Bishop Wrap Styles

Our Bishop Wrap Sewing Pattern was launched last week. and it’s been this week’s featured product. On Tuesday, I paired it up with a Spaghetti Strap Top and a seed stitch shawl I knit a while back. Today, I’ll show you a few more wrap dress styles.

As you know, wrap dresses can be challenging to wear. Belts and buttons are kinda restricting outfit-wise, and set limitations to wrap dress styles. The Bishop Wrap is shaped like a wrap dress, but free of belts. That makes it a bit easier to wear.

The Bishop Wrap loves corsets and shawls. I wanted to keep all of these looks clean and simple to show off the elegant lines of the dress itself.

Embroidered

The first outfit features our Embroidered Corselet, an elastic waist enhancer decorated with rows of flowers. The corselet is super-comfy. It’s meant to be a decoration only, and to add a cute detail to almost any outfit. The Embroidered Corselet works especially well with this dress. It enhances the waist, and helps support the weight of the hem.

I really like the way red details pop out in an all-black outfit. The embroidered flowers are tiny, but they still bring color to this style. Red bone channels and buttons also help in making the outfit brighter. A red crochet shawl with a floral pattern would look gorgeous with this style!

This outfit has a romantic feel. I left my hair (which I have decided not to cut short) loose to keep the look soft and feminine. Light make-up keeps the look simple and fit for everyday wear.

Cabled

I really like shrugs, and wear them often to keep warm. Draft makes my shoulders hurt a bit, and a shrug is an easy way to keep cold air at bay. For the second look, I paired The Bishop Wrap with our Faux Cable Shrug and Reversible Waist Corset. The combo turns the dress in a more elegant way. To make the look sleek and chic, I tied my hair into a low bun.

I really like this look. The shrug is soft and comfy, and I thoroughly love the way the collar rises up to warm the neck. Soft faux cables along the sleeves and the edging give it a soft, feminine feel. Despite the details, the shrug is actually quite easy to knit up.

The corset is still one of my favorites, though I really should make a new one to replace it. I’ve worn it so much it’s starting to come apart!

Draped

You might remember my fascination toward draped details, and the brooch I use to create them. The Bishop Wrap is made with viscose jersey, which means it drapes beautifully. The material is light and soft, and falls in a delicate manner. For this look, I wanted to add a daring detail to match the neckline. I pulled one side of the front to the side, gathered it into soft folds, and secured it with a brooch. This created a long slit into the dress, and left one leg revealed. To keep the dress from showing too much, I’d use a safety pin to secure the lower front pieces together.

This look might seem a bit scandalous, but, well, I’ve seen much, much more revealing skirts in broad daylight. Compared to bare bottoms this is chic.

The brooch looks like antique-silver, so I chose to wear vintage earrings Mom gave me. I topped off the look with silver pumps from H&M.

The shoes look fab, but they’re just a little bit too high to be comfortable. For parties, though, they’re cool!

Skulls

As usual, the last outfit is the one I love best, and the one I wear the most. I love The Bishop Wrap with its cute sleeves and daring neckline and long wrap-cut hem, and for my taste, it works best with my favorite corset. This is the “right” side of The Reversible Corset. It bears a skull print, and black bone channels. The “wrong” side is completely black, and top stitched on both sides of the seams. I usually go with the black side, but the skull print is fun for a change. I picked it for this look to bring a playful element to The Bishop Wrap. The dress itself is elegant and grown-up, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be made fun!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our wrap dress styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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The Many Faces of a Spaghetti Strap Top

The Spaghetti Strap Top is a wondrous thing. It goes with everything and anything, it’s easy to sew, and even comfortable. Today, I wanted to show you just a couple of ways to rock the classic. My photo session got completely out of hand, so instead of three outfits, you get seven!

Our Pretty Basic Spaghetti Strap Top is launched today, and on flash sale for all VIPs. I thought this is reason enough to celebrate with loads of spaghetti strap styles.

Warm in Blue

One of the easiest ways of creating spaghetti strap styles is to wear a top over a light long-sleeved Tee. I do this all the time. A mesh top is very see-through, and demands another layer. A spaghetti strap top offers just enough coverage, but doesn’t completely hide the mesh. For this look, I picked a petrol blue mesh top. I wore it under a black top embellished with a bit of lace, and paired the tops with my long velvet skirt.

This style is really comfy. It’s perfect for going shopping, and as fall draws near, the light layers offer much needed warmth.

Shrug It Up

Spaghetti Strap Tops are often low cut and revealing. As the weather turns cooler, it’s nice to cover up a little. For the second look, I wore my favorite shrug over a spaghetti strap top trimmed with blue lace. I really like the way the lace peeks out just a little, giving a splash of color to the black outfit. One drop of contrast catches the eye far better than many!

I wore The Pretty Basic Jersey Skirt for this outfit. It goes perfectly with The Pretty Basic Spaghetti Strap Top, and The Hooded Shrug will look lovely with the combo.

I wore a black sash as a belt to hide the elastic waist of the skirt. I secured the belt to place with a brooch to give the outfit another detail.

This style is also super-comfy, and perfect for casual outings.

Ruffle Hems

The weather may be changing, but days can still be warm. A spaghetti strap top is still warm enough indoors. For the next look, I picked out a skirt I haven’t shown you yet. It will maybe come out as a pattern soon!

I like to pair fabrics that have the same consistency. Synthetics go with synthetics and cotton with cotton. All the elements of this style are made with viscose jersey, which is my favorite material. It’s light, it breathes, and it’s nice and soft. It’s perfect for summer clothes, such as spaghetti strap tops. I made this one a bit longer so I can wear it over skirt waists.

The skirt is made of two layers. Beneath, there’s a tight fitted shell. Over it goes a contrast colored layer with a ruffled hem. For this outfit, I gathered the hem and secured it with a brooch to add more detail to the otherwise basic look. The skirt is really cute worn as is, too, and it goes with all of our basic tops.

This style works really well with my personal taste, only I might wear a black mesh top under it. I get cold easily and it makes me all whingy!

Black and White Skulls

Basic tops love corsets, and that’s why you’ll see a lot of spaghetti strap styles on darkly inclined ladies. A skimpy top doesn’t wrinkle up under a tight corset, and feels comfortable and cool at crowded clubs. I paired a black spaghetti strap top up with a long peasant skirt and our Reversible Corset. The outfit is classic and comfortable, and the long full hems give it a romantic feel.

This style can be completed with jewelry, or with a shrug. A mesh top under the top will give more warmth. You can also add sleeves to the outfit to give it a more interesting feel!

Red Lace

Spaghetti strap styles are often seen as day-to-day looks. A basic top is easy to pop on with a pair of jeans or a jersey skirt. It’s easy to forget that a spaghetti strap top can work for parties, too. Just pick a high-quality material, and pay attention to embellishments and finishing.

I paired a basic spaghetti strap top with our Lace Skirt to create a look fit for casual parties with the family. This kind of outfits are perfect for small birthdays and dinners.

I tied the belt higher this time to hide the lace on the top. I think two kinds of lace can clash pretty badly, and I wanted to avoid that. The belt gives the skirt a high waist, and changes the silhouette toward an empire-style. I tied the look together with red pumps, and skipped wearing jewelry to keep the outfit simple.

Funky and Cute

One top is cute, so wearing two is even cuter. I layered two tops for this look. I wore a top with a blue lace over a solid black one to make the detail pop even more. I wanted to create a cute, fun look for partying. I paired the tops with our PuffBall Skirt and an elastic belt. A bit of dark silver jewelry and high heels top up the look.

And of course what makes an outfit cute is the attitude you wear it with.

And Then There’s How I Wear It

Spaghetti strap styles are various and versatile. They range from casual to festive to funky, and suit almost any taste.

I wear spaghetti strap tops quite often, and wanted to show you how I like to make them a part of my unique look. This is an outfit I would gladly wear to any club! I wore a black mesh top with black velvet-print polkadots, a spaghetti strap top, my PuffBall Skirt, a Reversible Waist Corset, and loads of necklaces and bangles.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our super-long outfit post with spaghetti strap styles!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Three Dress Styles

In this week’s I Made This! -post, I showed you two dresses I made based on our Hooded Dress Pattern. Both of the dresses are hoodless, and feature a narrower hem. In my personal style, I like to steer clear of hoods: I have loads of hair and forcing it under a hood always ends badly. I do love the shape of The Hooded Dress, though, and both of these dress-mods are my favorites. Today, I’m going to show you three styles based on these dresses.

Black and White Corselet

I’ve made quite a few light, plastic-boned corselets. I don’t wear them often, since plastic bones bend and feel uncomfortable. These little waist-enhancers are cool for taking pictures, but not much more. For the first outfit, I wanted to add one of them. I chose a black and white corselet I made a long, long time ago. It’s a basic style based on our Reversible Waist Corset. It has a button closure in the front, and lacing in the back. I like the way it looks, but being light and flimsy, it’s best left for photos alone.

I paired the corselet with the black version of the dress. I also added a light petticoat made with a bit of lace. As the petticoat is longer than the dress, the lace shows from under the hem, adding an ultra-feminine detail to the dress style.

I combed my hair over one shoulder for this style. I love the way it looks, but in reality, it only stayed put for a grand total of three minutes.

Red Lace Belt

I continued with the lace petticoat in the second outfit. I wanted to create an innocent style, and chose to go with a high empire waist. I took the long lace belt that comes with our Lace Skirt Pattern, and tied it twice around my waist. I secured the belt with a brooch to keep it from opening. Another option would have been to tie it into a little bow, but I felt it was a bit too much. A brooch turns this style a bit more grown-up.

As I really liked the hair over the shoulder -thing, I tied it into a braid for this style. The braid does behave better, but an up-do would look nice with this dress style, too.

I added red pumps to this outfit to bring in another red detail.

Going through the photos, I found that this outfit kinda reminded me of Claudia in Interview With The Vampire. There’s something childlike in this look, and I really like it.

Black Shrug

The last outfit is a re-creation of something I actually wore out. I went to a weekly pub quiz all winter on Mondays, and the pub was really cold. On one of the last quiz-nights, I was running late. It was cold outside, so I threw on two layers made up of the first garments I found in my closet. I came up with this dress style, and totally loved it!

I wore the blue version of The Hooded Dress. Under it, I wore our Garter Petticoat (which I left out for these photos since it’s now pretty warm), our Reversible Waist Corset, and a black shrug. I felt really pretty in this, and the outfit was both warm and comfortable.

I like the way the black lace of the dress looks with added black details. Without it, the dress would be all too blue.

The Hooded Dress Pattern will be our VIP-offer through next week, so now’s a good time to become a VIP by joining our mailing list.

Next week, I’ll feature some more outfits based on these dresses!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

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From Sweater to Shrug

Once upon a time, I had a lace sweater. I liked the material, but the shape not so much. The sweater was snug and long. It had a keyhole neck, a high collar which was a bit too tight, and a rib at the hem and cuffs which was also a bit too tight. In order to salvage the sweater, I turned it into a shrug. The transformation paid off: the not-too-nice sweater turned into my favourite lace shrug!

The project was relatively simple. I cut off the excess length and the too tight cuffs. I then opened the sweater down the center front line, and gave the edges a curved shape. I used elastic bias tape to bind the shrug with, and added buttons along with button loops to the collar.

The whole project took me about an hour. I did this a few years ago, and I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of this lace shrug. Turns out a little bit of effort really can save a garment that isn’t all that perfect!

The shrug works really well with dresses and over tops, but I love to pair it with corsets even more. The lace shrug has a perfect shape to be worn over an overbust, and it offers both coverage and warmth. For the photos, I wore the shrug with The DeathRock Bustier and Lace Skirt. The outfit turned out quite dark, and well suited for evenings out.

The Lace Skirt is a mod of our Lace Skirt Pattern (which will be this week’s VIP-offer!). It’s made with non-elastic lace fabric, and it has a purple lining. I love the colour combo, though pinks and purples were strangers to me for a long time. When my hair was red, I used to be jealous of ladies who could rock red hair and pink outfits. When I tried to do the same, I colourblind instead of gorgeous. Returning to black hair opened my mind to the prospect of adding a bit of purple and even the dreaded pink to wardrobe, and I actually kinda like it!

To top off the outfit, I added large hoops and my trusted Demonias. A little bit of silver brinks sparkle to the look, and compliments the way purple lining glimmers through lace. And yes, I once again forgot the correct order of getting dressed. Ouch.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my lace shrug!

Don’t forget to order our newsletter if you haven’t yet done so. This week, we’ll be having The Lace Skirt on sale, but only for VIPs!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Faux Cable Shrug

Shrugs are beloved items among all those darkly inclined. The offer the perfect chance to both keep warm and show off detailed garments, such as corsets. Our Faux Cable Shrug Knitting Pattern is designed to be a snug fit, and it suits petite beauties best of all.

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Our Faux Cable Shrug Knitting Pattern combines stockinette and mock cables. With a fitted back and shaped sleeves, this design is comfortable to wear, and a bit more challenging to work than a classic shrug. As an added design element, the shaped sleeves are knit from the shoulder down, allowing you to choose the sleeve length freely.

This design is best knit with soft yarns, such as alpaca or mohair-blend. Though it does work with acrylic yarns, natural fibers may feel nicer when worn.

I love to add a little bit of extra detail to knitting patterns. Our shrug pattern has a crochet shell edge around the border and on the cuffs. The stitches used are very basic, and the pattern has instructions on how to create the shell edge. Be warned, though: working with this shrug does require a bit of crochet skills as well!

Shrugs are often small and delicate. Knitting one can be a lot of work, though. For this reason, I’ve chosen a large needle size. With large needles, the shrug is quick to finish, and the knit fabric remains light and airy.

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Little bolero-styled shrugs are best paired with dresses that have a defined waist. Shrugs worn wonders with corsets and corset-tops, but pairing them with jeans and tank tops can create an interesting outfit as well. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination when pairing shrugs to outfits. Taking a risk can create an unexpected yet delightful combo!

I hope you’ll enjoy our Faux Cable Shrug Knitting Pattern.

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

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Seed Stitch Shrug

Seed stitch is one of my favourite knitting stitches. It’s lovely, easy to work, and very versatile. For the Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug, I paired it with stockinette, and a crochet cast-off.

As I often do, I dug up a discarded sweater from a flea market, and scavenged it for yarn. You can find my tutorial on how to do that here.

What I got after unraveling the sweater, was a multitoned chunky yarn light and soft. I wanted to knit it into something warm, something that could be worn in many ways. Versatility is a key factor in shrugs and cardigans, and with simple alterations, this shrug changes moods with you.

seed stitch shrug, open

The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug calls for soft, chunky yarn. It’s worked with needlesize 7 mm – US 10.75 which makes it a quick knit. The construction is a cross between cardigan and shrug: this garment has a shaped sleeves, and a border worked in the round. The combination of seed stitch and stockinette work wonderfully with self-patterning and multitoned yarns. On a calm design, colours work to their full advantage. This shrug can even pull off stripes if you so choose: try asymmetrical stripes in bold colours, or thin ones with just two shades.

seed stitch shrug, closed at neck

The shrug has a large border. It has no closure, so it’s perfect to wear with shawl pins and brooches. The collar can be pinned in many ways: high on the neck or low at the waist. The shrug can also be worn open for a more casual look. A versatile style can be paired with all kinds of outfits. Though this shrug loves dresses, it works well with jeans, too.

seed stitch shrug, sleeve detail

The Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug features a crochet cast-off. In order to gain an elastic edge, I created a picot cast-off. It works both to give the shrug a detailed, feminine look, and as a practical solution for binding off. The cast-off method is time consuming, and requires knowledge of basic crochet, but the end result is well worth the labour.

I hope you’ll enjoy our Seed Stitch Shrug Knitting Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

seed stitch shrug, closed at hem

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Hooded Shrug

Gothic girls love both shrugs and hoods. I combined both elements in a lace-trimmed Hooded Shrug. A touch of fairytale followed, at least in my mind, since the hood is large enough to hide under.

This shrug is best made with elastic fabrics. It comes in sizes S-L, and can be made with printed or patternless materials. Choose thick cotton for everyday wear, and make the shrug party-appropriate by using velvet or stretchy satin. Lace works well with this style, too, and not only for trimming. Lace fabric will turn this shrug extraordinary.

Hooded Shrug with lace trim

Shrugs are easy to wear, and to mix and match. They can be paired with skirts and tops along with dresses, and work exceptionally well with corsets. A longer blazer or cardigan is warmer, but when wearing corsets, you will want to show them off. A shrug brings both warmth and extra-coverage to shoulders and back while leaving the waist exposed.

My Hooded Shrug is snug-fitting. It has long, widening sleeves, and curved front pieces. The shrug closes at the neck with a single button, and is trimmed with lace all around. Sewing one is quite easy. Basic understanding on garment construction is a great help, but all in all this is a project suitable for beginners as well as for those with more experience.  Making one is a quick process: creating the model shrug only took three hours!

The pattern, like all our sewing patterns, comes with a fully illustrated sewing tutorial. It will guide you through the process of cutting and sewing the Hooded Shrug, and even help you with the lace trimming. Sewing is meant to be fun, and I wish creating this shrug will let you have lots of it.

I hope you’ll enjoy the Hooded Shrug sewing pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Hooded Shrug with lace trim

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