By Hand London - Kim Dress - The Pinup-Perfect Party Dress!

by - 12/22/2016

By Hand London - Kim Dress - The Pinup-Perfect Party Dress!

Hi pinups! To round up this year's sewing pattern reviews, I thought I'd end on a festive note with my By Hand London 'Kim' Dress! The perfect dress for pinup-perfect party style this Christmas.

Here's a peek at the pattern:
Such a simple, beautiful shape.
I was first introduced to this pattern over the Summer via Instagram, watching these beautiful 1950s looking Summer dresses popping up. I knew I had to have this pattern. It's the shape of the bodice that caught my eye. It looked super flattering, with classic princess seams and a sweetheart neckline. But it wasn't until the Autumn that I picked up the pattern and plotted my first version!

You may have spotted this dress in my previous sewing pattern review!
For my version of the Kim dress, I wanted to keep it simple for my first attempt. I was quite aware I may have some fit issues, whether it be a long bodice or straps and most likely be too tight across the bust. So to avoid disappointment I approached this make as a wearable toile and chose an affordable cotton poplin fabric. THIS fabric is my go-to for toiling and there's so many colours to choose from, if you're lucky enough to end up with a wearable garment, it works out quite nicely!

This was my first time sewing with a By Hand London pattern. The packaging is beautiful and I found the instructions clear and easy to follow with helpful illustrations. For reference, this dress is very similar to the Tilly and the Buttons Lilou dress, which I reviewed HERE.

So lets start with the obvious, this dress is too tight on my bust. I should of known! I can just about get away with it, and I like it styled with a pretty bra. But I'm not sure how comfortable I'd be going out and about this exposed!

However, I LOVE this pattern. With a full bust adjustment, I'm going to love it even more. I do also find it slightly long in the body as there's extra room in the straps. But I won't shorten the bodice, I'll just take an extra centimetre off the straps and maybe heighten the bodice at the top.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: By Hand London Kim Dress 

Fabric: Plain Cotton Poplin Fabric - Scarlet Red

Notions: 22" concealed zip

Sewing time: Half a day.

Modifications: None.

Fit: I know I'm going to love the fit of this dress even more with a full bust adjustment.

Difficulty: Medium.

Watch out for: Getting even gathers and under-stitching the lining of the bodice.

Make Again?: Yes! I see this pattern being my go to Summer dress pattern once I made the bust adjustments. Simple, pretty quick and a gorgeous result!

Tada! A pinup perfect party dress!
Overall, I can't express how much I love this pattern. It's a shame it's too tight on the bust, but I will certainly take the time to redraw the bodice and make a full bust adjustment as I know this will be a wardrobe staple for me.

Thanks for reading, pinups! Have you tried the 'Kim' dress?
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  1. I thought your bra was part of the dress at first! It looks great, and thanks for the fabric tip.

  2. Thanks for the fabric tip! This is one of my go to dress patterns, and I also had to shorten the straps some and make a slight bust adjustment. Well worth the effort though. I liked the bra peeping out too!

  3. Gorgeous dress, red looks amazing on you, love the lace peeking out the top,mi also thought it was part of the dress as it matches perfectly. I have made the Anna with great success but could get the Flora wrap bodice to fit.

  4. I love the cheeky peek of the bra! I totally wouldn't have noticed the too tight bodice if you hadn't mentioned it! You look gorgeous!

  5. The dress looks really beautyful on you and I also thought that your bra was part of the dress. If I would make it, I'd propably change the neckline into something like this... <3