We've said it once and we'll say it a million times - what we love most about sewing is that sense of sheer possibility contained within each little pattern... One design = infinite outfits. It's like there's an entire wardrobe just waiting to be dreamed up as you unfold the pattern tissue!
To illustrate this versatility, and to highlight how hilariously differently we like to dress ourselves here at BHL HQ, we thought we'd each make up and style our new soon-to-come pattern, the Kim Dress.
When given the choice, Charlotte will, 9 times out of 10, opt to make a dress out of calico. And I don't mean for a toile, I'm talking the Real Thing. It's the stiffness of the calico that she loves (that's what she said...), the way it acts almost like a corset - sucking you in and pushing it all up! And as much as she loves the nothing-colour of calico, fortunately for our eyes she is also partial to a bold 'n bright print. She was given this beautiful African wax cotton - that has a similar stiffness to it to calico - by Vlissco Fabrics, and you can get your hands on it, and hundreds of other incredible wax cottons here.
Victoria's choice of "fabric" for her Kim Dress was underpinned by two key factors in her decision making process - how fast will it make up? Is it suitably inappropriate? This burgundy pleather from Minerva Fabrics ticks both boxes: it appeals to Victoria's sewing laziness as it eliminates the need for seam finishes, a lining or hemming, and as you can see - this dress will feel right at home amongst her growing wardrobe of fetish wear. Methinks this video by the Spice Girls must've made a pretty big impression on a young Victoire...
This classic red gingham has been waiting patiently in my stash for almost a year, all the while sending secret love notes to my petticoat. Then Kim happened. For me, this dress is 50s high school sweetheart meets yodelling Tyrolean milk-maid at its very best. Which, despite being a 30 year old single Mum living in London in 2014, is exactly how I see myself.