Last weekend was a bit of a blurry mess. The kind of blurry mess you should experience when your sister marries your friend from uni and the wine is endless and all your friends and family are there and you dance dance dance until your feet rub off. The day was amazing, the party even better and to top it all off Hannah and I were both wearing handmade dresses.
I made a Liberty tana lawn Kim dress with the sweetheart bodice and full skirt and Hannah made a Flora in House of Hackney silk. I found my fabric on Goldhawk Road for £10 a metre (I think it used around 2.5 metres) and Hannah’s was bought at a sample sale last year.
The Kim dress is so easy to sew up. I made a velvet version in winter and loved the fit on me, tight bodice and full skirt = super flattering. I’m usually a bit of a slapdash sewer but for Hazel’s wedding I tried my absolute hardest to be accurate and it worked out, everything kind of fitted together exactly the first time round, weird. I definitely need to be slower and more careful when sewing in future.
I lined the bodice in a white cotton and used a netted underskirt to create the big party dress vibe. Ooh la la!
The bodice has princess seams and wide straps and the shell to lining construction method means you end up with an uber neat finish inside. The skirt has no shaping in the pattern it’s just gathered around the top. I cheated and used a wide basting stitch instead of hand sewing the gather stitches. I’ve also managed to master the invisible zipper and had no trouble inserting it, my waist seams even matched up! By Hand London have a really good tutorial for invisible zipper insertion.
Hannah’s dress was a little less barn dance and a little more sleek and sexy. Equally gorgeous!
Thanks again By Hand London for making such beautiful patterns. We only wish we went to more parties to show them off at.
Don’t they look loved up?!