Ok, so we're trying to keep it together, but we are so damn proud and excited to share our very first collection of sewing patterns with you! But first, let us explain a little bit about it all. You may have heard us say before that we are inspired most by the real-life women around us. This is why we decided we would name and base each of the designs in our collections on stylish ladies we know and admire. We have begun by using erm, well...ourselves! So, without further ado, let us introduce the Charlotte Skirt and the Elisalex Dress:
A high waisted pencil skirt with peplum and hem ruffle variations. This skirt has been designed with an hourglass figure in mind, allowing a generous amount of ease at the hips.
This straight talking Dutch girl dreams of running her own business empire, believes art and culture changes lives and is a sucker for a sleazy RnB beat. A lover of short stories by American men and oversized gold earrings, the US of A generally holds a special place in her heart. However, moving to London at a young age, it is this city, and its people, which have had the most profound influence on her style and thought. A child of the 90s she spent her teens trawling markets and charity shops in search of diamante bindis, shag bands and skater trousers – as well as happily hacking up her own clothing. She’s now a little more neatly dressed though and, fittingly, her absolute favourite look ever is a high cinched in waist.
Lifelong West London girl Elisalex is half Italian, an obsessive maker and proud mama to her beautiful four year old boy. She shamelessly enjoys a touch of the 50s housewife – sewing, baking and romance being just a few of her favourite things. However, don’t let that fool you, this girl left a bit of her heart in Nashville a while back and loves nothing more than dancing all night to country music or getting down to some 60s reggae. As much as she loves summer, for this pale beauty nothing beats a stormy winter evening with real wood fires and knitting at hand. A firm non believer in the concept of being overdressed, if you spot someone in a ballgown and heels workin’ it on the dancefloor of an East London dive bar – well, it’s probably our girl.
All photos by Richard Round Turner
Our very first collection of sewing patterns - the Charlotte skirt & the Elisalex dress - will be available to buy at the end of October 2012! For up-to-date information, keep up with us here, on Twitter @byhandlondon or like our Facebook page By Hand London.