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

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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

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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

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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

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Tropical Breeze

Once upon a time, I decided to need a really big crochet shawl to wear over basic dresses. During the summer, I like to grab a cardigan or shawl when venturing outside just in case the weather acts up. Cotton is my favourite material for shawls. It’s heavy, it’s nice to work with, and it isn’t too warm for the summer.

I had upcycled cotton stashed, so I decided to use it for a shawl. The yarn’s a bit too thick to work as a dress, but pretty perfect for shawls. For the pattern, I went to Drops. I’ve worked this style before, and really it. The pattern repeat is easy so it’s perfect for Flix-binging, and the simple lace works with all kinds of outfits. The pattern is called Tropical Breeze, and it’s available on Drop’s site.

This shawl is worked up from the lowest point. This gives it a nice triangle shape with a wide wingspan. The shawl is finished with a border, which always gives me a headache. This time, I only messed it up a little, and chose to leave the mistakes in. Maybe I’ll remember to concentrate better when reading instructions next time!

I really like the way the shawl turned out. It’s big, it’s heavy, it goes with everything, and the shade of red is just to my liking. I’m hoping this one will get a lot of wear in the warmer months.

My Tropical Breeze Shawl goes well with The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress. The shawl is a perfect cover up for the figure-hugging dress, and gives the black version a lot of colour. I like the combo of black and red, and the feel of the heavy shawl has something very decadent about it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my crochet shawl!

Next time, I’m hoping to show you a few outfit ideas based on the Pretty Basic Jersey Dress. Until then.

Love,

Heather

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Why I Love to Crochet

Lace is one of my favorite things to wear. It’s feminine and delicate, but often a bit too fancy for everyday clothes.

Crochet garments can be made with all kinds of materials. I like to play with cotton and large hooks. This combo makes lace cardigans and dresses suitable for almost any everyday occasion, from shopping to casual dinners. Using simple lace patterns also serves to enhance the wearability of crochet garments.

Most of the things I crochet are black. Two of my latest crochet projects are a dress and cardigan both made with the same lace. I found the pattern for both on Novita’s website in the year I-forget, must have been 2006ish, but sadly, they’ve since given the site a make-over. That means the patterns can’t be found anywhere. I’ve literally turned the internet upside-down in search of it, but came out empty handed. The lace repeat is lovely, though, and it’s found its place among my favorites. It’s airy, it’s easy, and it totally works for an office-cardie.

I’m hoping to show you the finished items soon!

Crochet lace can look intimidating. For me, it did seem like an impossible thing to master. I was literally afraid of trying for years, but once I did, it dawned on me that most lace is created with basic stitches. Know how to chain, single- and double crochet, and you’re good to go. Even the simplest stitches can make an intricate surface. This is clearly seen with Evan Plevinski’s Elise Shawl. The pattern doesn’t have a difficult stitch in it, and the result is just beautiful.

I’ve made two so far, a red one for Mom, and a purple one for me. Mine turned out really big, though I haven’t gotten around to properly blocking it!

Lace is a versatile texture. It ‘s beautiful and feminine, and easier to create than one imagines. It brings a touch of luxury into everyday life, and that’s the reason why I love crocheting so much.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Lune

Lune is a knitting pattern for a striped, crescent scarf. It’s worked in garter stitch, and has a narrow crochet border. Lune is unisex, and entirely beginner-friendly. Lune can be modded in size to work as a scarf or a shawl.

Lune is a knitting pattern for a crescent shawl

I didn’t really plan for Lune to happen. After working on The Lovelace Gloves, I wanted to knit something very simple on large needles. In a way, Lune was a comfort-knit. As rewarding it is to create something very intricate, a fast-paced project that requires very little concentration is just and only pure fun.

For me, Lune was fun to knit. The feel of the yarns was nice and fluffy, large needles made the project come together in very little time, and not having to purl or read a chart was relaxing for a change.

Lune was born on a whim. I went through my stash, and found two balls of mystery yarn in black and green. The color-combo brought Loki to my mind. I immediately knew I wanted to use the yarns on scarf, as long as possible, and easy to mix and match.

The shape of the scarf was also quickly decided. I wanted to find the easiest possible way to create a crescent scarf in order to make the pattern as beginner-friendly as possible.

I set to work, and decided Lune needed a little something-something to make it special.

Garter stitch stays flat without ribbed edges. It’s ideal for scarfs and shawls: it looks nice, has a lot of elasticity, and stays put on its own. I chose to finish Lune with a narrow crochet edge not for practical reasons, but to give it a unique look.

Working on Lune was an absolute pleasure. I enjoyed every moment of it so much I’m actually thinking about casting on another one in black and purple.

I hope you’ll love The Lune Knitting Pattern, too!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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