Casual Knit Looks

Today, I wanted to share my favorite casual knit looks from the past. These are all styles that work wonderfully for shopping, or just visiting friends. Cute looks like these three are actually my favorite ones to create: they’re the kind of outfits that can be worn pretty much anywhere on an ordinary day, and they add a lot of fun to said ordinary days.

Orange

For the first of today’s casual knit looks, I picked a style with a simple dress, and a show-stopping top. This Raglan Top is our most deceptive knitting pattern. It looks like a pretty basic ribbed sweater, but withholds many unique features. It sports button details on the raglan seams, an asymmetric collar, and a hi-lo hem. I love-love-love this pattern, and was thinking about making another variation of it for large needle size.

For this look, I paired The Raglan Top with our Jersey Dress. A basic dress works beautifully with an eye-catching top, and feels comfortable to wear. To top off this look, I wore wedge heels embellished with silver skulls.

Grey

This look is my favorite of this bunch. I chose our Chunky Seed Stitch Shrug for this style, and wore it over a cute and comfy look. The Shrug hides our Spaghetti Strap Top worn over a long-sleeved mesh top. I wore our Crinkle Skirt with this look, and paired it with a lace petticoat for a more romantic vibe. Double buns and black pearls give this lovely look an even more feminine feel.

Despite so many layers and details, this look is surprisingly comfortable. There’s nothing constricting in it, and the whole ensemble is really warm. It’s perfect for those cold winter days!

Cute Cardigan Looks - Seed Stitch Shrug likes our Crinkle Skirt

Green

The last of our casual knit looks is the most casual of the bunch. I wore our Faux Cable Shrug over our Jersey Dress to achieve a simple, elegant, and super-comfy look. I totally succeeded in the comfy-department!

This is the kind of style I most often go for. With very little moving parts, this outfit is easy and comfy to wear. It’s simple enough to wear around the house, and put-together enough to run errands in. The Shrug gives it a surprising amount of warmth, and also adds a touch of color to the otherwise dark look.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s casual knit looks!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Spaghetti Strap Dress Looks

On Tuesday, I showed you two dresses I made with our Spaghetti Strap Top Pattern. One of them was a mod combining a top and a dress, and the other a short, lace-embellished dress. Today, I wanted to show you how the dresses look on me, plus a few spaghetti strap dress looks!

Pretty Basic

My long dress combines our Jersey Skirt and Spaghetti Strap Top. I hardly ever wore those two, and when I did, I wished they were a dress. It was only natural to combine them into one. As a long dress, the top and skirt are comfortable, practical, and easier for me to style. We each have our personal preferences as to what kind of clothes we’re most at home in. For me, it’s dresses.

The long Spaghetti Strap Dress has a seam at the waist. I’m not a huge fan of those, so I like to cover seams up with belts. For this look, I wore the dress with my most trusted mesh top and an elastic belt. With just three elements, this looks is very minimal and a bit harsh. Jewelry and maybe a soft cardigan would give this style more details, but I might actually wear this as is.

spaghetti strap dress looks - minimal styles are perfect for shopping

Light Layers

As I first made The Jersey Skirt, I planned to wear it with tulle skirt I made a long time ago. I happily tried on the combo, and found it uncomfortable. With two skirts waists and various tops getting in the way, the looks I found turned out difficult to wear. I don’t like it when I need to be constantly tugging at a hem or a waist. In that regard, the dress-solution was perfect!

This look has loads of elements and layers, and still it’s perfectly comfortable. I wore the dress over a mesh top again, and added my tulle skirt and zip-up corset. A variety of bangles (yes, they make noise, and yes, I wear them all the time) brings a welcome detail to the look.

I love this outfit, and though I’m not that crazy about straps showing, they can always be covered with a shrug. With this style, the hems are the main focus.

spaghetti strap dress looks - a dress worn under a skirt eliminates the need to tug

Short and Sweet

The second dress is short, and made by modding The Spaghetti Strap Top Pattern. I lengthened the hem and cut it into a wide A-lined shape to achieve a short dress with a looser hem. This dress is so comfy I seriously cannot believe it. Thanks to the lace finish, it’s cute, too!

I made this dress with thicker cotton jersey. Cotton isn’t that warm during the winter, but it’s perfect for spring and summer. I can see a lot of wear for this dress when the dreaded daystar returns!

spaghetti strap dress looks - LBDs never go out of style

Orange!

This week’s featured product is The Cropped Raglan Top Knitting Pattern, so I “had” to include it in this outfit post. That wasn’t too difficult, since the sweater loves most dresses! For the last of our Spaghetti Dress Looks, I paired the sweater with my short dress.

These two look really good together. The short hems compliment each other, and the black dress makes the orange sweater look even brighter. For a warmer look, try wearing thick tights, and our Garter Petticoat with over knee socks.

spaghetti strap dress looks - two short elements make an outfit super cute

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Spaghetti Strap Dress Looks!

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