Christmas Looks with Velvet Dress

Christmas is almost here, and this is 2018’s last blog post. I’m going to take a little break from work now, and will return to blogging on January 8th. Before the Holidays, I wanted to show you looks with The Velvet Dress from Tuesday. As you probably remember, I shared a dress make-over, but didn’t show you how the dress looks on me. Let’s look at it now!

The original dress had a front that was way too open. I sorted out that problem by turning the dress around, and giving the back a V-shape. To make the back more secure, I closed the V with skin-toned mesh. I have issues with necklines that fall open at the slightest careless move, but have absolutely no problem with showing some skin at the back! Also, since the dress will reveal bra straps no matter what I do, I decided to go to town with them. I picked a bra with a butterfly at the back, and kinda like the way it shows through the mesh.

The front of the dress is now nice and smooth, and has a very modest neckline. I’m really happy about this alteration. It made the dress look less like it escaped from the eighties, and made it much comfier to wear.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what to wear on Christmas, and have finally settled on this modded Velvet Dress.


When I was growing up, my family had a very specific Christmas routine. We’d get up, watch The Snowman followed by the declaration of Christmas peace on TV, and then decorate the tree. We’d get dinner started, and while everything cooked in the oven, we’d have a sauna. After, we’d put on beautiful clothes, usually with something red, and eat until we were ready to burst. Then, we’d open presents, and maybe eat some more. Food and clothes were the things I remember most from childhood Christmases, and I still want to wear something extra nice during the Holidays. This year, I plan to wear this velvet dress look with a red and black sash.

I hope you’ll all have a wonderful Christmas and the happiest New Year. I’ll see you on January 8th!

Until then.



Red and Black Party Looks

Today, I wanted share two red and black party looks. Both of these styles are perfect for Christmas celebrations, and there’s still time to sew a new dress or skirt for the Holidays.


For the first look, I wanted to use a jersey top I got from a flea market earlier this fall. The top is pretty basic, but has an interesting and flattering neckline. It was a little bit loose, so I took it in at the waist. The technique was so basic and well-known I didn’t even bother to make a tutorial about it.

I paired the top with our Lace Skirt. This is a non-elastic, fully lined Pretty Basic. It goes beautifully with basic tops, and adds a bit of elegance to both parties and ordinary days. The skirt comes with a detachable sash, which I personally wear more than the actual skirt… For this look, I wore The Lace Skirt with its sash to gain a high-waist style. I think it looks really nice with this top, and if I were to spend Christmas at Mom’s and Dad’s, I’d most definitely wear this!


For the second of today’s red and black party looks, I chose to go with Lee’s Dress. I love how comfy this dress is, and am contemplating on making another one with this pattern. Lee’s Dress was inspired by kimonos, and I made mine with faux silk. This dress features a kimono collar, adjustable sleeves, and an A-lined hem. The waist sits just below the bust, so this dress is super-comfy even if you plan eat a little too much at a Christmas feast. Finns always do that, so it’s quite important to wear clothes with room for the food!

To make Lee’s Dress more Christmasy, I added the red lace sash. I tied it around the dress’s waist, and secured it with a semi-bow. To make the look even more party-appropriate, I rolled my hair into a French twist.

I really like this look, and might wear it this Christmas even though we plan on staying home. There’s nothing to stop me from putting on a pretty dress despite that!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s red and black party looks!

Until next time.



New Dress

A while back, I went to the flea market, and came home with a pretty good haul. Among the garments I got, was a velvet print top, and a basic jersey skirt with two layers. Neither of these two fit my personal style as they were, so I morphed them together to create a new dress. I started by chopping the top to length, and taking it in at the sides. Then, I took what was left of the hem, and used it to sew ruffle cuffs.

The original skirt had a seam at the hip. I cut the skirt there to get rid of both the seam, and its elastic waist. It was too long to begin with, and a seam at the widest part of my hip looked just wrong.

After the quick surgery, I gathered the hem, and attached it to the top’s hem. Ruching two layers of slippery jersey, and pinning them to another layer of slippery jersey was not easy! Luckily, this was the hardest step of the entire process.

Turning the top and skirt into a new dress took literally an hour, and I could not be happier with the results. The dress is super-comfy, super-cute, and looks like ME. I’ve already worn it out, and it proved to be the sort of dress I could just forget. It required no adjusting and no tugging, and behaved beautifully all night.

For the finished look, I wore the dress with minimal accessories. I hid the waist seam with my chiffon sash, and went for very basic heels. As this dress has a wide, rather voluminous hem which I want to emphasize with petticoats, I wore my hair in a bun. Leaving it loose adds a lot to my width, and paired with wide skirts, that’s not a good look. A messy bun works much better with this look, and is also much more comfortable.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my new dress!



Short Skirt Looks

On Tuesday, I showed you what I did to a pair of H&M booties. Today, I wanted to feature them in a post, and it turned out… well, a bit different from usual. We have legs, we have hair, we have corsets and see-through tops, so here’s today’s short skirt looks!


See-through tops were all the rage in the nineties. That was also the time of the “too short skirt”. For the first look, I combined the two, and actually kinda liked it.

A couple of years back, I made a tight little velvet skirt out of a dress I didn’t like. The skirt is actually nearly knee-length, but I like to wear it scrunched up. That way, it settles on me nicer, and loses its desire to climb. I paired it up with a printed mesh top I got from a flea market eons ago. The top is grey, which I can live with, has ruffle sleeves I really like, but sports a lacing at the front. A while back, I realized that since the top has raglan sleeves, and is therefore completely symmetrical, I can just wear it backwards. I have no issues with a laced up back, so that’s exactly what I did with this look.

I really like this look, and would gladly wear it out. Also, I’d like to point out what the combination of short skirt and high heels does to one’s legs!


We carry a sewing tutorial I haven’t said a single word about. This week, I actually noted that it was only listed on Craftsy! That explains why I’ve managed to completely overlook it, and today, after listing The Tutu Sewing Tutorial, I wanted to feature it in an outfit.

I made my tutu with a metallic mesh, and have not worn it once. This skirt looks a-ma-zing, and is pretty easy to create, too. It is super short, though, so be certain to wear micros with it!

For this look, I paired my silvery tutu with my zip-up corset, micros that match the waist band, and my new sky-high heels.

This over-the-top look is something I really would love to wear, but where to? A costume party, probably, or maybe a New Year’s Do. If you have ideas of an appropriate venue for this look, leave me a comment.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s short skirt looks.

Until next time.



Party Looks

December is the time of parties, both big and small. I personally prefer the small ones, and wanted to dedicate today’s posts for party looks. Both of these styles are pretty casual, so they’re perfect for informal get-togethers with family and friends. They both feature the same petticoat, but are pretty different in other aspects.


A while back, I introduced you to Daisy’s Dress. This two-toned little number is pretty easy to sew (if you’re not intimidated by elastic velvet) and fun to wear. I made mine with black lycra and flower print velvet. Today, I wanted to use Daisy’s Dress as the base for the first of our party looks. I paired the dress up with a frilly petticoat, and black tights. The dress, being made with two fabrics, has a seam at the waist. To conceal it, I took an elastic belt, and wore it backwards so that its buckle wouldn’t draw attention to itself.

Since it is starting to get a bit chilly, I wore a light cotton scarf with the dress. Long rectangular scarves are really easy to just sort of drape on, and wrap into when needed.

This look turned out quite cute with all of its subtle details, but I still prefer the next one more!


For today’s second look, I went with my Spaghetti Strap Dress. I made this using a Spaghetti Strap Top and a Jersey Skirt which I chopped at the knee. As a result of morphing these two together, I got a super-comfy dress that’s ridiculously easy to both wear and accessorize. This is the kind of dress that works for any occasion. The design is classic and versatile, and I don’t think there is a dress on this world that takes accessories better.

I wore my Spaghetti Strap Dress over a long-sleeved mesh top and my frilly petticoat. To conceal the seam at the waist, I wore my elastic belt, adjusting the buckle to the side. Off-center, the buckle creates a detail a bit more interesting.

This is the kind of look I really wear. It’s easy, it’s basic, it comes with no window for malfunction. And it’s black.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s party looks.

Until next time.



Black and Purple Looks

Today is Black Friday, and our preChristmas Sale started a bit early, on Tuesday! Until the end of this year, you’ll see a very annoying pop-up on our site to remind you to take advantage of our discount code. By using the code HWD-ANYTHING-15, you’ll get 15% off on everything in our collection. Sale ends by January 1st, 2019, so you have plenty of time to shop for both Basics, and not-so-basics. Today, I wanted to show you a couple of outfits based quite loosely on our patterns, so let’s jump right into black and purple looks!


In the first of our black and purple looks, I wanted to show you a dress you have yet to see. I made this black dress during the summer’s heat wave, and somehow forgot about it. It’s gotten quite a bit of wear, though, since I thoroughly like it. This dress is made with a really light, translucent jersey. It has a yoke, a round neckline, and sleeves with pleated shoulders. This little number needs to be worn with another layer under it, and I usually go for a black slip. For this look, though, I paired the dress with a purple slip. To show off the beautiful color, I gathered the black dress’s hem a bit, and secured it with a brooch. I wrapped black pearls around my wrist, rolled my hair into a sock bun, and totally loved the look! This style is super-comfy, and so cute I can’t wait to wear it out.


I hung on to the purple slip for the second look. Lately, I’ve grown fond of wearing wrap dresses with contrast colored dresses. For the second of our black and purple looks, I wore our Sleeveless Wrap Dress (the modded version, that is) with said purple slip. I love how the slip offers more coverage to The Wrap Dress especially around the neckline, and a spot of color never goes amiss. The slip is a little bit too long for this dress, so I sorted the issue out with an elastic band. I took a piece of elastic, secured it around my waist, and pulled the slip over it to shorten the hem. From under another dress, no-one will be able to tell!

I really like this look, it’s comfy and cute and somehow just a little bit slutty. In the nice way, that is.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Black and Purple Looks!

Until next time.



Favorite Looks From 2018

Today, I went to the internet, and saw Black Friday Sale ads everywhere. So I decided that instead of Friday, our preChristmas Sale starts NOW! From now until the end of this year, you’ll see a very annoying pop-up on our site to remind you to take advantage of our discount code. By using the code HWD-ANYTHING-15, you’ll get 15% off on everything in our collection. Sale ends by January 1st, 2019, so you have plenty of time to shop for both Basics, and not-so-basics. Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite looks from the past year to remind you of some of our patterns.


This year, we’ve pushed out sadly few knitting patterns. I dare say Violets on Stripes is the only one! Next year, this will change, hopefully, since we have two knitting patterns in the making, and more in design.

This look featuring Violets on Stripes and our Jersey Dress is the comfiest outfit I have worn in a long time. The cute little cardigan is really warm and soft, and The Jersey Dress fits like a glove. I remember being super happy about this look on photo day, and totally love the way it looks.

Violets on Stripes is, as you see, a cropped cardigan. It’s worked up from the hem, so you can knit it as long as you like, and embellished with crochet flowers. This thing is pretty unique, but can easily be toned down.

Dark and Comfy

Lee’s Dress was launched in early fall, and quickly became one of my favorites. This Kimono-inspired dress features adjustable sleeves, an A-lined hem, and a fitted empire waist. It’s best made with non-elastic materials. I used a faux silk for mine, and am thinking about making another one with something else. I’d like to try a fabric that’s a little bit thicker just to see how it falls.

For this look, I wore Lee’s Dress with minimal accessories. I chose an elastic belt to hide the waist seam with, and silvery heels to give the look a touch of color. This look is seriously comfortable, and I’ve actually worn it out. I don’t think if it was to any place special, but I do recall feeling very happy about my outfit! 


This dress was born right around the time I got married. At that time, I was pretty stressed out about what to wear on my special day (it’s really not that special if you do it for the second time, and only go to the registry office) and ended up making a bunch of dresses to choose from. I ended up wearing Mary’s Dress, and this one, Jane’s Dress, is its sister. Both of these dresses come with an empire waist and an A-lined hem. Jane’s Dress is a bit more casual, and sports a hood lined with contrast color. For this look, I wore it with a red sash that quarrels a bit with the hood’s lining. Despite that, I love this one of these favorite looks. There’s something innocent and mysterious about it, and it’s seriously comfy, too.


This look is from March, I think, and features three of our Basics: Spaghetti Strap Top, Jersey Skirt, and Lace Top. This is by far my number one pick of today’s favorite looks, and I would gladly wear it anywhere. I can’t right now, though, because I turned this skirt and top into a dress, and shortened the hem.

I’m hoping fabrics are on sale after Christmas, or that Santa brings me some materials ’cause I’d kinda like to have long Jersey Skirt again! ;D
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s collection of my favorite looks. Don’t forget to take advantage of our sale (you only have until New Year’s Day, so be quick), and I will see you next time!

Until then.



Short-Sleeved Styles

November is a really dark month here in Finland. It hasn’t yet snowed, and the sun comes up for only seven hours per day. That number will go down every day until Christmas, so I hope you’ll understand why this and next weeks photos are a bit darker than usual! I usually take photos during daylight hours, but in cloudy November, it’s a bit impossible. So today, we’ll take a look at short-sleeved styles with a touch of sepia tones. I actually wanted to use the same top for both outfits just to show you how versatile basic garments can be.


Last summer, I think it was, I shared a tutorial on how to make a crinkle skirt. I haven’t worn mine much, but I do love the way it looks. For today’s first look, I paired The Crinkle Skirt up with my frilly petticoat, and a short sleeved blouse I got from a flea market. It’s a quite basic H&M blouse made with elastic material. It doesn’t look like much, but it does go beautifully with all kinds of skirts. I’m actually thinking about getting another one, and modding it by adding a bit of ruffles… Basic tops are, after all, the easiest ones to modify.

This look is really comfy, and pretty simple. As such, it can be worn pretty much anywhere. I’ve worn a similar outfit to a bar, a shopping spree, and for just visiting friends.


With short-sleeved styles, one often thinks about summer. You can, though, rock short-sleeved tops during the winter as well. Pair them up with detachable sleeves, cardigans, and long gloves for a warmer look, or just rely on the fact that houses are often pretty warm. For this look, I paired the H&M blouse with our Victorian Skirt, and my BloodStain Corselet. This is the kind of outfit I would gladly wear out anytime. I love this skirt, and the corselet with its velvet print is just divine. This look, despite consisting of layers of long hems and a corset, is surprisingly comfortable, and does look very much like me.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s short-sleeved styles.

Until next time.



Casual Knit Looks

Today, I wanted to share my favorite casual knit looks from the past. These are all styles that work wonderfully for shopping, or just visiting friends. Cute looks like these three are actually my favorite ones to create: they’re the kind of outfits that can be worn pretty much anywhere on an ordinary day, and they add a lot of fun to said ordinary days.


For the first of today’s casual knit looks, I picked a style with a simple dress, and a show-stopping top. This Raglan Top is our most deceptive knitting pattern. It looks like a pretty basic ribbed sweater, but withholds many unique features. It sports button details on the raglan seams, an asymmetric collar, and a hi-lo hem. I love-love-love this pattern, and was thinking about making another variation of it for large needle size.

For this look, I paired The Raglan Top with our Jersey Dress. A basic dress works beautifully with an eye-catching top, and feels comfortable to wear. To top off this look, I wore wedge heels embellished with silver skulls.


This look is my favorite of this bunch. I chose our Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug for this style, and wore it over a cute and comfy look. The Shrug hides our Spaghetti Strap Top worn over a long-sleeved mesh top. I wore our Crinkle Skirt with this look, and paired it with a lace petticoat for a more romantic vibe. Double buns and black pearls give this lovely look an even more feminine feel.

Despite so many layers and details, this look is surprisingly comfortable. There’s nothing constricting in it, and the whole ensemble is really warm. It’s perfect for those cold winter days!

Cute Cardigan Looks - Seed Stitch Shrug likes our Crinkle Skirt


The last of our casual knit looks is the most casual of the bunch. I wore our Faux Cable Shrug over our Jersey Dress to achieve a simple, elegant, and super-comfy look. I totally succeeded in the comfy-department!

This is the kind of style I most often go for. With very little moving parts, this outfit is easy and comfy to wear. It’s simple enough to wear around the house, and put-together enough to run errands in. The Shrug gives it a surprising amount of warmth, and also adds a touch of color to the otherwise dark look.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s casual knit looks!

Until next time.



Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Halloween is tomorrow. Most of you probably have your costumes all ready, but just in case you miscalculated time (like I always do), I wanted to show you two last minute Halloween costume ideas! Both of these are super-easy, require absolutely no crafting, and can be put together using wardrobe staples.

Mrs. Mia Wallace

If you’re into quirky films, you’ve most likely seen Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. It’s one of my favorite films, and Mrs. Mia Wallace one of my favorite characters. Channeling her is easy: all you need is a pair of black pants, a white shirt, and a bob with bangs.

The outfit should cause no problems, but hair can be tricky. Wigs are costly, and not everyone wishes to have a haircut just to pull off a costume. I most certainly didn’t! Luckily, YouTube is full of hair tutorials. Whether you wish to create the perfect French twist, or a faux bob, a friendly YouTuber is guaranteed to help. To pull off this look, I turned to Loepsie. She hosts a wonderful beauty channel, and creates hair and make-up tutorials among other things. I highly recommend her faux bangs and faux bob tutorials, and, in fact, her entire channel.

Creating this last minute Halloween costume took me about half an hour, most of which I spent struggling with stubborn hair. I wore the only pair of pants I own, and a white shirt I actually got from Dad many, many years ago. This is a super-comfy look, but when venturing outside, I recommend wearing shoes!

Last Minute Halloween costume: Mrs. Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction

Wednesday Addams

Wednesday, daughter of Morticia and Gomez Addams, is most likely known to all. This epic child was born on the pages on The New Yorker, and later seen in a black and white TV show in the 60s. In the 90s, we met Wednesday in a movie. The Wednesday portrayed by Christina Ricci is probably the one everyone knows best. She is gloomy, big-eyed and clad in black. For my Wednesday costume, I wore a white shirt under a black dress, and black tights. I braided my hair, and chose a Suicide Bunny to drag along.

Wednesday costume is also a really easy one. All you really need is a black dress with a white collar, and the trademark braids. When doing this costume, it’s tempting to go for a slutty version, but I suggest you keep in mind that Wednesday Addams is, in fact, 8 years old.

With this in mind, I kept make-up to a bare minimum. I did a light foundation, applied mascara, and dabbed on a touch of red lipgloss to not looks so… well, dead. I took my Suicide Bunny along for the ride since it does look like something Wednesday would love and cherish.

Last Minute Halloween Costume: Wednesday Addams

I hope you’ve enjoyed these last minute Halloween costume ideas!

Until next time.