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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.

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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!

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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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