Favorite Looks From 2018

Today, I went to the internet, and saw Black Friday Sale ads everywhere. So I decided that instead of Friday, our preChristmas Sale starts NOW! From now until the end of this year, you’ll see a very annoying pop-up on our site to remind you to take advantage of our discount code. By using the code HWD-ANYTHING-15, you’ll get 15% off on everything in our collection. Sale ends by January 1st, 2019, so you have plenty of time to shop for both Basics, and not-so-basics. Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite looks from the past year to remind you of some of our patterns.

Stripy

This year, we’ve pushed out sadly few knitting patterns. I dare say Violets on Stripes is the only one! Next year, this will change, hopefully, since we have two knitting patterns in the making, and more in design.

This look featuring Violets on Stripes and our Jersey Dress is the comfiest outfit I have worn in a long time. The cute little cardigan is really warm and soft, and The Jersey Dress fits like a glove. I remember being super happy about this look on photo day, and totally love the way it looks.

Violets on Stripes is, as you see, a cropped cardigan. It’s worked up from the hem, so you can knit it as long as you like, and embellished with crochet flowers. This thing is pretty unique, but can easily be toned down.

Dark and Comfy

Lee’s Dress was launched in early fall, and quickly became one of my favorites. This Kimono-inspired dress features adjustable sleeves, an A-lined hem, and a fitted empire waist. It’s best made with non-elastic materials. I used a faux silk for mine, and am thinking about making another one with something else. I’d like to try a fabric that’s a little bit thicker just to see how it falls.

For this look, I wore Lee’s Dress with minimal accessories. I chose an elastic belt to hide the waist seam with, and silvery heels to give the look a touch of color. This look is seriously comfortable, and I’ve actually worn it out. I don’t think if it was to any place special, but I do recall feeling very happy about my outfit! 

Hooded

This dress was born right around the time I got married. At that time, I was pretty stressed out about what to wear on my special day (it’s really not that special if you do it for the second time, and only go to the registry office) and ended up making a bunch of dresses to choose from. I ended up wearing Mary’s Dress, and this one, Jane’s Dress, is its sister. Both of these dresses come with an empire waist and an A-lined hem. Jane’s Dress is a bit more casual, and sports a hood lined with contrast color. For this look, I wore it with a red sash that quarrels a bit with the hood’s lining. Despite that, I love this one of these favorite looks. There’s something innocent and mysterious about it, and it’s seriously comfy, too.

Lacey

This look is from March, I think, and features three of our Basics: Spaghetti Strap Top, Jersey Skirt, and Lace Top. This is by far my number one pick of today’s favorite looks, and I would gladly wear it anywhere. I can’t right now, though, because I turned this skirt and top into a dress, and shortened the hem.

I’m hoping fabrics are on sale after Christmas, or that Santa brings me some materials ’cause I’d kinda like to have long Jersey Skirt again! ;D
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s collection of my favorite looks. Don’t forget to take advantage of our sale (you only have until New Year’s Day, so be quick), and I will see you next time!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

Daisy’s Dress Looks

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

Puffed

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

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

Warmer

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

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

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

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Favorite Hooded Dress Looks

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

Splatters

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

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

Granny Square

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

Chiffon

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

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

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

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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

Short Dress Looks

Short dresses can be easier to walk in than long ones, and they do come packed with flirty and fun attitude. Today, I wanted to show you two short dress looks both based on our Pretty Basic patterns. The entire collection is on sale until April 9th, so do take advantage of the offer! Spring is just around the corner, and new dresses are the best way to upgrade your wardrobe.

Wrap Dress

You might recall that I have a difficult relationship with our Sleeveless Wrap Dress. I love the cut on the dress, but I’d like mine to have sleeves. I’ve experimented with it in the past, pairing the dress with all kinds of tops and blouses, and even separate sleeves. I like this dress best worn over a lace blouse, but I wanted to try something more… colorful.

I made two model pieces for The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress. One black and one red. I originally intended to wear the red one only under a crochet dress I made, but it turned out to have a will of its own. The dress refuses to be toned down, and wants to steal the show. This look is a pretty good example of it!

For this look, I wore the red Jersey Dress under The Wrap Dress. I love the way they look together, and I really like it that with another layer under The Wrap Dress, I’m able to tie it looser to create a lower neckline. What I wasn’t that crazy about is the way two layers of cotton like to cling to each other. I am going to continue my experiments with The Wrap Dress, and search my perfect outfit from layered dresses.

Violets in Parties

The Violets on Stripes Pattern was recently launched, and I’ve yet to make a proper outfit post with the cute little cardigan. I wanted to use it for one of these short dress looks, though.

Violets on Stripes is a cropped cardigan. It’s knit with a stripe pattern and embellished with crochet flowers. This might explain the name. The cardigan works best with dresses, and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to postpone featuring it. Coming up with imaginative ways to wear a cropped cardigan is surprisingly difficult! I still wanted to use it for an outfit, and chose to wear it over our Party Dress.

This look is really cute, and goes to show that this little cardigan truly loves dresses. It’s a cute and comfy cover-up that brings a lot of warmth with it. The best part about this cardie is that being very small, it can easily fit in a large purse!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our short dress looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Maxi Dress Looks

Maxi dress looks are a lot of fun to wear. Long hems may not seem that practical, but they are lovely in a romantic way, and offer a lot of coverage. Accessories offer a great way to express personality even with generic dresses. Recently, I combined our Spaghetti Strap Top and Jersey Skirt into a spaghetti strap dress. I’m quite pleased with my decision: for me, dresses are easier to wear than skirts and tops. This one is casual and comfortable, and I’ve had loads of fun wearing it! Today, I wanted to show you two cute maxi dress looks for it.

Blue Cardie

Dresses that leave the shoulders and arms bare aren’t really suited for winter. Though we’ve officially seen the first day of spring, it’s still bloody cold out there. Cardigans are a must with revealing dresses for at least a few weeks. This spaghetti strap dress goes beautifully with our Crochet Cardigan. For this look, I wore my blue one.

This dress is made by combining a top and a skirt, so it has a seam at the waist. I don’t really like leaving it exposed, so I often wear this dress with various belts. This elastic one has a silver buckle that serves a practical and aesthetic purpose at the same time.

The blue version of our Crochet Cardigan really likes this dress. It’s loose and airy, and still quite warm. I made it using two strands of yarn, one blue and one black. This gives the cardigan a unique coloration. I’d like to use a similar color choice for a knit garment. A dress made with black and purple yarn would be really pretty, don’t you think?

Lace Top

Tops and dresses go well together. Usually it’s more common to wear a top under a dress. Today, I wanted to show you a look with a top worn over a dress. I picked our Lace Top for the purpose.

The Lace Top sports a daring neckline that can be a bit much for many. There are times I would like it a bit more modest, too. With that in mind, I wore The Lace Top over my spaghetti strap dress. The dress offers more coverage, and its neckline peeks out from under the top. The dress also offers more coverage (and warmth) to the back of the top, which is made without a lining.

I didn’t want to leave the top’s hem just hanging out. Instead, I took a long chiffon belt, and tied it twice around my waist. I tucked in the hem of the top, and tied the belt in an ordinary knot. This creates an illusion of wearing a skirt with a chiffon waist, and makes the casual dress party appropriate.

I really like this look. It’s so easy to wear, and looks fabulous. It’s comfortable, too, so there’s a minimum amount of tugging and pulling involved!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our maxi dress looks! Don’t forget that our entire Pretty Basics Collection is on sale, so it’s a good time to stock up on patterns!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Violets on Stripes

Cropped tops come and go in fashion. In the fall, cropped tops were starting to make a huge comeback, but the trend faded pretty fast. Tiny little tops are still available, and they can look really cute. I think they look best layered, and that’s one of the reasons why I designed our Violets on Stripes Cardigan, a stripy cropped cardigan with flower embellishments.

Violets on Stripes is best made with soft, Aran weight yarn, that’s suitable for size 5mm / US 8 needles. Worked with a larger needle size, this little cardie is a quick project. It’s worked in stockinette with a stripe pattern, which makes it suitable for beginners, too.

Violets on Stripes is designed to be short, but it’s easy to turn it into a full-size cardigan. It’s knit from the hem up, so all you really need to do is to work the hem longer. The pattern comes with instructions on how to do this. You can also knit the cardigan with short sleeves if you prefer a lighter version for the summer.

This cropped cardigan features crochet flower embellishments. I’ve always been a huge fan of mixing knit and crochet, and this is one of the easiest ways to do it. Crochet flowers bring an interesting detail to the cardigan, and give it a fun texture. Feel free to use your imagination when embellishing the cardigan. I sprinkled flowers on one side of my cardigan, and ended up with quite many. A single arrangement on one side of the neckline would look lovely, too, and covering the entire cardigan would no doubt look outrageously cool.

Violets on Stripes features a basic button closure, and twisted rib edging and cuffs. These elements make it seem classic, while the cropped hem gives it a modern look. The tiny little cardigan loves dresses best of all. With shrug-like qualities, it offers warmth to the shoulder and arms, giving room for dresses of all kinds to show off their hems.

I hope you’ll enjoy The Violets on Stripes Cardigan as much as I enjoyed designing it! This little cardigan will be on sale along with The Pretty Basics until April 9th, so don’t forget to take advantage of the offer.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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

Grey In The Making

Cardigans aren’t only fun to wear. They’re fun to knit, too! I’m currently working on two new patterns for cardigans. Both are quite deep in the making, but I wanted to give you sneak peaks  of my works in process anyway. These designs will be fun to mix and match, and easy to knit up. Instead of funky details, these cardigans feature classic shapes.

Lately, I’ve developed a liking toward grey. It’s soft and neutral, and, well, let’s face it, easier to knit than black. Grey is subtle and elegant, and never goes out of style. The color dictated the style for the first cardigan. I wanted it to have classic lace and a V-shaped neckline. The yarn I chose for this cardigan is thick and heavy, and 100% cotton. This makes the finished (well, almost finished, I still need to weave in ends and sew in buttons) decadently heavy and delightfully warm.

I like raglan-sleeves best of all when it comes to cardigans. Knitting a top down raglan cardie is fun and relaxing, and the shape is comfortable to wear. For this style, I wanted something different. Most top down raglan cardigans have a round collar. With this design, I wanted to create a V-shaped neckline. This took so much brain work I had to turn to google for help. I found a blog post with instructions on the general process of knitting a V-neck for a raglan sweater. When I looked again, the post was nowhere to be found. I’m starting to think I might have dreamt it!

I wanted to work lace for the hem of the cardigan. Feather and Fan was the perfect choice for this design. It’s easy to knit, and the result is just lovely. The sleeves are free of lace, but they come with the option to work in purled stripes.

I’m not a big fan of after thought -buttonlists. I like to work them in while knitting, or not at all. This cardigan has seed stitch button lists. They’re worked in from cast on, so the’re will be no tasks waiting after cast off. When you’re done, you’re done. Well, there will be a few ends to weave in and buttons to sew, but no knitting buttonlists!

I really like the Feather and Fan Cardigan, and I’m hoping to get the pattern published soon.

The second WIP is also grey. This is actually a re-design of a cardigan pattern I made a long while back. It’s a short sleeved shrug-like cardigan which I’ve never learned to wear. A week or so ago I realized I had an ugly shawl worked with the same yarn as the shrug. I frogged it, ripped out the cardigan’s sleeves, and cast on long, stripy ones! I love working with this yarn, it’s a shame Novita discontinued it.

The re-vamped cardigan is going to have a light grey bodice, stripy sleeves and maybe a stripy border. I also want it embellished with a fall of crochet flowers. This project is so much fun I think I’m going to go work on it right now!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my grey works in process.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Wide Sleeved Cardigan

Knitting is an important part of my life. It offers a way to express my creativity, calms me down when I’m feeling agitated, and helps me feel productive even when I’m low on energy. I designed this cardigan quite a while back, but it’s still on of my favorite patterns. With simple lace and 2×2-rib, this wide sleeved cardigan is easy to knit, and super-fun to style. The cardigan has a huge collar, low neckline, and flared sleeves which are all my favorite details.

wide sleeved cardigan knitting pattern, image four

The model cardigan is worked with a self-patterning yarn.

Going through Amazon, I found two yarns that would work well with this cardigan. Digging up sport-weight yarns on Amazon is more challenging than one might think. Most yarns in this category are made with knitting for babies in mind, and the color choices are quite pastel. The two I came out with come in more grown-up colors. I loved Ultra Pima by Cascade Yarns, it both sounds and looks soft and smooth. Vanna’s Glamour Yarn, however, does come with a healthy dose of glitter!

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Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima
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I really like the shape of this cardigan. It’s fun and quirky and pretty unique. The basic eyelet lace combined with rib makes the cardigan easy to knit, too. Despite the extravagant shape, this garment is worked with basic stitches and techniques. Knitting this cardigan will take a bit more time, though. It’s worked with size 3,5mm needles, so there’s a lot of stitches to move around. The result will be worth the effort, though! This cardigan is guaranteed to turn some heads.

red cardigan with large collar and bell sleeves, image two

I hope you’ll enjoy our Wide Sleeved Cardigan Knitting Pattern.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather