Cute Shrug Looks

Shrugs and cardigans are probably the easiest way to add warmth to winter outfits. Today, I wanted to share a couple of cute shrug looks, all featuring our Faux Cable Shrug. The Shrug Knitting Pattern is our featured product for this week and next. That means it’s on sale, but for VIPs only! Be sure to order our newsletter to gain access to special offers.

I love shrugs of all kinds, and this one has proven to be both warm and comfy. It’s made with a mohair-blend, and the natural fiber makes it soft and squishy. If it weren’t green, I’d wear it all the time!

Sleek and Casual

The Faux Cable Shrug is designed to be snug. That means it’s best worn with slim-fit tops. For the first look, I paired the shrug with it’s best friend ever, The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress. These two figure-hugging garments look stunning together, and create a look that’s classic, chic, and so comfy you cannot believe it.

The Faux Cable Shrug has a wide border worked with mock cables, cables running down the sleeves, and smooth back. The shrug is finished with crochet edges. I love the feminine style of the shrug, and like to pair it with dresses. Though the shrug looks small, it’s surprisingly warm even during the harshest winter.

Pleated

For the second look, I wanted to incorporate a pleated skirt. I started by picking out a tartan mini with a red base, and green and yellow accents. I paired it with the tops you see, was pretty pleased with myself, pulled on the shrug, and shrieked in terror. There were way too many colors for me!

After changing into a black, pleated skirt, I felt much better.

Winter can be really cold. Warm outfits are a must even indoors. Houses can get drafty, and draft causes neck and shoulder pains for many. Shrugs are a great way to keep cold air away. The Faux Cable Shrug rises to cover the neck, and brings warmth especially to shoulders and arms. For this look, I wore it over a long-sleeved mesh Tee and a spaghetti strap top. This style works without the shrug, too, so if I get too warm, I can just take the shrug off and still look good.

Romantic

Shrugs go with not only dresses, but with corsets, too. Corset looks often leave arms and shoulders bare, and that means it can get really cold. A shrug covers arms and back, but leaves the beautiful corset fully visible. That’s why shrugs enjoy the unconditional love of Gothic girls everywhere. This one goes beautifully with my zip-up overbust. For this look, I paired the shrug with my mesh Tee, a long peasant skirt, and my favorite corset.

This is maybe the most Me of this bunch of cute shrug looks. With a Victorian feel, this look is closest to my personal fashion sense.

And yes, there was something interesting outside the window on photo day!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our cute shrug looks today!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Spaghetti Strap Dress Looks

On Tuesday, I showed you two dresses I made with our Spaghetti Strap Top Pattern. One of them was a mod combining a top and a dress, and the other a short, lace-embellished dress. Today, I wanted to show you how the dresses look on me, plus a few spaghetti strap dress looks!

Pretty Basic

My long dress combines our Jersey Skirt and Spaghetti Strap Top. I hardly ever wore those two, and when I did, I wished they were a dress. It was only natural to combine them into one. As a long dress, the top and skirt are comfortable, practical, and easier for me to style. We each have our personal preferences as to what kind of clothes we’re most at home in. For me, it’s dresses.

The long Spaghetti Strap Dress has a seam at the waist. I’m not a huge fan of those, so I like to cover seams up with belts. For this look, I wore the dress with my most trusted mesh top and an elastic belt. With just three elements, this looks is very minimal and a bit harsh. Jewelry and maybe a soft cardigan would give this style more details, but I might actually wear this as is.

spaghetti strap dress looks - minimal styles are perfect for shopping

Light Layers

As I first made The Jersey Skirt, I planned to wear it with tulle skirt I made a long time ago. I happily tried on the combo, and found it uncomfortable. With two skirts waists and various tops getting in the way, the looks I found turned out difficult to wear. I don’t like it when I need to be constantly tugging at a hem or a waist. In that regard, the dress-solution was perfect!

This look has loads of elements and layers, and still it’s perfectly comfortable. I wore the dress over a mesh top again, and added my tulle skirt and zip-up corset. A variety of bangles (yes, they make noise, and yes, I wear them all the time) brings a welcome detail to the look.

I love this outfit, and though I’m not that crazy about straps showing, they can always be covered with a shrug. With this style, the hems are the main focus.

spaghetti strap dress looks - a dress worn under a skirt eliminates the need to tug

Short and Sweet

The second dress is short, and made by modding The Spaghetti Strap Top Pattern. I lengthened the hem and cut it into a wide A-lined shape to achieve a short dress with a looser hem. This dress is so comfy I seriously cannot believe it. Thanks to the lace finish, it’s cute, too!

I made this dress with thicker cotton jersey. Cotton isn’t that warm during the winter, but it’s perfect for spring and summer. I can see a lot of wear for this dress when the dreaded daystar returns!

spaghetti strap dress looks - LBDs never go out of style

Orange!

This week’s featured product is The Cropped Raglan Top Knitting Pattern, so I “had” to include it in this outfit post. That wasn’t too difficult, since the sweater loves most dresses! For the last of our Spaghetti Dress Looks, I paired the sweater with my short dress.

These two look really good together. The short hems compliment each other, and the black dress makes the orange sweater look even brighter. For a warmer look, try wearing thick tights, and our Garter Petticoat with over knee socks.

spaghetti strap dress looks - two short elements make an outfit super cute

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Spaghetti Strap Dress Looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Taffeta Skirt Looks

As promised on Tuesday, today I’ll show you some outfits based on the Taffeta Skirt I just made. The skirt was featured in Tuesday’s post. It’s a super-simple thing, and I made it with our Crinkle Skirt Tutorial. My Taffeta Skirt is really short, and goes nicely with all kinds of tops and cardigans. There’s an advantage there, though: a short skirt makes even the tiniest girl look leggy!

Going Out

My Taffeta Skirt is quite casual in style, but it’s not exactly something on might want to wear to work. The fabric is too fancy for the office, and the hem is too short and too wide to fit dress codes. For evenings out, though, this thing is perfect. It’s cute, it’s comfy, and it’s super easy to mix and match.

For this look, I paired the skirt with a polkadot mesh top (check out those wild colors, black on black, wow!), a spaghetti strap top I picked up from H&M eons ago, and a tulle petticoat. I wanted a touch of bling for this fun look, and chose to accent the outfit with an elastic belt and silver heels. Long, flashy earrings bring a touch of luxury to the look.

I like the way this look turned out. It’s fun and flirty, but the combination of different textures still keeps it casual. This style would work wonderfully for Valentine’s dinner, even though it is a bit on the dark side!

Staying Warm

For the second stop of our Taffeta Skirt looks, I held onto the tulle petticoat. It’s my favorite one, and I’ve grown attached to it. I like the way it works with this skirt, so I allowed myself to be a bit lazy. I also allowed a “failed” photo into the mix. I take my own photos nowadays with a remote. Sometimes, it takes one photo, sometimes it takes three, and sometimes it has a mind of its own. I don’t know what happened here, other than that I heard a noise and rose to investigate, but I most certainly did not plan to photograph it! The pic was kinda cute, though, so I wanted to include it.

This look features both the Taffeta Skirt, and our featured product for this week and next. The orange sweater is a pretty simple ribbed raglan top with a few little twists. It has a high collar that can be worn open or sewn closed, and the front hem is shorter than the back. This sweater is my all-time favorite. It’s warm and squishy, and the shape is just fun. The Cropped Raglan Sweater works best with dresses. When worn with skirts, it loves waist corsets. For this look, I paired it with my BloodStain Corselet only to realize I’ve featured a very similar look before! I do love this style, though, and hope to wear it our some day.

So Comfy!

The last of our Taffeta Skirt looks doesn’t include the taffeta skirt. Instead, I wanted to show you how The Raglan Sweater works with a dress. For this look, I chose a Pretty Basic Jersey Dress I made a while back. Remember the one with mesh inserts? This is the one!

This look is my absolute favorite of this bunch. It’s so comfortable and so warm. I’d wear this to a shopping spree anytime!

I wanted to keep this look clean and simple. Cute little earrings brighten up the outfit (you can’t see it here, but I’m wearing little tortoises on my ears), and wedge heels are comfy to walk in. These shoes are actually modded: I had a pair of knee high boots I didn’t much care for. I took my scissors, cut off the leg, and bound the mouth of the shoe with satin bias tape. I then added bows and little skulls as embellishments. These turned out really cute, and I should wear them more!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Taffeta Skirt looks, some of which actually included said skirt.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Ruffle Skirt Looks for Fun

Last week, I got to launch the last of The Pretty Basics. The Ruffle Skirt completes our line of cute, casual skirts, tops, and dresses. Today, I wanted to show you two more ways to wear it. This skirt is designed for viscose jersey, or similar fabrics. As a cute little jersey skirt, it isn’t really fancy. Still, I wanted to see how it would work with parties, so let’s take a look at some fun Ruffle Skirt looks!

Lace and Tie

As you may have noticed, I really like ties. I pair them up with pretty much anything, and of course I had to see if The Ruffle Skirt would like one, too. I paired the skirt with a lace blouse, and added a tie to the mix. Instead of a black tie, I opted for a purple one.

I’m not that into colors, and I felt super-uncomfortable in this outfit. I love the idea, though, it’s just the colors that gave me a hard time. I’d also like this better if I replaced the skirt with a high-waist pencil skirt… or a long black one in any shape.

Getting dressed can be a bit of a challenge, and even I can’t win every time!

Fun Ruffle Skirt Looks - Lace blouse and tie always work together

Tulle on Tulle

The second look is a bit different. You see, I started writing this post, got a little bit discouraged by the first look, and my subconsciousness started working on an alternative. I remembered that I have a corset top that matches with The Ruffle Skirt’s purple tone, a brand new mesh blouse, and a tulle that works for both a petticoat and an outer layer. Combined, these elements make a super-cute outfit. I literally don’t have time to do a photo-shoot today, so I assembled the outfit on a flat surface. I know it’s not the same, but it does give an idea toward how these elements work together.

The blouse is actually my favorite part of this ensemble. I made it from the mid-layer of a circle skirt, and finished it yesterday. It’s really light and a bit on the loose side, and bears subtle lace details. I’m thinking I might turn it into a pattern as it turned out so well.

This look is so cute, and The Ruffle Skirt works wonderfully under a layer of tulle. In a perfect world, the ruffles would match in height, of course, but minor imperfections make life interesting.

Fun Ruffle Skirt Looks - Tulle on tulle looks so pretty

Ruffles on Ruffles

Back in August, I showed you a Ruffle Dress I made. It’s made with the same fabric as The Ruffle Skirt, so my natural instinct was to pair the two up. The dress is made with a ruffle front, and an empire-line, contrast colored hem.

This look is my favorite of the fun ruffle skirt looks. It’s cute, it’s feminine, and it color-coordinates perfectly. It’s also really comfortable, and works for all kinds of outings. I wouldn’t wear this to a wedding, but totally for drinks at the corner pub or a casual dinner. When venturing outside I’d opt for more sensible footwear, but the combo of ruffles really works for me.

Fun Ruffle Skirt Looks - The skirt plays an undercover agent here!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of fun Ruffle Skirt looks!

Ruffle Skirt Looks for Free Time

As you may have guessed, this week’s featured product is The Ruffle Skirt. This cute little jersey skirt sewing pattern was launched on Tuesday. The skirt completes our Pretty Basic Collection, and it’s so easy to sew you won’t believe it! Today, I wanted to show you a few outfits based on The Ruffle Skirt. Since the skirt is made with jersey, it doesn’t feel fancy. It’s perfect for everyday outings, such as trips to the craft store, and just hanging around the house. That’s why these ruffle skirt looks are super-casual and comfy.

Flowers

The Ruffle Skirt loves all kinds of tops. For the first look, I paired it with a mesh top and our Spaghetti Strap Top. Tights and chunky heels complete the outfit, but winter calls for something extra. It’s cold outside and in, and I for one don’t much care for freezing to death. To stay just a bit warmer, I added a long crochet scarf and our Fishnet Gloves to the mix.

Small pieces of cotton aren’t really that warm, but they do add to the coziness-factor in any outfit. Fingerless gloves add length to light sleeves, and keeps wrists and hands protected against draft. A scarf brings texture to the look, and keeps cold air away from the neck.

The flower embellishments on the scarf are cute and feminine. Both sides of the scarf bear them, adding both detail and weight to the scarf. This is actually a mod of our Hooded Scarf Crochet Pattern, which is available as a free recipe, and a more detailed download.

So Warm

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Pretty Basics all go together. The Jersey Top, Spaghetti Strap Top and Crochet Blazer are perfect for this skirt! For the second look, I held on to the top combo, and wore our Crochet Blazer over them. I also wore a tight, black skirt under the purple one to give it more warmth.

I made the lower skirt a while back to go under short jersey dresses that have a wider hem. I used our Garter Petticoat Pattern for this one, only I made mine longer, and without garters.

This look is really comfy, and I’m definitely going to make it a part of my everyday style. I work from home, so I get to stay comfortable, but I still like to look nice. This outfit is cute, fun, and, best of all, comfy.

Hooded

For the last look, I wanted to try something a bit different. Lately, the not-so-basic designs in our collection have gone with little attention, and I try to change that when I can. For this look, I chose our long-neglected Hooded Wrap Top.

This top is made with a three-layer front and wrap cut. Instead of wearing the hem straight, I tied it to the back to create a cropped look. The hood worked perfectly in saving me from having to figure out a hair-do, and delicate heels balance out the androgynous top.

I really like the way the top looks wrapped down, but I’d probably wear it with a long spaghetti strap dress instead of a short skirt. The hem of the top rides, and that makes me all fidgety. A dress would feel more comfortable for me personally.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Ruffle Skirt Looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Yoked Blouse Looks, pt. 2

This week’s featured product is The Yoked Blouse. As stated in the first part of Yoked Blouse Looks, this is my all time favorite blouse. It’s cute, it’s comfortable, and it suits my style perfectly. That’s actually why styling up this blouse gave me a bit of a hard time. This blouse loves all kinds of skirts, but creating an outfit simply by pairing a top to a skirt does get boring pretty fast. The blouse’s tendency to hide accessories with its long, long sleeves did not help one bit. I actually got a bit desperate, and tried to pair this with pants! It looked nice, I’ll admit that, but I was so uncomfortable and out of my element I wanted to scream. So today we shall, once more, wear hems.

Ruffles

Ruffled cuffs are the very essence of romantic Victorian style. Sometimes I wish I’d given The Yoked Blouse ruffled cuffs, and even more often I’ve thought about modding them. Changing the sleeves would change the entire look of the blouse, so I’ve decided against it. Luckily, there are non-permanent solutions! For the first look, I gathered the sleeves with – yes, you guessed it – hair ties.

I know it sounds a bit silly to use a hair  tie to alter sleeves, but it does work. A narrow, elastic hair tie hides beneath the folds of the sleeve, and keeps the cuff pretty securely in place. I was a bit skeptical about it myself, but the trick does turn a cuff around.

I paired the altered blouse with a long cotton skirt and our Reversible Corset. This look is again something I really do wear. The combination of ruffled hems and a waist corset is just delightful for me, and makes me feel pretty.

Puffed

The Yoked Blouse is designed with a Victorian feel. That doesn’t keep it from turning way cute, though! For the last stop of your yoked blouse looks, I paired it up with our PuffBall Skirt.

This version of our PuffBall Skirt sports silver buttons and a lively material. For some reason, I’ve made this with an elastic waist, which I no longer care for that much. The elastic waistband isn’t that pretty, and I feel obligated to hide it. I’m thinking about replacing it with a fitted one so that this pretty skirt will get more wear!

This look is really cute, and would work perfectly for a casual party with friends. Simple outfits gain a lot from jewelry and accessories. For this style, I chose buckled heels and snowflake earrings.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the second part of our Yoked Blouse Looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Yoked Blouse Looks, pt. 1

This week’s featured product is The Yoked Blouse. This is one of my all time favorite blouses, and I literally wear it all the time. I like it best paired with long skirts and corsets, but The Yoked Blouse can be worn many ways. Today, I’ll show you two ways to style up the versatile blouse in the first part of our Yoked Blouse Looks.

Pleated

The Yoked Blouse likes all kinds of skirts. For the first look, I paired it with a knee-length pleated skirt that strongly reminds me of the Eighties. With that in mind, I continued by adding Fishnet Gloves and my bowler hat to the style. I was having a super-bad hair-day, so I left it loose for the first look. It’s getting really long, and I dare not cross it by trying on multiple ‘dos!

Yoked Blouse Looks - Pleated Skirt makes it so cute

This look turned out really nice. It feels both comfortable, and ME. The pleated skirt, a flea market find from long ago, is a part of my everyday wardrobe, and works beautifully with all kinds of tops. It has a fitted waist which I decorated with a piece of lace, and that makes it a perfect companion for blouses. The waist keeps blouse tails securely hidden, and adds comfort to any outfit.

The Yoked Blouse has long but wide sleeves. That makes it not-so-warm during the winter. Adding a pair of fingerless gloves helps keep wrists warm, and also add a cute detail to  this look.

Yoked Blouse Looks - Fishnet Gloves and bowler hat complete the look

Corp Goth 101

As many may suspect, creative professionals often work from home, in their jammies. I am no exception to that rule. Working from home allows me to ignore dress codes, and though I don’t stay in jammies all day, I do wear my comfiest jersey dresses. If I did work in an office, though, The Yoked Blouse would most likely be my go-to garment. It’s cute, it’s comfortable, and it pairs up beautifully with pencil skirts. For the second look, I wore The Yoked Blouse with an elastic pencil skirt and lace-up stilettos.

I love the way this outfit looks, but while taking photos, I noted that I thoroughly dislike the skirt. It has the wrong shape for my body, which makes it ride and twist and just feel horrible. I threw it into the “recyclables”-pile, and will turn it into something else. In my world, no ill-fitting garment goes to the bin!

Yoked Blouse Looks - Office appropriate with a pencil skirt

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first part of our Yoked Blouse Looks. We’ll continue with the theme on Friday!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

Yoked Blouse

The new year has begun, and it’s high time to get back in line. Our first featured product for 2018 is The Yoked Blouse. I just realized that for some reason, I’ve been very quiet about it. It’s one of my wardrobe staples, and I wear it all the time, so I can’t understand why! I love this blouse, and would actually like another one, only with bishop sleeves.

The Yoked Blouse is best made with two kinds of fabric. A light cotton blend for the bodice and lower sleeves, and a slightly elastic chiffon for the yoke and upper sleeves. Mixing elastic and non-elastic materials is a big no-no for some sewists, but I say go nuts. Adding a bit of stretch to a garment makes it much more comfortable, and gives it more ease. Mixing stiff cotton with light jersey won’t work, of course, but lighter cotton blends paired with chiffon with a minuscule amount of elastane is a match made in heaven.

The Yoked Blouse has super-long sleeves. They’re cut flared, and finished with a satin ribbon. This tiny detail makes the sleeves both cute and unique.

The Yoked Blouse comes, obviously, with a yoke. I wanted to create a blouse that’s both conservative and revealing. I accomplished this by using a see-through material for the yoke, while keeping the overall design simple. This style has a low mandarin collar, and a lace detail outlining the yoke.

yoked blouse sewing pattern - collar detail

While this is my favorite blouse, it’s been featured in only two outfit posts. That’s going to change next week! In the mean time, I wanted to re-share the outfits already created with it.

A cute, feminine blouse can be styled in many ways. For this look, I chose a super-wide cotton skirt with a high elastic waist. Looking at these two garments next to each other I was certain they wouldn’t look good together, but lo and behold, they rock! It’s always fun to see unexpected companions turn into a kick-ass outfit, and that totally happened here. The wide, light skirt with asymmetric hem goes beautifully with the blouse, and the belt I tied into a little bow brings the cutest element to the look.

This style was a part of warmer party looks. The Faerie Dragon Shawlette adds loads of color to the look, and makes it warm for winter.

The second look belongs to the “and this is how I wear it” -category. Most of the looks I share in the Everyday With an Edge -part of the blog aren’t exactly Me. This is, for me, an eternal dress up -game that as many as possible can enjoy and draw inspiration from. All black and all Goth would leave me with a very limited audience, so I try to tone most of the looks down a bit, or add a dab of color. This is one of the rare looks I actually wear. I love the way The Yoked Blouse plays with our Victorian Skirt and Reversible Corset, and run to this outfit on days when no dress feels just right. This style is always there to save me!

This Victorian inspired outfit features our rarely seen Yoked Blouse.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our Yoked Blouse!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

My Fav Pretty Basic Party Looks

The end of every year is the perfect time for parties and get-togethers. To honor that time-old tradition, I wanted to share with you my favorite party looks from the past fall.

A touch of Red

I love jersey dresses. I have more than enough, and I still continue to make more. They’re fun, they’re comfy, and they’re excellent for creating cute party looks. All one really needs is a few accessories.

For this look, I paired a bishop-sleeved LBD with a lace petticoat, a lace belt, and red heels. With red details, this look would be perfect for a quiet Christmas with the family. When I was a kid, we’d all wear something nice for Christmas dinner. There’d be candles and soft music, and all the food you could eat. Beautiful clothes made the night all the more special. This look is something I’d wear if we still celebrated Christmas at home. Traditions have changed over the years, and now I’ll enjoy the holidays with Charming and RPGs!

While wearing a pretty dress, of course.

Gathered Up

Our Pretty Basic Party Dress is a surprisingly versatile thing. It can be turned into all kinds of cute styles with accessories alone. I originally created this party look with Halloween theme parties in mind. With long pearls and a layered hem, this look reminds me of the Twenties. This look will work for all kinds of parties, though, especially if you have a fun personality to go with it. This look is super-cute, and now that I reminded myself of it, I kinda want to see if I can pull it off in real life.

New Year’s Eve might be the perfect night for this!

Crinkles!

Back in August, I was wondering what to do with a piece of crinkle fabric. After days and days of pondering, I decided to turn it into a skirt. The process was quick and easy, and resulted in both a cute skirt, and a tutorial on how to make one. The Crinkle Skirt is wide of hem, and has an elastic waist. It’s comfy and cute, and paired with our Lace Top, it makes a fun, casual party look. This is my favorite of the style-up -post I did with The Crinkle Skirt. The tight lace top balances out the wide hem, and the two textures look really nice together.

How To Make A Crinkle Skirt - All Done!

Warm and Cute

Just a few weeks ago, I introduced you to The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. It’s a lazy-curve vortex designed for two contrast-colored yarns. To celebrate the launch of the pattern, I created warm winter party looks with The Faerie Dragon. There were enough for two posts (one here, and the second here), and I loved creating the styles. This one is my favorite of the bunch. Our PuffBall Skirt paired with a lace blouse, a corset, and the beautiful shawlette created a look that’s fun and pretty unique. I really like the way this look turned out!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my favorite party looks. As this is this year’s last blog post, I want to wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a magical New Year. Enjoy yourselves, and remember to feel pretty!

Love,

Heather

Fun with Pretty Basics

With Christmas right around the corner, I wanted to keep the last two posts before my little break from work light and fun. That’s why I’ve chosen to feature The Pretty Basics, and create a few fun looks with The Basics. There’s little time to sew before Christmas, but as the New Year rolls in, I for one start to look forward to spring. Designing and sewing spring clothes during the winter is a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to get started! But first, let’s check out some fun looks for warmer weather.

Gorrito

… is what you get when you wrap up a Goth. As a burrito. Get it? Gorrito?

OK, maybe it wasn’t that funny. But wrapping up in a huge cardigan is a lot of fun. With the first look, I wanted to remind you of our Granny Square Cardigan. It’s a humongous square worked in filet crochet, and the pattern is completely free! This thing is super-warm, versatile, and easy to crochet. It does take some time to make, but during that time, it doubles as a lap blanket.

I worked this cardigan with upcycled cotton yarn and a 4mm / US 6 hook. It took me a week or so to crochet this. The Granny Square Cardigan is really a super-easy, a bit of a mindless project, and therefore it can be finished in a relatively short time.

I recommend using a DK-weight yarn for this cardigan. Gauge isn’t crucial for this project, but using a hook smaller than 4mm might be unwise. A larger tool makes this cardigan faster to crochet!

Sleeves?

After making The Pretty Basic Lace Top, I had a bit of skin-toned mesh left. I also had a dress to mod. I wanted to turn it into a Pretty Basic Jersey Dress, but there wasn’t enough fabric for long sleeves. Being the smart girl that I am, I took the mesh scraps, and cut the upper sleeves out of it. The lower sleeve and the cuffs I made with the dress fabric. The solution turned out really nice! I love the way the sleeves look, and they totally fooled Charming into thinking my arms were bare!

For this look, I paired the dress with our Reversible Corset. It works surprisingly well with The Jersey Dress. I gives both detail and character to the simple dress, and also serves to hide little imperfections and bumps caused by a lower layer of clothing. I love this look, and will totally wear it out in the near future.

Lace on Lace

Pairing two kinds of lace is always scary. Some say never to do it, some say go nuts. I say pick patterns that compliment each other, and don’t over-do it. For the second look, I chose to pair lace with lace.

Our Lace Top and Jersey Skirt love each other. Together, they create a lovely look both elegant and classic. I wanted to add something to the look, though, so I took the belt from our Lace Skirt, and tied around my waist. The wide belt creates an Obi-like silhouette, and adds a cute detail to the outfit. With a dab of red, it’d be perfect for a Christmas dinner with the family. I tied the belt two ways, and can’t decide which looks nicer. This goes to show that a small detail can make a big change for a look! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed our fun looks with The Basics today.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather