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

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

Escalator Ate My Dress!

I didn’t have the best day yesterday. I slept poorly and woke up too early. I decided to have a knitting day, but I didn’t have anything interesting on the needles. Leafing through Facebook, I noted that Eurokangas was having a flash sale on select items. As I didn’t have anything urgent planned, I deemed myself worthy of retail therapy. I had my coffee while playing Hearthstone, threw on my favorite long jersey dress, and headed out.

I met my spouse, whom I call Charming, in the city center and went to the fabric store while he ran an errand. I couldn’t find anything I liked, and after he came to collect me, we left empty-handed.

On the way out, the most terrifying thing happened. I wore a long dress, and stepped on an escalator like I’d done a hundred times before, without giving it a second thought. As the steps grew smaller and smaller, disappearing into a dark no-man’s-land, I realized, to my horror, that my dress followed!

I thought I screamed, but was later told that I let out the smallest sound, one little word.

help

Had I been alone, I would have just stood there on receding steps, desperately clinging on to my dress without the faintest idea of what else to do. Luckily, Charming was there to hit the emergency-button. That stopped the stairs from moving, but I was caught.

He ran back up, got scissors from a very startled clerk, and cut me loose. There was little else to do, and my dress came out horridly mutilated. I couldn’t believe that an escalator ate my dress! I thought this only happened in nightmares!

escalator ate my dress

A “normal” person would have just tossed the dress, but I’m crafty. I really like this dress, and wanted to save it.

I had a few options, but I decided to cut the hem at knee-length.

The surgery left me with some undamaged fabric which I decided to use to mod the sleeves. The original dress had short sleeves. I’m not that into the “short dress with short sleeves” -concept, so I went ahead to alter the sleeves.

I cut off the original cuffs…

and cut out two A-lined pieces to lengthen the sleeves with. This process would leave me with long trumpet sleeves with seams above the elbow.

The original dress is made with plain viscose jersey. I was working on turning the dress into a pattern, but I hadn’t taken product pictures of it before the accident. I’m thinking I might go ahead with the pattern, and wrap two styles into one, but who knows. I might even order viscose jersey on amazon, and make myself a new dress! I was looking through their selection, and found a lovely medium weight viscose jersey in various colors. This would be perfect for practically all of our Pretty Basics. If you purchase fabric through the links below, I might earn a little extra.
Black Viscose Spandex Fabric, Casual Jersey Knit Fabric
Eggplant Viscose Spandex Fabric, Casual Jersey Knit Fabric
Magenta DK Viscose Spandex Fabric, Casual Jersey Knit Fabric

I had elastic lace stashed for emergencies, and this was nothing short of one. I used the lace to bind the hem and sleeves.

The entire process to save the dress took about an hour, and I’m super-happy that I took the time to do it. The dress turned out cute and comfy, and the lace gives it a lovely detail. I’d completely forgotten how much I love trumpet sleeves!

The new and improved dress really likes the company of Lovelace and Lune, too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this true story about the day when an escalator ate my dress.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Seed Stitch Shawl

On Friday, I promised you two outfit posts for this week. Still, I wanted to show you guys something I made!

Fall is almost here, and it’s time to dig out shawls and gloves. I took a quick peek around my winter wardrobe, and remembered I haven’t showed you my favorite shawl. I think it may be because the shawl is a very basic triangle, black, and worked in seed stitch. As lovely as it is to wear, it’s not very photogenic.

See?

I made the shawl with Novita’s Rose. It’s worked from side to side, entirely in seed stitch. Knitting this was the most boring task ever, and I watched loads of movies during the process. I’ve grown a liking toward seed stitch, but knitting it is just plain old boring. The surface seed stitch creates is lovely, and seed stitch garments are super elastic. The stitch is versatile, too. I’ve used it in so many things I can’t even count that far.

After casting off, I decided to add a little crochet border to my seed stitch shawl. I like lace, and the shawl seemed to need a little something to make it special. I just did a basic picot edge, but it did add a cute detail to the shawl.

I usually wear this around my neck during the coldest winter, but it is big enough to wear as a shawl. For outfit photos, I wore the shawl with The Bishop Wrap. That dress sure loves its shawls!

This look is cute and comfy, and the shawl adds an extra layer of warmth. I’m quite certain this outfit will get loads of wear in the winter. It’s pretty perfect to wear for our weekly quiz. The pub it’s held at is super-cold, so the seed stitch shawl will sure come in handy.

You might remember that The Bishop Wrap is quite revealing. It has a generous neckline that might not be suitable for every occasion. To tone it down and make it a bit more modest, I wore a Spaghetti Strap Top under it. Blue lace peeks out beautifully from under the dress, and gives it not only a cute detail, but also more coverage.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my seed stitch shawl! Be sure to join us on Friday for another outfit post.

Until then!

Love,

Heather

Pretty Black Dress Styles

This week, we’re celebrating dresses. I for one can’t ever have too many dresses, and I love styling them up. Today, instead of the usual I Made This! -post, I wanted to show you a few black dress styles to inspire everyday outfits.

… along with something I made.

Sun Is Still Out There

Although nights are getting colder and days cloudier, we have quite a few sunny days left to enjoy this summer. Getting an accidental autumn tan is not on my to-do list, so I’m not done wearing my sunhat. It’s both witchy, and perfect for blocking out lethal rays. Long sleeves are also a good way to hide from the sun, so I paired both of these elements up in the first outfit.

The Wrap-Cut Dress is both comfy and easy to sew. I made mine with light cotton jersey, which makes it perfect for warm days. The long hem an sleeves shield me from the sun, and the low cut neckline adds some allure to the long dress. I like to wear this dress with corsets mainly to add detail to it. A long, black garment can appear nun-like despite a daring neckline, so it’s nice to add accessories here and there.

I really like this outfit, and have worn similar ones throughout the summer. The best part about this style is that it will work in colder weather as well: lose the hat, wear a mesh top and tights under the dress, and you’re good to go.

Lace Wrap Up

This second of these black dress styles is my favorite of the bunch.

I haven’t been on very good terms with our Sleeveless Wrap Dress. There are many little things about it that clash with my personal taste and preferences. The biggest issue is that I like sleeves. The belts also bother me a bit since I haven’t gotten around to figuring out the cutest way to tie them.

With this outfit, I sorted out two major conflicts I had with the dress, and it happened by accident.

I have this lace blouse that has a large collar and ruffled cuffs. I wanted to wear it, and pulled it one. The blouse, being lacey, is see-through. I didn’t want to wear a top over it or under it, because it’s the obvious way to deal with lace.

Frustrated, I pulled out the Wrap Dress, put it on, and on a whim, tied the belts around my back.

And after a bit of tugging, I was perfectly happy!

I love this outfit, not only because it feels good and looks awesome, but because it made peace possible between me and The Wrap Dress.

Super Short Puff Ball

A few years ago, I made a Skater Dress with very light viscose jersey. The dress was perfect for a while, and then Something Happened to it. I honestly don’t know why, but the hem stretched to an uneven shape. Usually, I don’t mind ragged hems, but I wanted this dress to be nice and tidy.

I tossed it around for a bit, and decided to turn it into a puff ball dress. It turned out very short, but modding it gave it a new life. Despite it being micro-length, I really like the dress now. It’s comfortable, it’s cute, it loves cropped cardigans, and the super-short hem stays securely in place.

I accessorized the dress with my trusted elastic belt, and black jewelry. I didn’t want to go overboard, so I stuck to a simple choker and a wide bracelet.

Along with cardigans, this style can be topped with a shawl.

… such as the wild-colored vortex shawl I finally got photographed!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my black dress styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

New Dress Patterns Preview

As you may have noted, I really like dresses. I wear them nearly daily, and constantly make more dress patterns. Today, instead of the usual Featured Product -post, I wanted to show you sneak peaks of upcoming dress patterns. Both of these styles are designed for viscose jersey, and are versatile, comfy, and flattering. I really like both of these designs. Both of them have become an essential part of my wardrobe, and I can’t wait to do more outfit posts with them!

WrapDress

Wrap dresses look nice, and are comfy to wear. They’re also a pain to accessorize. All you can really do with them is to tie them on, pop on jewelry, and go. I want more versatility from a dress, so I turned the classic design around a bit. Instead of being tied to place with belts, this one is sewn closed. The dress has an open hem and revealing neckline, but the fuzz of tying it on is completely removed. This way, the dress can be worn with belts and corsets, and it even likes cardigans more than the common wrap dress.

For this outfit, I paired the dress with my Bloodstain Corselet, and my Tropical Breeze shawl. I love both of these accessories dearly, and wear them with everything. This dress is perfect for with them, and I wear this outfit on a regular basis. It’s super-comfy, the fabrics are cool and soft, and the long hem balances the low-cut neckline beautifully.

Pretty Basic T-Dress

T-shirts, both long and short sleeved, are a wardrobe basic. They go with anything and everything, and can be worn to any everyday function. I wanted a dress that can do the exact same thing. A dress that can be made long or short, with long or short sleeves, and worn with any accessories. The Pretty Basic T-Dress is a perfect solution to any clothing dilemma. It has a narrow hem, a seam at the waistline, and a basic O-neckline. It’s tidy, it’s comfy, it’s easy to mix and match.

And the best part is that it’s really simple to create.

I wear this dress exactly the way I would wear a T-shirt. For this outfit, I wore the dress over a petrol blue mesh top. The long sleeved blue top gives a bit of color to the outfit, and offers extra warmth on a cooler day. An elastic belt serves both to conceal the seam, and to add a detail to the otherwise simple outfit.

Both of these dresses can be styled for work, shopping, or even clubbing. I’m working on getting the patterns out as soon as possible, but in the mean time, I’d like to remind you of our other dress patterns. We offer various styles for everyday, and all of them will be on special offer for all VIPs until Aug 21st. Now’s a good time to join our mailing list, and take advantage of the offer!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather