By Hand London: Kim Dress


I’ve been enjoying a long weekend off for the Shetland folk festival, and in between going to gigs I’ve been making this Paris icons Kim Dress. It’s the first By Hand London pattern I’ve made and as my measurements fell between sizes I decided to make a toile first (something of a rarity for me!)


I made my toile using an old cotton duvet cover and the finished garment was made using a beautiful piece of fabric from Sew Me Sunshine with Paris themed icons dotted all over it. I bought the final 1.5m x 1.12m of fabric they had in stock and was very pleasantly surprised to be able to get a dress out of it! (I used some more of the bedsheet for my dress lining)

Sizing / alterations

As my measurements fell between 2 sizes on the pattern I drew both sizes out on greaseproof paper and then used this to redraw a new seam line for my in-betweeney size. After making my toile there was a lot of fabric pooling at the back. Thankfully there’s a really helpful set of tutorials on the by hand London website for making alterations based on different fit issues so I took a few inches out of the back bodice pieces for my finished garment.

Sewing experience

This dress is lovely to sew. The instructions are clear and the construction is relatively straight forward. I opted for View 1 which features a petal shaped skirt and paired it with the scoop neck bodice. Having made it I’d now like to go back and try View 2 which has a gathered skirt. Either view can also be made using a sweetheart neckline on the bodice.

How long did it take to make

As I’d already made the toile the dress was quick to sew up, I gradually put it together over a few afternoons and evenings.

Finished garment / Wear with /wearability

I’m pleased with the finished garment and glad that I took the time to make a toile for it as the fit is really nice now.

I was initially worried that while I’d made a pretty dress the shape might be too formal for day to day wear but have been assured that the quirky print lends itself well to making the dress suitable for casual wear as well. I imagine I’ll mostly wear it with bright cardigans.

The petal shaped skirt reminds me of tulips in the spring so I’m also going to enter this as my #alittlelawnparty make.

Any changes for next time?

The view I made includes a lined bodice. Due to the shape of the skirt you can see the inside of the dress a little as well so I might be tempted to figure out if there’s a way to line the skirt too. I know for future reference that it’s a good idea for me to make a toile with BHL patterns as I don’t fall into their standard sizing too.

2 thoughts on “By Hand London: Kim Dress”

  1. Looks fabulous! Do you find the crossover in the skirt is ok? I was looking at that pattern but worried it might be too revealing. Love the Paris print – definitely can be worn for all occasions – day-to-day or going out .


    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! The crossover skirt is definitely fine standing up but sitting down it rides up a bit however I’m generally in a fairly cold climate so will pair it with opaque tights. 😊


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s