3 girls, 1 pattern: The Kim Dress

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.

*If you haven't already, you can preorder your Kim Dress here, and get 15% off before Friday 7th November!*

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Comments on this post ( 7 )

  • Nov 08, 2014

    Pleather!!! Whoa! These dresses all look so different- love ’em!

    — Ginger

  • Nov 06, 2014

    I love that pleather version soooo much. Would love to recreate but a) to scared to work with pleather, and b) fairly certain I would not look as good as Victoria in it!

    — Steph

  • Nov 06, 2014

    Brilliant article. I love the way your dresses are so different, yet all come from the same pattern. And you all look beautiful xxxxx

    — karen

  • Nov 06, 2014

    That pleather heart eyes 4eva !
    These are all gorgeous. I’m still umming and arring over buying the pattern – I need those princess seams in my life but my budget does not allow for new patterns rn :(


    — Alex

  • Nov 05, 2014

    The pleather version of this dress is TO DIE FOR…..might have to make recreating that my next project!

    — Eva

  • Nov 05, 2014

    Pretty. SSB https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

    — Sassy T

  • Nov 05, 2014

    All three of you are Ravishing (capitalization required)!

    — maddie

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