Fall Looks with Faerie Dragon

September is almost upon us, and that for me has always meant the beginning of fall. Autumn is the time to knit, to watch the leaves turn yellow, and to prepare for winter. I usually like to go through my dresses during the first weeks of fall, and get rid of the ones I no longer care for. This year, I think I might do some serious purging. But before that, lets take a look at some fall looks. Our featured product this week is The Faerie Set, and I wanted to take this time to remind you that you can get The Faerie Gloves for free simply by ordering our newsletter. This offer expires on Halloween, so there’s still plenty of time to claim a free copy of the pattern!

Long and Elegant

For the first of today’s fall looks, I chose to wear the dress I made for my fortieth Birthday. I used a light viscose jersey, and added a lace yoke and sleeves. The dress turned out lovely, and it’s gotten a lot of wear. It’s super-comfy, and the see-through yoke gives it a unique look. This dress doesn’t deal that well with accessories, but shawls work wonderfully with it. For this look, I chose to throw The Faerie Dragon over my neck. I love the way it drapes over my shoulders at the back, though you can’t really see it in the photos.

Short and Fun

When choosing outfits, I usually go for the skin-tight options. One reason for this is that it’s almost always windy outside Wind catches clothes, makes wide hems fly, and leaves an outfit in complete disarray. I really don’t like it when that happens, and wearing figure-hugging dresses is an easy way to avoid it. For this look, I paired our Pretty Basic Lace Top with a pencil skirt I picked up from a flea market a while back. The skirt is made with a lively material, and I’ve had a hard time figuring out what to wear with it. On photo-day, I decided to throw caution to the wind, and pair it with another lively material. I didn’t expect the combo to work, but it did! The result pleases me well, and I’m pretty certain this outfit gets to go out pretty soon. As a finishing touch, I wore The Faerie Dragon wrapped around my neck. After all, winter is coming, and we need all the warmth we can get.

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

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

Basic Knit Looks

Basic dresses are perfect foundations for knits. They’re versatile, take accessories well, and are free of details that obscure the lines of intricate knitwear. When modelling our Knitting Patterns, I often choose to wear our Pretty Basic Jersey Dress. A basic bodycon dress doesn’t take attention away from a knit, and works with all designs. Today, I wanted to show you my favorites of Jersey Dress + Knit -combos in this Pretty Basic Knit Looks Post!

Violets

Combining knits with crochet details has always been something that I like to do. With Violets On Stripes, I took combined two techniques into one design. Stripy knit fabric turned into a super-short cardigan with crochet flowers scattered along one shoulder and the back. This little cardigan is pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever made! It goes wonderfully with our Jersey Dress, adding a layer of warmth to the basic dress.

Cables

Shrugs are most often worn with long skirts and corsets, but I like to pair them up with other kinds of outfits, too. Our Faux Cable Shrug is one of my favorites, and I’m actually thinking about knitting one in black, too. My green one is beautiful and delightfully warm, but the color clashes with many things I like to wear. The green shrug looks nice with a black Jersey Dress, though, and I love this look to bits!

Lune

Lune, our stripy scarf, was born by accident much like all of my favorite patterns. The design process is somehow easier when I don’t feel the need to create, and just do whatever feels natural. Lune came to me very easily, and I love it. The design is super-easy to knit, and the result is comfy and versatile. Lune looks lovely with our Jersey Dress, and goes beautifully with my fingerless version of Lovelace Gloves!

DiagoNelly

Sharing sneak peeks can be considered impolite, but I still like to share views of what’s coming soon. This short-sleeved cardigan pattern will come out this autumn. It’s first on my after summer vacation To-Do List, so I’m guessing the pattern will be launched in September. This little cardigan is designed for cotton yarn. It looks basic from the front, but the back holds a little surprise! I call this one DiagoNelly, and love the way it looks with our Jersey Dress.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Pretty Basic Knit Looks!

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

Violets on Stripes

Cropped tops come and go in fashion. In the fall, cropped tops were starting to make a huge comeback, but the trend faded pretty fast. Tiny little tops are still available, and they can look really cute. I think they look best layered, and that’s one of the reasons why I designed our Violets on Stripes Cardigan, a stripy cropped cardigan with flower embellishments.

Violets on Stripes is best made with soft, Aran weight yarn, that’s suitable for size 5mm / US 8 needles. Worked with a larger needle size, this little cardie is a quick project. It’s worked in stockinette with a stripe pattern, which makes it suitable for beginners, too.

Violets on Stripes is designed to be short, but it’s easy to turn it into a full-size cardigan. It’s knit from the hem up, so all you really need to do is to work the hem longer. The pattern comes with instructions on how to do this. You can also knit the cardigan with short sleeves if you prefer a lighter version for the summer.

This cropped cardigan features crochet flower embellishments. I’ve always been a huge fan of mixing knit and crochet, and this is one of the easiest ways to do it. Crochet flowers bring an interesting detail to the cardigan, and give it a fun texture. Feel free to use your imagination when embellishing the cardigan. I sprinkled flowers on one side of my cardigan, and ended up with quite many. A single arrangement on one side of the neckline would look lovely, too, and covering the entire cardigan would no doubt look outrageously cool.

Violets on Stripes features a basic button closure, and twisted rib edging and cuffs. These elements make it seem classic, while the cropped hem gives it a modern look. The tiny little cardigan loves dresses best of all. With shrug-like qualities, it offers warmth to the shoulder and arms, giving room for dresses of all kinds to show off their hems.

I hope you’ll enjoy The Violets on Stripes Cardigan as much as I enjoyed designing it! This little cardigan will be on sale along with The Pretty Basics until April 9th, so don’t forget to take advantage of the offer.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Cute Shrug Looks

Shrugs and cardigans are probably the easiest way to add warmth to winter outfits. Today, I wanted to share a couple of cute shrug looks, all featuring our Faux Cable Shrug. The Shrug Knitting Pattern is our featured product for this week and next. That means it’s on sale, but for VIPs only! Be sure to order our newsletter to gain access to special offers.

I love shrugs of all kinds, and this one has proven to be both warm and comfy. It’s made with a mohair-blend, and the natural fiber makes it soft and squishy. If it weren’t green, I’d wear it all the time!

Sleek and Casual

The Faux Cable Shrug is designed to be snug. That means it’s best worn with slim-fit tops. For the first look, I paired the shrug with it’s best friend ever, The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress. These two figure-hugging garments look stunning together, and create a look that’s classic, chic, and so comfy you cannot believe it.

The Faux Cable Shrug has a wide border worked with mock cables, cables running down the sleeves, and smooth back. The shrug is finished with crochet edges. I love the feminine style of the shrug, and like to pair it with dresses. Though the shrug looks small, it’s surprisingly warm even during the harshest winter.

Pleated

For the second look, I wanted to incorporate a pleated skirt. I started by picking out a tartan mini with a red base, and green and yellow accents. I paired it with the tops you see, was pretty pleased with myself, pulled on the shrug, and shrieked in terror. There were way too many colors for me!

After changing into a black, pleated skirt, I felt much better.

Winter can be really cold. Warm outfits are a must even indoors. Houses can get drafty, and draft causes neck and shoulder pains for many. Shrugs are a great way to keep cold air away. The Faux Cable Shrug rises to cover the neck, and brings warmth especially to shoulders and arms. For this look, I wore it over a long-sleeved mesh Tee and a spaghetti strap top. This style works without the shrug, too, so if I get too warm, I can just take the shrug off and still look good.

Romantic

Shrugs go with not only dresses, but with corsets, too. Corset looks often leave arms and shoulders bare, and that means it can get really cold. A shrug covers arms and back, but leaves the beautiful corset fully visible. That’s why shrugs enjoy the unconditional love of Gothic girls everywhere. This one goes beautifully with my zip-up overbust. For this look, I paired the shrug with my mesh Tee, a long peasant skirt, and my favorite corset.

This is maybe the most Me of this bunch of cute shrug looks. With a Victorian feel, this look is closest to my personal fashion sense.

And yes, there was something interesting outside the window on photo day!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our cute shrug looks today!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather