’t want to wear a top over it or under it, because it’s the obvious way to deal with lace.

Frustrated, I pulled out the Wrap Dress, put it on, and on a whim, tied the belts around my back.

And after a bit of tugging, I was perfectly happy!

I love this outfit, not only because it feels good and looks awesome, but because it made peace possible between me and The Wrap Dress.

Super Short Puff Ball

A few years ago, I made a Skater Dress with very light viscose jersey. The dress was perfect for a while, and then Something Happened to it. I honestly don’t know why, but the hem stretched to an uneven shape. Usually, I don’t mind ragged hems, but I wanted this dress to be nice and tidy.

I tossed it around for a bit, and decided to turn it into a puff ball dress. It turned out very short, but modding it gave it a new life. Despite it being micro-length, I really like the dress now. It’s comfortable, it’s cute, it loves cropped cardigans, and the super-short hem stays securely in place.

I accessorized the dress with my trusted elastic belt, and black jewelry. I didn’t want to go overboard, so I stuck to a simple choker and a wide bracelet.

Along with cardigans, this style can be topped with a shawl.

… such as the wild-colored vortex shawl I finally got photographed!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my black dress styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

New Dress Patterns Preview

As you may have noted, I really like dresses. I wear them nearly daily, and constantly make more dress patterns. Today, instead of the usual Featured Product -post, I wanted to show you sneak peaks of upcoming dress patterns. Both of these styles are designed for viscose jersey, and are versatile, comfy, and flattering. I really like both of these designs. Both of them have become an essential part of my wardrobe, and I can’t wait to do more outfit posts with them!

WrapDress

Wrap dresses look nice, and are comfy to wear. They’re also a pain to accessorize. All you can really do with them is to tie them on, pop on jewelry, and go. I want more versatility from a dress, so I turned the classic design around a bit. Instead of being tied to place with belts, this one is sewn closed. The dress has an open hem and revealing neckline, but the fuzz of tying it on is completely removed. This way, the dress can be worn with belts and corsets, and it even likes cardigans more than the common wrap dress.

For this outfit, I paired the dress with my Bloodstain Corselet, and my Tropical Breeze shawl. I love both of these accessories dearly, and wear them with everything. This dress is perfect for with them, and I wear this outfit on a regular basis. It’s super-comfy, the fabrics are cool and soft, and the long hem balances the low-cut neckline beautifully.

Pretty Basic T-Dress

T-shirts, both long and short sleeved, are a wardrobe basic. They go with anything and everything, and can be worn to any everyday function. I wanted a dress that can do the exact same thing. A dress that can be made long or short, with long or short sleeves, and worn with any accessories. The Pretty Basic T-Dress is a perfect solution to any clothing dilemma. It has a narrow hem, a seam at the waistline, and a basic O-neckline. It’s tidy, it’s comfy, it’s easy to mix and match.

And the best part is that it’s really simple to create.

I wear this dress exactly the way I would wear a T-shirt. For this outfit, I wore the dress over a petrol blue mesh top. The long sleeved blue top gives a bit of color to the outfit, and offers extra warmth on a cooler day. An elastic belt serves both to conceal the seam, and to add a detail to the otherwise simple outfit.

Both of these dresses can be styled for work, shopping, or even clubbing. I’m working on getting the patterns out as soon as possible, but in the mean time, I’d like to remind you of our other dress patterns. We offer various styles for everyday, and all of them will be on special offer for all VIPs until Aug 21st. Now’s a good time to join our mailing list, and take advantage of the offer!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Ruffle Dress

Every now and again, I decide I no longer like a dress. Lately, since autumn is drawing closer, my wardrobe seems to be in need of me hitting F5. New trends are rolling in, and instead of going on a mad shopping spree, I like to weed out the dresses that no longer feel just right, and change them. It’s fun, it’s affordable, and the environment likes it, too.

Last week, a dress I made for New Year suddenly had an existential crisis. It was a long spaghetti strap mermaid dress made with black viscose jersey. I don’t think I’ve worn it more than twice, and for that reason, I have no pictures of it.

As I heard the dress wailing, I took it out, and inquired whether it would enjoy drastic surgery.

The reply was “oh god yes”, so I set to work.

I had purple viscose jersey stashed. It’s a bit too purple to work as an entire garment, but paired up with black, it’s perfect. I took some of the purple fabric, and cut out a very short bodice. I wanted the updated dress to have an empire waist, but a fitted one.

I really like simple styles, the kind of dresses you can just pull on, and not have to worry about since. This one seemed to need something extra. A detail, maybe.

Something ruffly.

I have this little bit of an obsession with ruffled button lists. I’ve added this detail to one garment so far, and wanted to make another one. The black and purple dress was the perfect victim.

I took strips of purple jersey and a bit of black lace, and sewed them onto the front piece. The process is actually really easy: pleat or gather strips of fabric, arrange them so that they please your eye, and sew to place.

I cut the black mermaid dress just below the bust, and above the knee. After serging the bodice together, I joined the two at the waistline.

To keep the ruffle dress from going over the top, I bound the neckline and the sleeves in a very basic way. I was kinda thinking about double-binding the neckline with black lace, but that would have maybe been too much.

The ruffle dress turned out really nice. I love the way it looks and feels. It’s super-comfy, and since it has a bit of detail, it doesn’t really need a bunch of accessories. It really is one of those dresses you can just pull on and forget.

And the best part is, the left-over hem of the mermaid dress is long enough to be made into a skirt!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Ruffle Dress.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather