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.
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):
Indeed, Sewists wearing their handmade clothes abounded:
And there were Vodka Jellies:
I can’t wait to see what By Hand London do next. It’s bound to be awesome.