Woah it has been a long time and there is so much to catch up on! I have been seriously under the thumb with uni work and after a emotional breakdown (or three) I decided to take some time off and get my head together. However I did manage to fit in some sewing for myself before I got stuck into knitting, drawing and fundraising for uni.
Since I made my first kim dress after New Year, I have been dreaming about making more! The bodice just fits so perfectly and I love the size of the gathered skirt – just enough gathering for me!
I bought this Liberty London ‘Queue For The Zoo’ C Tana Lawn print fabric on eBay from Katsfabrics for £22 for 2m! I was completely in love with the print as it’s a bit different to traditional floral liberty designs!
I made no changes to the pattern this time (as I made all my adjustments to the bust etc last time), making the sweetheart neckline and gathered skirt variation and adding pockets. I ignored the pin tucks on the pattern as the print was super busy and I thought they’d get lost. I also wanted to try out the skirt at full length as I am considering using the kim skirt as the base for two very important dresses I will be making to wear this summer.
I love this kim version and am sure I’ll get a lot of wear our of it this summer! Although it’s perhaps not the best for wearing to dinner (when will I learn that my favourite indian restaurant always gives me the biggest and best food baby/ food coma ever!)
My third kim dress was really an experiment. Originally I intended to make just a skirt of version 1 and finish it with a waistband. However I had more than enough fabric to make the full dress and I hate wasting fabric so I thought I would make version 1 whole. I love the neckline of this one – more formal and less flirty – and the skirt is stunning (although perhaps a little tight around the tummy area for me!) My only thought was that I might dip the back hem of the skirt next time to match the flow of the front as it is maybe a bit boxy?
I bought my fabric from myfabrics.co.uk. It was discontinued so is probably unavailable now although they have a lot of similar prints. This was a woven pattern so the inside of the back skirt looks just as good as the outer. It has less stretch than other fabrics I use though, and it is a bit thicker so the dress was a bit tighter.
I can see myself making both of these versions again (and I may have bought some new liberty to do so once uni work is out of the way!)
Pattern: By Hand London Kim Dress
Material: Liberty ‘Queue For The Zoo’ Tana Lawn from Katsfabrics. Cotton plaid from my fabrics.co.uk.
Sizing/ Adjustments: Cut size 10. Took in 4cm bust and 2″ cb.
Cost: Liberty version – £24. Plaid version – £8.50
P.s. I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who voted for my design in the By Hand London ‘Once Upon a Dream’ fabric design competition – I WON! I am over the moon and my design, ‘New York Dreams’, inspired by NYC brownstone houses is available to buy now here! I am really looking forward to making myself something. Maybe even another kim dress!