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.

Love,

Heather

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.

Ruffles

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.

Puffed

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.

Love,

Heather

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

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.

Love,

Heather

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.

Gorrito

… 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!

Sleeves?

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.

Love,

Heather

Pretty Basics Collection

Christmas is just around the corner. It brings snow and gifts, and quiet time with the family. Like many others, I need a Christmas vacation! For this reason, we’ll be focusing on The Pretty Basics Collection this week and next, and all the way into next year. With all The Pretty Basics on sale for all VIPs, we’ll be focusing on outfits. I’m also hoping to push out a new pattern for Friday, but I refuse to promise I’ll make it! The said pattern will be a part of The Pretty Basics Collection, which means it’ll be easy to sew and fun to wear.

Personal style is always a unique thing. We all have our own personalities, the quirks and affections that make us US. I don’t want to tell you to change them or how you should look, but I do want to make getting dresses in the morning more fun. Our Pretty Basics Collection is designed to be easy to mix and match so that you won’t have to stress about what to wear on a busy morning.

Our Pretty Basic Collection is made of simple dresses, tops, and skirts that all go together. By adding accessories, you can use them to create a unique, elegant style that brings out your personality. During the coming few wees, I’ll do outfit posts with The Basics, focusing on creating warmer looks. After all, it is pretty cold outside! The Pretty Basics Collection comes complete with cardigans both knit and crocheted, so staying warm won’t be an issue.

Our Basics are designed to be first and foremost comfortable. That doesn’t mean they’re only meant for everyday wear. Accessories can make a simple jersey dress party-worthy. Styling tricks make all the difference. and even a hair-do can make a party look fabulous. The most important thing, though, is to have fun and stay comfortable. Especially during Christmas when the main focus is on lounging around and eating!

I hope you’ll have fun with or Pretty Basics Collection style-ups during the next few weeks.

Until next time!

Love,

Heather

More Winter Party Looks

Last week, I finally got to launch The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. It’s a lazy-curve vortex worked with two contrast colored, self-patterning yarns. I made mine with a crazy combo of green and purple, but any colors work for this project. As shawls and shawlettes are often seen as outerwear, I wanted to show you how to rock The Faerie Dragon as a part of warm party looks. All of these styles feature two light layers and The Faerie Dragon, so they’ll be nice and cozy even in the coldest house.

Full Length Puff-Ball

For the first look, I picked out yet another garment I haven’t featured in the blog. It’s a puff-ball skirt based on our pattern. I made it a few years ago with black taffeta and pretty basic lining material. I’ve only worn it a couple of times because it is a bit on the fancy side. The skirt is full length, and it makes noise when I walk. When making it, I gathered the sides just a little to give the skirt a lovely detail. For this look, I paired it with my favorite mesh top (which I literally wear all the time), and a purple waist corselet. The color of this little waist enhancer pleases me, but it’s boned with plastic, and feels quite flimsy as such. I’d really like to change the boning to light steel, and add a front closure  along with a modesty panel to the corselet. That’d make it better looking and nicer to wear.

The Faerie Dragon almost matches the purple corselet. Colors really are difficult for me, so I was hesitant about this combo. After careful consideration (and having kept an eye out for even wilder color choices) I have decided it works fine. The Faerie Dragon adds a lot of warmth to this look, while also making the corselet a bit less noticeable.

Warm Party Looks - long hems always make an outfit warmer

So Red

The temperature dropped quite violently here in Finland for a day or so, sparking the age-old conversation of “can mini skirts be worn during the winter”. I’ve always said sure, why not, and now I wish to prove my point.

I’ve seen a lot of girls shivering outside in short skirts and 20 denier tights during the coldest winters. That really isn’t the only way to wear a mini. It can be layered, just like longer skirts!

For the second stop in our warm party looks collection, I picked out a dress I made with a pattern fresh out of the 70s. It’s empire lined, bell sleeved, and super-short. For this look, I paired it with warm tights, our Garter Petticoat, fishnet socks, and my Tropical Breeze Shawl. This outfit may not look it, but it is warm.

I really like this dress, and I’ve worn it pretty often. I’d totally wear this look out, only I would switch the light heels for combat boots!

Warm Party Looks - try adding layers to leg-wear, too!

Short Puff-Ball

The last of our warm party looks is, again, my favorite. For this style, I chose to do a Corset-over-Blouse -thing. Waist corsets are often paired with blouses, but an overbust worn with a long-sleeved top under it is rarer. I would like to warn you, though, against choosing to wear a button down blouse under a tight-lacing corset. You will come out with button prints on your belly! With a corset top worn only for decorational purpose, this look is relatively safe.

Warm Party Looks - two tops instead of one make a look twice as warm

I picked out a lace blouse with small ruffles on the cuffs, and a short version of our puff-ball skirt. A zip-up corset matches the buttons on the skirt, and The Faerie Dragon brings both color and warmth to this cute look. I I thoroughly love this style, and would wear it out in a heartbeat!

Warm Party Look - a cute shawl brings loads of warmth!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our warm party looks collection. Don’t forget to take advantage of our VIP-offer on The Faerie Dragon!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Faerie Dragon Shawlette

A while back, I showed you a shawlette made with wild colors. Back then, I promised to write it into a pattern. Well, I’m happy to announce, that today is the day I finally get to publish it. The beautiful vortex was renamed, and I am proud to introduce The Faerie Dragon Shawlette.

Again.

Faerie Dragon Shawlette

As I mentioned when I first shared the shawlette, I got two gorgeous skeins of merino-silk for my Birthday. They were very unusual colors for me, and the person who gave them to me was actually a bit antsy about whether or not I’d like them. Well, I didn’t. I loved them! I loved the yarns so much I really just wanted to sit down in the middle of the floor and start knitting right there and then.

I resisted the urge, but not for long. You see, the yarns screamed that they wanted to become a vortex scarf, and be together forever. My only doubt at this was whether there’d be enough for a scarf. I quickly decided that if the scarf would be too small to wear, I’d just hang it somewhere and look at it.

Turns out there was plenty for a scarf. After a bath, the scarf grew into a long shawlette.

Faerie Dragon With Black Dress

The yarns were an absolute joy to work with. The colors were vibrant and full of life, and the luxurious merino-silk was a sheer indulgence. I didn’t check to see how long it took to knit the shawlette, but it couldn’t have been more than two weeks. I worked The Faerie Dragon in garter stitch and eyelet lace, so it was a zero-concentration-required -kind of project. I actually picked simple stitches for this shawlette so that I’d get to admire the colors more closely when knitting.

Faerie Dragon Curve

The Faerie Dragon Shawlette is now available as a knitting pattern. It’s our featured product for this week and next so you’ll be seeing more of it in later posts! Since this is a winter accessory, I’m planning to create some warmer, layered outfits to go with it. And as you know, featured products are on sale, but only for VIPs. If you haven’t already, order our newsletter to gain access to these special offers.

Faerie Dragon - vortex scarf knitting pattern

I hope you’ll enjoy The Faerie Dragon as much as I enjoyed knitting it!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Unisex Wrap Skirt

Long, A-lined skirts work for both him and her. Our unisex Wrap Skirt Sewing Pattern is a perfect example of the styles that can go both ways. And that’s not all: sewn fully lined, this skirt can be reversed for a different look.

black cotton unisex wrap skirt

This sewing pattern comes in sizes 32 – 42. The tutorial included comes with a drafting tutorial just in case you need a larger or smaller size. When making a skirt for him, make sure to double-check the length!

Our wrap skirt is best made with non-elastic fabrics, such as cotton. For an everyday look, cotton lined with anything slippery works best. For the model skirt, I chose black cotton and a beige lining silk in order to add a bit of colour to the dark style. Feel free to use patterned fabrics and delisciously colourful lining materials for a fun, unique look!

When making a reversible skirt, make sure to pick fabrics that have a smooth finish. I recommend two layers of satin or taffeta for a reversible skirt. Materials with a rough surface, such as cotton, tend to stick to tights. To make the skirt as comfortable as possible, steer clear of anything clingy when creating a reversible look!

Choosing different materials alters the appearance of this style drastically. Cotton and twill make a stiffer skirt, satin and taffeta fall softer. For a light summer skirt, you can make the skirt without lining, and use viscose jersey. You can even use leather for this style, be it real or faux. I dug up a few fabrics on Amazon which I like. All of these materials are a bit narrower than the cotton I used, so if you do go for these, remember to calculate how much you’ll need! Also, if you order through these link, I might earn a little extra.

First is the Skull and Roses fabric by Timeless Treasures. I love-love-love this print and it would look fabulous paired with red lining!
Timeless Treasures Skulls & Roses Black Fabric By The Yard

The second one I fell for is Under a Spell by Wilmington Prints. The tan tones make this witchy fabric just perfect.
Under a Spell Large Allover Tan Fabric By The Yard

The last one is a skull print cotton sold by Minerva Crafts in the UK. I’ve been eyeing this fabric on eBay for a while now, and though it would work wonderfully for our wrap skirt, I might sew it into a dress instead. if I were to order some as a Christmas prez for myself.
Gothic Skulls Print Cotton Poplin Fabric White on Black – per metre

Adding embellishments, such as pockets and D-ring details, adds attitude to this basic wrap skirt. Use your imagination, and play with the pattern to make the finished garment totally yours. Fashion is all about having fun, and this pattern offers the change for just that.

I hope you’ll enjoy our unisex Wrap Skirt Sewing Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

black cotton wrap skirt with beige lining

Bondage-Inspired Mermaid Skirt

Mermaid skirts are easily associated to formal parties. The figure-flattering shape can work as a part of an everyday wardrobe as well. Our Mermaid Skirt Sewing Pattern is designed to be just that: a comfortable, stunning piece that works wonders on a weekday.

The Mermaid Skirt is designed for elastic materials. I made the model skirt with a pinstripe gabardine that has loads of stretch. The fabric is meant for pants, so it has a lot of elasticity which makes it comfortable to wear. With skin-tight garments this is an extremely important point. A skirt like this can feel absolutely horrible if made with the wrong material!

Mermaid Skirt

The Mermaid Skirt features bondage-inspired details. I wanted it to have a Gothic feel, but in a sophisticated way. A flattering shape gives the skirt a feminine, ladylike silhouette, while subtle details make it totally bad ass.

Our bondage-inspired Mermaid Skirt features a lacing at the back of the knees, embellished pockets, and shaped waist band. With an option to decorate the skirt with D-rings, the style is versatile and cute in the dark sense of the word. The long, widening hem is trumpet-shaped. This style can be made into a knee-length pencil skirt as well. With a figure-hugging shape, this skirt is designed to flatter an hourglass figure.

The Mermaid Skirt has sewn on pockets. The pockets are naturally entirely optional, but they add an interesting detail to the bondage-flavoured skirt. With a lacing on them, the pockets repeat the detail at the back of the knees, tying the design together. With D-rings, the skirt has a unique, Gothic-inspired look.

Bondage-inspired mermaid skirt pocket detail

For the model skirt, I used pinstripe-patterned gabardine. Aligning stripes was quite challenging: with curved seams, this skirt demands a lot from patterned fabrics. Luckily, gabardines come in a variety of delicious shades of black. And possibly brighter colors as well.

Though the pattern comes with a selection of details, feel free to add more to the skirt. With bondage-flavored garments, there can never be too many embellishments. Try a sewn-on lacing to the thigh, or add chains and belts to the hem. With things like this, only your imaginations sets limits.

Mermaid Skirt with bondage-details

I hope you’ll enjoy our bondage-inspired Mermaid Skirt Sewing Pattern! This skirt will be our featured product this week and the next along with another skirt.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather