By Hand London First Birthday Party

By Hand London First Birthday

Yesterday, I went to By Hand London‘s first birthday party and was treated to a sneak peek of their latest pattern – it’s a corker. The theme was 1980s, so it felt entirely appropriate that I rocked up in a 1950s vintage pattern – the Butterick B5605, as featured in my blog banner!

This dress is now on its third summer and I remain incredibly fond of it. On average, it gets worn once a year – but it’s well worth having it in my wardrobe for summer parties when dressing up is the order of the day. The fabric barely creases so all I need to do is take it out, pull it on, and cherish the memories that come clustering around me.

When I made this dress, I still could barely believe that I was capable of making any dress. Yet it has French seams, horsehair braiding, challenging kimono gussets and a self-fabric belt. Not bad for a relative beginner. It also reminds me that one huge benefit of making your own clothes is that they don’t date because they don’t follow high street trends.

Miss Demeanour & Didyoumakethat

I love this photo so much! Miss Demeanour is one of my favourite Sewists. If you don’t already follow her blog, you totally should. She is inspiring, fun, determined and did I mention fun?

Of course, there were loads of other people to meet. By Hand London’s talented pattern drafter, Victoria, (left) and Rosie of DIY Couture (right):

Rosie of DIY Couture

Indeed, Sewists wearing their handmade clothes abounded:

Sewing Bloggers

And there were Vodka Jellies:

Vodka Jellies

I can’t wait to see what By Hand London do next. It’s bound to be awesome.

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19 Responses to By Hand London First Birthday Party

  1. lovelucie1 says:

    What a great colourful day. Some lovely pictures.

  2. ooobop! says:

    I love that dress so much! Lovely to see you yesterday, Karen. Those pretty, innocent looking jellies are very responsible for my head ache this morning! x

  3. Philipppa says:

    It looks like the party was a lot of fun. How lovely to be able to hang out with others who make their own clothes! I too love the dress you wore and you are so right that one advantage of maKing your own clothes is that by not following high street fashion they just come out of the wardrobe again and again. Plus you always look like an individual. I think that’s much cooler than being a fashion victim!

  4. booketta says:

    What a great event! So pleased you had a good time and met loads of fellow sewists.

  5. oonaballoona says:

    the instagrams made me so happysad!

  6. Lana says:

    I really liked your Birthday Party! Gorgeous photos!!

  7. zora read says:

    Beautiful dress. I think that is one of my favorite things about making my own clothes knowing that because my clothes are never really on trend I’m never likely to go ‘off’ trend. Looks like you had a great day. There are some fab clothes in these photos.

  8. Gjeometry says:

    Looks like such tropical colourful fun!!

  9. Sarah says:

    Indeed what a colourful day, Love your dress – everyone looks so stylish and even better them all being handmade 🙂

  10. macstabby says:

    Ohhh vodka jellies! (in USA-speak- jello shots!) Tasty. The clothes are all so lovely- I’m with oona-happysad!

  11. Lovely to see you Karen! What a fantastic day!

  12. Thank you so much for coming Karen! It was indeed awesome and made so much more awesome by everyones’s beautiful outfits! And the jelly shots…xxx

  13. gingermakes says:

    Man, all of you gals looked gorgeous! What a genius theme for a party!

  14. Karen Helm says:

    I love a man who wears red shoes!! Who is he? Surely he contributed to the colorful fun of the party!

  15. Julie says:

    I would be wearing that dress every week! Stunning.

  16. Love all the tropical outfits! There aren’t enough occasions I think to wear a very brightly coloured dress… I’m glad yours got an outing this year. It’s beautiful

  17. Heather says:

    Karen you look great! That dress just says happiness and fun!

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