New pattern alert! Please welcome, the Sarah Shirt!


It is with immense excitement, and from the edge of my seat right now that I get to announce our very newest sewing pattern, the Sarah Shirt!! Sarah is no ordinary shirt. Feminine and drapey yet chic and polished, Sarah is a button-up swing shirt with plenty of ease that clings and skims in all the right places... read more ›

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 ›