Friday, April 24, 2015

By Hand London: Kim Dress

After the long long winter, I needed to make something that was springy and fun for Easter. I got the Kim dress pattern by By Hand London for Christmas, and it was finally time to make it. 

The fabric is a Cotton + Steel cotton lawn from It's the fabric I bought and got cash back on with my Ebates, when I wrote about my latest obsession (I'm still obsessed). 

I made a muslin for the bodice, and the fit was fine, with the exception of the length, which I had to add about 2". I'm not entirely happy with the fit even though I made a muslin. The finished product is defiantly different. If I make it again the shoulders have to be taken up, the waist is too big and the sweetheart neckline is just a little too low for me. 

My favorite part of this pattern is the skirt. It very gathered, and I love the detail of the folds at the hem. The skirt was a little too long for me, which I discovered after I made the pleats so I took 1/2" off of the waistline seam. 
The dress went together very easily, but I'm not totally in love. Its more wearable with a cardigan over it, even buttoned up so it looks just like a skirt. I'm feeling a little off my game. I hate sewing ruts. Do you ever feel "Meh" after you finish something? Pin It Now!


  1. Oh, I'm so sorry you feel meh in it because you look awesome! I'd take it, lol!

  2. Thanks Nita! That makes me feel better

  3. It's so pretty!! I love it with your cardigan too!The sweetheart and scoop back are so, so nice on you! I hope it grows on you!

  4. "defiantly different." what a great way to label an unruly muslined bodice! it's absolutely lovely on you, though ;)

  5. I think u look great in that. Great job constructing it. Only change I'd make is add some fabric in the back. It seems to be pulling there. That style and color looks wonderful on you. Really cute with the cardigan, too.