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

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

Wrap Looks

On Tuesday, I showed you a few looks based on our wrapped designs.

Our featured products this weeks are all of our wrapped designs, including The Sleeveless Wrap Dress, The Wrap Skirt, Wrap-Cut Tops, Wrap-Cut Dress, The Bishop Wrap, and The Hooded Wrap Top. That’s six patterns, and all of them are on sale for VIPs. You can gain access to these special offers simply by ordering our newsletter.

I’ve tried to include all of these patters in this week’s wrap looks, but some were left out. I’m going to use older photos today to show my favorite looks made with the overlooked dresses!

Light and Bright

Our Wrap-Cut Tops are perfect for the summer. They’re light to wear, and fun to mix and match. The pattern includes two styles. This one has an asymmetric hem and a very revealing neckline. One side of the front is made with a layer of lace, which makes the top extra-special. For this look, I wore the orange top with a light cotton skirt. It’s made with a super-long strip of fabric, and it flies like crazy. Luckily it has a tight layer of jersey under the light cotton!

This looks is fun and cute, and pretty perfect for anything you can think to do on a summer day. Whether you choose to visit museums or flea markets, this style makes the day even more fun.

Spaghetti Wrap

Summer can get really hot, even in Finland. During those “my eyebrows are melting days”, I like to go with easy outfits. A spaghetti strap top paired with a long skirt is a classic summer look. It’s comfy, it’s forgiving, and very easy to wear. For the second stop of today’s wrap looks, I wanted to create a simple summer style. I paired a simple top (this one is from H&M, but we do carry a Spaghetti Strap Top Pattern!) with our Wrap Skirt. I kept jewelry very simple: a choker and earrings is plenty on a hot day.

Though this look is classic and minimalist, I love it. It’s light and airy, and serves as a perfect base for all kinds of cardigans. I actually photographed this look with our upcoming, currently nameless cardigan. It was really very warm and you can see it on my face.

Favorite Wrap Looks

During the Wrapped Up -photoshoot, I left out two dresses. Our Lace-Trimmed Wrap-Cut Dress is one of them. This dress is super-comfy, and I love the flattering lines on it. Last fall, I paired it with a black and white corselet and a huge sun hat. I still love this look, and will most likely wear it out soon!

The Bishop Wrap is the other missing dress. I’ve talked about this dress a lot, and there are many looks to choose from! I mostly wear The Bishop Wrap either as is with loads of jewelry, or with my BloodStain Corselet. This look with my Tropical Breeze Shawl is still my favorite, though.

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

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Summer Looks with Wrap Styles

This week, we’ll be focusing on wrapped styles. Our featured products this weeks are all of our wrapped designs, including The Sleeveless Wrap Dress, The Wrap Skirt, Wrap-Cut Tops, Wrap-Cut Dress, The Bishop Wrap, and The Hooded Wrap Top. That’s six patterns, and all of them are on sale for VIPs. You can gain access to these special offers simply by ordering our newsletter. Today, I wanted to show you a few summer looks based on our Wrap Styles.

Pink and Floofy

Summer is the time for bright, happy colors. My happy color is black, but let’s not let that get in the way. For the first (and second) look, I went with our pink Wrap-Cut Top. This super-cute style is best made with light cotton jersey. I used an old T-shirt for this pink top just because it had a cool print! The top features a lace-bound neckline and a wrap-cut front. For this look, I paired it up with two layers of skirts. I took a tight jersey skirt I usually wear under dresses that fly, and wore a tulle petticoat over it. Someone might say that’s an improper way to wear clothes, but I say who cares. If it looks good, rock it. And this definitely does. The tulle petticoat is a basic peasant skirt, and nothing actually indicates that I originally figured I’d wear it hidden under knee-length dresses. Worn as an outer layer, it’s cute and girly. This look is a bit young for me, but I’d still wear this out on a day I felt like rocking pink.

When You’re Goth As F**k But You Still Gotta Work

The cute pink top may not be entirely office-friendly with its skull print. The design is, though. Made with a single color, this can work as casual office-wear. For the second look, I wanted to take the top from cute to corporate. I paired it with a bondage-inspired pencil skirt with loads of details. This kinds of skirts are a lot of fun to wear: you can hang every piece of chain you own from it, or go entirely sans. I chose to wear one for an understated look. Zipper sandals bring more detail to the look while still keeping it at least semi-professional.

Tightly Hooded

Hoods bring a touch of mystique to any outfit. They’re also great for hiding unco-operative hair. For the last of today’s summer looks, I chose to do something with our Hooded Wrap Top. I haven’t featured this top as much as I should have: it’s the kind of top you can just pull on and forget, and making looks with it is hard. I mean, how many skirts can I pair this up with?

Today, I wore the top with a tight jersey skirt. I love the way a tight skirt leaves room for the asymmetrical cut of the top, and allows it to flow. For this look, I tied one loose end of the top’s hem into a simple knot at the waist to give it more detail.

I love this look, though hoods are a bit challenging for me to wear. This is super-comfy, and looks really good.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s summer looks.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Wrap Dress Looks

On Tuesday, I showed you a dress I modded. I’ve always had issues with wearing sleeveless dresses. Spaghetti straps and corsets are fine, but sleeveless… nope, not for me. It’s obviously not a body-issue, just a basic dislike toward a certain shape. Our Sleeveless Wrap Dress has that exact shape I just can’t make work. I’ve tried wearing this dress with blouses and jersey tops and even dresses under it, but no. None of the wrap dress looks I come up with feels right.

Wrap Dress Styles - Snakeskin

I know many people love this design, but I wanted to mod my wrap dress. It seemed a shame to just let it hang in the closet alone and abandoned. So I took it out, cut 6” off the hem, and used the extra piece of fabric to create short sleeves. I was looking out for the worst case scenario where I’d ruined a perfectly good dress, but it turned out fine. In fact, the dress is now perfect!

I promised you outfit pics for today, so here we go!

Bare Minimum

Some say that a dress alone is not an outfit. I’m not entirely certain I agree with that: dresses are often designed so that you don’t need to add anything to them. Accessorizing is fun, though, and a great way to change the way a dress looks. For the first of today’s wrap dress looks I wanted to wear the dress as is just to show you how it turned out. I was afraid the dress would end up being way too short, but it actually has a pretty good summer length. I made the dress with a medium-weight cotton jersey, so it’s super-comfy. The fabric has so much weight that it doesn’t get caught up in the wind too easily. Wearing wraps is of course a bit risqué, but this one behaves rather well.

I really, really love the dress now that it has sleeves. It works so much better with my personal style now. And the best part is that I can still pair it with blouses and tops and dresses!

Laced Up

Wrap dresses come with a relatively open hem. Though most are designed to be safe to wear, gusts of wind can cause uncomfortable moments. Sewing a snap fastener into the lower layer of the hem helps keep it closed, but that sort of ruins the idea of a wrap dress. To bring more coverage to mine, I wore a lace petticoat under it. I designed this petticoat to be worn under dresses that feel a bit too short. The lace offers extra coverage, and also serves as a cute detail.

For this look, I tied the belts of the dress to the front, and secured them with a brooch. I used a pretty heavy fabric for this dress, and that made the belts thick. Tying them leaves a big knot, and I wanted a lighter one for this outfit. A brooch helps secure the belts, and also creates another detail to the look. Black jewelry completes this style in a non-flashy way.

I love this look, and I’m totally wearing it out first chance I get!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s wrap dress looks. As you may have guessed, this week’s featured products are All Things Wrapped. Order our newsletter now to get a secret coupon code for 15% off on all of our wrap styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Mary’s Dress Looks

Spring has really sprung, and it’s getting warmer by the day. I wanted to incorporate some knits into today’s long dress looks, and boy was I warm on photo day! I hope it doesn’t shine through from the pics, though.

Our featured products have been Mary’s and Jane’s Dresses for a while now. This is the last post focusing on them for now, and next week we’ll have a new featured product. Which will most likely be an older product since I’ve been lazy.

Draped

Mary’s Dress is designed to wear as is. It has a laced up bodice and ruffled cuffs, and adding more detail to it might turn the dress a bit busy. For the first look, I wanted to do something else with the dress, though. This design loves jewelry, so I added long necklaces and silver bangles. As I felt that wasn’t quite enough, I draped the hem just a little, and secured it with a brooch. This trick can easily change the shape of any dress’s hem, and I’ve used it a lot in past outfits.

I’m not entirely certain if I like the draped hem with this dress. I love the shape it creates, and thoroughly enjoy the way it rises the hem just a little bit, but it might be too much for Mary. What do you think?

Violets

Mary’s Dress loves cardigans. For the second of today’s long dress looks, I wanted to show you the dress worn with a cute cardie. As the dress has an empire waist, I paired it up with our super-short cardigan, Violets on Stripes. This design is really short, almost a shrug, and as such, I love the way it looks with dresses. It works surprisingly well with Mary’s Dress: the cardigan covers the lacing detail, but leaves the ruffled cuffs out in a delightful way.

Violets on Stripes is embellished with crochet flowers. This detail, or rather a swarm of detail, makes it feminine and cute. Paired with a long dress, it makes a lovely outfit. And a very warm one, I might say. After shooting this look, I’m dreading taking pictures for an upcoming cardigan pattern…!

Faerie

As the weather gets warmer, it’s nice to trade jackets and blazers for shawls. I love to wear large shawls instead of coats during the summer. They’re just as warm, lovely to snuggle up in, and offer more variety. For the last stop of today’s long dress looks, I wanted to pair up Mary’s Dress with a shawl. I was thinking about flaunting my Virus Meets Granny again, but remembered poor forgotten Faerie Dragon in time.

This vortex shawl is made with two contrast-colored skeins of yarn, and features a lazy curve and lace rows. I made mine with a crazy combo of purple and green. I don’t think I never would have picked up this combination on my own. The yarns were a Birthday present, and I really do love the unusual pair. The Faerie Dragon Shawl goes beautifully with Mary’s Dress, creating an elegant look with loads of color in an easy-to-wear format.

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

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Jane’s Dress Looks

Mary’s and Jane’s Dresses were launched recently. This week, I wanted to do some outfits with both dresses. These long dress looks are easy to create and fun to wear. With the weather creeping toward warmer temperatures again, I wanted to add light layers to these looks. With a bit of added warmth, you can switch to spring jackets sooner!

Blue Layers

Bringing color to outfits isn’t really my strong suit. I wear black, full stop, and to me, a colorful look is one that features a pair of pink gloves. I do know, though, that almost everybody else loves to dress in colors, so I try. With the first of today’s long dress looks, I went with a safe style I’ve actually done before. This petrol blue mesh top was an impulse buy, and I still haven’t worn it out. I do like to use it in outfit posts, especially paired with a long blue petticoat. I resort to these elements often partly to remind you that outfits can be recycled. Changing one thing can change an entire look!

For this style, I wore Jane’s Dress with a blue layer beneath it. Black jewelry brings detail to the look, and a loose ponytail keeps it simple. Long hems can be challenging to wear on an everyday basis, but this cute and comfy look is casual enough for shopping trips and late lunches.

Red Hood

For the second look, I wanted to add a red detail. Jane’s Dress is made with a detachable hood with a contrast-colored lining. I lined mine with red satin, as I happened to have some lying around. I’m not a big fan of hoods when it comes to personal style: hair gets in the way big time! I’ve been trying to come up with ways to make it work with hoods, but so far, I’ve come up with a side-braid, and nothing else. It’s an easy hairstyle, though, and I chose to do that with this look.

To bring color to this style, I tied a long red belt around my waist, and secured it with a brooch. This creates an obi-like detail, and brings a girly vibe to the look. I really like this style, although the reds have a slightly different shade, and see myself venturing out in it.

Without the hood.

80s

Jane’s Dress has a detail that reminds me of the Eighties.

Puff-sleeves.

Together with crushed velvet, they do give this dress a certain feel. With the last of today’s long dress looks, I wanted to take full advantage of it.

I wore Jane’s Dress over a polkadot mesh top. A long sleeved, even light, top offers protection against the sun, and I for one wear long sleeves throughout the summer. This look is something I would gladly wear out during the sunniest days of summer!

To add more 80s into this look, I added a selection of bangles (I wear these all the time, and you cannot believe the noise they make) and my bowler hat. This look is totally me, and I can’t wait to wear it out!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our long dress looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather