Winter Accessories Looks

This week, I planned to talk about gloves and scarves, and nothing more, but I guess we all know what happens to best-laid plans. They may not always fail, but behind them, there’s a human who gets caught up in ideas. You see, Monday was really cold and grey. I needed a pick-me-up, and figured you would, too. For that reason, I decided to write a quick tutorial on how to make a blanket coat! The tutorial will be free on the blog from now until eternity, and I do hope you’ll take advantage of it. Today, we’ll be returning to planned schedule, and looking at winter accessories.

Green

Scarves are an easy way to bring warmth to any outfit. They go with everything, and work for any occasion. For the first look, I wanted to pair winter accessories with a corset. Choosing a corset was pretty easy: I have one with green details and lining that matches my green Lune. The outfit came together quickly and painlessly, but… well, we all know what corsets feel like when it’s been a while since you’ve been in one.

If we ignore what this outfit felt like, I have to say that I like the way it looks. I’ve always loved the combination of long hems and corsets, and my green Lune adds a unique element to the look. I wore it thrown over my chest to conceal bare shoulders. This way, it gives way to the lacing at the back, and won’t end up tangled up in hair. Though the scarf doesn’t necessarily look like it, it does bring a lot of warmth to this look.

Purple

Winter accessories are an easy way to change the mood of a dress. With the second look, I chose to use Jane’s Dress. I seriously love this dress, and plan to make another one once I stumble onto the right fabric. For this look, purple knits seemed appropriate. Mu purple Lune and fingerless Lovelace Gloves match beautifully in color, and I often wear them together. This sleeveless dress is starting to be a bit too cold to wear as is. Adding gloves, even fingerless, and a scarf add a lot of warmth to it. And the best part about winter accessories is that you can easily remove them if you get hot!

This look proved to be really comfortable, and I will most definitely wear it someday. The purple winter accessories look lovely with Jane’s Dress, and bat earrings push it closer to my own personal style. Along with the run-away strand of hair that seems to have escaped my bun.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s outfit post!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Warm Fall Looks

October is finally here, and winter is reminding us of its presence. Though it isn’t super-chilly yet, it’s a good time to start knitting for winter. I don’t think there’s a better way to relax than to curl up on the sofa with a cup of coffee, a rewarding knit, and your favorite shows queued up on Netflix. With that in mind, I chose to feature wintery accessories this week. We all deserve a new pair of gloves and a cute little scarf, so Lovelace, Purlace, and Lune get to shine in the spotlight until October 15th! As I am still a bit under the weather (what is fall without a flu that lasts for two weeks and counting), we’ll start off with warm fall looks from last year. These two looks are not only comfy and cozy, but also my favorite fall styles featuring this week’s product picks.

Forest Green

I don’t usually go for pencil skirts, but for this look, I wanted to try. Pencil skirts create a lovely silhouette, but can be challenging to function in. If made a bit too narrow, like I did here, one will need to consider walking again. This look is really cute, though, and if the skirt were comfier, I would gladly wear this out.

I paired my not-so-comfy pencil skirt with a corduroy blazer, my forest green Lune, and black Purlace gloves. This first stop of our warm fall looks is perfect for running errands, and I actually do wear my Lune a lot with this autumn coat. I love the way the stockinette drapes, and the shape makes Lune easy to wear.

This skirt, by the way, was discarded, and turned into a waist corset. Check out the results of the operation here!

Purple

Some of you might remember a dreadful incident from last fall. I was leaving a fabric store via an escalator, got lost in thought thus losing concentration, and BAM! my dress got caught in the ascending stairs. Charming cut me loose, but my dress seemed pretty much ruined. Luckily, I sew. It took me an hour or so to salvage the mangled dress, and the results were pretty awesome. A long dress turned short, gained long sleeves, and even got a bit of lace!

For this look, I paired the transformed dress with my purple Lune, and fingerless Lovelace gloves. I love this look, though for going out, I’d opt for black tights and warmer footwear. This look would totally work for shopping trips and casual lunches!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s warm fall looks. I’m hoping to feel well enough to take new outfit photos soon!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Lee’s Dress Looks

As you may have noticed, I missed a post on Tuesday. This was due to a sudden but not-so-serious illness: I woke up on Sunday with a sore throat, and saw it best to take some time off work. Resting for a couple of days seems to have taken care of my horrid flu, and I’m on the mend. Still coughing up bits of brain and feeling woozy, but that I can live with. Today, I’m feeling well enough to give you a few ideas on how to wear a kimono dress! Lee’s Dress, our featured product for this week, was launched last Friday, and features elements of oriental fashion. I seriously love this dress, but styling it quickly proved a bit challenging. With such a strong look, this dress can be picky about accessories.

Grey Lace

I made Lee’s Dress with a light faux silk. Though it isn’t see-through, I like to wear another layer under it. The fabric feels light and delicate, and somehow flimsy. Adding a petticoat gives the dress more coverage and warmth. I actually made a new one to compliment Lee’s Dress. I took a piece of light, elastic poly satin, you know, the kind of fabric slips are made of, and sewed a strip of grey lace onto it. A few seams and an elastic band turned it into a petticoat that goes beautifully with Lee’s Dress. For this look, I wore a strip of grey lace as a belt. I used a brooch to secure it, and chose grey heels to compliment the shades of grey in this look.

Silver Details

For the second look, I wanted to turn Lee’s Dress in a more casual direction. This dress can feel really fancy, and I wanted to show you how to wear a kimono dress in a relaxed, fun way. I like to wear Lee’s Dress with a belt mainly because it has a seam at the waist. Covering up seams is one of my favorite hobbies, so… For this look, I chose an elastic belt with a silver buckle. This is both comfy and casual, and helps tone the dress down. I chose silver jewelry for this look, and continued the theme with silver heels. To achieve an effortless look, I wore my hair down. It needs dye just as desperately as I need tights that don’t have runners!

This look is perfect for casual parties with friends, or even a dinner date. I’d totally wear this out without changing a single detail. Except maybe tights…

I hope you’ve enjoyed my ideas on how to wear a kimono dress.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Daisy’s Dress Looks

Last Friday, I launched a brand new sewing pattern. It’s for a high waist dress made with two kinds of fabrics. For mine, I used solid lycra and a printed velvet, and today, I wanted to show you two velvet dress looks made with it. I call this style Daisy’s Dress, and it’s on sale for all VIPs until Monday 17th. This velvet dress is designed with informal parties in mind, and made to be as comfy as possible. It’s pretty easy to sew, too, if you aren’t intimidated by velvet and elastic materials!

Puffed

I like dresses that come with an element of versatility. Daisy’s Dress is pretty straightforward in design, but it does have a fun feature. If you so choose, you can insert a ribbon into the hem, and turn the dress from A-lined to puff-ball! For the first of today’s velvet dress looks, I wore the dress with a gathered hem. As Daisy’s Dress is made with a printed velvet, it doesn’t require a lot of accessories. Hairdo and make-up can do a lot for this dress, and change the way it looks drastically.

For the first look, I accessorized very lightly. I wore my chiffon sash to hide the seam at the waist. I tied the sash into a bow to gain a small detail at the waist, and chose black and red bangles as jewelry. This easy and elegant look can work for any kind of family get-together, from GranDad’s birthday to second cousins graduation.

Warmer

As fall draws closer, cardigans creep back into our everyday lives. I wanted to incorporate one into the second of our velvet dress looks. As Daisy’s Dress has a lot of red in it, I chose to pair it up with my red cardigan. I knit this one last fall, I think, and it features stockinette and seed stitch. This one is pretty simple, and I like it best paired with basic dresses. It does work for a party look, too, though it does tone Daisy’s Dress down to that “just having dinner with boo” -level.

I really like this look. It’s cute, comfy, and warm. Though it is a bit on the colorful side, I ‘d totally wear this out!

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

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Pretty Basic Velvet Dress

A few weeks ago, I went to the fabric store in search of a black lycra with a blue floral print on it. I came home with a black velvet with a red floral print on it, so I call this a success. I had planned to use the fabric for a new pattern, but I had enough for two projects. As I needed a not-black party dress, I decided to use some of my new material for a Pretty Basic Velvet Dress.

Basic Velvet Dress - printed fabrics love simple patterns

Velvet, especially printed velvet, is a pain to work with. You have to take both the direction of nap and print into consideration when cutting. I got the nap down perfectly, but the print gave me a harder time. The print has flowers against a night sky in it. A lovely, beautiful sentiment, but along with blooms, the print has moons on it. Large, round moons that serve as efficient eye-catchers. As they are scattered across the fabric, it’s nearly impossible to avoid having a full moon in an awkward place on your dress. I managed to get one smack in the middle on my belly.

I used our Pretty Basic Jersey Dress Pattern for this dress. A printed velvet requires a calm canvas, and a simple shell felt like the best choice for me. I wanted a dress that could work for both informal parties as well as quiet nights out. A basic pattern allows the printed fabric to steal the spotlight, and gives the dress a casual feel.The original pattern has long sleeves. I wanted to make my dress a little lighter. A long-sleeved, printed dress can look too much. Short sleeves take it back just a little.

I used the same binding for both sleeves and hem. This gives my basic velvet dress a uniformed, polished look.

I’m really happy about the way my basic velvet dress turned out. It’s cute, it’s comfortable, and with the right accessories, it works for all kinds of occasions. I’m planning to wear this to a sister-in-laws wedding party later this fall!

Basic Velvet Dress - short sleeves give the dress a casual look

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my basic velvet dress. You might see more of this fabric on Friday, so stay tuned!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Fall Looks with Faerie Dragon

September is almost upon us, and that for me has always meant the beginning of fall. Autumn is the time to knit, to watch the leaves turn yellow, and to prepare for winter. I usually like to go through my dresses during the first weeks of fall, and get rid of the ones I no longer care for. This year, I think I might do some serious purging. But before that, lets take a look at some fall looks. Our featured product this week is The Faerie Set, and I wanted to take this time to remind you that you can get The Faerie Gloves for free simply by ordering our newsletter. This offer expires on Halloween, so there’s still plenty of time to claim a free copy of the pattern!

Long and Elegant

For the first of today’s fall looks, I chose to wear the dress I made for my fortieth Birthday. I used a light viscose jersey, and added a lace yoke and sleeves. The dress turned out lovely, and it’s gotten a lot of wear. It’s super-comfy, and the see-through yoke gives it a unique look. This dress doesn’t deal that well with accessories, but shawls work wonderfully with it. For this look, I chose to throw The Faerie Dragon over my neck. I love the way it drapes over my shoulders at the back, though you can’t really see it in the photos.

Short and Fun

When choosing outfits, I usually go for the skin-tight options. One reason for this is that it’s almost always windy outside Wind catches clothes, makes wide hems fly, and leaves an outfit in complete disarray. I really don’t like it when that happens, and wearing figure-hugging dresses is an easy way to avoid it. For this look, I paired our Pretty Basic Lace Top with a pencil skirt I picked up from a flea market a while back. The skirt is made with a lively material, and I’ve had a hard time figuring out what to wear with it. On photo-day, I decided to throw caution to the wind, and pair it with another lively material. I didn’t expect the combo to work, but it did! The result pleases me well, and I’m pretty certain this outfit gets to go out pretty soon. As a finishing touch, I wore The Faerie Dragon wrapped around my neck. After all, winter is coming, and we need all the warmth we can get.

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

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Short Dress Looks with Faerie Set

This week, we’ll take a look at some more outfits with The Faerie Set. I love the way this colorful set works with dresses, and today, I wanted to show you two fun short dress looks. Both of these styles are perfect for stepping out, be it drinks or a late dinner.

Pretty Basic

A while back, I showed you a dress I made by combining our Pretty Basic Jersey Skirt and Spaghetti Strap Top. Originally, the dress was long and flowing, but as summer came, I needed a short dress. Long hems are just too much when it’s warm out! I chopped the dress above the knee, and decided I like it better this way. A short dress is cooler to wear during the summer, and can easily be paired with long-sleeved Tees, petticoats, and fun leg wear during the winter.

For this look, I wore my FrankenDress with black tights, buckled heels, and The Faerie Set. I used a simple belt to cover the seam at the waist, and left my hair partly loose to bring a romantic feel to the look. Large earrings give the style another detail.

Lacey

You may have noticed that I really like little black dresses. I have one in almost every material and they’re perfect for creating fun short dress looks! For today’s second outfit, I chose a short spaghetti strap dress made with lace. This dress is actually one my favorite ones. It’s cute, it’s comfy, and it’s a bit on the looser side so I can wear it even when I’m feeling fat.

For this look, I wore the lacey dress over a black slip. Lace as a material is see-through, so this dress can’t be worn on its own. I’m thinking about making a contrast-colored slip, or even a skin-toned one. Just need to pop by the fabric store real quick…

I wore The Faerie Dragon thrown over my neck to give the dress a bit more coverage. Worn like this, a shawl reveals the back which I think looks nice for a change. The Faerie Gloves add more color to the look, and keep hands and wrists warm.

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

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Faerie Looks for Fall

This week, I wanted to focus on The Faerie Dragon Set. Again. I really like these knitting patterns, and since the gloves are free for all VIPs until Halloween, I figured we might as well do some outfits with the set! So gain access to the free Faerie Gloves Pattern, all you need to do is to order or newsletter. You’ll then receive a download link to the pattern, and a 20% discount code for a pattern of your choosing. We send out one newsletter per week, so every Friday after 7PM, you’ll receive an email with a news cap, and a 10% discount code for each week’s featured pattern. You can unsubscribe at any time, but I do hope our notes keep you entertained. So in today’s Faerie Looks -post, we’ll look at outfits featuring this beautiful, multicolored Faerie Set.

A fun fact about photos for the next three posts: on the night before photo-day, I slept with a sock bun on. I wore the bun for the first photos, let it out into a curly, messy bun for the next ones, and finally let it loose!

Party

Faerie Looks - a sash draws attention to the waist

For the first look, I went with our Pretty Basic Party Dress. This cute little black dress features a see-through yoke, and a short hem. The pattern comes with two options for the sleeves that you can choose from. And if you don’t like either, you can just use the sleeve from our Pretty Basic Jersey Top or Jersey Dress. All of our Pretty Basics sewing pattern pieces fit together, so you can Frankenstein pretty much anything with them!

For this look, I wore The Party Dress with very little accessories. I chose a long chiffon sash to tie around my waist, and wore The Faerie Gloves to give the look a pop of color.

Faerie Looks - colorful gloves add a cute detail

Corseted

Faerie Looks - a button up corselet serves as an eye-catcher

For the second of today’s Faerie Looks, I wore a jersey dress I made a long time ago. When I first started dating Charming, he had to go abroad on business. He was gone for nearly two weeks, and I needed a pick-me-up as well as a distraction. So I spent that time sewing dresses for myself. This is the first dress I made. It was followed by ten more, if memory serves, and set way to a tradition: whenever Charming goes away on a business trip, I make myself a dress or two.

For this look, I paired the dress with a tulle petticoat, and my brand new elastic corselet. I wore The Faerie Dragon Shawlette over the dress to give the look some color and warmth. I love this style, and I’ve actually worn something similar out many, many times.

Faerie Looks - tulle adds volume to hems

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

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Favorite Hooded Dress Looks

This week, our featured product has been The Hooded Dress Sewing Pattern. On Tuesday, I showed you how my blue interpretation of the dress looks with my brand-spanking new elastic waist corselet. Today, I wanted to share my favorite Hooded Dress Looks from the past year. Although none of these dresses actually have a hood, they’re made with this week’s featured pattern.

Splatters

Pairing a dress with a waist corset is the easiest way to create a cool outfit. I do this more often than I dare admit, so I wanted to start with this pretty obvious choice. The first look features the original Hooded Dress (minus the hood) and my BloodSplatter Corselet. This is one of my elastic corselets, and, to date, my favorite one. I love the splatter print, and the stretchy material makes this corselet comfy to wear.

This look is very basic, and as such, it works wonders for casual outings. I’d wear this out anytime, and would totally feel comfortable.

Granny Square

Colors are a bit challenging for me to wear. I like them as accents, and in small amounts. Colored dresses, of which I own around five, are difficult. This blue dress is particularly challenging because of the bright, eye-catching shade of petrol. Paired with black details this dress can work, but I feel most at home under a layer of black. For this look, I paired my blue dress with our Granny Square Cardigan. This crochet cardigan is light and airy, and still warm. It’s perfect for wrapping into, and looks super cool worn over colored dresses. I completed this look with a messy hairdo and a choker necklace. For me, this is one of my favorite hooded dress looks. It’s cute, comfy, and pretty edgy despite the bright color.

Chiffon

Soft, feminine details are my newly found passion. This last look is the perfect example of my current mood. This style features one more variation of our Hooded Dress (again, without a hood) worn over a petrol blue mesh top, and tied down with a chiffon sash. A messy bun (or a braid, I have forgotten, and the picture doesn’t help much!) completes the look along with just a touch of dark make-up.

I really love this look, and will definitely wear this out just as soon as the weather starts to cool down.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my favorite Hooded Dress Looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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