Yoked Blouse Looks, pt. 1

This week’s featured product is The Yoked Blouse. This is one of my all time favorite blouses, and I literally wear it all the time. I like it best paired with long skirts and corsets, but The Yoked Blouse can be worn many ways. Today, I’ll show you two ways to style up the versatile blouse in the first part of our Yoked Blouse Looks.

Pleated

The Yoked Blouse likes all kinds of skirts. For the first look, I paired it with a knee-length pleated skirt that strongly reminds me of the Eighties. With that in mind, I continued by adding Fishnet Gloves and my bowler hat to the style. I was having a super-bad hair-day, so I left it loose for the first look. It’s getting really long, and I dare not cross it by trying on multiple ‘dos!

Yoked Blouse Looks - Pleated Skirt makes it so cute

This look turned out really nice. It feels both comfortable, and ME. The pleated skirt, a flea market find from long ago, is a part of my everyday wardrobe, and works beautifully with all kinds of tops. It has a fitted waist which I decorated with a piece of lace, and that makes it a perfect companion for blouses. The waist keeps blouse tails securely hidden, and adds comfort to any outfit.

The Yoked Blouse has long but wide sleeves. That makes it not-so-warm during the winter. Adding a pair of fingerless gloves helps keep wrists warm, and also add a cute detail to  this look.

Yoked Blouse Looks - Fishnet Gloves and bowler hat complete the look

Corp Goth 101

As many may suspect, creative professionals often work from home, in their jammies. I am no exception to that rule. Working from home allows me to ignore dress codes, and though I don’t stay in jammies all day, I do wear my comfiest jersey dresses. If I did work in an office, though, The Yoked Blouse would most likely be my go-to garment. It’s cute, it’s comfortable, and it pairs up beautifully with pencil skirts. For the second look, I wore The Yoked Blouse with an elastic pencil skirt and lace-up stilettos.

I love the way this outfit looks, but while taking photos, I noted that I thoroughly dislike the skirt. It has the wrong shape for my body, which makes it ride and twist and just feel horrible. I threw it into the “recyclables”-pile, and will turn it into something else. In my world, no ill-fitting garment goes to the bin!

Yoked Blouse Looks - Office appropriate with a pencil skirt

I hope you’ve enjoyed the first part of our Yoked Blouse Looks. We’ll continue with the theme on Friday!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

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

The NightSky Set

A while back, I found a yarn that wanted desperately to come home with me. It was a simple, sport-weight acrylic with a touch of lurex. I bought it, took it home, and knit it in two weeks. The yarn turned into fingerless gloves and a hat to match. Since they both sparkled like starts, I called it the NightSky Set.

Set of hat and fingerless gloves featuring seed stitch and cables

As you may have noticed, I have a lot of hair. To make life easier, I wanted a hat that can house all of that. Also, I wanted a hat that can be changed to a warmer style. Knitting up a hat that can go from slouchy beanie to regular beanie seemed a bit daunting, but with a little bit of thought, I got what I wanted.

The set is knit in seed stitch, and sprayed with a cable pattern. Together, these two surfaces create an elegant look. Since seed stitch looks the same on both sides, the set is easy to alter. The fingerless gloves have a long edge. It can be worn long for warmth, and turned down when you need to use your phone. And the beanie… thanks to invisible decreases, it can be turned inside out for easy manipulation. Wear it long when you want a slouchy beanie. When you need a regular one, flip it over, and fold the edge to show off the cable pattern. Quick, simple, and practical.

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This set has quickly become my favourite one. The sparkle of the yarn brings happiness to dark nights, and the practicality of the set is a delight. I’m super-happy to have been able to publish it before Christmas, since it has an added bonus hidden inside. The cable pattern works in fingerless gloves, and hats. And scarves! In the knitting pattern, you’ll find a chart for a scarf to complete the set.

I hope you’ll enjoy the NightSky Set -knitting pattern! It’s also available on Ravelry along with the rest of my knitting patterns.

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

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