Short Skirt Looks

On Tuesday, I showed you what I did to a pair of H&M booties. Today, I wanted to feature them in a post, and it turned out… well, a bit different from usual. We have legs, we have hair, we have corsets and see-through tops, so here’s today’s short skirt looks!

Not-so-Opaque

See-through tops were all the rage in the nineties. That was also the time of the “too short skirt”. For the first look, I combined the two, and actually kinda liked it.

A couple of years back, I made a tight little velvet skirt out of a dress I didn’t like. The skirt is actually nearly knee-length, but I like to wear it scrunched up. That way, it settles on me nicer, and loses its desire to climb. I paired it up with a printed mesh top I got from a flea market eons ago. The top is grey, which I can live with, has ruffle sleeves I really like, but sports a lacing at the front. A while back, I realized that since the top has raglan sleeves, and is therefore completely symmetrical, I can just wear it backwards. I have no issues with a laced up back, so that’s exactly what I did with this look.

I really like this look, and would gladly wear it out. Also, I’d like to point out what the combination of short skirt and high heels does to one’s legs!

Silvery

We carry a sewing tutorial I haven’t said a single word about. This week, I actually noted that it was only listed on Craftsy! That explains why I’ve managed to completely overlook it, and today, after listing The Tutu Sewing Tutorial, I wanted to feature it in an outfit.

I made my tutu with a metallic mesh, and have not worn it once. This skirt looks a-ma-zing, and is pretty easy to create, too. It is super short, though, so be certain to wear micros with it!

For this look, I paired my silvery tutu with my zip-up corset, micros that match the waist band, and my new sky-high heels.

This over-the-top look is something I really would love to wear, but where to? A costume party, probably, or maybe a New Year’s Do. If you have ideas of an appropriate venue for this look, leave me a comment.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s short skirt looks.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Short-Sleeved Styles

November is a really dark month here in Finland. It hasn’t yet snowed, and the sun comes up for only seven hours per day. That number will go down every day until Christmas, so I hope you’ll understand why this and next weeks photos are a bit darker than usual! I usually take photos during daylight hours, but in cloudy November, it’s a bit impossible. So today, we’ll take a look at short-sleeved styles with a touch of sepia tones. I actually wanted to use the same top for both outfits just to show you how versatile basic garments can be.

Crinkled

Last summer, I think it was, I shared a tutorial on how to make a crinkle skirt. I haven’t worn mine much, but I do love the way it looks. For today’s first look, I paired The Crinkle Skirt up with my frilly petticoat, and a short sleeved blouse I got from a flea market. It’s a quite basic H&M blouse made with elastic material. It doesn’t look like much, but it does go beautifully with all kinds of skirts. I’m actually thinking about getting another one, and modding it by adding a bit of ruffles… Basic tops are, after all, the easiest ones to modify.

This look is really comfy, and pretty simple. As such, it can be worn pretty much anywhere. I’ve worn a similar outfit to a bar, a shopping spree, and for just visiting friends.

Victorian

With short-sleeved styles, one often thinks about summer. You can, though, rock short-sleeved tops during the winter as well. Pair them up with detachable sleeves, cardigans, and long gloves for a warmer look, or just rely on the fact that houses are often pretty warm. For this look, I paired the H&M blouse with our Victorian Skirt, and my BloodStain Corselet. This is the kind of outfit I would gladly wear out anytime. I love this skirt, and the corselet with its velvet print is just divine. This look, despite consisting of layers of long hems and a corset, is surprisingly comfortable, and does look very much like me.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s short-sleeved styles.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Lace Dress Looks

On Tuesday, I showed you a dress I made for a special occasion. Today, I wanted to share outfits based on the new dress, and its source of inspiration. I made my Lace Dress with our Hooded Dress Pattern with minor modifications. Instead of two layers, I only used one, and instead of long bishop sleeves, I went with short ones. The dress goes with a contrast colored slip, and I can wear it either with it, or with something else. For today, I styled up my Lace Dress for a darkly inclined party, and our Hooded Dress for Halloween Day. Let’s jump right in with wide hem dress looks!

Lace

For the first look, I wore my Lace Dress with its purple slip. The color doesn’t show in the photos at all, and it’s pretty subdued in real life, too. The combo does look pretty, though, with a hint of purple shining through black lace.

This design is super-simple. It doesn’t have too many seams, or details, and that’s why it can look a little plain worn as is. I wore my black corset over the dress to give it more detail, and draped black pearls around my neck. Too much jewellery is always a great idea, but for this look, I chose to wear only a few bangles. I chose black pearl earrings and a black earcuff , and made an attempt at a more challenging hair-do. Part from the hair, I’m quite pleased with this look. It’s comfy and cute, and totally house-party worthy!

Meow

Last Halloween, I went as a cat. I wore our bodycon Jersey Dress and kitty ears, and even did a cat make-up. The costume was so much fun: it even got me a chance to push things off tables! This year, I have something else planned, but I still wanted to use the ears as part of an outfit. Halloween costumes are fun to come up with and create, but if you’re in a rush and need something super-fast, you can always go simple. Making an effort, even the slightest one, is polite toward hosts if you’re going to a party, and can make a day even more fun. For the second of our wide hem dress looks, I wore our Hooded Dress (the hoodless option) over our Crinkle Skirt. I used an elastic belt to give the simple dress a detail, and wore cat ears to push the look into a feline direction.

This look is also super-comfy, and I would love to wear this out. The Crinkle Skirt has a wide hem, and worn as a petticoat, it makes the dress’s hem look even larger. I totally love that effect!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s wide hem dress looks!

Next week is Halloween week, and I was thinking about doing a “last minute costume” -post for Tuesday. We’re going to have our Halloween party on Saturday, so you’re going to have to wait until next week to see what I wore!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Long Skirt Styles

For the past two years, I’ve picked out a featured product for each week, and created outfits based on it. Yesterday, I started thinking. Why is it always me who gets to say what’s on sale for VIPs? What if they could decide for themselves for a change? I figured this was a relatively brilliant idea, and so I have decided to give all VIPs anything they want for 15% off. Pick a pattern, and it will be on sale until the end of this year. And to make this more fun, I’ll open the offer to everyone on Black Friday week! This also gives me the opportunity to show you looks that inspire me right this moment. Let’s begin with some long skirt styles! The first one is something I wasn’t happy about.

See-Through

A long time ago, I showed you a brief glimpse of a see-through blouse I made. I haven’t worn this thing yet because it’s a bit difficult. The blouse has a cute cut, and wearing a black spaghetti strap top under it sort of ruins the details. A month or so ago, I used left-over mesh to sew a skin toned top that I could wear under see-through tops. On photo-day, I paired the top with the blouse.

And I’m feeling a bit iffy about it. I mean, the idea works, but the top has a lot of lace on it, and it’s really light, and this combo just made me feel uncomfortable. I kinda like the way it looks, but… maybe I’ll just make a skin toned tank top. Or better yet, a slip!

Super Long

The second look of our long skirt styles is actually the first one’s back-up. I used the same skirt, and the same hair-do. This skirt is a flea market find. It’s long, fitted, and has a low-cut waist. I might turn this into a knee-length skirt at some point, but for now it’s OK. For this look, I paired it with my Yoked Blouse. This is my favourite blouse. It features all the elements I thoroughly love, is super-comfy, and even takes accessories well.

Throwing on a blouse and a skirt works fine, but I wanted to give this look an upgrade. I took a chiffon sash, and tied it around my waist to create a simple detail. A bow works wonders in turning a look ultra-feminine!

Hooded

I’m not really a hood-person, but I do think they look cool. For the third look, I wanted to try a hooded style. I took our Hooded Wrap Top, a surprisingly fun pattern with a three layer front, and paired it up with a long peasant skirt. This look isn’t something I’d choose to wear, but I was surprised at how comfortable it was. A long skirt is easy to wear, and the top required no tugging or pulling. I kept accessories to a bare minimum here, and only wore my wedding ring, and platform shoes. This style turned out to battle for the spot of my favorite, and actually won!

One more thing about the shoes. I got them on H&M, and plan to give them a serious make-over! Stay tuned to see what happens.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s long skirt styles.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

My Favorite Summer Party Looks

As you may have noticed, there was no blog post last week. I scheduled everything until July 20th, and figured I’d take a day or two after Lumous to write posts for the end of July. It was a good enough plan, but weather rose to ruin it. You see, Finnish summers are usually pretty cold and rainy, which works well for me. Cloudy cardigan-weather is seriously my favorite kind! This year, though, we got hit by a heatwave. It started right around July 13th, and there is no end in sight. We’ve gotten to “enjoy” endless sun and infernal heat for almost three weeks. I don’t cope that well with temperatures over 21C, so I was unable to write anything. It isn’t any cooler right now, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite summer party looks anyway.

 

Orange Victorian

Summer is the time for bright colors and fun designs, even if you only wear black most of the time. This look featuring our Wrap-Cut Top and Victorian Skirt is one of my all-time faves. I put this together on a whim, and was blown away by how well these two pieces play with each other. I never would have expected a simple wrap top to go so well with Victorian hems!

I made my Victorian Skirt with satin, which makes it pretty warm. Using a light cotton will make this style cooler for summer party looks.

PuffBall With Lace

Lace is one of my favorite materials. It’s beautiful, elegant, and pretty perfect for summer party looks. For the second outfit, I chose this cute combo of our Lace Top and PuffBall Skirt. I thoroughly love this look, and actually wore this out not long ago. A snug lace top paired with poofy hems creates a delightful, doll-like silhouette I totally love. Accessories play an important part in looks like this one. By changing belts, jewelry, and shoes, you can completely alter the mood of this style!

Purple

As you’ve probably noticed by now, I wear a lot of black. I do have a couple of dresses in brighter colors, too, and sometimes I even wear them. This purple one has gone with little wear, but I do love the way it looks. This dress is similar to our Princess and Keyhole Dress, though I did mod the original pattern a bit for this one. For one thing, I obviously shortened it quite a bit!

For this look, I wore the purple dress with a tulle petticoat and a long, black sash. I love the way these elements bring a touch of darkness into this cute and girly dress. This look is really fun and comfy, too, so I might just wear it out someday when I’m feeling brave!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these summer party looks. I’ll be returning to work next week, so there will (hopefully) be an I Made This! -post on Tuesday!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

More Faerie Looks

This week, we’ve been focusing on The Faerie Dragons. I had some yarn left over from The Faerie Dragon Shawlette, and I wanted to use it for top-down gloves. The idea of working an upside down Indian thumb gusset had been brewing for quite a while, and with this project, I finally worked up the courage to just do it. The thumb gusset worked out wonderfully, and I’m so happy with the way these pretty little gloves turned out! The Faerie Set is our featured product for this week, so today I wanted to show you some more Faerie looks.

Well I was Cold

Summer can be unstable. Cloudy skies and rain showers often follow crazy-warm mornings at least up here in the North (where winter is always coming). The easiest way to prepare for ever-changing weather is to carry an extra layer of clothing. This look is perfect for the days when you want to go shopping, and know there’s a chance of a dramatic drop in temperature.

Mary’s Dress is designed to be worn as is. It has ruffled cuffs and a lace-up bodice, so it doesn’t really need accessories. For this look, I wore Mary’s Dress with The Faerie Dragon Shawlette and Faerie Gloves. The long sleeves pretty much hide the colorful gloves, but they still offer a lot of warmth for chilly hands. The shawlette brings more color to the look, and also serves as a warming layer. The Shawlette may look large, but it fits into a relatively small space. I can easily fit mine into a larger purse, so it’s a good choice for a just-in-case shawl.

Wide Wide Hems

My Handkerchief Dress has quickly become a new favorite. I wear this thing every chance I get, and wanted to incorporate it into these Faerie looks as well.

Spaghetti strap dresses are easy to wear and fun to accessorize. They can also feel a bit cold or too revealing. With this look, I sorted out both problems by adding a shawl. A wildly colored vortex stays put pretty well, and brings both warmth and coverage to any outfit. The Faerie Gloves give this dress a whimsical feel I thoroughly enjoyed.

I like to wear this dress with belts and corsets. It’s really loose at the waist, and though I love the way the fabric moves around me, I do like to enhance the waist a bit. For this look, I wanted a black elastic belt. I didn’t have one, so I turned the one I had backwards. Worn in the front, a silver clasp is an eye-catching detail. It dictates and balances the look, and gives it a certain feel. Flipped to the back, though, it’s less dominating, and can serve as another aspect of whimsy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Faerie looks!

This is the last blog post before my summer break, but I will schedule at least one post for each week. On Monday, The Pretty Basics go on sale, so don’t forget to take advantage of that!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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