Warm Fall Looks

October is finally here, and winter is reminding us of its presence. Though it isn’t super-chilly yet, it’s a good time to start knitting for winter. I don’t think there’s a better way to relax than to curl up on the sofa with a cup of coffee, a rewarding knit, and your favorite shows queued up on Netflix. With that in mind, I chose to feature wintery accessories this week. We all deserve a new pair of gloves and a cute little scarf, so Lovelace, Purlace, and Lune get to shine in the spotlight until October 15th! As I am still a bit under the weather (what is fall without a flu that lasts for two weeks and counting), we’ll start off with warm fall looks from last year. These two looks are not only comfy and cozy, but also my favorite fall styles featuring this week’s product picks.

Forest Green

I don’t usually go for pencil skirts, but for this look, I wanted to try. Pencil skirts create a lovely silhouette, but can be challenging to function in. If made a bit too narrow, like I did here, one will need to consider walking again. This look is really cute, though, and if the skirt were comfier, I would gladly wear this out.

I paired my not-so-comfy pencil skirt with a corduroy blazer, my forest green Lune, and black Purlace gloves. This first stop of our warm fall looks is perfect for running errands, and I actually do wear my Lune a lot with this autumn coat. I love the way the stockinette drapes, and the shape makes Lune easy to wear.

This skirt, by the way, was discarded, and turned into a waist corset. Check out the results of the operation here!

Purple

Some of you might remember a dreadful incident from last fall. I was leaving a fabric store via an escalator, got lost in thought thus losing concentration, and BAM! my dress got caught in the ascending stairs. Charming cut me loose, but my dress seemed pretty much ruined. Luckily, I sew. It took me an hour or so to salvage the mangled dress, and the results were pretty awesome. A long dress turned short, gained long sleeves, and even got a bit of lace!

For this look, I paired the transformed dress with my purple Lune, and fingerless Lovelace gloves. I love this look, though for going out, I’d opt for black tights and warmer footwear. This look would totally work for shopping trips and casual lunches!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s warm fall looks. I’m hoping to feel well enough to take new outfit photos soon!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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

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

Mary’s Dress Looks

Spring has really sprung, and it’s getting warmer by the day. I wanted to incorporate some knits into today’s long dress looks, and boy was I warm on photo day! I hope it doesn’t shine through from the pics, though.

Our featured products have been Mary’s and Jane’s Dresses for a while now. This is the last post focusing on them for now, and next week we’ll have a new featured product. Which will most likely be an older product since I’ve been lazy.

Draped

Mary’s Dress is designed to wear as is. It has a laced up bodice and ruffled cuffs, and adding more detail to it might turn the dress a bit busy. For the first look, I wanted to do something else with the dress, though. This design loves jewelry, so I added long necklaces and silver bangles. As I felt that wasn’t quite enough, I draped the hem just a little, and secured it with a brooch. This trick can easily change the shape of any dress’s hem, and I’ve used it a lot in past outfits.

I’m not entirely certain if I like the draped hem with this dress. I love the shape it creates, and thoroughly enjoy the way it rises the hem just a little bit, but it might be too much for Mary. What do you think?

Violets

Mary’s Dress loves cardigans. For the second of today’s long dress looks, I wanted to show you the dress worn with a cute cardie. As the dress has an empire waist, I paired it up with our super-short cardigan, Violets on Stripes. This design is really short, almost a shrug, and as such, I love the way it looks with dresses. It works surprisingly well with Mary’s Dress: the cardigan covers the lacing detail, but leaves the ruffled cuffs out in a delightful way.

Violets on Stripes is embellished with crochet flowers. This detail, or rather a swarm of detail, makes it feminine and cute. Paired with a long dress, it makes a lovely outfit. And a very warm one, I might say. After shooting this look, I’m dreading taking pictures for an upcoming cardigan pattern…!

Faerie

As the weather gets warmer, it’s nice to trade jackets and blazers for shawls. I love to wear large shawls instead of coats during the summer. They’re just as warm, lovely to snuggle up in, and offer more variety. For the last stop of today’s long dress looks, I wanted to pair up Mary’s Dress with a shawl. I was thinking about flaunting my Virus Meets Granny again, but remembered poor forgotten Faerie Dragon in time.

This vortex shawl is made with two contrast-colored skeins of yarn, and features a lazy curve and lace rows. I made mine with a crazy combo of purple and green. I don’t think I never would have picked up this combination on my own. The yarns were a Birthday present, and I really do love the unusual pair. The Faerie Dragon Shawl goes beautifully with Mary’s Dress, creating an elegant look with loads of color in an easy-to-wear format.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s long dress looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Mary and Jane Looks

During the past weeks, we’ve launched two new sewing patterns. These patterns, Mary’s and Jane’s Dresses, are sister patterns, and share a few qualities. Both are long, feature a fitted empire waist, and are best made with elastic materials. The similarities end there, for these two pattern have completely different personalities. Mary’s Dress is elegant and composed, and Jane’s Dress loves accessories and crazy colors. Today, I wanted to share a few maxi dress looks based on these full-length dresses.

Red Mary

Mary’s Dress comes with a lace up bodice. This detail makes it a bit difficult to accessorize. Mary’s Dress loves shawls and cardigans, so I chose to d a very basic look with it. I paired the dress with my Summer Breeze Shawl, and a heart-patterned choker. Together with large earrings these items bring more detail to the dress. A large shawl also adds warmth and coverage to a dress.

Mary’s Dress is designed so that it can be worn on its own, without complimenting accessories. Picking out little things to complete a dress can be a nightmare sometimes, and with Mary’s Dress, I wanted to give you the option of just pulling it on, and walking out. It does love shawls, though, and jewellery can give a lot to it.

Red Jane

Jane’s Dress is much easier to spruce up, and that makes it more fun. This dress has quickly become my go-to dress, and I love styling it up. With this look, I took the easy way, though. I used red satin to line the hood with. As I wanted to show you how easy it is to pull the hood off, I “had” to go with red accessories.

I chose to wear the dress with a red petticoat and my Bloodstain Corselet. I love these two together: the reds match beautifully, and together, they bring a lot of color to an outfit. They also add warmth. As summer is sneaking closer and closer, long dresses paired with long petticoats can be a bit much.

This look, especially with the hood, is quite warm. It’s a good thing the hood can, literally, be ripped off!

You might have guessed that the hood attaches to the dress with snap fasteners. They’re a really easy and undervalued way of attaching, detaching, and reattaching pieces of clothing together. Sew them on making certain they remain invisible, and you’re free to pull off pieces of a dress in mid-evening if you so choose.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these maxi dress looks. Remember, that Mary’s and Jane’s Dresses are on sale for all VIPs until May 14th!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

White Crochet Shawl

Once upon a time, I knit Converse socks for a friend. I used white wool yarn, and Novita’s pattern. The pattern indicted that I’d need two balls of yarn, when in fact I managed the socks on one. After completing the order, I had a ball of white yarn left. I took a day or two to contemplate, and decided to need a white crochet shawl.Crochet Shawl - Materials

I spend a lot of time on Pinterest, and mainly use it for inspiration. My feed is full of crochet and knit project ideas I rarely make come true. The white yarn, though, was desperate to become something I saw on Pinterest.

Crochet Shawl - Close up

Pinterest is a funny place. You can find pretty much anything there, but digging up info on where the pin is actually from is hard. One image can come from multiple websites, most of which fail to indicate the original source. That’s the case with this crochet shawl. I first stumbled upon a chart, then found an image, and then a Russian site that offers charts and overall instructions for this lovely shawl, and nothing else. I’d really love to know the name of the pattern and the designer so I could give credit to where it’s due!
EDIT: I’ve finally figured out who designed this lovely shawl. It’s Virus Meets Granny Shawl by Jinty Lyons.

Crochet Shawl - center motif

This crochet shawl features a large scallop design. It pops up in 3D because one row of it is crocheted behind the previous row instead of on it. I love this effect, and it’s the thing that really makes this design special. The original shawl is made with a fringe, but I decided to skip that. I’m not really a fringe-girl, but prefer crisp edges.

Crochet Shawl - edge without a fringe

I made this shawl with Novita’s 7 Veljestä. It’s a sport weight yarn designed for socks, and due to its high wool content, it’s both pleasantly warm and a nightmare to knit. Before a soak in fabric softener, the yarn is coarse and hard. When knitting it, I always get a deep yarn burn on my index finger. Crocheting with it was a much ices experience. My crochet tension is looser, and that meant I could crochet for hours without my skin chafing off.

Making this shawl took about two weeks. I ran out for more yarn twice, and am actually contemplating getting two more balls and taking it from large to super-sized. I love the shawl as it is, but I might wear it more if it were a bit bigger.

Crochet Shawl - too big to fit in a photo!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my cool, new crochet shawl. On Friday, I’ll incorporate it in an outfit when featured products for this week and next are announced!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

My Fav Pretty Basic Party Looks

The end of every year is the perfect time for parties and get-togethers. To honor that time-old tradition, I wanted to share with you my favorite party looks from the past fall.

A touch of Red

I love jersey dresses. I have more than enough, and I still continue to make more. They’re fun, they’re comfy, and they’re excellent for creating cute party looks. All one really needs is a few accessories.

For this look, I paired a bishop-sleeved LBD with a lace petticoat, a lace belt, and red heels. With red details, this look would be perfect for a quiet Christmas with the family. When I was a kid, we’d all wear something nice for Christmas dinner. There’d be candles and soft music, and all the food you could eat. Beautiful clothes made the night all the more special. This look is something I’d wear if we still celebrated Christmas at home. Traditions have changed over the years, and now I’ll enjoy the holidays with Charming and RPGs!

While wearing a pretty dress, of course.

Gathered Up

Our Pretty Basic Party Dress is a surprisingly versatile thing. It can be turned into all kinds of cute styles with accessories alone. I originally created this party look with Halloween theme parties in mind. With long pearls and a layered hem, this look reminds me of the Twenties. This look will work for all kinds of parties, though, especially if you have a fun personality to go with it. This look is super-cute, and now that I reminded myself of it, I kinda want to see if I can pull it off in real life.

New Year’s Eve might be the perfect night for this!

Crinkles!

Back in August, I was wondering what to do with a piece of crinkle fabric. After days and days of pondering, I decided to turn it into a skirt. The process was quick and easy, and resulted in both a cute skirt, and a tutorial on how to make one. The Crinkle Skirt is wide of hem, and has an elastic waist. It’s comfy and cute, and paired with our Lace Top, it makes a fun, casual party look. This is my favorite of the style-up -post I did with The Crinkle Skirt. The tight lace top balances out the wide hem, and the two textures look really nice together.

How To Make A Crinkle Skirt - All Done!

Warm and Cute

Just a few weeks ago, I introduced you to The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. It’s a lazy-curve vortex designed for two contrast-colored yarns. To celebrate the launch of the pattern, I created warm winter party looks with The Faerie Dragon. There were enough for two posts (one here, and the second here), and I loved creating the styles. This one is my favorite of the bunch. Our PuffBall Skirt paired with a lace blouse, a corset, and the beautiful shawlette created a look that’s fun and pretty unique. I really like the way this look turned out!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my favorite party looks. As this is this year’s last blog post, I want to wish you all a very happy Christmas, and a magical New Year. Enjoy yourselves, and remember to feel pretty!

Love,

Heather