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