50s High School Sweetheart/ Space Cadet!


My new year started out with a sewing challenge! When I was buying the fabric for my brother’s Negroni shirt, I noticed that my teeny tiny local haberdashery have started stocking By Hand London sewing patterns! This is so exciting as although I love the patterns and the packaging and the costs  are not too high, the postage on top means I am not usually able to afford their patterns. BHL’s newest pattern is the Kim Dress. I love the tulip skirt option and have fabric set aside for one but my inner 50s high school sweetheart squealed at the pintucked skirt and sweetheart neck version! It is just stunning!

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For the first time ever I decided to make a toile of the bodice. Since I got back into dressmaking in May, I have stuck to mostly loose-fitting garments as I am not usually comfortable having anything around my waist. However when I saw the Kim pattern I knew I had to make it. I cut the size 10, which fitted perfectly around the waist, but I removed 1cm out of each bust seam, and about an inch and a half out of the top of the back seam to counteract the gaping.

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The fabric is a polyester peachskin from thetextilecentre on eBay. I talked about my search for the perfect galaxy print here and this was the replacement they sent when the purple was out of stock. Actually I am over the moon with this monochrome version as it is so much easier to wear and was actually fantastic to sew as it had a really lovely weight to it. I think it cost £3.49 a metre and I bought 2 metres which was all I needed. The lining was £1 and was a horribly cheap poly lining from Fabric Land but it did the job. The zip was £2.50. This was my first time sewing a full bodice lining and sewing in an invisible zip and now I want to sew an invisible zip in everything! It was so much fun!

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The only other change I made was to add side seam pockets as I like to have the option of not carrying a handbag or being able to keep my phone on me. It was easy as the skirt is so full that it hides the pockets. The pintucks are also really useful as they give the hem of the skirt a bit more structure and volume.  I am totally in love with this dress and am seriously considering it for my graduation dress! I keep dancing around the house in it! I can’t wait to make another Kim dress/skirt ASAP- just need to find the perfect fabric!

Garment details:

Pattern: By Hand London Kim Dress– £14

Materials: Galaxy Peachskin Polyester £3.49pm x 2m, zip £2.50, Lining £1.

Sizing/Adjustments: 1.5″ out of top of back seam, 1cm out of each bust seam. Cut size 10.

Cost: £10.48 without pattern


4 thoughts on “50s High School Sweetheart/ Space Cadet!

  1. Pingback: A Couple of Kim Dresses and a THANK YOU! | Sleight & Co.

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