Dress Styles with Red Details

This week, we’ve been concentrating on dresses with puff sleeves. The Princess and Keyhole Dress is our featured product until Monday, so today, I wanted to share two more looks for it. I really like this dress, and wear it a lot. Today’s looks both feature red as an accent color. Dress styles with red details have always been my go-to choices, and this dress looks particularly nice paired with darker tones.


Some of you might remember my favorite corselet. I made this a long time ago. I used an elastic material with a velvet print. At first, I was pretty certain this thing wouldn’t last very long, but after years of wear, it’s still as good as new.

Well, it could use fresh boning, but it’s fine for now. I’m actually thinking I might give this steel boning sometime soon. That way, it would be even comfier to wear. I’m also thinking about making another corselet just like this one, but in black. I already have materials for it, so all that’s lacking is time and inspiration!

Both the corselet and the dress get a lot of wear. I love the way they look with each other, and often wear them together. This first look is the way I rock The Princess and Keyhole Dress. Paired with my Bloodstain Corselet, it’s the perfect interpretation of my personal style. For this look, I added a red petticoat. It’s still pretty cold outside, and layered hems make dresses much warmer.

I try to keep accessories to a minimum with this dress. It has a lot going on, especially with the hem gathered, and too many details can work against one another. One piece of jewelry can be plenty for this dress! I chose my bangles for this look along with The Fishnet Gloves. I like the way they work together with the sleeves, and bring both bling and a bit of warmth to the look.


For the second stop of dress styles with red details, I wanted to create something more romantic. This dress does come with the option to wear the hem hitched up, and that reminds of the Victorian era. I wore the dress with the hem gathered to reveal the red petticoat. Something about this look reminded me of Claudia in Interview with the Vampire, so I chose a child-like detail for it.

The red petticoat matches the long red belt I made for our Lace Skirt. I tied the belt above my waist to create an empire-line for the dress. I hid the ends of the belt under it to gain a smooth, unbroken line. With jewelry down to a bare minimum, this look is simple and still unique.

I really like this look with its red details. There’s something very romantic about this style. I kinda regret not wearing it on Valentine’s Day!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s dress styles with red details.

Until next time.



Purple Dress

Once upon a time, I found a piece of jacquard-patterned fabric from a flea market. It was a nice enough quality, so I figured I’d find a use for it. A few years later I found it in my stash, apologized to it for my lack of attention, and obeyed its wish to become a purple dress with puff sleeves. Since our featured product this week is also puff sleeved, I figured this would be as good a time as any to show you this pretty purple dress.

 I wanted the dress cute and pretty, so I could wear it to family gatherings. Mom tends to frown when I show up to Birthdays wearing all black. Biting the bullet and wearing something “colorful” is a small price to pay for her happiness. That was even more reason to make the dress both cute and comfortable. I chose to sew the dress a bit looser at the waist, and to give it lace details. I started with the neckline, which I cut quite low, and bound with satin bias tape with some lace. 

I used lace to hem the dress. Though the fabric is quite dark, it’s still quite purple, and I wanted to tone it down a bit. A strip of narrow lace doesn’t change the color much, but it does make it easier to add black accessories. Lace also gives the dress an even more feminine feel.

My Elna had some serious issues with this material. I don’t know whether it was the slippery surface or overall texture, but getting it to top stitch without pushing the fabric out of place was impossible. I have a roller foot which should help Elna deal with challenging materials such as everything, but no deal. I ended up top stitching the zipper by hand. Ripping it out three times due to bulging and pulling was too much for my limited patience. It may not be perfect, but at least it’s straight!

The dress turned out pretty much just the way I wanted it. It’s cute, it’s quite far from black, and it’s super-comfortable. I actually wore this to my aunt’s Birthday party last summer, and could eat all the cake I wanted. As an added bonus, no-one looked at my clothes funny.

I really like this dress, but because it is purple, I only wear it those “and would you be a dear and wear something pretty” -events. To show you just how cute it is, and what my uncomfortable smiles look like with it, I styled it up a bit, too.

I chose to wear a tulle petticoat for this look. The dress is quite short, so I like to wear another layer under it. To emphasize the waist a little, I tied a long chiffon belt around me. The dress is girly and cute, so I tied it into a bow. High heels are a must, and I chose these ones to fight back the dress’s cuteness just a bit. I left my hair loose because… well, family-things are the only place where I can leave it loose and not have a bunch of people ask me where I got my extensions.

I really like this look, but it does feel like I’m wearing someone else’s clothes. The photos show it too: in most of them I was smiling a very tight, awkward “let me out” -smile I associate with Mom handing me someone’s baby to hold or pulling me to meet great-aunt what’s-her-name. Pretty, but could I have my black dress back, please?

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

Until next time.



Taffeta Skirt Looks

As promised on Tuesday, today I’ll show you some outfits based on the Taffeta Skirt I just made. The skirt was featured in Tuesday’s post. It’s a super-simple thing, and I made it with our Crinkle Skirt Tutorial. My Taffeta Skirt is really short, and goes nicely with all kinds of tops and cardigans. There’s an advantage there, though: a short skirt makes even the tiniest girl look leggy!

Going Out

My Taffeta Skirt is quite casual in style, but it’s not exactly something on might want to wear to work. The fabric is too fancy for the office, and the hem is too short and too wide to fit dress codes. For evenings out, though, this thing is perfect. It’s cute, it’s comfy, and it’s super easy to mix and match.

For this look, I paired the skirt with a polkadot mesh top (check out those wild colors, black on black, wow!), a spaghetti strap top I picked up from H&M eons ago, and a tulle petticoat. I wanted a touch of bling for this fun look, and chose to accent the outfit with an elastic belt and silver heels. Long, flashy earrings bring a touch of luxury to the look.

I like the way this look turned out. It’s fun and flirty, but the combination of different textures still keeps it casual. This style would work wonderfully for Valentine’s dinner, even though it is a bit on the dark side!

Staying Warm

For the second stop of our Taffeta Skirt looks, I held onto the tulle petticoat. It’s my favorite one, and I’ve grown attached to it. I like the way it works with this skirt, so I allowed myself to be a bit lazy. I also allowed a “failed” photo into the mix. I take my own photos nowadays with a remote. Sometimes, it takes one photo, sometimes it takes three, and sometimes it has a mind of its own. I don’t know what happened here, other than that I heard a noise and rose to investigate, but I most certainly did not plan to photograph it! The pic was kinda cute, though, so I wanted to include it.

This look features both the Taffeta Skirt, and our featured product for this week and next. The orange sweater is a pretty simple ribbed raglan top with a few little twists. It has a high collar that can be worn open or sewn closed, and the front hem is shorter than the back. This sweater is my all-time favorite. It’s warm and squishy, and the shape is just fun. The Cropped Raglan Sweater works best with dresses. When worn with skirts, it loves waist corsets. For this look, I paired it with my BloodStain Corselet only to realize I’ve featured a very similar look before! I do love this style, though, and hope to wear it our some day.

So Comfy!

The last of our Taffeta Skirt looks doesn’t include the taffeta skirt. Instead, I wanted to show you how The Raglan Sweater works with a dress. For this look, I chose a Pretty Basic Jersey Dress I made a while back. Remember the one with mesh inserts? This is the one!

This look is my absolute favorite of this bunch. It’s so comfortable and so warm. I’d wear this to a shopping spree anytime!

I wanted to keep this look clean and simple. Cute little earrings brighten up the outfit (you can’t see it here, but I’m wearing little tortoises on my ears), and wedge heels are comfy to walk in. These shoes are actually modded: I had a pair of knee high boots I didn’t much care for. I took my scissors, cut off the leg, and bound the mouth of the shoe with satin bias tape. I then added bows and little skulls as embellishments. These turned out really cute, and I should wear them more!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Taffeta Skirt looks, some of which actually included said skirt.

Until next time.



Ruffle Skirt Looks for Fun

Last week, I got to launch the last of The Pretty Basics. The Ruffle Skirt completes our line of cute, casual skirts, tops, and dresses. Today, I wanted to show you two more ways to wear it. This skirt is designed for viscose jersey, or similar fabrics. As a cute little jersey skirt, it isn’t really fancy. Still, I wanted to see how it would work with parties, so let’s take a look at some fun Ruffle Skirt looks!

Lace and Tie

As you may have noticed, I really like ties. I pair them up with pretty much anything, and of course I had to see if The Ruffle Skirt would like one, too. I paired the skirt with a lace blouse, and added a tie to the mix. Instead of a black tie, I opted for a purple one.

I’m not that into colors, and I felt super-uncomfortable in this outfit. I love the idea, though, it’s just the colors that gave me a hard time. I’d also like this better if I replaced the skirt with a high-waist pencil skirt… or a long black one in any shape.

Getting dressed can be a bit of a challenge, and even I can’t win every time!

Fun Ruffle Skirt Looks - Lace blouse and tie always work together

Tulle on Tulle

The second look is a bit different. You see, I started writing this post, got a little bit discouraged by the first look, and my subconsciousness started working on an alternative. I remembered that I have a corset top that matches with The Ruffle Skirt’s purple tone, a brand new mesh blouse, and a tulle that works for both a petticoat and an outer layer. Combined, these elements make a super-cute outfit. I literally don’t have time to do a photo-shoot today, so I assembled the outfit on a flat surface. I know it’s not the same, but it does give an idea toward how these elements work together.

The blouse is actually my favorite part of this ensemble. I made it from the mid-layer of a circle skirt, and finished it yesterday. It’s really light and a bit on the loose side, and bears subtle lace details. I’m thinking I might turn it into a pattern as it turned out so well.

This look is so cute, and The Ruffle Skirt works wonderfully under a layer of tulle. In a perfect world, the ruffles would match in height, of course, but minor imperfections make life interesting.

Fun Ruffle Skirt Looks - Tulle on tulle looks so pretty

Ruffles on Ruffles

Back in August, I showed you a Ruffle Dress I made. It’s made with the same fabric as The Ruffle Skirt, so my natural instinct was to pair the two up. The dress is made with a ruffle front, and an empire-line, contrast colored hem.

This look is my favorite of the fun ruffle skirt looks. It’s cute, it’s feminine, and it color-coordinates perfectly. It’s also really comfortable, and works for all kinds of outings. I wouldn’t wear this to a wedding, but totally for drinks at the corner pub or a casual dinner. When venturing outside I’d opt for more sensible footwear, but the combo of ruffles really works for me.

Fun Ruffle Skirt Looks - The skirt plays an undercover agent here!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of fun Ruffle Skirt looks!

Until next time.



Ruffle Skirt Looks for Free Time

As you may have guessed, this week’s featured product is The Ruffle Skirt. This cute little jersey skirt sewing pattern was launched on Tuesday. The skirt completes our Pretty Basic Collection, and it’s so easy to sew you won’t believe it! Today, I wanted to show you a few outfits based on The Ruffle Skirt. Since the skirt is made with jersey, it doesn’t feel fancy. It’s perfect for everyday outings, such as trips to the craft store, and just hanging around the house. That’s why these ruffle skirt looks are super-casual and comfy.


The Ruffle Skirt loves all kinds of tops. For the first look, I paired it with a mesh top and our Spaghetti Strap Top. Tights and chunky heels complete the outfit, but winter calls for something extra. It’s cold outside and in, and I for one don’t much care for freezing to death. To stay just a bit warmer, I added a long crochet scarf and our Fishnet Gloves to the mix.

Small pieces of cotton aren’t really that warm, but they do add to the coziness-factor in any outfit. Fingerless gloves add length to light sleeves, and keeps wrists and hands protected against draft. A scarf brings texture to the look, and keeps cold air away from the neck.

The flower embellishments on the scarf are cute and feminine. Both sides of the scarf bear them, adding both detail and weight to the scarf. This is actually a mod of our Hooded Scarf Crochet Pattern, which is available as a free recipe, and a more detailed download.

So Warm

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Pretty Basics all go together. The Jersey Top, Spaghetti Strap Top and Crochet Blazer are perfect for this skirt! For the second look, I held on to the top combo, and wore our Crochet Blazer over them. I also wore a tight, black skirt under the purple one to give it more warmth.

I made the lower skirt a while back to go under short jersey dresses that have a wider hem. I used our Garter Petticoat Pattern for this one, only I made mine longer, and without garters.

This look is really comfy, and I’m definitely going to make it a part of my everyday style. I work from home, so I get to stay comfortable, but I still like to look nice. This outfit is cute, fun, and, best of all, comfy.


For the last look, I wanted to try something a bit different. Lately, the not-so-basic designs in our collection have gone with little attention, and I try to change that when I can. For this look, I chose our long-neglected Hooded Wrap Top.

This top is made with a three-layer front and wrap cut. Instead of wearing the hem straight, I tied it to the back to create a cropped look. The hood worked perfectly in saving me from having to figure out a hair-do, and delicate heels balance out the androgynous top.

I really like the way the top looks wrapped down, but I’d probably wear it with a long spaghetti strap dress instead of a short skirt. The hem of the top rides, and that makes me all fidgety. A dress would feel more comfortable for me personally.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Ruffle Skirt Looks!

Until next time.



Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt

Basics are the foundation of any wardrobe. Our Pretty Basic Collection is just about complete. I will create one more knit item for it, but sewing-wise, we’re done. Today, we’re launching the last sewn item to the line! The Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt comes in five sizes, and is so quick and easy to sew you won’t believe it. Making the model skirt took me around two hours! That includes all the breaks I took to consider how I’d like to write a tutorial for it.

Our Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt is best made with medium-weight jersey. I used a viscose jersey in a really nice shade of purple. I was tempted to make this in black, but maybe a wild color will be fun for a change!

Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt - I made this with medium weight viscose jersey

The Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt is figure-hugging and short-ish. It features an elastic waist, and ruffled hem. This skirt is made with the simplest techniques, so it’s a cool project for beginners, too! Sewing this skirt is really super-easy, and you’ll only need a serger to make one.

I really like the shape of this skirt. It’s cute, feminine, and really comfortable. The Ruffle Skirt loves most kinds of tops, and works as a petticoat just as well as an outer layer. Since this skirt is made with a material that can turn translucent when worn, I do recommend petticoats or thicker leggings with this one. Layering The Ruffle Skirt up makes it warmer, and even fit for winter wear. Our Garter Petticoat will work wonderfully with this one, just like all the Pretty Basic tops! For extra-warmth, add a Crochet Blazer or a Chunky Shrug to the mix!

I hope you’ll have fun with The Ruffle Skirt. On Friday, I’m going to show you a few outfits made with it!

Until then.



Yoked Blouse Looks, pt. 2

This week’s featured product is The Yoked Blouse. As stated in the first part of Yoked Blouse Looks, this is my all time favorite blouse. It’s cute, it’s comfortable, and it suits my style perfectly. That’s actually why styling up this blouse gave me a bit of a hard time. This blouse loves all kinds of skirts, but creating an outfit simply by pairing a top to a skirt does get boring pretty fast. The blouse’s tendency to hide accessories with its long, long sleeves did not help one bit. I actually got a bit desperate, and tried to pair this with pants! It looked nice, I’ll admit that, but I was so uncomfortable and out of my element I wanted to scream. So today we shall, once more, wear hems.


Ruffled cuffs are the very essence of romantic Victorian style. Sometimes I wish I’d given The Yoked Blouse ruffled cuffs, and even more often I’ve thought about modding them. Changing the sleeves would change the entire look of the blouse, so I’ve decided against it. Luckily, there are non-permanent solutions! For the first look, I gathered the sleeves with – yes, you guessed it – hair ties.

I know it sounds a bit silly to use a hair  tie to alter sleeves, but it does work. A narrow, elastic hair tie hides beneath the folds of the sleeve, and keeps the cuff pretty securely in place. I was a bit skeptical about it myself, but the trick does turn a cuff around.

I paired the altered blouse with a long cotton skirt and our Reversible Corset. This look is again something I really do wear. The combination of ruffled hems and a waist corset is just delightful for me, and makes me feel pretty.


The Yoked Blouse is designed with a Victorian feel. That doesn’t keep it from turning way cute, though! For the last stop of your yoked blouse looks, I paired it up with our PuffBall Skirt.

This version of our PuffBall Skirt sports silver buttons and a lively material. For some reason, I’ve made this with an elastic waist, which I no longer care for that much. The elastic waistband isn’t that pretty, and I feel obligated to hide it. I’m thinking about replacing it with a fitted one so that this pretty skirt will get more wear!

This look is really cute, and would work perfectly for a casual party with friends. Simple outfits gain a lot from jewelry and accessories. For this style, I chose buckled heels and snowflake earrings.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the second part of our Yoked Blouse Looks!

Until next time.



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.


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.



Yoked Blouse

The new year has begun, and it’s high time to get back in line. Our first featured product for 2018 is The Yoked Blouse. I just realized that for some reason, I’ve been very quiet about it. It’s one of my wardrobe staples, and I wear it all the time, so I can’t understand why! I love this blouse, and would actually like another one, only with bishop sleeves.

The Yoked Blouse is best made with two kinds of fabric. A light cotton blend for the bodice and lower sleeves, and a slightly elastic chiffon for the yoke and upper sleeves. Mixing elastic and non-elastic materials is a big no-no for some sewists, but I say go nuts. Adding a bit of stretch to a garment makes it much more comfortable, and gives it more ease. Mixing stiff cotton with light jersey won’t work, of course, but lighter cotton blends paired with chiffon with a minuscule amount of elastane is a match made in heaven.

The Yoked Blouse has super-long sleeves. They’re cut flared, and finished with a satin ribbon. This tiny detail makes the sleeves both cute and unique.

The Yoked Blouse comes, obviously, with a yoke. I wanted to create a blouse that’s both conservative and revealing. I accomplished this by using a see-through material for the yoke, while keeping the overall design simple. This style has a low mandarin collar, and a lace detail outlining the yoke.

yoked blouse sewing pattern - collar detail

While this is my favorite blouse, it’s been featured in only two outfit posts. That’s going to change next week! In the mean time, I wanted to re-share the outfits already created with it.

A cute, feminine blouse can be styled in many ways. For this look, I chose a super-wide cotton skirt with a high elastic waist. Looking at these two garments next to each other I was certain they wouldn’t look good together, but lo and behold, they rock! It’s always fun to see unexpected companions turn into a kick-ass outfit, and that totally happened here. The wide, light skirt with asymmetric hem goes beautifully with the blouse, and the belt I tied into a little bow brings the cutest element to the look.

This style was a part of warmer party looks. The Faerie Dragon Shawlette adds loads of color to the look, and makes it warm for winter.

The second look belongs to the “and this is how I wear it” -category. Most of the looks I share in the Everyday With an Edge -part of the blog aren’t exactly Me. This is, for me, an eternal dress up -game that as many as possible can enjoy and draw inspiration from. All black and all Goth would leave me with a very limited audience, so I try to tone most of the looks down a bit, or add a dab of color. This is one of the rare looks I actually wear. I love the way The Yoked Blouse plays with our Victorian Skirt and Reversible Corset, and run to this outfit on days when no dress feels just right. This style is always there to save me!

This Victorian inspired outfit features our rarely seen Yoked Blouse.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our Yoked Blouse!

Until next time.



Fun with Pretty Basics

With Christmas right around the corner, I wanted to keep the last two posts before my little break from work light and fun. That’s why I’ve chosen to feature The Pretty Basics, and create a few fun looks with The Basics. There’s little time to sew before Christmas, but as the New Year rolls in, I for one start to look forward to spring. Designing and sewing spring clothes during the winter is a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to get started! But first, let’s check out some fun looks for warmer weather.


… is what you get when you wrap up a Goth. As a burrito. Get it? Gorrito?

OK, maybe it wasn’t that funny. But wrapping up in a huge cardigan is a lot of fun. With the first look, I wanted to remind you of our Granny Square Cardigan. It’s a humongous square worked in filet crochet, and the pattern is completely free! This thing is super-warm, versatile, and easy to crochet. It does take some time to make, but during that time, it doubles as a lap blanket.

I worked this cardigan with upcycled cotton yarn and a 4mm / US 6 hook. It took me a week or so to crochet this. The Granny Square Cardigan is really a super-easy, a bit of a mindless project, and therefore it can be finished in a relatively short time.

I recommend using a DK-weight yarn for this cardigan. Gauge isn’t crucial for this project, but using a hook smaller than 4mm might be unwise. A larger tool makes this cardigan faster to crochet!


After making The Pretty Basic Lace Top, I had a bit of skin-toned mesh left. I also had a dress to mod. I wanted to turn it into a Pretty Basic Jersey Dress, but there wasn’t enough fabric for long sleeves. Being the smart girl that I am, I took the mesh scraps, and cut the upper sleeves out of it. The lower sleeve and the cuffs I made with the dress fabric. The solution turned out really nice! I love the way the sleeves look, and they totally fooled Charming into thinking my arms were bare!

For this look, I paired the dress with our Reversible Corset. It works surprisingly well with The Jersey Dress. I gives both detail and character to the simple dress, and also serves to hide little imperfections and bumps caused by a lower layer of clothing. I love this look, and will totally wear it out in the near future.

Lace on Lace

Pairing two kinds of lace is always scary. Some say never to do it, some say go nuts. I say pick patterns that compliment each other, and don’t over-do it. For the second look, I chose to pair lace with lace.

Our Lace Top and Jersey Skirt love each other. Together, they create a lovely look both elegant and classic. I wanted to add something to the look, though, so I took the belt from our Lace Skirt, and tied around my waist. The wide belt creates an Obi-like silhouette, and adds a cute detail to the outfit. With a dab of red, it’d be perfect for a Christmas dinner with the family. I tied the belt two ways, and can’t decide which looks nicer. This goes to show that a small detail can make a big change for a look! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed our fun looks with The Basics today.

Until next time.