Nerdy Sewing Tips: Trimming, grading and reducing bulk at your seams


As you delve into the wild and wonderful world of dressmaking, you'll quickly learn that things aren't quite as simple as cutting out some fabric, sewing it up and hey presto, a dress! No, in fact, a whole lot of pressing, trimming, clipping, understitching and finishing goes on behind those seams... Sewing pattern... read more ›

Introducing our latest pattern... The Charlie Dress!


You guys, we've got a brand spanking new pattern out - and she's totally FREE! The Charlie Dress (pictured above) is available exclusively with issue 12 of Simply Sewing Magazine and we couldn't be more excited, not least because our official sample made it to the front cover!  *Want to make one just like this?? We... read more ›

*2016 pattern shop update*


Aloha friends and Happy New Year! Hoping a wonderfully festive and restful time was had by all. After a fairly challenging year for us here at BHL HQ, we had a much needed break over the holidays and have hit the ground running with plenty of exciting plans for 2016! It's a short and sweet post from us today, simply... read more ›

Pattern hacking Elisalex - the ultimate off the shoulder velvet princess dress!


When I was little, growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, off the shoulder dresses were the absolute pinnacle of ladylike perfection. Thanks to nostalgic images of Brigitte Bardot floating around our house and my then style icon Princess Jasmine, I knew I'd be needing an off the shoulder gown one day, and in sup... read more ›

Free pattern - Super easy crochet snowflakes

I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I put up my Christmas tree on the 30th November this year... I usually have a not-before-Dec-1st rule, but I've just been feeling so festive this season that I threw caution to the wind and said, what the hey, nothing wrong with feeling festive, and I marched right out, got a t... read more ›