The Tangerine Set

Last week, I promised to launch a fresh knitting pattern. I rarely make promises I can’t keep, so here it is! This one is a part of The Pretty Basic Collection, and as such, a project suitable for beginners, too. The Tangerine Set features a lazy-curve vortex scarf and top down fingerless gloves. Both items sport picots, and are worked almost entirely in knit stitches.

I like to watch films and shows while knitting. While binging on something interesting, it’s nice to pick up a knit that requires little to no concentration. A scarf worked in garter stitch is the perfect choice for such nights. The Tangerine Set is designed to be just that: a brainless knit easily worked over a season or two of Orphan Black. This set was fun to create: though it is simple and easy, little things add a subtle element of excitement to it. The scarf features a picot cast off. This requires basic crochet skills, but is relatively simple to make. The picot edge has more elasticity than a normal cast off edge, and brings a feminine detail to the scarf.

The gloves are worked top down, and sport a knit picot edge on both cast on, and cast off edges. These gloves also feature a thumb gusset, which is not that common in top down gloves. The thumb gusset makes the gloves fit beautifully, and add a tailored detail to the palm.

Both of these little details are my own innovations, and I’m happy to incorporate them both in the same pattern.

The Tangerine Set will be our featured product this week and next, and on sale for all VIPs. To gain access to special offers, just join our mailing list here. Newsletters go out once a week, every Friday at 7pm (Finnish time), and include a special discount code.

I do hope you’ll enjoy The Tangerine Set Knitting Pattern!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Winter Accessories Looks

This week, I planned to talk about gloves and scarves, and nothing more, but I guess we all know what happens to best-laid plans. They may not always fail, but behind them, there’s a human who gets caught up in ideas. You see, Monday was really cold and grey. I needed a pick-me-up, and figured you would, too. For that reason, I decided to write a quick tutorial on how to make a blanket coat! The tutorial will be free on the blog from now until eternity, and I do hope you’ll take advantage of it. Today, we’ll be returning to planned schedule, and looking at winter accessories.

Green

Scarves are an easy way to bring warmth to any outfit. They go with everything, and work for any occasion. For the first look, I wanted to pair winter accessories with a corset. Choosing a corset was pretty easy: I have one with green details and lining that matches my green Lune. The outfit came together quickly and painlessly, but… well, we all know what corsets feel like when it’s been a while since you’ve been in one.

If we ignore what this outfit felt like, I have to say that I like the way it looks. I’ve always loved the combination of long hems and corsets, and my green Lune adds a unique element to the look. I wore it thrown over my chest to conceal bare shoulders. This way, it gives way to the lacing at the back, and won’t end up tangled up in hair. Though the scarf doesn’t necessarily look like it, it does bring a lot of warmth to this look.

Purple

Winter accessories are an easy way to change the mood of a dress. With the second look, I chose to use Jane’s Dress. I seriously love this dress, and plan to make another one once I stumble onto the right fabric. For this look, purple knits seemed appropriate. Mu purple Lune and fingerless Lovelace Gloves match beautifully in color, and I often wear them together. This sleeveless dress is starting to be a bit too cold to wear as is. Adding gloves, even fingerless, and a scarf add a lot of warmth to it. And the best part about winter accessories is that you can easily remove them if you get hot!

This look proved to be really comfortable, and I will most definitely wear it someday. The purple winter accessories look lovely with Jane’s Dress, and bat earrings push it closer to my own personal style. Along with the run-away strand of hair that seems to have escaped my bun.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s outfit post!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Warm Fall Looks

October is finally here, and winter is reminding us of its presence. Though it isn’t super-chilly yet, it’s a good time to start knitting for winter. I don’t think there’s a better way to relax than to curl up on the sofa with a cup of coffee, a rewarding knit, and your favorite shows queued up on Netflix. With that in mind, I chose to feature wintery accessories this week. We all deserve a new pair of gloves and a cute little scarf, so Lovelace, Purlace, and Lune get to shine in the spotlight until October 15th! As I am still a bit under the weather (what is fall without a flu that lasts for two weeks and counting), we’ll start off with warm fall looks from last year. These two looks are not only comfy and cozy, but also my favorite fall styles featuring this week’s product picks.

Forest Green

I don’t usually go for pencil skirts, but for this look, I wanted to try. Pencil skirts create a lovely silhouette, but can be challenging to function in. If made a bit too narrow, like I did here, one will need to consider walking again. This look is really cute, though, and if the skirt were comfier, I would gladly wear this out.

I paired my not-so-comfy pencil skirt with a corduroy blazer, my forest green Lune, and black Purlace gloves. This first stop of our warm fall looks is perfect for running errands, and I actually do wear my Lune a lot with this autumn coat. I love the way the stockinette drapes, and the shape makes Lune easy to wear.

This skirt, by the way, was discarded, and turned into a waist corset. Check out the results of the operation here!

Purple

Some of you might remember a dreadful incident from last fall. I was leaving a fabric store via an escalator, got lost in thought thus losing concentration, and BAM! my dress got caught in the ascending stairs. Charming cut me loose, but my dress seemed pretty much ruined. Luckily, I sew. It took me an hour or so to salvage the mangled dress, and the results were pretty awesome. A long dress turned short, gained long sleeves, and even got a bit of lace!

For this look, I paired the transformed dress with my purple Lune, and fingerless Lovelace gloves. I love this look, though for going out, I’d opt for black tights and warmer footwear. This look would totally work for shopping trips and casual lunches!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s warm fall looks. I’m hoping to feel well enough to take new outfit photos soon!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Short Dress Looks with Faerie Set

This week, we’ll take a look at some more outfits with The Faerie Set. I love the way this colorful set works with dresses, and today, I wanted to show you two fun short dress looks. Both of these styles are perfect for stepping out, be it drinks or a late dinner.

Pretty Basic

A while back, I showed you a dress I made by combining our Pretty Basic Jersey Skirt and Spaghetti Strap Top. Originally, the dress was long and flowing, but as summer came, I needed a short dress. Long hems are just too much when it’s warm out! I chopped the dress above the knee, and decided I like it better this way. A short dress is cooler to wear during the summer, and can easily be paired with long-sleeved Tees, petticoats, and fun leg wear during the winter.

For this look, I wore my FrankenDress with black tights, buckled heels, and The Faerie Set. I used a simple belt to cover the seam at the waist, and left my hair partly loose to bring a romantic feel to the look. Large earrings give the style another detail.

Lacey

You may have noticed that I really like little black dresses. I have one in almost every material and they’re perfect for creating fun short dress looks! For today’s second outfit, I chose a short spaghetti strap dress made with lace. This dress is actually one my favorite ones. It’s cute, it’s comfy, and it’s a bit on the looser side so I can wear it even when I’m feeling fat.

For this look, I wore the lacey dress over a black slip. Lace as a material is see-through, so this dress can’t be worn on its own. I’m thinking about making a contrast-colored slip, or even a skin-toned one. Just need to pop by the fabric store real quick…

I wore The Faerie Dragon thrown over my neck to give the dress a bit more coverage. Worn like this, a shawl reveals the back which I think looks nice for a change. The Faerie Gloves add more color to the look, and keep hands and wrists warm.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s fun short dress looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Faerie Looks for Fall

This week, I wanted to focus on The Faerie Dragon Set. Again. I really like these knitting patterns, and since the gloves are free for all VIPs until Halloween, I figured we might as well do some outfits with the set! So gain access to the free Faerie Gloves Pattern, all you need to do is to order or newsletter. You’ll then receive a download link to the pattern, and a 20% discount code for a pattern of your choosing. We send out one newsletter per week, so every Friday after 7PM, you’ll receive an email with a news cap, and a 10% discount code for each week’s featured pattern. You can unsubscribe at any time, but I do hope our notes keep you entertained. So in today’s Faerie Looks -post, we’ll look at outfits featuring this beautiful, multicolored Faerie Set.

A fun fact about photos for the next three posts: on the night before photo-day, I slept with a sock bun on. I wore the bun for the first photos, let it out into a curly, messy bun for the next ones, and finally let it loose!

Party

Faerie Looks - a sash draws attention to the waist

For the first look, I went with our Pretty Basic Party Dress. This cute little black dress features a see-through yoke, and a short hem. The pattern comes with two options for the sleeves that you can choose from. And if you don’t like either, you can just use the sleeve from our Pretty Basic Jersey Top or Jersey Dress. All of our Pretty Basics sewing pattern pieces fit together, so you can Frankenstein pretty much anything with them!

For this look, I wore The Party Dress with very little accessories. I chose a long chiffon sash to tie around my waist, and wore The Faerie Gloves to give the look a pop of color.

Faerie Looks - colorful gloves add a cute detail

Corseted

Faerie Looks - a button up corselet serves as an eye-catcher

For the second of today’s Faerie Looks, I wore a jersey dress I made a long time ago. When I first started dating Charming, he had to go abroad on business. He was gone for nearly two weeks, and I needed a pick-me-up as well as a distraction. So I spent that time sewing dresses for myself. This is the first dress I made. It was followed by ten more, if memory serves, and set way to a tradition: whenever Charming goes away on a business trip, I make myself a dress or two.

For this look, I paired the dress with a tulle petticoat, and my brand new elastic corselet. I wore The Faerie Dragon Shawlette over the dress to give the look some color and warmth. I love this style, and I’ve actually worn something similar out many, many times.

Faerie Looks - tulle adds volume to hems

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Faerie Looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

My Favorite Summer Party Looks

As you may have noticed, there was no blog post last week. I scheduled everything until July 20th, and figured I’d take a day or two after Lumous to write posts for the end of July. It was a good enough plan, but weather rose to ruin it. You see, Finnish summers are usually pretty cold and rainy, which works well for me. Cloudy cardigan-weather is seriously my favorite kind! This year, though, we got hit by a heatwave. It started right around July 13th, and there is no end in sight. We’ve gotten to “enjoy” endless sun and infernal heat for almost three weeks. I don’t cope that well with temperatures over 21C, so I was unable to write anything. It isn’t any cooler right now, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite summer party looks anyway.

 

Orange Victorian

Summer is the time for bright colors and fun designs, even if you only wear black most of the time. This look featuring our Wrap-Cut Top and Victorian Skirt is one of my all-time faves. I put this together on a whim, and was blown away by how well these two pieces play with each other. I never would have expected a simple wrap top to go so well with Victorian hems!

I made my Victorian Skirt with satin, which makes it pretty warm. Using a light cotton will make this style cooler for summer party looks.

PuffBall With Lace

Lace is one of my favorite materials. It’s beautiful, elegant, and pretty perfect for summer party looks. For the second outfit, I chose this cute combo of our Lace Top and PuffBall Skirt. I thoroughly love this look, and actually wore this out not long ago. A snug lace top paired with poofy hems creates a delightful, doll-like silhouette I totally love. Accessories play an important part in looks like this one. By changing belts, jewelry, and shoes, you can completely alter the mood of this style!

Purple

As you’ve probably noticed by now, I wear a lot of black. I do have a couple of dresses in brighter colors, too, and sometimes I even wear them. This purple one has gone with little wear, but I do love the way it looks. This dress is similar to our Princess and Keyhole Dress, though I did mod the original pattern a bit for this one. For one thing, I obviously shortened it quite a bit!

For this look, I wore the purple dress with a tulle petticoat and a long, black sash. I love the way these elements bring a touch of darkness into this cute and girly dress. This look is really fun and comfy, too, so I might just wear it out someday when I’m feeling brave!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these summer party looks. I’ll be returning to work next week, so there will (hopefully) be an I Made This! -post on Tuesday!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

More Faerie Looks

This week, we’ve been focusing on The Faerie Dragons. I had some yarn left over from The Faerie Dragon Shawlette, and I wanted to use it for top-down gloves. The idea of working an upside down Indian thumb gusset had been brewing for quite a while, and with this project, I finally worked up the courage to just do it. The thumb gusset worked out wonderfully, and I’m so happy with the way these pretty little gloves turned out! The Faerie Set is our featured product for this week, so today I wanted to show you some more Faerie looks.

Well I was Cold

Summer can be unstable. Cloudy skies and rain showers often follow crazy-warm mornings at least up here in the North (where winter is always coming). The easiest way to prepare for ever-changing weather is to carry an extra layer of clothing. This look is perfect for the days when you want to go shopping, and know there’s a chance of a dramatic drop in temperature.

Mary’s Dress is designed to be worn as is. It has ruffled cuffs and a lace-up bodice, so it doesn’t really need accessories. For this look, I wore Mary’s Dress with The Faerie Dragon Shawlette and Faerie Gloves. The long sleeves pretty much hide the colorful gloves, but they still offer a lot of warmth for chilly hands. The shawlette brings more color to the look, and also serves as a warming layer. The Shawlette may look large, but it fits into a relatively small space. I can easily fit mine into a larger purse, so it’s a good choice for a just-in-case shawl.

Wide Wide Hems

My Handkerchief Dress has quickly become a new favorite. I wear this thing every chance I get, and wanted to incorporate it into these Faerie looks as well.

Spaghetti strap dresses are easy to wear and fun to accessorize. They can also feel a bit cold or too revealing. With this look, I sorted out both problems by adding a shawl. A wildly colored vortex stays put pretty well, and brings both warmth and coverage to any outfit. The Faerie Gloves give this dress a whimsical feel I thoroughly enjoyed.

I like to wear this dress with belts and corsets. It’s really loose at the waist, and though I love the way the fabric moves around me, I do like to enhance the waist a bit. For this look, I wanted a black elastic belt. I didn’t have one, so I turned the one I had backwards. Worn in the front, a silver clasp is an eye-catching detail. It dictates and balances the look, and gives it a certain feel. Flipped to the back, though, it’s less dominating, and can serve as another aspect of whimsy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Faerie looks!

This is the last blog post before my summer break, but I will schedule at least one post for each week. On Monday, The Pretty Basics go on sale, so don’t forget to take advantage of that!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Faerie Looks

Last week, I launched a brand new knitting pattern. The Faerie Gloves are designed to gobble up left-over yarn. They’re worked top down, and feature an upside down Indian thumb gusset, and crochet cast off. I really like this pattern, and hope to knit another pair during my summer break. Which starts next Monday. While I’m off playing Elder Scrolls Online, The Pretty Basics go on sale. Before that, though, we’ll concentrate on The Faerie Dragons.

I made my Faerie Gloves with the yarn I had left after knitting The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. I didn’t want stripes, so I made one purple glove, and one green. Today and Friday, I’ll share Faerie Looks featuring The Faerie set. All of these photos include a fun detail: as I wanted to show you the gloves as a part of an outfit, I couldn’t hide my hands, so you’ll be able to see my remote.

Blank Canvas

I like simple dresses and basic styles. They give loads of room for accessories, and can work for any style. For the first of today’s faerie looks, I wore one of my Pretty Basic Jersey Dresses. This one features mesh inserts on the sleeves and a very giving neckline. I wore The Faerie Dragon Shawlette thrown over my neck so that it offers a bit of coverage. The gloves complete the colors of the shawlette.

I don’t usually wear skin-toned socks, but for this look they seemed appropriate. They match the mesh inserts, and create an illusion of bare skin. Basic heels bring a touch of elegance to the look along with a classic up-do.

This look felt really polished and put-together, but, thanks to the elastic dress and super-soft merino-silk, this was also comfortable. I’d love to wear this out some day!

LopSided

Today’s second look was the first one I put together on photo-day. I was feeling a bit un-inspired so I just pretty much reached into my closet, and pulled out clothes. Sometimes that works wonders when trying to figure out what to wear!

For this look, I ended up in our Crinkle Skirt (check out a free tutorial behind the link there), and a top with just one sleeve. I liked the lopsided feel, and wanted to continue it with accessories. I’m not entirely happy with my Crinkle Skirt’s waist, so I try to hide it. Today, I used an elastic belt. I wore the belt with the buckle on the side rather than the middle, and really liked the result. It was fun and really easy, and created two different sides to the outfit. The Faerie Gloves continued the lopsidedness, and make the look even more fun.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Faerie Looks. There’ll be more on Friday, so I’ll see you then!

Love,

Heather

Faeries

On Tuesday, I shared a brand new knitting pattern. It’s for top down gloves with an upside down Indian thumb gusset. I made these gloves with what was left from The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. Instead of striping the gloves, I made one purple glove, and one green. I love the solution: these gloves are perfect for bringing a touch of madness into any outfit.

The Faerie Gloves are available as a free download for all VIPs until Halloween. I’ve created an automated email that sent out to each new subscriber. That email includes a coupon code for The Faerie Gloves, plus a 20% discount code to be used on anything you choose.

Now my older subscribers moan in dismay, but fear not! If you’re already on our mailing list, you’ll get the coupon code later today.

Along with something else.

I’m pretty ready to start my summer vacation. That happens on June 26th, and on that day, our Pretty Basics go on sale for everyone, and stay on sale until August 6th. That’s a lot of time to shop! But before that happens, we have time for one more featured product. This week, it’s The Faerie Dragon Shawlette with matching Faerie Gloves! I was actually going to do a really cool outfit post today, but I didn’t have time for a photo-day. I will rectify this next week, and in the mean while, we can walk down the memory lane for a spell. When The Faerie Dragon was first launched, I did a party-themed outfit shoot with it. The weather’s warmer now, but there was a look that will work during the summer as well.

Fun with Faerie

Cotton is a light, breathable material perfect for summer. I created this look with our Yoked blouse, and a circle skirt. Though this is pretty concealing, it is, thanks to light cotton, cool to wear on a summer day. I would stay out of direct sunlight, though, since black has a tendency of becoming really hot in the sun.

I love this look: it’s cute and fun, and the wildly colored vortex shawl gives it a bright pop of color. The long sleeves are perfect for keeping lethal rays away from vampire-white skin, too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Faerie Gloves

Yesterday, I decided that for the rest of the summer, I shall do whatever I want. So today, I launched a brand new knitting pattern! It’s for top down gloves worked with left over yarn. I know summer isn’t really the optimal time for knitting, but this project is quick and really easy. It’s perfect for rainy days, and small enough to take along on road trips.

For this project, I used yarns left over from The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. I had one tiny ball of purple, and one equally tiny ball of green left. Instead of working stripes, I made one purple glove, and one green one. This mismatched combo is a lot of fun, and I like it better than conservative stripes.

The color choice isn’t the thing that makes these top down gloves special. You see, I really like the Indian thumb gusset. It looks good, it’s easy to work, and it gives gloves a perfect fit. The basic Indian thumb gusset is worked from the wrist up. I wanted to see if it can be incorporated into top down gloves. For many weeks, I wondered and pondered. Jumping in with an idea I hadn’t seen done before felt daunting. Then one day I was desperate for a small travel-knit, tossed what was left from The Faerie Dragon into my bag, and just cast on. And it worked out beautifully.

The Faerie Gloves are ridiculously easy to knit: they’re worked top down, interrupted by a thumb gusset, and continue to cobble up all the yarn reserved for them. A frilly crochet cast off perfects the design, and helps create a loose edge. You can knit these in any color, and with any kind of yarn (as long as the gauge matches). I used 3,5 mm needles for my gloves along with  fingering weight yarn.

As you know, all new patterns go on sale for all VIPs. The Faerie Gloves will, too, but with a twist. From now until Halloween, these top down gloves are completely free for all VIPs! Just join our mailing list, and a special code for a free knitting pattern will arrive to your inbox. If you already are  VIP, you’ll receive the code in this week’s newsletter.

I hope you’ll enjoy The Faerie Gloves Knitting Pattern!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather