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Pretty Black Dress Styles

This week, we’re celebrating dresses. I for one can’t ever have too many dresses, and I love styling them up. Today, instead of the usual I Made This! -post, I wanted to show you a few black dress styles to inspire everyday outfits.

… along with something I made.

Sun Is Still Out There

Although nights are getting colder and days cloudier, we have quite a few sunny days left to enjoy this summer. Getting an accidental autumn tan is not on my to-do list, so I’m not done wearing my sunhat. It’s both witchy, and perfect for blocking out lethal rays. Long sleeves are also a good way to hide from the sun, so I paired both of these elements up in the first outfit.

The Wrap-Cut Dress is both comfy and easy to sew. I made mine with light cotton jersey, which makes it perfect for warm days. The long hem an sleeves shield me from the sun, and the low cut neckline adds some allure to the long dress. I like to wear this dress with corsets mainly to add detail to it. A long, black garment can appear nun-like despite a daring neckline, so it’s nice to add accessories here and there.

I really like this outfit, and have worn similar ones throughout the summer. The best part about this style is that it will work in colder weather as well: lose the hat, wear a mesh top and tights under the dress, and you’re good to go.

Lace Wrap Up

This second of these black dress styles is my favorite of the bunch.

I haven’t been on very good terms with our Sleeveless Wrap Dress. There are many little things about it that clash with my personal taste and preferences. The biggest issue is that I like sleeves. The belts also bother me a bit since I haven’t gotten around to figuring out the cutest way to tie them.

With this outfit, I sorted out two major conflicts I had with the dress, and it happened by accident.

I have this lace blouse that has a large collar and ruffled cuffs. I wanted to wear it, and pulled it one. The blouse, being lacey, is see-through. I didn’t want to wear a top over it or under it, because it’s the obvious way to deal with lace.

Frustrated, I pulled out the Wrap Dress, put it on, and on a whim, tied the belts around my back.

And after a bit of tugging, I was perfectly happy!

I love this outfit, not only because it feels good and looks awesome, but because it made peace possible between me and The Wrap Dress.

Super Short Puff Ball

A few years ago, I made a Skater Dress with very light viscose jersey. The dress was perfect for a while, and then Something Happened to it. I honestly don’t know why, but the hem stretched to an uneven shape. Usually, I don’t mind ragged hems, but I wanted this dress to be nice and tidy.

I tossed it around for a bit, and decided to turn it into a puff ball dress. It turned out very short, but modding it gave it a new life. Despite it being micro-length, I really like the dress now. It’s comfortable, it’s cute, it loves cropped cardigans, and the super-short hem stays securely in place.

I accessorized the dress with my trusted elastic belt, and black jewelry. I didn’t want to go overboard, so I stuck to a simple choker and a wide bracelet.

Along with cardigans, this style can be topped with a shawl.

… such as the wild-colored vortex shawl I finally got photographed!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my black dress styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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New Dress Patterns Preview

As you may have noted, I really like dresses. I wear them nearly daily, and constantly make more dress patterns. Today, instead of the usual Featured Product -post, I wanted to show you sneak peaks of upcoming dress patterns. Both of these styles are designed for viscose jersey, and are versatile, comfy, and flattering. I really like both of these designs. Both of them have become an essential part of my wardrobe, and I can’t wait to do more outfit posts with them!

WrapDress

Wrap dresses look nice, and are comfy to wear. They’re also a pain to accessorize. All you can really do with them is to tie them on, pop on jewelry, and go. I want more versatility from a dress, so I turned the classic design around a bit. Instead of being tied to place with belts, this one is sewn closed. The dress has an open hem and revealing neckline, but the fuzz of tying it on is completely removed. This way, the dress can be worn with belts and corsets, and it even likes cardigans more than the common wrap dress.

For this outfit, I paired the dress with my Bloodstain Corselet, and my Tropical Breeze shawl. I love both of these accessories dearly, and wear them with everything. This dress is perfect for with them, and I wear this outfit on a regular basis. It’s super-comfy, the fabrics are cool and soft, and the long hem balances the low-cut neckline beautifully.

Pretty Basic T-Dress

T-shirts, both long and short sleeved, are a wardrobe basic. They go with anything and everything, and can be worn to any everyday function. I wanted a dress that can do the exact same thing. A dress that can be made long or short, with long or short sleeves, and worn with any accessories. The Pretty Basic T-Dress is a perfect solution to any clothing dilemma. It has a narrow hem, a seam at the waistline, and a basic O-neckline. It’s tidy, it’s comfy, it’s easy to mix and match.

And the best part is that it’s really simple to create.

I wear this dress exactly the way I would wear a T-shirt. For this outfit, I wore the dress over a petrol blue mesh top. The long sleeved blue top gives a bit of color to the outfit, and offers extra warmth on a cooler day. An elastic belt serves both to conceal the seam, and to add a detail to the otherwise simple outfit.

Both of these dresses can be styled for work, shopping, or even clubbing. I’m working on getting the patterns out as soon as possible, but in the mean time, I’d like to remind you of our other dress patterns. We offer various styles for everyday, and all of them will be on special offer for all VIPs until Aug 21st. Now’s a good time to join our mailing list, and take advantage of the offer!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Ruffle Dress

Every now and again, I decide I no longer like a dress. Lately, since autumn is drawing closer, my wardrobe seems to be in need of me hitting F5. New trends are rolling in, and instead of going on a mad shopping spree, I like to weed out the dresses that no longer feel just right, and change them. It’s fun, it’s affordable, and the environment likes it, too.

Last week, a dress I made for New Year suddenly had an existential crisis. It was a long spaghetti strap mermaid dress made with black viscose jersey. I don’t think I’ve worn it more than twice, and for that reason, I have no pictures of it.

As I heard the dress wailing, I took it out, and inquired whether it would enjoy drastic surgery.

The reply was “oh god yes”, so I set to work.

I had purple viscose jersey stashed. It’s a bit too purple to work as an entire garment, but paired up with black, it’s perfect. I took some of the purple fabric, and cut out a very short bodice. I wanted the updated dress to have an empire waist, but a fitted one.

I really like simple styles, the kind of dresses you can just pull on, and not have to worry about since. This one seemed to need something extra. A detail, maybe.

Something ruffly.

I have this little bit of an obsession with ruffled button lists. I’ve added this detail to one garment so far, and wanted to make another one. The black and purple dress was the perfect victim.

I took strips of purple jersey and a bit of black lace, and sewed them onto the front piece. The process is actually really easy: pleat or gather strips of fabric, arrange them so that they please your eye, and sew to place.

I cut the black mermaid dress just below the bust, and above the knee. After serging the bodice together, I joined the two at the waistline.

To keep the ruffle dress from going over the top, I bound the neckline and the sleeves in a very basic way. I was kinda thinking about double-binding the neckline with black lace, but that would have maybe been too much.

The ruffle dress turned out really nice. I love the way it looks and feels. It’s super-comfy, and since it has a bit of detail, it doesn’t really need a bunch of accessories. It really is one of those dresses you can just pull on and forget.

And the best part is, the left-over hem of the mermaid dress is long enough to be made into a skirt!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Ruffle Dress.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Granny Square with Pretty Basic Jersey Dress

Sometimes, even the best laid plans fail. I planned to finish the pattern for The Pretty Basic Lace Top by today. A very sudden and quite high fever messed up my schedule, so the launch of the new pattern has been delayed. Today, I’m going to show you an outfit I wore out a while back instead. The Lace Top Pattern will come out just as soon as I can get it finished, and I’ll try to do outfit posts with it. As a part of The Pretty Basics, the top is easy to pair with almost anything.

I like simple, comfortable styles. Jersey dresses are my favorites, and I wear them almost daily. For this look, I chose the red version of our Pretty Basic Jersey Dress, and filet crochet cardigan.

Soft, flowing lines are easy to wear, and flatter almost any body type. This cardigan is my safety-blanket, and I wear it quite often. It keeps me warm, and since it is so soft and square, it can be arranged into many shapes.

This cardigan is pretty much just a big, filet crochet square with sleeves. It has a huge collar that can double as a hood, and wide front pieces that can be closed with removable buttons. I like to wear mine open, but closing the cardigan can be a smart idea especially on colder days. The day I wore this outfit was a bit on the cold side. Had I gone further than to the post office to pick up a package (of fabric, naturally) I would have regretted not adding another layer.

The outfit was super-comfortable. The cardigan’s soft, flowing lines always cheer me up, and The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress is pretty perfect for running errands. It’s long enough to be comfy, and wide enough not to ride up.

The Granny Square Cardigan Crochet Pattern is available as a free download. I do hope you’ll take advantage of the pattern, and showcase your creations!

Next week, I’m hoping to release The Pretty Basic Lace Top, and to share outfits based on it.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather 

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Pretty Basic Party Dress

On Tuesday, I showed you the dress I wore on my Birthday. It’s based on our brand new sewing pattern called The Pretty Basic Party Dress. Today, I get to share the first post featuring this dress!

I originally made The Pretty Basic Party Dress during the winter. Publishing it took a bit longer than usual due to a surprising amount of technical difficulties. I’m happy to say that it seems like I won’t have to spend so much time with technical details with our site, and can start focusing on creating patterns again. There are a few coming soon, but I’ll tell you more about them later.

Today, we’re focusing on the new dress.

The Pretty Basic Party Dress continues the line of pretty basics. These styles are designed to be easy to sew and comfy to wear. They can also be mixed and matched. The Pretty Basic Party Dress is the latest addition. It goes with The Pretty Basic Cardigan and The Garter Petticoat. I’m currently working on a Pretty Basic Vortex Shawl, and that will also pair up nicely with this dress.

The Pretty Basic Party Dress is made with viscose jersey and mesh. The dress has a seamless yoke and flared sleeves. The yoke and lower sleeves are designed to be made with see-through material. You can naturally choose any kind of fabric for the dress: no part of it needs to be translucent if you don’t like that.

The Pretty Basic Party Dress has an A-lined hem. The dress is fitted at the waist, and widens toward the hem. The model dresses are both quite short, but you can easily lengthen the hem if you so choose.

The dress is designed to be super-easy to make. It’s best made with elastic fabrics, but the techniques used are beginner-friendly. I’d say that the most challenging part is binding the neckline.

I’ve made three versions of the dress now, and will probably make more. The style is really cute, and the dress is unbelievable comfortable. I made the second version with lighter viscose jersey and elastic lace. I made the sleeves in elbow-length simply by leaving out the lower sleeve and lengthening the pattern a bit. I bound the cuffs with strips of fabric to match the neckline.

The Pretty Basic Party dress is on flash sale this week, but only for VIPs. If you wish to gain access to the offer, hurry up and sign up to our mailing list. Newsletters go out at 7:30PM GMT+3, so there’s still a few hours to join!

I hope you’ll enjoy The Pretty Basic Party Dress.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Over and Under – Three ways to rock a dress

Our featured pattern for this week is The Hooded Dress Sewing Pattern. The dress is made with two layers of light viscose jersey, and topped with a large hood. The pattern comes with a hoodless variation as well, and you can make the dress with only one layer of fabric if you so choose. I’ve made two mods of this pattern. I showcased both dresses last week, and the last few posts have featured different dress styles based on the black and blue twins.

I thought I’d make one Everyday With an Edge -post with these dresses before bringing our next week’s featured product. It’s going to be a flash-offer on a brand new pattern, so be prepared for next week!

In Tuesday’s post, I built two outfits with the same key elements. The first look continues along those lines, and features this summer’s hit product, the fishnet tights.

GrannySquare over Blue Dress

Being cold is one of my least favorite things. I don’t go out without a cardigan unless it’s super-warm! I created the first outfit keeping that in mind.

I used to live in a really cold house. During that time, I crocheted a huge square with sleeves. I wore it nearly daily, and after moving out, the cardigan was forgotten for a while. I dug it out again last spring, and found it to be both comfy and warm on cooler summer days. The GrannySquare Gardigan is available as a free crochet pattern.

I wear the cardigan quite often when stepping out. I love the ragged, flowing edges of it, and the way it allows colorful dresses to shine through it. The blue dress looks especially cute under it.

I completed the outfit with black fishnets and strappy sandals. I also added a lace choker. I made the choker a few days ago since they are starting to be IN again. I took a piece of elastic lace, and sewed a snap fastener to its ends. The project is super-fast and simple, and results in a cute accessory with a vintage vibe.

Party Look

I won’t deny the fact that we go out a lot. Life would be horridly dull without partying, so I wanted to turn the long-sleeved dress into something a bit more nightclub-appropriate.

Clubs are often crowded. I didn’t want to add a whole bunch of accessories that can get caught or fall off. Instead, I pushed the cuffs of the sleeves up to my elbows. This simple trick both shortens the sleeves, and enhances their shape. The over-all look of the dress changes a bit, to a more playful direction. I added a narrow belt, and tied its free end around itself. The belt sits a bit lower on the hips, and the looped end pulls it to an asymmetrical shape.

The silver pumps repeat the studs on the belt, and large silver hoops tie the details together.

I really like this easy, simple look. It’s quick to create, comfy to wear, and even cool on a sweaty dance floor. Dress styles such as this are my go to choices on Friday nights.

Flying Velvet

I have a lot of clothes with a high wardrobe malfunction risk. One of these “be very careful in this” -garments is a long wrap skirt made with velvet. I picked it up from a flea market, and though it is one of my favorite skirts, I never feel entirely comfortable in it.

I wanted to find a solution to my little dilemma, and decided to pair the skirt with the dress!

Tied over a knee-length dress, the wrap skirt will still fly open at an opportune gust of wind, but now it won’t matter. The dress beneath adds a safety feature, and serves as a cute top.

A accessorized this look only with a silver necklace and silver pumps.

The outfit is really nice, I like this look, but… thanks to a dress and a long layer of velvet, it’s warm. I’d feel uncomfortable wearing this to a club, though it does look pretty. My eyebrows would melt and I don’t even paint them on.

I hope you’ve had fun reading about these dress styles. Next week, I get to show you brand new dresses, including the one I actually wore for my Birthday party!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

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Petrol Blue Styles

Last Tuesd… Wednesday, I showed you two dresses I made based on our Hooded Dress Pattern. I styled them for Friday’s post, and today, I’m going to share more outfits based on them.

I made both dresses with viscose jersey. It’s one of my favorite materials since it’s so soft and comfy and relatively easy to work with. As you know, I wear black, full stop. However, one of the dresses is petrol blue.

I like this particular shade of blue, but wearing it feels intimidating. To get over my fear, I decided to to add blue to both of today’s styles, and create outfits with blue details. I picked three other key elements and used them for both styles. These accessories are strappy sandals, fishnet tights, and a long chiffon belt.

Fishnets are really in right now, but instead of wearing them under ripped jeans, I wore them with dresses. This creates classy styles with a rebel vibe.

A Touch of Petrol

Wearing a top under or over a dress is an easy way to add color. I chose a petrol blue mesh top I got from H&Ms sale. It’s cute, and a perfect fit, but… well, it’s blue, and I really do have issues with colors!

I wore the blue mesh top under my black dress. This solution brought a touch of color to the outfit, but not too much. To add more detail, I took a long chiffon belt, and tied it around my waist. I wanted to bring in a girly detail, so I tied the belt into a soft bow.

The fishnets repeat the mesh in a grander scale. I picked the strappy sandals for both styles because it is summer. Warm weather is perfect for lighter footwear, and I for one need to keep reminding myself of it.

The outfit turned out really nice. It’s perfect for going shopping on a not-that-hot day.

Portable Shade

Last summer, I bought one of those wide rimmed sunhats. I got to wear it twice before sunny days drew to an end, and then I kinda forgot about it. Today, rummaging around in the wardrobe, I found it again, and decided to create an outfit around it.

Though the black dress would have been the obvious choice, I went with the blue one. Fishnets and sandals work wonders with this dress as well, and the chiffon belt brings in more black. I wore black pearls for an added detail, and popped on the sunhat.

I didn’t expect anything from this style, but it turned out so cute I actually squeed. I felt super-pretty in this outfit, and I can’t wait to wear it out!

I feel as though there’s a pin up -vibe in this outfit. Maybe it’s the hat or the fishnets, or just the combination of elements.

The hat is the most practical summer accessory I own. Despite the fact that it has a tendency of catching wind and going adventuring, it protects me from the sun. I burn easily, and a wide rimmed hat prevents that from happening. And it’s really cute.

I hope you had fun reading about my outfits with blue details!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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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

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Black and Blue Dresses

My spouse travels a lot due to his work. Whenever he goes abroad for a longer while, I make myself a new jersey dress. This habit started at the very beginning of our relationship, and, well, I have lots of dresses now. The latest addition is a petrol blue number. It’s a mod of our Hooded Dress Sewing Pattern.

Colors are scarce in my wardrobe. I like black, and wear it most of the time. A while back I was, once again, turning the internet upside down in search of a cute fabric. Instead of a skull printed cotton I was actually looking for, my eye caught petrol blue viscose jersey. The concept of wearing a blue jersey dress seemed both foreign and intriguing, so I ordered the fabric along with a bit of black lace.

… and some other little things such as a whole heap of black jersey.

The fabric arrived, and it was soft and nice and Very Blue. Though wearing it seemed daunting, I stuck to my decision, and turned it into a dress.

The Hooded Dress Pattern is a pretty straight-forward style. The original version is made with two layers of light jersey and a hood. I made the blue dress with just one layer, and without a hood. I cut the neckline a bit lower, and double-bound it. A touch of black lace was just what the bright petrol needed!

The original dress has a knee-length, super wide hem. I made the hem a little shorter, and a lot narrower. I also trimmed the hem with black lace. I knew that I’d wear this with black accessories, and wanted to add as much black as possible.

I love the way the dress turned out, but I’ve only worn it out once. It’s so blue I feel like an exclamation point in it! The shape and style, especially the sleeves, please me quite well, so I…

… maybe made another one in black…

The black version of the jersey dress has quickly become my go to -dress. I wear this on almost every “I cannot find the right dress!” -night, and always feel super-comfortable in it. And the best part is that this style takes accessories really well! On Friday’s Everyday With an Edge -post, I’ll show you three styles based on these dresses.

Until then!

Love,

Heather

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Black Skater Dress

This week has been about skater dresses, and the various forms they come in. Our Skater Dress Sewing Pattern is this week’s VIP-offer, and today, I wanted to show you guys a dress I made with the help of the pattern.

Our Skater Dress Sewing Pattern comes with three choices. You can choose from a basic skater dress, a Gothic version of the classic, or a heavily modded version that’s based on a store bought blouse. I made my dress along the last option.

I had a short peasant skirt. I liked the look of it, but it felt uncomfortable. I liked to wear it with blouses, and the waist of the skirt never really co-operated with me. It was always either riding up or sagging even though it was the right size. I was quite upset with the skirt. This week, I decided to Do Something to it.

I had a basic black blouse I kinda didn’t like either. It was a bit on the baggy side, and a bit plain. I took the two, and paired them up.

The Skater Dress Pattern offers more detailed instructions on how to do this.

I cut the top to length, joined the two at the waist, and added a zipper on the side. The result is quite nice. The top lost its bagginess, and the skirt its desire to venture out of place.

Black skater dress mod

A dress like this can work as is. All it really needs are tights and shoes. I wanted to add a little something to it, though.

Skater Dress with Silver Accessories

Two weeks or so ago, I happened upon H&Ms sale online. I’ve kinda been on the lookout for new shoes, so when I found a pair of silver pumps at H&M, I ordered them. I picked them up yesterday, and wanted to incorporate them into an outfit right away. I paired the shoes with my new black skater dress mod, my heart buckle belt, and a lace petticoat. This dress has a wide hem, and though the petticoat is a bit flimsy, it offers coverage during the inevitable Marilyn-moments.

Skater Dress and accessories

I added black pearls to the outfit along with large silver hoops.

This is another outfit that works well for casual dinners or going out for a pint. It’s comfy, cute, and easy to wear. Adding a cropped cardigan on top will offer extra warmth, and a silver purse would give the outfit more bling.

Black skater dress with silver accessories

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Skater Dress mod!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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