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

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

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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

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Seed Stitch Shawl

On Friday, I promised you two outfit posts for this week. Still, I wanted to show you guys something I made!

Fall is almost here, and it’s time to dig out shawls and gloves. I took a quick peek around my winter wardrobe, and remembered I haven’t showed you my favorite shawl. I think it may be because the shawl is a very basic triangle, black, and worked in seed stitch. As lovely as it is to wear, it’s not very photogenic.

See?

I made the shawl with Novita’s Rose. It’s worked from side to side, entirely in seed stitch. Knitting this was the most boring task ever, and I watched loads of movies during the process. I’ve grown a liking toward seed stitch, but knitting it is just plain old boring. The surface seed stitch creates is lovely, and seed stitch garments are super elastic. The stitch is versatile, too. I’ve used it in so many things I can’t even count that far.

After casting off, I decided to add a little crochet border to my seed stitch shawl. I like lace, and the shawl seemed to need a little something to make it special. I just did a basic picot edge, but it did add a cute detail to the shawl.

I usually wear this around my neck during the coldest winter, but it is big enough to wear as a shawl. For outfit photos, I wore the shawl with The Bishop Wrap. That dress sure loves its shawls!

This look is cute and comfy, and the shawl adds an extra layer of warmth. I’m quite certain this outfit will get loads of wear in the winter. It’s pretty perfect to wear for our weekly quiz. The pub it’s held at is super-cold, so the seed stitch shawl will sure come in handy.

You might remember that The Bishop Wrap is quite revealing. It has a generous neckline that might not be suitable for every occasion. To tone it down and make it a bit more modest, I wore a Spaghetti Strap Top under it. Blue lace peeks out beautifully from under the dress, and gives it not only a cute detail, but also more coverage.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my seed stitch shawl! Be sure to join us on Friday for another outfit post.

Until then!

Love,

Heather

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Bishop Wrap

Wrap dresses are lovely and elegant. They flatter all body types, and can be styled up for nearly any occasion. The belts, though, can be a bit annoying at times. A cute bow is pretty to look at, and loose belts create an interesting detail, but they make styling a wrap dress all the more difficult. I wanted a wrap dress that would have an open hem, a revealing neckline, and no belts or buttons. I also wanted to incorporate my favorite sleeve style to the design. Thus was born our brand new wrap dress sewing pattern, The Bishop Wrap.

The Bishop Wrap has a long hem that’s open on both sides up to the hip. It comes with a daring neckline that can be made with or without a gathered detail. This dress is best made with elastic materials such as light viscose or cotton jersey. I made mine in black, but this style loves wild prints and bright colors. 

A viscose jersey similar to the one I used is available on amazon. I also picked out a beautiful green snake print viscose jersey. If you purchase materials through the links below, I might make a little extra.
Black Viscose Spandex Fabric, Causal Jersey Knit Fabric, Fabric by the Yard – 1 YARD
Snakeskin Print Viscose Stretch Jersey Knit Dress Fabric Green – per metre

The Bishop Wrap has long, wide sleeves that are gathered at the wrist with a tight cuff. I personally love this sleeve style. It’s feminine and comfortable, and bears a vintage feel. The bishop sleeve was hugely popular in the sixties, and I actually have a few vintage patterns that rock this style.

This wrap dress pattern comes with a full length hem. I highly recommend using a light fabric for this dress. The hem takes a lot of fabric, and a heavy material can make it stretch and pull in wear. A light material makes the dress comfortable to wear.

The Bishop Wrap loves belts and corsets. It can be paired with all kinds of waist enhancing accessories. This dress also likes the company of cardigans and shrugs. Next week, I’ll show you how to rock this wrap dress in two different Everyday With an Edge -posts!

As you may have guessed, The Bishop Wrap Dress Pattern is our featured product for the coming week. It will be on sale for all VIPs, so now’s a good time to join our mailing list to gain access to the special offer.

I hope you’ll enjoy The Bishop Wrap! I’ll see you on Tuesday!

Love,

Heather

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Dress Make-Over

Once upon a time, I had a dress that had never felt quite right, and a top that just didn’t work. I made the dress a while back, felt displeased, and modded it a bit. It still didn’t feel right, so it got buried in my wardrobe.

The top I got as a souvenir from Mom a long, long time ago. That was back when she still tried to understand what I like. Sadly, she forgot that I’m horrified of spiders.

A few weeks ago, I found both the top and the dress, and asked them whether they’d like to get tossed, or play nice together.

The answer was obvious. Dress make-over!

I liked the shape of the top along with its mesh sleeves. The dress had a nice hem, so I decided to combine them. This way, I’d get to make the best of both item’s good qualities.

I started by taking out my scissors. I got these from my ex-mother-in-law (she didn’t die or anything, I just got divorced) a few years ago. I’m not really into the Moomin-thing, but Fiskars makes the kind of scissors I love. They’re durable, easy to sharpen, and comfortable to use.

The scissors are available on amazon in case you’re into Moomin characters. If you get them through the link below, I might earn a little extra.
Moomin Stainless Steel Moominmamma Scissors

I cut the dress at the waist so that I could use all of the hem. I ended up shortening it a bit, though. I like hems to fall mid-thigh, knee, or all the way to the floor, and this one ended up in the gray area of “below the knee”, commonly known as eww in my world.

I also cut the top at the waist. I like waistlines to sit at the narrowest part of the waist. Through this procedure, I gained a bit of cobweb-print material. I used it cut out basic cuffs to replace the ragged ruffles at the sleeves.

I like those, basically, in this top they were just too small and a bit sad.

I serged the pieces together at the waist, installed cuffs, and voila! Two not-so-happy garments turned into a cute dress!

I really like giving sad clothes make-overs, and this trick is among my favorites. Combining a top with a hem to gain a dress is quick, easy, and rewarding. This dress make-over resulted in a comfy and cute dress with just a bit of edge. I might show this to Mom someday to see whether she remembers the top she gave me, or just serve me the good old “dear lord, what on earth are you wearing”-shriek.

With a seam at the waist, this dress needs a belt to ease out the contrast created by two different kinds of fabric. I like to wear this with an elastic belt, a tight petticoat (the hem flies a bit and it makes me uncomfortable), and small, sparkly bits of jewelry. This dress is basic enough to wear for running errands, and still cute enough to style up for a Friday-night outing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my dress make-over!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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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

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