Dress Styles with Red Details

This week, we’ve been concentrating on dresses with puff sleeves. The Princess and Keyhole Dress is our featured product until Monday, so today, I wanted to share two more looks for it. I really like this dress, and wear it a lot. Today’s looks both feature red as an accent color. Dress styles with red details have always been my go-to choices, and this dress looks particularly nice paired with darker tones.

Bloodstains

Some of you might remember my favorite corselet. I made this a long time ago. I used an elastic material with a velvet print. At first, I was pretty certain this thing wouldn’t last very long, but after years of wear, it’s still as good as new.

Well, it could use fresh boning, but it’s fine for now. I’m actually thinking I might give this steel boning sometime soon. That way, it would be even comfier to wear. I’m also thinking about making another corselet just like this one, but in black. I already have materials for it, so all that’s lacking is time and inspiration!

Both the corselet and the dress get a lot of wear. I love the way they look with each other, and often wear them together. This first look is the way I rock The Princess and Keyhole Dress. Paired with my Bloodstain Corselet, it’s the perfect interpretation of my personal style. For this look, I added a red petticoat. It’s still pretty cold outside, and layered hems make dresses much warmer.

I try to keep accessories to a minimum with this dress. It has a lot going on, especially with the hem gathered, and too many details can work against one another. One piece of jewelry can be plenty for this dress! I chose my bangles for this look along with The Fishnet Gloves. I like the way they work together with the sleeves, and bring both bling and a bit of warmth to the look.

Lace

For the second stop of dress styles with red details, I wanted to create something more romantic. This dress does come with the option to wear the hem hitched up, and that reminds of the Victorian era. I wore the dress with the hem gathered to reveal the red petticoat. Something about this look reminded me of Claudia in Interview with the Vampire, so I chose a child-like detail for it.

The red petticoat matches the long red belt I made for our Lace Skirt. I tied the belt above my waist to create an empire-line for the dress. I hid the ends of the belt under it to gain a smooth, unbroken line. With jewelry down to a bare minimum, this look is simple and still unique.

I really like this look with its red details. There’s something very romantic about this style. I kinda regret not wearing it on Valentine’s Day!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s dress styles with red details.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

More Shrug Looks

Last week, I missed both Friday’s post and newsletter due to a minor mishap with our website. Because of that, I decided to prolong The Faux Cable Shrug‘s life as our featured pattern. I really like this shrug, and creating another outfit post with it was too fun a thing to pass! So today, I wanted to show you two more shrug looks.

Staying In

I work from home, and that makes me one of the lucky ones. I get to wear whatever I like to work. Some of us who stay at home all day like to wear jammies, some like to dress up. I’m somewhat of an in-betweener, and go for dresses. For the first look, I wanted to show you what I really wear around the house.

Minus the make-up and heels, this is pretty much what I look like. Comfy dress, tights, messy braid, shrug if I get cold. After the neck pain I experienced just last week (all better now), I’m constantly reminding myself to keep warm. Even in a warm flat, I get cold easily, and this little shrug is a perfect way to cozy up. It’s both comfy and cute, and targets the neck and upper back. As I do enjoy low cut dresses, shrug looks are an easy way to make winter warmer.

Jewelry is another thing I thoroughly enjoy. When working with fabrics, bracelets and rings can get in the way. I shy from them in everyday life, but this ring goes on more often than not. I’ve always had a soft spot for black stones, and with a dark base, this one appeals to my sense of beauty. It goes with everything, too, and compliments the feminine details of this shrug.

When taking photos, I usually snap a test shot just to see if the light’s OK and if I fit in the frame. Often they’re useless, but this one was kinda cute. Not only does it display the puff hem beautifully, but it also shows a natural stance for me when spying on passersby looking out the window.

Going Out

I like to dress up when going out. Quite often I choose a look based on venue and music, while still staying true to myself. Lately, I’ve worn more and more LBDs just because they’re so easy to pull on in a hurry (I’m always in a rush when getting dressed to go out – Friday nights are for relaxing and I relax by playing video games, and, well, I immerse and forget what time it is).

This look is something I could wear pretty much anywhere. I love this skirt, this corset is my second home, and the combo of lace and satin is just lovely. This style features our Victorian Skirt, Pretty Basic Lace Top, Reversible Corset, and Faux Cable Shrug.

I’ve always been a sucker for satin. The shiny, silky surface is just so pretty, and satin takes gathering really well. The Victorian Skirt is actually best made with soft satin. As this is a gathered garment, fabric should fall and drape like a dream. Satin and very light taffeta do it best.

I don’t usually do selfies for outfit posts, but for this look, I wanted to show you a close up of my earrings. These black spiderweb earrings are literally my favorite ones. Despite being really long, they’re light and easy to wear. I actually feel the ear cuff more than the webs!

Even though this look is intricate and quite Victorian, I feel comfortable in it. As every piece of this outfit is made to measure, it fits without requiring constant re-adjustment. The only thing that sometimes needs tugging is the skirt: satin gathers static electricity when the air is super dry!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this super-long shrug looks post!

Until next time.

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

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

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

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

Three Dress Styles

In this week’s I Made This! -post, I showed you two dresses I made based on our Hooded Dress Pattern. Both of the dresses are hoodless, and feature a narrower hem. In my personal style, I like to steer clear of hoods: I have loads of hair and forcing it under a hood always ends badly. I do love the shape of The Hooded Dress, though, and both of these dress-mods are my favorites. Today, I’m going to show you three styles based on these dresses.

Black and White Corselet

I’ve made quite a few light, plastic-boned corselets. I don’t wear them often, since plastic bones bend and feel uncomfortable. These little waist-enhancers are cool for taking pictures, but not much more. For the first outfit, I wanted to add one of them. I chose a black and white corselet I made a long, long time ago. It’s a basic style based on our Reversible Waist Corset. It has a button closure in the front, and lacing in the back. I like the way it looks, but being light and flimsy, it’s best left for photos alone.

I paired the corselet with the black version of the dress. I also added a light petticoat made with a bit of lace. As the petticoat is longer than the dress, the lace shows from under the hem, adding an ultra-feminine detail to the dress style.

I combed my hair over one shoulder for this style. I love the way it looks, but in reality, it only stayed put for a grand total of three minutes.

Red Lace Belt

I continued with the lace petticoat in the second outfit. I wanted to create an innocent style, and chose to go with a high empire waist. I took the long lace belt that comes with our Lace Skirt Pattern, and tied it twice around my waist. I secured the belt with a brooch to keep it from opening. Another option would have been to tie it into a little bow, but I felt it was a bit too much. A brooch turns this style a bit more grown-up.

As I really liked the hair over the shoulder -thing, I tied it into a braid for this style. The braid does behave better, but an up-do would look nice with this dress style, too.

I added red pumps to this outfit to bring in another red detail.

Going through the photos, I found that this outfit kinda reminded me of Claudia in Interview With The Vampire. There’s something childlike in this look, and I really like it.

Black Shrug

The last outfit is a re-creation of something I actually wore out. I went to a weekly pub quiz all winter on Mondays, and the pub was really cold. On one of the last quiz-nights, I was running late. It was cold outside, so I threw on two layers made up of the first garments I found in my closet. I came up with this dress style, and totally loved it!

I wore the blue version of The Hooded Dress. Under it, I wore our Garter Petticoat (which I left out for these photos since it’s now pretty warm), our Reversible Waist Corset, and a black shrug. I felt really pretty in this, and the outfit was both warm and comfortable.

I like the way the black lace of the dress looks with added black details. Without it, the dress would be all too blue.

The Hooded Dress Pattern will be our VIP-offer through next week, so now’s a good time to become a VIP by joining our mailing list.

Next week, I’ll feature some more outfits based on these dresses!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

Birthday Outfit

Last week’s theme was quite Victorian. We’ll continue in the same direction today as I’ll finally show you my finished taffeta skirt. I made the skirt for my Birthday, and intended to wear it for my party. Weather, as it turned out, had a different opinion about my plans. The day was hot and humid, and after getting dressed and gotten photos taken, I changed into something else. A long jersey dress with lace inserts was a much more comfortable choice, but I still felt super-warm all day.

I made the taffeta skirt with the help of our Victorian Skirt Drafting Tutorial. I altered the original style a bit. My skirt only has one layer, and no ribbon channels for hitching up the hem. The skirt is still pretty, and likes many kinds of tops.

For my Birthday, I paired it up with a lace blouse and a waist corset.

The lace blouse is store-bought. I got it from a flea market with its tags cut off, so I can’t tell you who made it. It’s lovely, though, with wide ruffles at the cuffs and a very high collar. It’s made with elastic lace, so it’s comfy, too.

The corset is hand-made. It’s a prototype of our Reversible Waist Corset, actually. I made the black satin corset with purple lining and bone channels, and a criss-cross button closure at the front. The back has a lacing and a modesty panel, so this one works wonderfully with skirt-blouse -combos. The chains on the corset can be removed: they have clasps, and attach to little loops sewn into the seams.

For some reason, I don’t own a lot of jewelry. I guess I’ve always concentrated more on clothing. These pieces are my favorites, though, and I wear them often. I got the ankh when I was 14 or so, and it bears a lot of sentimental value. The pearls I bought a few years back, and they quickly became my trusted companions.

I like the way they go with this particular blouse. The ankh obscures the button list a bit (when it’s not hiding inside it, next time I’ll remember to check photos more closely!) and the pearls give the blouse a bit more femininity.

I really liked this outfit, and it would have been perfect for the party. I’ve probably mentioned that summer isn’t a very good time to dress Victorian! Let’s hope I’ll get to wear this some other time.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Two Victorian Skirt Styles

On Tuesday, I showed you sneak peaks of a skirt I made for my Birthday. My black taffeta skirt is all done, but I’ll share it fully next week. Today, I wanted to share two outfits based on another skirt.

My taffeta skirt was made with the help of our Victorian Skirt Drafting Tutorial. I made mine with only one layer, and without the option to wear it hitched up. I have, however, made a full version of the Victorian Skirt, and it’s one of my favorite styles. The skirt is pretty and versatile, and I feel comfortable in it. It’s one of my go-to -garments that both look and feel like Me.

The Victorian Skirt Drafting Tutorial isn’t a pattern, and does not come with one. Instead, it will help you to draft your own pattern for your own measurements. It also comes with a fully illustrated sewing tutorial.

The skirt looks complicated, and can feel intimidating to make, but trust me,  it’s really super-easy!

Wearing this skirt is also easy. Despite the Victorian vibe that practically cries for a corset, the skirt actually likes casual tops, too.

Wrap-Cut Top with Victorian Vibe

Summer calls for lighter outfits, but it’s difficult to lighten a Gothic style. RomantiGoths have a pretty hard time during the warm season: layers of long hems and blouses and corsets can make us very uncomfortable. Popping on a black sundress and just saying F**k This to image is a perfectly acceptable option (I do it all the time) but sometimes it’s nice to go for a more distinct look. I wanted to create a summer style based on The Victorian Skirt.

I made this skirt with polyester satin, so it’s pretty hot during the summer. Using light cotton will make this skirt cooler to wear on warm days. It will look lovely made with cotton, but comfort-level will increase big time. To show you that the skirt doesn’t need to be worn with a corset, I paired it with the orange version of our Wrap-Cut Top. The asymmetric hem and lace create an interesting opposite to the romantic hems. The sleeveless top makes the outfit cool and comfy.

I added black pearls and bangles to this style. I wanted to concentrate on just two colors, and hesitated introducing a third one as jewelry. A two-toned style is elegant in an easy way.

Summer days are often sunny, and going out like this terrifies me. Getting a tan is not an option! When venturing out, I would add a sun hat (black, of course) or a parasol. And of course loads of sunblock!

The Secretary

Introducing masculine elements to feminine outfits is both popular and fun. I like to call this style the Secretary-look. This look works even better with a pencil skirt. Personally, I don’t feel comfortable in them, but they do look super-cute on everyone else.

The Secretary-look is easily achieved by pairing up a fitted blouse, a black tie, and a waist corset. A neat bun increases the effect of this style even further.

I chose to wear this with The Victorian Skirt because this is one of my signature styles. I love this outfit, and would wear it to a party any day.

But with socks and different shoes! Today was suffocatingly warm, and I could not face wearing socks with this skirt.

The Victorian Skirt Drafting Tutorial will be our VIP-offer for the next two weeks. On Tuesday, I’ll show you what I decided to pair my new skirt with for my B-Day party!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

From Sweater to Shrug

Once upon a time, I had a lace sweater. I liked the material, but the shape not so much. The sweater was snug and long. It had a keyhole neck, a high collar which was a bit too tight, and a rib at the hem and cuffs which was also a bit too tight. In order to salvage the sweater, I turned it into a shrug. The transformation paid off: the not-too-nice sweater turned into my favourite lace shrug!

The project was relatively simple. I cut off the excess length and the too tight cuffs. I then opened the sweater down the center front line, and gave the edges a curved shape. I used elastic bias tape to bind the shrug with, and added buttons along with button loops to the collar.

The whole project took me about an hour. I did this a few years ago, and I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of this lace shrug. Turns out a little bit of effort really can save a garment that isn’t all that perfect!

The shrug works really well with dresses and over tops, but I love to pair it with corsets even more. The lace shrug has a perfect shape to be worn over an overbust, and it offers both coverage and warmth. For the photos, I wore the shrug with The DeathRock Bustier and Lace Skirt. The outfit turned out quite dark, and well suited for evenings out.

The Lace Skirt is a mod of our Lace Skirt Pattern (which will be this week’s VIP-offer!). It’s made with non-elastic lace fabric, and it has a purple lining. I love the colour combo, though pinks and purples were strangers to me for a long time. When my hair was red, I used to be jealous of ladies who could rock red hair and pink outfits. When I tried to do the same, I colourblind instead of gorgeous. Returning to black hair opened my mind to the prospect of adding a bit of purple and even the dreaded pink to wardrobe, and I actually kinda like it!

To top off the outfit, I added large hoops and my trusted Demonias. A little bit of silver brinks sparkle to the look, and compliments the way purple lining glimmers through lace. And yes, I once again forgot the correct order of getting dressed. Ouch.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my lace shrug!

Don’t forget to order our newsletter if you haven’t yet done so. This week, we’ll be having The Lace Skirt on sale, but only for VIPs!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather