This is the third of my By Hand London ladies. I’ve made a few Annas, a Flora (yet to be blogged) and now this beaut Kim to add to the collection. She might just be my favourite. I’ve been at home this weekend so I took her for a walk to the village church. She kinda suits the gothic vibe!
I went for the full skirt and straight neckline bodice version. There’s so much fabric in the skirt that you can swish and swish all you like! By Hand London patterns are unashamedly feminine which I love.
The fabric I used is House of Hackney velvet. I’ve been stashing it since a sample sale a couple of years ago. It’s so silky and slippery that it was obviously a nightmare to sew, I’m blaming it as the reason my bodice messed up. The lining and velvet shell slipped so much when I was sewing them right sides together that it ended up quite misshapen. Luckily when I put the dress on my boobs kind of pushed it all out straight so you can’t really notice.
The neckline is quite low on this dress and it definitely wouldn’t be everyone’s picnic. It looks nice with a black turtle neck underneath though for day-wear.
And guess what! I only went and used an overlocker for the first time ever. I left it a little late though and the velvet had already frayed quite badly. Next time I use velvet I’m going to overlock every piece before I do any sewing.
Aaaaah countryside is so nice for a break from London!
I think I’ll make a summery Kim soon. It’s my sister’s wedding in a few months, perhaps a Liberty print one for that, what do you think?