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Procrastination Station #1

It's Friday! And that always demands a healthy dose of diversion as excitement over the impending weekend mounts and takes over our brains. So, I thought I'd do my bit and distract you for 5 minutes or so with some bits and pieces I've spotted, both in real life and on the interwebs.     Wedding dresses at the V &... read more ›

Pattern hacking Holly - a guest post from Katie Marcus

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Side-stepping ever so slightly away from the Holly Jumpsuit Sewalong, today we have an adorable Holly pattern hack tutorial from none other than the UX designer behind our app and soon-to-be-revealed new website, and all-round sewing gal pal, Katie Marcus! If you've ever shied away from a jumpsuit pattern, then keep... read more ›

Holly Jumpsuit Sewalong #6: The placket, buttons & buttonholes

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We've got a pretty picture-heavy post for all of you sewing up the button-down bodice of the Holly Jumpsuit today! But don't let that (or the scary title about buttonholes...) put you off - while there's no denying that buttonholes can be pretty fiddly and tedious, hopefully our cheerful step-by-step instruction... read more ›

Holly Jumpsuit Sewalong #5: Assembling & inserting the sleeves (Variation 1)

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  Yoo hoo Sewalongers, we're baaack! Apologies for the radio silence since our last post - we had a bit of an internet related technical glitch at the end of last week that left us slightly stumped... There may even have been a Zoolander moment. All fixed now though, back online and ready to hit you with... read more ›

Competition time! #Patternhackathon

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With the culmination of the Holly Jumpsuit sewalong just around the corner it’s competition city over here at By Hand London HQ as we’re about to launch our first ever Pattern Hackathon, where points most definitely mean prizes. The main thing we love about sewing patterns is how mashing up our most treasured design... read more ›

Holly Jumpsuit Sewalong #4: Assembling your bodice (Variation 1)

For all youz lot stitching up the button-down Variation 1 Holly Jumpsuit, your journey starts here... Today our bodices will really start taking shape as we tackle darts, seams and facings. Those of you going for the slinky cowl option of Variation 2, you can put your feet up for now - next week will... read more ›

Holly Jumpsuit Sewalong #3: Cutting, marking & stabilising your fabric

This is it sewalongers - after a good two weeks geeking out on pattern alteration tutorials, today we finally get to lay our grubby little hands on some serious fabric and a real-life sewing machine!  *To be taken to all the posts in the Holly Jumpsuit Sewalong, please click here!* ... read more ›

Holly Jumpsuit Sewalong - Alterations week - part 10: Some final tips & tricks

Aloha sewalongers! We have come to the end of our Alterations for the Holly Jumpsuit series, and hopefully we have shed some light on the more common pattern fitting issues out there. The best news is that pretty much all of the adjustments we have shown are not specific to the Holly Jumpsuit, but applicab... read more ›

Holly Jumpsuit Sewalong - Alterations week - part 9: Swayback adjustment

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Hellooooo and welcome back to Alterations Week (or Alterations Fortnight as it's turning out to be!) for the Holly Jumpsuit Sewalong! During Alterations Week we will be going through as many pattern alteration tutorials as we can physically crush in, making this our most comprehensive Sewalong yet! T... read more ›

Holly Jumpsuit Sewalong - Alterations Week - Part 8: Full & Flat Butt Adjustments

Hellooooo and welcome back to Alterations Week (or Alterations Fortnight as it's turning out to be!) for the Holly Jumpsuit Sewalong! During Alterations Week we will be going through as many pattern alteration tutorials as we can physically crush in, making this our most comprehensive Sewalong yet! T... read more ›

Shipping price update (it's good news! Well, kinda, at least for some of you....)

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(Photo by Marek Farkas and Mira Minarovic) From the start lots of you have made it clear to us that you'd really like us to do something about our shipping prices - and we hear you! We know it's a common pet peeve of internet shopping and have been working at getting our prices down. Wellllll, if you live out... read more ›

Holly Jumpsuit Sewalong - Alterations week - part 7: Lengthening & shortening the crotch

Hellooooo and welcome to Alterations Week for the Holly Jumpsuit Sewalong! During Alterations Week we will be going through as many pattern alteration tutorials as we can physically crush in, making this our most comprehensive Sewalong yet! The extra great news is that a lot of these tutorials will be applicable... read more ›