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

Grey Dress

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I found a piece of grey lycra with a really cute print. As you may know, I have a thing about colors, but grey, being just very light black, is sometimes OK. I bought the lycra, brought it home, and asked it what it wanted to be. It muttered something incoherent and I said fine, you just think about it as long as you’d like. Yesterday, right as I’d decided to concentrate on Christmas presents, the fabric had the audacity to announce its desire to become a Pretty Basic Jersey Dress. With a long hem. As I never say NO to fabrics, I cut it straight away, and today, I sewed the lycra into a grey dress.

The fabric really has a super-nice tone, and I’m happy I chose to make a simple dress with it. This way, the color gets a chance to shine.

I made the grey dress with long, tight sleeves. The cuffs are also very basic, but they bring a polished look to the sleeves. I have long arms, so I made the sleeves longer than the pattern calls for.

The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress has a wide, round neckline. For this dress, I made a smaller collar. It’s winter, after all, and I don’t want to freeze to death!

Sewing the dress took 1½ hours, including chat-breaks and general procrastination. The pattern is really very easy to sew, and it makes a basic dress that goes with everything! My grey dress is long, and I achieved this by simple lengthening the original pattern’s hem, and cutting it into an A-lined shape. I have to admit that I’ve made this pattern so many times I didn’t even try the dress on until it was finished…

The grey dress is basic in shape and style. That makes it a wardrobe staple. It can be paired with pretty much anything, and it’s so comfortable you’ll want to wear it all the time.

I didn’t have an awful lot of energy to create a proper outfit post with the dress after sewing it, but I did try! I bravely paired the grey dress with my black lace cardigan and called it an outfit. This look does need a hair-do and some accessories to fully work, but it does show that the grey dress really likes cardigans.

I really like the way these two garments look together. Grey and black belong to the same color-family, and look nice together. The lace cardigan allows for the dress’s color to shine through, and that effect ties these two together.

I believe I’m most likely to grab this dress when going out on a weekend. It is basic enough to wear on a weekday, but something about the print says PARTY to me. I was happy to note that my grey dress also likes corsets and large jewelry.

This look is totally Me. It has all of my favorite elements, and it’s super-comfy not only physically, but also mentally. An outfit is best when it doesn’t force you to squirm and tug at it, and this most certainly doesn’t. I’m so looking forward to wearing it out!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my new grey dress. I’d like to remind you at this point that our Pretty Basics will all be on sale until further notice, but only for VIPs. Join our mailing list to gain access to special offers!

Until next time!

Love,

Heather

Purple Wrap Dress

I’m going to Italy for a friend’s wedding. Actually, by the time you read this, the wedding will have happened. I needed a dress for the wedding, and naturally decided to sew one. I figured it would be quick and easy, but it took more time than I figured. I got the dress done only a day before departure! I used our Sleeveless Wrap Dress Pattern to create my purple wrap dress.

I ordered fabric online two months before the trip, and chose the style one month later. It took me an entire week to muster up enough courage to cut the dress, and once I had, sewing felt like a huge task. This dress needed to be perfect!

I didn’t want to rush sewing the purple wrap dress, so I took my time with it, over-thinking every detail. The style is simple enough, but the finishing touches took a lot of brain work.

Purple Wrap Dress with H&M heels

The dress is long, and needs to be worn with heels. For some reason, I didn’t own a single pair of basic black shoes! I put off finding a pair of heels for far too long. I finally ordered a cute pair from Zalando, and they arrived in good time. Sadly, the shoes had an exceptionally small fit, and were a pain to wear. I returned them, and was left shoeless. Charming spent an entire Saturday with me running around town looking for perfect shoes.

I’m picky, especially when it comes to footwear, so we came out empty handed. Buying a pair from Italy was of course an option, but I want to see the sights rather than shop!

There’s an H&M right next door, and it was our last stop. They had a cheap, black high heeled shoe that was OK, so I just got those. It’s better to buy a not-so-nice pair and stumble upon a nicer pair by accident than to risk it and not have anything to wear.

Purple Wrap Dress - belt detail

I used a thick satin for the purple wrap dress. The material is pretty on both sides, so going with The Wrap Dress Pattern was an easy choice. I could even make the dress without a lining, and not have to worry about the hem or belts revealing a turn-side of the fabric.

I made the belts really long so that I can change the way I tie them. I added a few pleats to where they’re attached to the dress. This helps the belt fit through a small hole on the side seam. It also adds a cute little detail.

Purple Wrap Dress - collar detail

I wanted to do something different with the pattern. The original pattern is a pretty basic sleeveless wrap dress. This version needed to be near-formal, so I made the hem long. I shaped the sleeve gaps a bit, and pretty much got rid of the shoulders. I then added a large collar to the dress.

The satin is a rich, beautiful purple. As I was starting with this project, I figured I might add a bit of black lace to the dress. After the dress began to take shape, I realized the fabric was too lovely to hide. I really like this color, and though I might only wear my purple wrap dress once, I’m so happy I made it for my BFFs big day. The dress is all wrinkled up from sewing in these photos. I hope you’ll forgive me for that!

Purple Wrap Dress

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my purple wrap dress!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Wrap Dress Styles

Styling up a wrap dress can be a tall order. They’re difficult to pair with belts, and they can have issues with cardigans. There are options, though, for creating wrap dress styles. Today, I wanted to show you a few cute outfits based on our Sleeveless Wrap Dress Pattern. The Wrap Dress is our featured product for this week and next. It’s on sale for all VIPs, so go head and join our mailing list to gain access to the offer.

I took these photos late in the evening, so the lighting’s a bit different from usual. My camera was also a bit poorly leveled as you may notice…

Snake Skin

Popping a top under a sleeveless dress is always a good choice. For the first look, I paired The Wrap Dress with our Pretty Basic Jersey Top. The top’s made with snake skin print lycra, and has a double-bound neckline.

My wrap dress is made with a thick cotton jersey. It’s black, but tints toward brown. That’s why my first instinct was to choose a top with a brown print. I really like the way this outfit turned out. It’s comfortable and cute, and completely office appropriate. Snake skin shoes repeat the top’s pattern, and complete the look.

For jewelry, I chose to wear a single black bangle. I fear it might have been lonely on its own, but it does make a pretty detail!

Wrap Dress Styles - Snakeskin

A dab of Blue

Small touches of color brighten up any outfit. I’m most comfortable in black, but sometimes it’s nice to shake it up a bit.

Not too much, though.

For the second look, I wore a blue mesh top under the wrap dress. To even out the contrast between a light top and a heavy dress, I wore sleeves over the top. The sleeves bring a bit of warmth, and also tone down the blue top a little.

This outfit it also super-comfy, and perfect for running errands and shopping. For the photos, I decided to pair it with H&M heels I just got. I’m not that crazy about the shoes, but they’re basic, classic, and affordable. I had a bit of a shoe-related emergency, and these heels saved me.

Wrap Dress Styles - Blue

Cute with Lace

Blouses also work well with wrap dresses. For the last stop of today’s wrap dress styles, I paired the dress up with a black lace blouse. I’ve actually done a similar look earlier, in this post. I wore that particular outfit when we went to see CMX in August, and really liked it. Today, I wanted to show you a slight variation of it.

I wore a lace blouse with ruffle sleeves under the wrap dress along with a lace petticoat. Together, they bring a lot of femininity to the look. I tied the belts to the front, and secured them with a brooch. Silver pumps and a statement ring play well with the silvery brooch, and add a bit of color the otherwise dark outfit.

This looks is really nice for parties that might be on the chilly side. A light layer under the dress gives a lot of warmth, and adding a shawl to the mix will make this look even cozier.

Wrap Dress Styles - Lace I hope you’ve enjoyed our Wrap Dress Styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

More Party Looks

This week, we’ve been talking about The Pretty Basic Party Dress. On Tuesday, I showed you a red variation of it, and today we’re going to look at more outfits. Party looks are fun to create. I tried to make this bunch have a bit more attitude!

Long and Red

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I have issues with this dress. I like the style and the shape, the color not so much. The dress has loads of sentimental value, so I can’t just toss it or mod it beyond recognition. My only choice is to accessorize it. Sadly, this dress has a lot going on. The lace yoke and details work against statement jewelry, and the long hem makes it almost impossible to play with leg wear and petticoats. The only thing this red number likes is corsets.

Different hair styles and make-up will do a lot to change the general mood of the dress, but they can’t erase one bit of its overwhelming redness.

With these words, I give up, and reserve the dress to be worn on Christmas at Mom’s and Dad’s. That’ll teach it!

Party Looks - Long red hems can work for casual gettogethers, too

Light Layers

The black versions of the dress are much more co-operative when creating party looks. With a neutral base, the dresses take accessories well, and love accent colors. For the second look, I drew inspiration from all the times I’ve been forced to spend a long time outside, shivering with cold. Wearing a cardigan over a dress is always a viable option, but it tends to cover up a lot of the dress. Adding another layer under a dress brings just as much warmth, and looks much cooler.

I wore a mesh top with ragged ruffle sleeves under the top. My tulle ring goes beautifully with the ruffles!

This look tasted like the eighties, so I wanted to bring more of it to the outfit. A bowler hat did the trick with a minimal amount of effort. Popping on a hat also saves you from doing your hair!

I wore a tulle petticoat under the dress. It matches the mesh top’s ruffle sleeves, and completes the look. To keep this style casual, I wore canvas shoes. I got the shoes a few years back, and sewed a bit of lace on them to make them prettier. These are really good for walking, and cute enough to wear to casual parties.

Party Looks - Going outside? Wear light layers!

Black Pearls

For the last outfit, I chose to hold on to the layer-idea. I wore a mesh top under the lace-yoked version, and pushed up the dresses sleeves. This changed the shape of the sleeves quite a bit, and gave the dress a lighter look. I also pulled the dress up at the waist a bit, just enough to make it wrinkle. This trick makes the dress look less polished, and allows the use of statement jewelry.

I wanted to add a belt to the dress. Something big and flashy and unique. I didn’t really have anything like that, so I took a long pearl necklace, put it around my waist, and secured it with a brooch. I also wore all of my bangles, big silver hoops, and a huge silver ring. Silver heels complete the look with an eye-catching detail.

Party Looks - Adding a belt is always an option

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Party Looks!

Next week, I’m going to be in Italy, so all of our posts will be timed. I’m really hoping everything will roll out smoothly!

Love,

Heather

Red Party Dress

This week, our theme has been The Pretty Basic Party Dress. I really like the style: it’s easy to sew, super-comfy, and perfect for informal little parties. I’ve made a few variations of the dress, including the dress I wore on my Birthday. Today, I wanted to show you another mod based on the pattern. I call this one The Red Party Dress. Unlike the previous dresses, this one is made with non-elastic materials!

I made this dress a few years back, actually. I needed something special for Mom’s and Dad’s 70th. Something that wasn’t black. Luckily, I had something red(ish) stashed. I also had a bit of lace left over from an order. Combining the two fabrics was an easy choice, and so was the style. A yoked dress with a long hem is classic and pretty, and not too fancy for a small party.

I used a lace fabric with a scallop edge. The lace has a little bit of stretch, but only enough to make it comfortable to wear. I was also running very low on it. I wanted long sleeves, but the limited quantity forced me to quilt a bit. I cut the upper and lower sleeve on the lace, and covered the seam with a strip cut on the scallop edge. This solution gave me a pretty detail, and hid the fact that I had to improvise a little.

I made the yoke with more scraps of lace. I didn’t have a zipper long enough to reach the neck, and since I was very low on time, I made the back with a slit. I used a scalloped lace strip to bind the slit and the neckline.

Lace fabrics with a scallop edge can be a bit intimidating. I’m always tempted to cut pattern pieces from the scalloped edge. Cutting the edge off, and using it to hem garments in another viable option. Playing with lace and adding it to dresses is fun, and makes garment feel special. Lace fabrics are available in almost any fabric store, including amazon. I dug around a bit, and found a lovely lace in many pretty colors. If you purchase fabrics via the links below, I might earn a little extra.
58″ Aqua Scalloped Floral Pattern Lace Fabric by the Yard – 1 Yard
58″ Peach Papaya Scalloped Floral Pattern Lace Fabric by the Yard – 1 Yard
58″ Lilac Scalloped Floral Pattern Lace Fabric by the Yard – 1 Yard
58″ Navy Scalloped Floral Pattern Lace Fabric by the Yard – 1 Yard

Attaching the yoke to the red part was an easy job, but the seam looked very strict. To make it softer, I added another strip of lace. The pretty edge made all the difference, and the seam turned out quite nice.

The bodice and hem are one piece shaped only at the side seams, and the center back seam. Sewing a zipper into a curved seam is a nightmare, but with a lot of basting, it came out fine. Mom was very happy with my choice of attire, but I’ve only worn the dress once after their party!

That one time was my first actual date with Charming. I’d been thinking about taking the dress apart and using it for something else, but now it has sentimental value. I guess I’ll just have to learn to wear red. Accessories can turn a dress around entirely. Making this one more Me shouldn’t be that difficult.

Red Party Dress - Black lace yoke with long red hem

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Red Party Dress!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Pretty Basic Party Looks

This week’s featured product is The Pretty Basic Party Dress. I really like this dress. Since this is a relatively new pattern, I figured it’d be nice to feature it again. On Tuesday, I promised an outfit post, and here it is! I came up with four different ways to rock The Pretty Basic Party Dress. I had loads of fun styling up the dress and creating party looks!

Cropped

The Pretty Basic Party Dress is designed to be knee-length. The hem is easy to shorten, so you can sew it as short (or long) as you like. Shortening a finished dress isn’t that easy, especially if you’re in a rush and need it now. For the first look, I came up with a super-easy way to shorten a hem. All you need is an elastic belt. Put it around your waist, pull the dress up and over the belt, and voila! you’re wearing a skirt and a crop top.

This is a really young look. I topped it up with a tulle petticoat and a ring to match. I made the ring a long time ago, but haven’t shown it in the blog. Maybe I’ll feature it, and even write a quick tutorial on how to make one!

I kinda like the way a belt can turn a dress into something entirely different. Crop tops, I hear, are in again, but wearing one during the winter is cold, uncomfortable, and just not fun in general. With this trick, you can pull off a cropped look without freezing your belly.

Pretty Basic Party Looks - Cropped

A Bit Gothic

You’ve probably noticed that I like slapping corsets on dresses. It’s a quick and easy way to add both color and character to a dress. Of course, I had to do it with this dress, too. I chose my blood-splatter corset mainly because it’s the one I wear most. It’s comfortable, it has the perfect fit for me, and I thoroughly love the print. This elastic waist enhancer looks cute with The Party Dress, too.

Corsets often turn any outfit into a Gothic direction. I wanted to travel a bit further down that road. I added a lace petticoat to the look, and topped it off with a heart choker. Red heels bring a bit more red to the outfit, and add a grown-up element.

I really like this style, and am very likely to wear it out soon!

Pretty Basic Party Looks - A Bit Gothic

Classy

Get-togethers with relatives often require classic party looks with as little personality as possible. The Party Dress is pretty perfect for creating a classic look that doesn’t offend anyone. I paired the short-sleeved version with a lace petticoat, and silver heels. I chose small, elegant jewelry over statement pieces to keep the look nice and polished.

Personal style is important to me and everyone. There are certain times, though, when it’s polite to dress down a bit. Christmas with family, weddings, and funerals are highest on my list. This look is something I’d consider wearing for Christmas dinner. Mom would wrinkle her nose at me being clad in black yet again, but this style is elegant, classy, and free of skulls and spiderwebs.

Pretty Basic Party Looks - Classy

20s Fun

Halloween is on its way, and we don’t really have that much time to create elaborate costumes. I for one always sort of wake up the morning before, and go “oh f**k not again”. Due to me being a complete scatterbrain and having a habit of pushing things off, I’ve developed a skill of raiding a closet for a super-quick Halloween costume. I’ve realized that a costume doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to look like you put in some effort. Theme-parties are the easiest for me, and decades my favorite themes. Dressing up to fit the standard of a certain era is a perfect chance to just dive into your dress collection, and accessorizing like crazy!

For the last style in our party looks collection, I chose Twenties.

The Twenties were the era of prohibition and jazz, of All Things Forbidden. Skirts grew short and accessories large. For this look, I wore a black rose on my wrist. It’s actually meant for the hair, but accessories are versatile things!

The Party Dress falls just above the knee. To give it a bit more lace, I wore a lace petticoat under it, and gathered the hem up with a brooch. Pearls and the rose complete the  fun look.

Pretty Basic Party Looks - 20s Fun

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Party Looks with The Pretty Basic Party Dress! On Tuesday, I’ll show you guys something I made again, and it will follow this week’s theme.

Until then.

Love,

Heather

 

Escalator Ate My Dress!

I didn’t have the best day yesterday. I slept poorly and woke up too early. I decided to have a knitting day, but I didn’t have anything interesting on the needles. Leafing through Facebook, I noted that Eurokangas was having a flash sale on select items. As I didn’t have anything urgent planned, I deemed myself worthy of retail therapy. I had my coffee while playing Hearthstone, threw on my favorite long jersey dress, and headed out.

I met my spouse, whom I call Charming, in the city center and went to the fabric store while he ran an errand. I couldn’t find anything I liked, and after he came to collect me, we left empty-handed.

On the way out, the most terrifying thing happened. I wore a long dress, and stepped on an escalator like I’d done a hundred times before, without giving it a second thought. As the steps grew smaller and smaller, disappearing into a dark no-man’s-land, I realized, to my horror, that my dress followed!

I thought I screamed, but was later told that I let out the smallest sound, one little word.

help

Had I been alone, I would have just stood there on receding steps, desperately clinging on to my dress without the faintest idea of what else to do. Luckily, Charming was there to hit the emergency-button. That stopped the stairs from moving, but I was caught.

He ran back up, got scissors from a very startled clerk, and cut me loose. There was little else to do, and my dress came out horridly mutilated. I couldn’t believe that an escalator ate my dress! I thought this only happened in nightmares!

escalator ate my dress

A “normal” person would have just tossed the dress, but I’m crafty. I really like this dress, and wanted to save it.

I had a few options, but I decided to cut the hem at knee-length.

The surgery left me with some undamaged fabric which I decided to use to mod the sleeves. The original dress had short sleeves. I’m not that into the “short dress with short sleeves” -concept, so I went ahead to alter the sleeves.

I cut off the original cuffs…

and cut out two A-lined pieces to lengthen the sleeves with. This process would leave me with long trumpet sleeves with seams above the elbow.

The original dress is made with plain viscose jersey. I was working on turning the dress into a pattern, but I hadn’t taken product pictures of it before the accident. I’m thinking I might go ahead with the pattern, and wrap two styles into one, but who knows. I might even order viscose jersey on amazon, and make myself a new dress! I was looking through their selection, and found a lovely medium weight viscose jersey in various colors. This would be perfect for practically all of our Pretty Basics. If you purchase fabric through the links below, I might earn a little extra.
Black Viscose Spandex Fabric, Casual Jersey Knit Fabric
Eggplant Viscose Spandex Fabric, Casual Jersey Knit Fabric
Magenta DK Viscose Spandex Fabric, Casual Jersey Knit Fabric

I had elastic lace stashed for emergencies, and this was nothing short of one. I used the lace to bind the hem and sleeves.

The entire process to save the dress took about an hour, and I’m super-happy that I took the time to do it. The dress turned out cute and comfy, and the lace gives it a lovely detail. I’d completely forgotten how much I love trumpet sleeves!

The new and improved dress really likes the company of Lovelace and Lune, too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this true story about the day when an escalator ate my dress.

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