Hooded Dress

On Tuesday, I showed you a snap frame purse I made. Today, I wanted to incorporate it into an outfit post, so you could get a proper idea of its size. I’m also introducing this falls first featured product, which is… The Hooded Dress! I love this pattern, and I’ve used it to make two other versions of the original. Today and next week, we’ll be concentrating on looks based on this cute little dress.

The original Hooded Dress is made with two layers of thin jersey, and topped off with a hood. The beauty of this pattern is that you can sew it with just one layer, choose different textures for the layers, and make it with or without a hood. The choice is yours, and no matter which way you go, you’ll get a pretty dress that’s really comfy, too!

I originally made mine with a hood. Pretty soon, I decided it didn’t really work for my personal taste or style. I removed the hood and altered the neckline to a more revealing direction. This way, The Hooded Dress looks and feels more like Me. For today’s look, I wanted to show you the dress with a minimal amount of accessories. I chose to wear it with grey, patterned tights. The fabric on my dress tints a bit toward brown, and these tights repeat the same shade. I’m usually a bit iffy about wearing colors on my legs, but I do like the effect. Maybe I should do this more often!

During my summer vacation, I learned a new skill. I have long, uncooperative hair, and I’m constantly looking for new ideas on how to tame it into a tidy do. So far, I’ve found, like, three up-dos that kinda work, but a week ago, I struck gold: the sock bun! I can’t believe I haven’t tried this before! It’s so easy, so quick, and the result is… well, huge. To achieve this, I sacrificed a pair of 40den knee-highs, which I just rolled into two donuts. Two, because one never knows when the opportunity to wear Leia-buns comes along. Anyway, this hairdo is my new favorite, and you’ll be seeing a lot more of it.

I wanted to show you my new purse with this look. The bag has copper-toned details, so I felt that my usual silver jewelry would clash with it. I chose to wear black earrings instead, and go without rings.

Well, almost without, at least. I finally got my wedding ring, and rarely go without it. Luckily, it’s a black carbon fibre ring, so it goes with anything.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Hooded Dress post! Stay tuned for more looks next week.

Until then!

Love,

Heather

My Favorite Summer Party Looks

As you may have noticed, there was no blog post last week. I scheduled everything until July 20th, and figured I’d take a day or two after Lumous to write posts for the end of July. It was a good enough plan, but weather rose to ruin it. You see, Finnish summers are usually pretty cold and rainy, which works well for me. Cloudy cardigan-weather is seriously my favorite kind! This year, though, we got hit by a heatwave. It started right around July 13th, and there is no end in sight. We’ve gotten to “enjoy” endless sun and infernal heat for almost three weeks. I don’t cope that well with temperatures over 21C, so I was unable to write anything. It isn’t any cooler right now, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite summer party looks anyway.

 

Orange Victorian

Summer is the time for bright colors and fun designs, even if you only wear black most of the time. This look featuring our Wrap-Cut Top and Victorian Skirt is one of my all-time faves. I put this together on a whim, and was blown away by how well these two pieces play with each other. I never would have expected a simple wrap top to go so well with Victorian hems!

I made my Victorian Skirt with satin, which makes it pretty warm. Using a light cotton will make this style cooler for summer party looks.

PuffBall With Lace

Lace is one of my favorite materials. It’s beautiful, elegant, and pretty perfect for summer party looks. For the second outfit, I chose this cute combo of our Lace Top and PuffBall Skirt. I thoroughly love this look, and actually wore this out not long ago. A snug lace top paired with poofy hems creates a delightful, doll-like silhouette I totally love. Accessories play an important part in looks like this one. By changing belts, jewelry, and shoes, you can completely alter the mood of this style!

Purple

As you’ve probably noticed by now, I wear a lot of black. I do have a couple of dresses in brighter colors, too, and sometimes I even wear them. This purple one has gone with little wear, but I do love the way it looks. This dress is similar to our Princess and Keyhole Dress, though I did mod the original pattern a bit for this one. For one thing, I obviously shortened it quite a bit!

For this look, I wore the purple dress with a tulle petticoat and a long, black sash. I love the way these elements bring a touch of darkness into this cute and girly dress. This look is really fun and comfy, too, so I might just wear it out someday when I’m feeling brave!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these summer party looks. I’ll be returning to work next week, so there will (hopefully) be an I Made This! -post on Tuesday!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Basic Knit Looks

Basic dresses are perfect foundations for knits. They’re versatile, take accessories well, and are free of details that obscure the lines of intricate knitwear. When modelling our Knitting Patterns, I often choose to wear our Pretty Basic Jersey Dress. A basic bodycon dress doesn’t take attention away from a knit, and works with all designs. Today, I wanted to show you my favorites of Jersey Dress + Knit -combos in this Pretty Basic Knit Looks Post!

Violets

Combining knits with crochet details has always been something that I like to do. With Violets On Stripes, I took combined two techniques into one design. Stripy knit fabric turned into a super-short cardigan with crochet flowers scattered along one shoulder and the back. This little cardigan is pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever made! It goes wonderfully with our Jersey Dress, adding a layer of warmth to the basic dress.

Cables

Shrugs are most often worn with long skirts and corsets, but I like to pair them up with other kinds of outfits, too. Our Faux Cable Shrug is one of my favorites, and I’m actually thinking about knitting one in black, too. My green one is beautiful and delightfully warm, but the color clashes with many things I like to wear. The green shrug looks nice with a black Jersey Dress, though, and I love this look to bits!

Lune

Lune, our stripy scarf, was born by accident much like all of my favorite patterns. The design process is somehow easier when I don’t feel the need to create, and just do whatever feels natural. Lune came to me very easily, and I love it. The design is super-easy to knit, and the result is comfy and versatile. Lune looks lovely with our Jersey Dress, and goes beautifully with my fingerless version of Lovelace Gloves!

DiagoNelly

Sharing sneak peeks can be considered impolite, but I still like to share views of what’s coming soon. This short-sleeved cardigan pattern will come out this autumn. It’s first on my after summer vacation To-Do List, so I’m guessing the pattern will be launched in September. This little cardigan is designed for cotton yarn. It looks basic from the front, but the back holds a little surprise! I call this one DiagoNelly, and love the way it looks with our Jersey Dress.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Pretty Basic Knit Looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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

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

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