Styled Up with Blouses

This week, our featured product is The SteamPunk Dress along with The PuffBall Skirt. As usual, featured products are on sale, but for VIPs only. You can gain access to these offers simply by ordering our newsletter. Every Friday, we send out a newsletter which includes recaps of our blog posts, a bit of news, and a discount code for our featured product.

Today, I wanted to create a few styles with blouses! The SteamPunk Dress especially loves blouses, and I wanted to show you what it looks like with different textures. I ended up using the same blouse on two looks, so let’s see how I did!

See-Through SteamPunk

A while back, I modded a circle skirt I had. It had very clingy light mesh as the lowest layer, which made the skirt very difficult to wear. I cut the mesh off, and made a blouse with it. This is another one of those garments I haven’t gotten around to featuring, and I hope you’ll forgive me for that. I wanted to see what this light blouse would look like with The SteamPunk Dress, so I gave it a go. I wore a spaghetti strap top under the blouse to give it more coverage, and wore the dress as is. And for the first time ever, I wore a brooch the way it’s meant to be worn!

The look is OK, but I’m not nuts about it. The dress has a lot going on, and IMHO looks best with a simple top. This one is a bit busy for this dress, but I do like the way the brooch works together with the SteamPunk-inspired details.

See-Through PuffBall

For the second look, I paired the see-through blouse with my short PuffBall Skirt. I wore a spaghetti strap top under it again, and completed the look with our Reversible Corset. I wore black pearls beneath the collar so that they peek out just a little bit, and totally loved the effect. Though this isn’t a look from that era, pearls always remind me of the inexpensive, abundant jewelry of the 30s. I topped the look up with silver heels. That was a decision I now regret: black heels would have given more room to the less flashy accessories. Despite that, I do like this look. It’s comfortable enough, and the way the elements play together is fun in a dark way. I’d love to wear this out, with different shoes, though. A dinner date might be a good place for this look, don’t you think?

Lacey

The SteamPunk Dress works best with blouses. For the last look, I wanted to try it out with a lace blouse. This one is a flea market find from way back. It’s made with the good quality elastic lace, and features a high collar and ruffle cuffs. I love this blouse, but the sleeves do make it a bit challenging to wear. The blouse is translucent, so I usually wear it a coverage-giving layer beneath it. For this look, I wore it alone under the dress. I accessorized the look with a tie, and nothing else.

I really like the way the feminine lace works with the dress. The ruffles give texture to the top, and compliment the gathered hem. This is comfy, too, thanks to the elasticity of both the blouse and the top.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Everyday With an Edge -post.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

PuffBall Looks

I’ve always thought of PuffBall Skirts as things you wear to parties. They’re classic, elegant, and often quite unique. Today, I wanted to show you a different angle to puffball skirt looks.

Chic

A long time ago, I had a piece of light taffeta. I wanted to use it for something special, and finally turned it into a long puffball skirt. This style is based on our PuffBall Skirt Pattern. I made the hem longer, and gathered it on the sides. The taffeta is pleated on both hips, and sewn to place. The skirt has a basic waistband, and a zipper in the center back seam, just like in our pattern.

For the first stop of our puffball skirt looks, I wanted to create a classic, party-worthy look. I wore the long skirt with a corset and flashy earrings. Together with a French twist, these elements give the skirt a chic look fit for any party.

Rock

My long PuffBall Skirt may be chic, but it can go the other way, too. With the second look, I wanted to show another side to wearing it.

I’m not the girl who wears band Tees. Actually, I don’t wear T-shirts at all. I do own a band Tee, though. You see, back in my previous life, there was a semi-local rock band everyone loved. I’m not entirely certain what’s going on with them now, but back then Nitroforce9 was The Band. After a particularly eventful gig, I decided to need their T-shirt. It was literally a lifetime ago, but I still have that Tee. As I was contemplating on what to pair my long PuffBall Skirt with, the Tee came to mind. I pulled it on, and it totally works with the skirt!

PuffBall Skirts aren’t just for fancy parties. They can work for rocking out, too!

Silver

The short version of The PuffBall Skirt is most to my liking. It’s easier to wear than the long one, and it draws less attention. Though it isn’t exactly ordinary, it is less of an exclamation point. I love creating looks with this skirt. It goes with almost every top I own! For this look, I wanted to take advantage of the silvery details.

When I first made this skirt, I gathered the hem using silver-toned buttons. For a long time I wondered whether I like them or not. After changing my hair from red to black, I’ve started to thoroughly enjoy little sparks of color in clothing. Silver is one of the easiest colors. I wear silver jewelry, and therefore shades of grey feel natural in clothes as well. For this look, I paired my short PuffBall Skirt with a silver top I got from a flea market. Alone, the top is a bit much, so I toned it down with our Reversible Corset and a shrug I made from a not-so-well-fitting pullover. I completed the look with buckled heels and snowflake earrings.

I love this look, and hope to wear this out soon. Without the shrug, though, it’s getting too warm for layered outfits.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our PuffBall Skirt looks.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

PuffBall and SteamPunk Hems

On Tuesday, I showed you a crochet shawl I made. The shawl is a very unusual color for me: I made it with white yarn! Despite that, I thoroughly love the shawl, and can’t wait to wear it. Today, I wanted to show you how it looks on me, so I incorporated it into one of today’s outfits. Our featured products for this week and next are The SteamPunk Dress and The PuffBall Skirt, so get ready for gathered hems!

White Shawl

Large shawls (I’m thinking about making this one just a little bit bigger at some point!) can be challenging to wear. Wrapping this one around my neck is out of the question: this thing weighs a lot, and feels constricting worn as a scarf. I like to wear shawls like this instead of coats and cardigans during the summer. They’re easy to take off, and even easier to wrap into.

For this look, I paired my long PuffBall Skirt with my favorite black top. This style is a comfortable enough, but I wouldn’t necessarily go out in this. The skirt with its gathered details is very chic, and requires a top with a bit more drama. The shawl balances it out nicely, but not enough.

I don’t think I’ve shown you this skirt before, actually. I made it a long time ago with light taffeta. It’s fully lined, and has pleats on both sides to give it a dramatic detail and structured shape. This is one of the skirts I don’t really wear a lot: it feels too fancy to wear to a club, and special events don’t come around too often. I’m hoping to find a place to wear it to, though. Next Lumous festival might be the place for it!

Short Sleeves

Our SteamPunk Dress is a pinafore-type dress. It features an open front, gathered hem, and a large collar. This detailed design is best made with elastic twill. I used a pinstripe twill and dark brown buttons for mine.

As this dress comes with an open front, it’s best worn with a top or another dress under it. I like to wear this dress with blouses of all sorts. For this look, I paired The SteamPunk Dress with a short-sleeved blouse I got from H&M.

Though I love this design to bits, I’m contemplating on altering this dress a bit. The long hem is eye-catching with its gathered folds, but it is a bit much sometimes. This dress can be made with a straight hem, too, so I might let the folds down, and shorten the hem to knee-length.

Nearly Casual

This short, black PuffBall Skirt is a mod of our original pattern, and currently the only short PuffBall Skirt I have. This is a pretty one, though, and easy to mix and match. The fabric is a crinkly poly-blend with a bit of shimmer. The silvery buttons give it a touch of color, and serve as a pretty detail as well.

For this look, I chose to wear the skirt with a simple keyhole turtle neck. I used an elastic belt to cover the waist, and wore buckled heels to bring the outfit to a date-worthy level. I love this look, and would gladly wear it out. This style is cute in a classy way, and super-comfy, too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Everyday With an Edge -post with gathered hems.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

More Shrug Looks

Last week, I missed both Friday’s post and newsletter due to a minor mishap with our website. Because of that, I decided to prolong The Faux Cable Shrug‘s life as our featured pattern. I really like this shrug, and creating another outfit post with it was too fun a thing to pass! So today, I wanted to show you two more shrug looks.

Staying In

I work from home, and that makes me one of the lucky ones. I get to wear whatever I like to work. Some of us who stay at home all day like to wear jammies, some like to dress up. I’m somewhat of an in-betweener, and go for dresses. For the first look, I wanted to show you what I really wear around the house.

Minus the make-up and heels, this is pretty much what I look like. Comfy dress, tights, messy braid, shrug if I get cold. After the neck pain I experienced just last week (all better now), I’m constantly reminding myself to keep warm. Even in a warm flat, I get cold easily, and this little shrug is a perfect way to cozy up. It’s both comfy and cute, and targets the neck and upper back. As I do enjoy low cut dresses, shrug looks are an easy way to make winter warmer.

Jewelry is another thing I thoroughly enjoy. When working with fabrics, bracelets and rings can get in the way. I shy from them in everyday life, but this ring goes on more often than not. I’ve always had a soft spot for black stones, and with a dark base, this one appeals to my sense of beauty. It goes with everything, too, and compliments the feminine details of this shrug.

When taking photos, I usually snap a test shot just to see if the light’s OK and if I fit in the frame. Often they’re useless, but this one was kinda cute. Not only does it display the puff hem beautifully, but it also shows a natural stance for me when spying on passersby looking out the window.

Going Out

I like to dress up when going out. Quite often I choose a look based on venue and music, while still staying true to myself. Lately, I’ve worn more and more LBDs just because they’re so easy to pull on in a hurry (I’m always in a rush when getting dressed to go out – Friday nights are for relaxing and I relax by playing video games, and, well, I immerse and forget what time it is).

This look is something I could wear pretty much anywhere. I love this skirt, this corset is my second home, and the combo of lace and satin is just lovely. This style features our Victorian Skirt, Pretty Basic Lace Top, Reversible Corset, and Faux Cable Shrug.

I’ve always been a sucker for satin. The shiny, silky surface is just so pretty, and satin takes gathering really well. The Victorian Skirt is actually best made with soft satin. As this is a gathered garment, fabric should fall and drape like a dream. Satin and very light taffeta do it best.

I don’t usually do selfies for outfit posts, but for this look, I wanted to show you a close up of my earrings. These black spiderweb earrings are literally my favorite ones. Despite being really long, they’re light and easy to wear. I actually feel the ear cuff more than the webs!

Even though this look is intricate and quite Victorian, I feel comfortable in it. As every piece of this outfit is made to measure, it fits without requiring constant re-adjustment. The only thing that sometimes needs tugging is the skirt: satin gathers static electricity when the air is super dry!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this super-long shrug looks post!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Taffeta Skirt Looks

As promised on Tuesday, today I’ll show you some outfits based on the Taffeta Skirt I just made. The skirt was featured in Tuesday’s post. It’s a super-simple thing, and I made it with our Crinkle Skirt Tutorial. My Taffeta Skirt is really short, and goes nicely with all kinds of tops and cardigans. There’s an advantage there, though: a short skirt makes even the tiniest girl look leggy!

Going Out

My Taffeta Skirt is quite casual in style, but it’s not exactly something on might want to wear to work. The fabric is too fancy for the office, and the hem is too short and too wide to fit dress codes. For evenings out, though, this thing is perfect. It’s cute, it’s comfy, and it’s super easy to mix and match.

For this look, I paired the skirt with a polkadot mesh top (check out those wild colors, black on black, wow!), a spaghetti strap top I picked up from H&M eons ago, and a tulle petticoat. I wanted a touch of bling for this fun look, and chose to accent the outfit with an elastic belt and silver heels. Long, flashy earrings bring a touch of luxury to the look.

I like the way this look turned out. It’s fun and flirty, but the combination of different textures still keeps it casual. This style would work wonderfully for Valentine’s dinner, even though it is a bit on the dark side!

Staying Warm

For the second stop of our Taffeta Skirt looks, I held onto the tulle petticoat. It’s my favorite one, and I’ve grown attached to it. I like the way it works with this skirt, so I allowed myself to be a bit lazy. I also allowed a “failed” photo into the mix. I take my own photos nowadays with a remote. Sometimes, it takes one photo, sometimes it takes three, and sometimes it has a mind of its own. I don’t know what happened here, other than that I heard a noise and rose to investigate, but I most certainly did not plan to photograph it! The pic was kinda cute, though, so I wanted to include it.

This look features both the Taffeta Skirt, and our featured product for this week and next. The orange sweater is a pretty simple ribbed raglan top with a few little twists. It has a high collar that can be worn open or sewn closed, and the front hem is shorter than the back. This sweater is my all-time favorite. It’s warm and squishy, and the shape is just fun. The Cropped Raglan Sweater works best with dresses. When worn with skirts, it loves waist corsets. For this look, I paired it with my BloodStain Corselet only to realize I’ve featured a very similar look before! I do love this style, though, and hope to wear it our some day.

So Comfy!

The last of our Taffeta Skirt looks doesn’t include the taffeta skirt. Instead, I wanted to show you how The Raglan Sweater works with a dress. For this look, I chose a Pretty Basic Jersey Dress I made a while back. Remember the one with mesh inserts? This is the one!

This look is my absolute favorite of this bunch. It’s so comfortable and so warm. I’d wear this to a shopping spree anytime!

I wanted to keep this look clean and simple. Cute little earrings brighten up the outfit (you can’t see it here, but I’m wearing little tortoises on my ears), and wedge heels are comfy to walk in. These shoes are actually modded: I had a pair of knee high boots I didn’t much care for. I took my scissors, cut off the leg, and bound the mouth of the shoe with satin bias tape. I then added bows and little skulls as embellishments. These turned out really cute, and I should wear them more!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Taffeta Skirt looks, some of which actually included said skirt.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Taffeta Skirt

Once upon a time, I had a little piece of left-over taffeta. It was the basic sort of light taffeta you can get anywhere for 5€/meter, tops. I kinda wanted to make a corselet with it, but taffeta, though it is hard, doesn’t handle pressure that well. Taffeta corsets and corselets require a better quality material, so I opted on making a skirt. I had about half a meter of fabric, so my taffeta skirt was bound to be short.

I wanted a very basic skirt that wouldn’t take long to make. A simple skirt easy to mix and match with all kinds of tops, and even bustle skirts. Instead of picking out a “real” pattern, I used the same idea as with The Crinkle Skirt. With just a long strip of fabric, a zip, and a waist band, this style is super-easy to make.

Taffeta Skirt - this was really easy to sew!

As taffeta frays, and leaves long strands of clingy, fuzzy stuff behind, I used my trusty serger to sew the skirt. I finished all the raw edges straight away to keep from getting covered with taffeta fibers. Then, I used my sewing machine to create a very basic, yet tidy, hem.

Taffeta Skirt - a basic rolled hem always looks tidy.

The original Crinkle Skirt is made with a proper waist band. With this mod, I just took a piece of elastic, and pleated the taffeta against it. I don’t plan to wear this skirt with the waist band exposed, so it doesn’t really need to be that pretty. The wide elastic is tidy enough, though, to be seen, so I do have the option to change my mind about hiding it.

As I chose to pleat the fabric to the elastic without stretching it, the waist band is non-elastic.

Taffeta Skirt - pleated waist is so pretty!

The skirt needed closure. I sewed an exposed zipper to it along with a large button. This solution works with casual skirts, but for formal wear, always use a hidden or concealed zipper!

The skirt turned out really nice, and as I planned, it goes with all kinds of tops and cardigans, and looks super-cute with fluffy petticoats. On Friday, I’ll show a few outfits based on this skirt, along with our featured product for the coming week.

Taffeta Skirt - exposed zippers work for casual wear only!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my taffeta skirt.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Ruffle Skirt Looks for Fun

Last week, I got to launch the last of The Pretty Basics. The Ruffle Skirt completes our line of cute, casual skirts, tops, and dresses. Today, I wanted to show you two more ways to wear it. This skirt is designed for viscose jersey, or similar fabrics. As a cute little jersey skirt, it isn’t really fancy. Still, I wanted to see how it would work with parties, so let’s take a look at some fun Ruffle Skirt looks!

Lace and Tie

As you may have noticed, I really like ties. I pair them up with pretty much anything, and of course I had to see if The Ruffle Skirt would like one, too. I paired the skirt with a lace blouse, and added a tie to the mix. Instead of a black tie, I opted for a purple one.

I’m not that into colors, and I felt super-uncomfortable in this outfit. I love the idea, though, it’s just the colors that gave me a hard time. I’d also like this better if I replaced the skirt with a high-waist pencil skirt… or a long black one in any shape.

Getting dressed can be a bit of a challenge, and even I can’t win every time!

Fun Ruffle Skirt Looks - Lace blouse and tie always work together

Tulle on Tulle

The second look is a bit different. You see, I started writing this post, got a little bit discouraged by the first look, and my subconsciousness started working on an alternative. I remembered that I have a corset top that matches with The Ruffle Skirt’s purple tone, a brand new mesh blouse, and a tulle that works for both a petticoat and an outer layer. Combined, these elements make a super-cute outfit. I literally don’t have time to do a photo-shoot today, so I assembled the outfit on a flat surface. I know it’s not the same, but it does give an idea toward how these elements work together.

The blouse is actually my favorite part of this ensemble. I made it from the mid-layer of a circle skirt, and finished it yesterday. It’s really light and a bit on the loose side, and bears subtle lace details. I’m thinking I might turn it into a pattern as it turned out so well.

This look is so cute, and The Ruffle Skirt works wonderfully under a layer of tulle. In a perfect world, the ruffles would match in height, of course, but minor imperfections make life interesting.

Fun Ruffle Skirt Looks - Tulle on tulle looks so pretty

Ruffles on Ruffles

Back in August, I showed you a Ruffle Dress I made. It’s made with the same fabric as The Ruffle Skirt, so my natural instinct was to pair the two up. The dress is made with a ruffle front, and an empire-line, contrast colored hem.

This look is my favorite of the fun ruffle skirt looks. It’s cute, it’s feminine, and it color-coordinates perfectly. It’s also really comfortable, and works for all kinds of outings. I wouldn’t wear this to a wedding, but totally for drinks at the corner pub or a casual dinner. When venturing outside I’d opt for more sensible footwear, but the combo of ruffles really works for me.

Fun Ruffle Skirt Looks - The skirt plays an undercover agent here!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of fun Ruffle Skirt looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Ruffle Skirt Looks for Free Time

As you may have guessed, this week’s featured product is The Ruffle Skirt. This cute little jersey skirt sewing pattern was launched on Tuesday. The skirt completes our Pretty Basic Collection, and it’s so easy to sew you won’t believe it! Today, I wanted to show you a few outfits based on The Ruffle Skirt. Since the skirt is made with jersey, it doesn’t feel fancy. It’s perfect for everyday outings, such as trips to the craft store, and just hanging around the house. That’s why these ruffle skirt looks are super-casual and comfy.

Flowers

The Ruffle Skirt loves all kinds of tops. For the first look, I paired it with a mesh top and our Spaghetti Strap Top. Tights and chunky heels complete the outfit, but winter calls for something extra. It’s cold outside and in, and I for one don’t much care for freezing to death. To stay just a bit warmer, I added a long crochet scarf and our Fishnet Gloves to the mix.

Small pieces of cotton aren’t really that warm, but they do add to the coziness-factor in any outfit. Fingerless gloves add length to light sleeves, and keeps wrists and hands protected against draft. A scarf brings texture to the look, and keeps cold air away from the neck.

The flower embellishments on the scarf are cute and feminine. Both sides of the scarf bear them, adding both detail and weight to the scarf. This is actually a mod of our Hooded Scarf Crochet Pattern, which is available as a free recipe, and a more detailed download.

So Warm

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Pretty Basics all go together. The Jersey Top, Spaghetti Strap Top and Crochet Blazer are perfect for this skirt! For the second look, I held on to the top combo, and wore our Crochet Blazer over them. I also wore a tight, black skirt under the purple one to give it more warmth.

I made the lower skirt a while back to go under short jersey dresses that have a wider hem. I used our Garter Petticoat Pattern for this one, only I made mine longer, and without garters.

This look is really comfy, and I’m definitely going to make it a part of my everyday style. I work from home, so I get to stay comfortable, but I still like to look nice. This outfit is cute, fun, and, best of all, comfy.

Hooded

For the last look, I wanted to try something a bit different. Lately, the not-so-basic designs in our collection have gone with little attention, and I try to change that when I can. For this look, I chose our long-neglected Hooded Wrap Top.

This top is made with a three-layer front and wrap cut. Instead of wearing the hem straight, I tied it to the back to create a cropped look. The hood worked perfectly in saving me from having to figure out a hair-do, and delicate heels balance out the androgynous top.

I really like the way the top looks wrapped down, but I’d probably wear it with a long spaghetti strap dress instead of a short skirt. The hem of the top rides, and that makes me all fidgety. A dress would feel more comfortable for me personally.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Ruffle Skirt Looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt

Basics are the foundation of any wardrobe. Our Pretty Basic Collection is just about complete. I will create one more knit item for it, but sewing-wise, we’re done. Today, we’re launching the last sewn item to the line! The Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt comes in five sizes, and is so quick and easy to sew you won’t believe it. Making the model skirt took me around two hours! That includes all the breaks I took to consider how I’d like to write a tutorial for it.

Our Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt is best made with medium-weight jersey. I used a viscose jersey in a really nice shade of purple. I was tempted to make this in black, but maybe a wild color will be fun for a change!

Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt - I made this with medium weight viscose jersey

The Pretty Basic Ruffle Skirt is figure-hugging and short-ish. It features an elastic waist, and ruffled hem. This skirt is made with the simplest techniques, so it’s a cool project for beginners, too! Sewing this skirt is really super-easy, and you’ll only need a serger to make one.

I really like the shape of this skirt. It’s cute, feminine, and really comfortable. The Ruffle Skirt loves most kinds of tops, and works as a petticoat just as well as an outer layer. Since this skirt is made with a material that can turn translucent when worn, I do recommend petticoats or thicker leggings with this one. Layering The Ruffle Skirt up makes it warmer, and even fit for winter wear. Our Garter Petticoat will work wonderfully with this one, just like all the Pretty Basic tops! For extra-warmth, add a Crochet Blazer or a Chunky Shrug to the mix!

I hope you’ll have fun with The Ruffle Skirt. On Friday, I’m going to show you a few outfits made with it!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

Yoked Blouse Looks, pt. 2

This week’s featured product is The Yoked Blouse. As stated in the first part of Yoked Blouse Looks, this is my all time favorite blouse. It’s cute, it’s comfortable, and it suits my style perfectly. That’s actually why styling up this blouse gave me a bit of a hard time. This blouse loves all kinds of skirts, but creating an outfit simply by pairing a top to a skirt does get boring pretty fast. The blouse’s tendency to hide accessories with its long, long sleeves did not help one bit. I actually got a bit desperate, and tried to pair this with pants! It looked nice, I’ll admit that, but I was so uncomfortable and out of my element I wanted to scream. So today we shall, once more, wear hems.

Ruffles

Ruffled cuffs are the very essence of romantic Victorian style. Sometimes I wish I’d given The Yoked Blouse ruffled cuffs, and even more often I’ve thought about modding them. Changing the sleeves would change the entire look of the blouse, so I’ve decided against it. Luckily, there are non-permanent solutions! For the first look, I gathered the sleeves with – yes, you guessed it – hair ties.

I know it sounds a bit silly to use a hair  tie to alter sleeves, but it does work. A narrow, elastic hair tie hides beneath the folds of the sleeve, and keeps the cuff pretty securely in place. I was a bit skeptical about it myself, but the trick does turn a cuff around.

I paired the altered blouse with a long cotton skirt and our Reversible Corset. This look is again something I really do wear. The combination of ruffled hems and a waist corset is just delightful for me, and makes me feel pretty.

Puffed

The Yoked Blouse is designed with a Victorian feel. That doesn’t keep it from turning way cute, though! For the last stop of your yoked blouse looks, I paired it up with our PuffBall Skirt.

This version of our PuffBall Skirt sports silver buttons and a lively material. For some reason, I’ve made this with an elastic waist, which I no longer care for that much. The elastic waistband isn’t that pretty, and I feel obligated to hide it. I’m thinking about replacing it with a fitted one so that this pretty skirt will get more wear!

This look is really cute, and would work perfectly for a casual party with friends. Simple outfits gain a lot from jewelry and accessories. For this style, I chose buckled heels and snowflake earrings.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the second part of our Yoked Blouse Looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather