Bishop Wrap Styles

Our Bishop Wrap Sewing Pattern was launched last week. and it’s been this week’s featured product. On Tuesday, I paired it up with a Spaghetti Strap Top and a seed stitch shawl I knit a while back. Today, I’ll show you a few more wrap dress styles.

As you know, wrap dresses can be challenging to wear. Belts and buttons are kinda restricting outfit-wise, and set limitations to wrap dress styles. The Bishop Wrap is shaped like a wrap dress, but free of belts. That makes it a bit easier to wear.

The Bishop Wrap loves corsets and shawls. I wanted to keep all of these looks clean and simple to show off the elegant lines of the dress itself.

Embroidered

The first outfit features our Embroidered Corselet, an elastic waist enhancer decorated with rows of flowers. The corselet is super-comfy. It’s meant to be a decoration only, and to add a cute detail to almost any outfit. The Embroidered Corselet works especially well with this dress. It enhances the waist, and helps support the weight of the hem.

I really like the way red details pop out in an all-black outfit. The embroidered flowers are tiny, but they still bring color to this style. Red bone channels and buttons also help in making the outfit brighter. A red crochet shawl with a floral pattern would look gorgeous with this style!

This outfit has a romantic feel. I left my hair (which I have decided not to cut short) loose to keep the look soft and feminine. Light make-up keeps the look simple and fit for everyday wear.

Cabled

I really like shrugs, and wear them often to keep warm. Draft makes my shoulders hurt a bit, and a shrug is an easy way to keep cold air at bay. For the second look, I paired The Bishop Wrap with our Faux Cable Shrug and Reversible Waist Corset. The combo turns the dress in a more elegant way. To make the look sleek and chic, I tied my hair into a low bun.

I really like this look. The shrug is soft and comfy, and I thoroughly love the way the collar rises up to warm the neck. Soft faux cables along the sleeves and the edging give it a soft, feminine feel. Despite the details, the shrug is actually quite easy to knit up.

The corset is still one of my favorites, though I really should make a new one to replace it. I’ve worn it so much it’s starting to come apart!

Draped

You might remember my fascination toward draped details, and the brooch I use to create them. The Bishop Wrap is made with viscose jersey, which means it drapes beautifully. The material is light and soft, and falls in a delicate manner. For this look, I wanted to add a daring detail to match the neckline. I pulled one side of the front to the side, gathered it into soft folds, and secured it with a brooch. This created a long slit into the dress, and left one leg revealed. To keep the dress from showing too much, I’d use a safety pin to secure the lower front pieces together.

This look might seem a bit scandalous, but, well, I’ve seen much, much more revealing skirts in broad daylight. Compared to bare bottoms this is chic.

The brooch looks like antique-silver, so I chose to wear vintage earrings Mom gave me. I topped off the look with silver pumps from H&M.

The shoes look fab, but they’re just a little bit too high to be comfortable. For parties, though, they’re cool!

Skulls

As usual, the last outfit is the one I love best, and the one I wear the most. I love The Bishop Wrap with its cute sleeves and daring neckline and long wrap-cut hem, and for my taste, it works best with my favorite corset. This is the “right” side of The Reversible Corset. It bears a skull print, and black bone channels. The “wrong” side is completely black, and top stitched on both sides of the seams. I usually go with the black side, but the skull print is fun for a change. I picked it for this look to bring a playful element to The Bishop Wrap. The dress itself is elegant and grown-up, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be made fun!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our wrap dress styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Seed Stitch Shawl

On Friday, I promised you two outfit posts for this week. Still, I wanted to show you guys something I made!

Fall is almost here, and it’s time to dig out shawls and gloves. I took a quick peek around my winter wardrobe, and remembered I haven’t showed you my favorite shawl. I think it may be because the shawl is a very basic triangle, black, and worked in seed stitch. As lovely as it is to wear, it’s not very photogenic.

See?

I made the shawl with Novita’s Rose. It’s worked from side to side, entirely in seed stitch. Knitting this was the most boring task ever, and I watched loads of movies during the process. I’ve grown a liking toward seed stitch, but knitting it is just plain old boring. The surface seed stitch creates is lovely, and seed stitch garments are super elastic. The stitch is versatile, too. I’ve used it in so many things I can’t even count that far.

After casting off, I decided to add a little crochet border to my seed stitch shawl. I like lace, and the shawl seemed to need a little something to make it special. I just did a basic picot edge, but it did add a cute detail to the shawl.

I usually wear this around my neck during the coldest winter, but it is big enough to wear as a shawl. For outfit photos, I wore the shawl with The Bishop Wrap. That dress sure loves its shawls!

This look is cute and comfy, and the shawl adds an extra layer of warmth. I’m quite certain this outfit will get loads of wear in the winter. It’s pretty perfect to wear for our weekly quiz. The pub it’s held at is super-cold, so the seed stitch shawl will sure come in handy.

You might remember that The Bishop Wrap is quite revealing. It has a generous neckline that might not be suitable for every occasion. To tone it down and make it a bit more modest, I wore a Spaghetti Strap Top under it. Blue lace peeks out beautifully from under the dress, and gives it not only a cute detail, but also more coverage.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my seed stitch shawl! Be sure to join us on Friday for another outfit post.

Until then!

Love,

Heather

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Basic Styles for Stepping Out

Last week, we launched two new additions to The Pretty Basics. The Pretty Basic Lace Top and Jersey Skirt are this week’s featured products, and on sale for all VIPs until Monday. Today, I wanted to share a few outfit ideas based on the two new patterns.

The Pretty Basics are designed to go with everything. The Basics are easy to make jersey skirts, tops, and dresses that easily pair up with each other. The Basics also like other designs. For today’s post, I created outfits with the two new Basics and our other designs.

Mermaid Skirt with Black Lace

Sometimes, a skirt comes with loads of details. Garments with a lot going on can be challenging to wear. Our Mermaid Skirt is made with D-rings, embellished pockets, and decorative lacings. The skirt has a figure-hugging fit, and it’s best made with elastic materials.

Pairing the skirt up with corsets can work, but I think it likes simple tops better. The Pretty Basic Lace Top goes beautifully with The Mermaid Skirt. The fitted top repeats the snug lines of the skirt without taking away from its intricate look.

I really like this style, and would totally wear it out. The simplistic feel of it appeals to me, and I like it that though the outfit is basically made of two pieces, it still has a lot of details. The lacings and D-rings diminish the need for jewelry, and the lace combined to pinstripes create an interesting mixture of patterns.

Black Tulle Peasant Skirt

Peasant skirts can be made with all kinds of materials. Cotton is the safest, most popular choice. Light, printed cottons make the perfect skirts for summer, but the classic style can work with less conventional fabrics, too.

I made mine with black tulle.

Tulle skirts can’t be worn on their own. Tulle is see-through, and requires a lining or another skirt under it. I made my tulle skirt without a lining. This way, I can pair it with more kids of skirts. I usually wear this with a wide, black cotton skirt to gain a look resembling Scarlett O’Hara’s mourning dresses. The tulle skirt works also with a lighter skirt beneath. For this look, I wore it over The Pretty Basic Jersey Skirt. The tulle falls over The Jersey Skirt in soft, delicate folds creating a narrower silhouette. I paired the skirts with a combo of tops. I wore a basic spaghetti strap top over a long sleeved mesh top.

Both skirts have a basic elastic waist. To give the outfit a polished look, I covered the waistbands with a wide belt. A few necklaces tie the look together.

Puffs and Pearls and Lace, oh my

Sometimes, a new top reminds you of a skirt you’ve completely forgotten. That happened to me when I finished The Lace Top. I went over my collection of skirts in my mind, and suddenly remembered my Puff-Ball Skirt.

I was pretty small in the eighties, but I still remember when puffball skirts came back into fashion. I had one, and I loved it to bits. They went out of style pretty soon. After growing up and deciding I get to wear whatever I want, I made a few more. I still love puff-balls, and I’m super-happy for re-discovering this one.

I made the skirt with a light poly-blend, and gathered the hem to shape with buttons. The skirt is made with out Puff-Ball Skirt Sewing Pattern. The only difference is that I made this version with an elastic waist.

For this look, I paired The Puff-Ball Skirt with The Lace Top, and used an elastic belt to cover the not-so-pretty waist.

I really like the silhouette of The Puff-Ball Skirt, and can’t wait to wear it out!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my outfit ideas for Pretty Basics.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Pretty Basic Looks

On Tuesday, I showed you sneak peaks of two new patterns. The Pretty Basic Lace Top and Pretty Basic Jersey Skirt Patterns were launched earlier today. For today’s post I wanted to share a few looks based on the fresh patterns.

Skin Tight

The Pretty Basic Lace Top is designed to be a part of an everyday wardrobe. Lace is often seen as “too much” to wear on a daily basis, but I like the effect it gives. Lace is elegant and sexy at the same time, and I really enjoy that. For the first look, I paired The Lace Top with a pencil skirt I just made. I’m thinking about featuring it in next week’s I Made This! -post, but we’ll see. I will show the skirt at some point. It’s made from a pair of pants, and I really want to share the process!

Pencil skirts are a safe choice for any occasion. They work wonderfully as office attire, they’re excellent for dates, and you can even wear one to informal parties. This look is based entirely around The Lace Top. I wanted to really show off the top, and chose against accessorizing further.

I wore my hair down for this look. I don’t usually do this, since hair covers outfits’ details. I’m thinking about chopping it, so I kinda wanted to immortalize it.

I really like this outfit. It’s cute and comfy (although the skirt is quite narrow and forces me to take short steps) and I’m hoping I’ll get to wear it somewhere soon.

Wrapped Up

Lace is elegant, but it can turn the other way, too. For the second look, I wanted to bring a touch of Punk.

Our Wrap Skirt is a unisex pattern. It has a very androgynous feel, and is designed to fit both him and her. I’ve added buttons to one side of my skirt. They serve a decorational purpose only. The lining of my wrap skirt is brown, and I wanted to bring some of that to the outside of the skirt as well. The Lace Top brings a bit of femininity to the look along with my favorite – and most comfortable -heels.

The choker is brand new. I got it off eBay, so it’s not very high in quality. It’s made with cut-out velvet, so it’s soft and comfy. I chose to wear it for this look to bring in more punk-inspired elements. I didn’t want to overdo it, though, so I left the outfit pretty simple.

I wore my hair on a loose braid for this look. A more ambitious hairdo would have been too much.

This style is actually my favorite of this bunch. It’s cute, it’s comfortable, and I felt at home in it. I can totally see wearing this for a shopping spree!

All Basic

Our Pretty Basics are designed to love each other. The styles are simple and elegant which makes them easy to mix and match. The pieces of the collection all like accessories, and are easy to use as a basis of outfits. The Basics work alone as well. Pairing up The Jersey Skirt and Jersey Top makes a comfy outfit for hanging around the house. This is in fact the kind of outfit I wear when I’m at home working. It’s super-comfortable but still nice enough to step out in. It’s simple with nothing that can get caught in sewing machines or knitting needles, and it’s cute enough to make me feel pretty.

Feeling pretty is important for me. Creating beautiful things is a big part of my job. It’s much easier to do that when I beautiful. The Pretty Basics do just that. They’re casual, practical, and still lovely.

Warm and Snuggly

Summer’s still warm, but nights will soon start to turn cold. Coats are too much, so I like to turn to cardigans. For the last look, I paired The Jersey Skirt with a Pretty Basic Spaghetti Strap Top (yes, the pattern’s coming out soon!)  which you can’t really see in the photos. The Basics create a dark canvas for a snuggly cardigan that’s perfect for cooler summer nights. The Seed Stitch Shrug is knit with chunky yarn and large needles. It’s a quick, easy knit despite its size, and the pattern is beginner-friendly.

I haven’t worn my Seed Stitch Shrug much. I’m pretty used to just throwing on my Granny Square Cardigan, but this one is warmer and softer. It also goes really well with all The Basics. I do believe I should make this shrug a part of The Basics when I get a chance to rearrange the store!

 I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s outfit post, and will add The Lace Top and Jersey Skirt to your own wardrobes.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Granny Square with Pretty Basic Jersey Dress

Sometimes, even the best laid plans fail. I planned to finish the pattern for The Pretty Basic Lace Top by today. A very sudden and quite high fever messed up my schedule, so the launch of the new pattern has been delayed. Today, I’m going to show you an outfit I wore out a while back instead. The Lace Top Pattern will come out just as soon as I can get it finished, and I’ll try to do outfit posts with it. As a part of The Pretty Basics, the top is easy to pair with almost anything.

I like simple, comfortable styles. Jersey dresses are my favorites, and I wear them almost daily. For this look, I chose the red version of our Pretty Basic Jersey Dress, and filet crochet cardigan.

Soft, flowing lines are easy to wear, and flatter almost any body type. This cardigan is my safety-blanket, and I wear it quite often. It keeps me warm, and since it is so soft and square, it can be arranged into many shapes.

This cardigan is pretty much just a big, filet crochet square with sleeves. It has a huge collar that can double as a hood, and wide front pieces that can be closed with removable buttons. I like to wear mine open, but closing the cardigan can be a smart idea especially on colder days. The day I wore this outfit was a bit on the cold side. Had I gone further than to the post office to pick up a package (of fabric, naturally) I would have regretted not adding another layer.

The outfit was super-comfortable. The cardigan’s soft, flowing lines always cheer me up, and The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress is pretty perfect for running errands. It’s long enough to be comfy, and wide enough not to ride up.

The Granny Square Cardigan Crochet Pattern is available as a free download. I do hope you’ll take advantage of the pattern, and showcase your creations!

Next week, I’m hoping to release The Pretty Basic Lace Top, and to share outfits based on it.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather 

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