They say all clouds have a silver lining, and today this couldn't be more true for us - on our very last day at BHL HQ. As I type we are packing, cleaning, sorting and saying goodbye to the breezeblock temple that we have called our own since last Summer. It's bittersweet, for as we leave behind our past, we are ushering in our future with the release of a brand spanking new sewing pattern! Ladies and gents, boys and girls, please welcome.... The Zeena Dress!
Inspired by and named after our good pal, and super talented printmaker Zeena Shah, the Zeena is an infinitely versatile dress that will take you from daytime to partytime without a hitch. With sweet little box pleats to cinch the waist and kimono sleeves - short or 3/4 length - lending the bodice a relaxed yet feminine feel. Make like a lady with a knee length pleated skirt, or dare to bare and cut it short - but always keep things practical with side seam pockets!
Zeena will be happily made from a myriad of fabrics. Opt for soft, lightweight cottons for a no-fuss Summer dress, such as lawn, quilting cotton, broderie Anglaise, batiste, double gauze and cotton silk, or add a bit of drama with drapier fabrics such as viscose rayon, silk crêpe de chine, sandwashed silk or wool crêpe.
For our sample dresses, we used a deliciously soft and floaty pink double gauze by Kobayashi for the longer sleeved Variation 1...
We'd also like to extend our love and appreciation for our amazing army of pattern testers - thanks to their eagle eyes and stitching finesse, we have been able to iron out typos, beef up the instructions, and hopefully deliver a pattern that is the best it possibly can be! We'll be sure to spam your various feeds with their stunning makes over the next few days...
As well as these beautiful samples we sewed up, and reluctantly handed over to Zeena herself as a thank you for being our muse, all three of us have been consumed by Zeena fever! Probably our easiest and fastest sewing pattern to date (no lining and no setting in sleeves yo!), Zeena can be whipped up in less than a day, so it's no surprise that we already have multiple variations to show for our testing period - all of which we can't wait to start photographing and sharing with you soon!
We see a long, hazy Summer of many Zeenas in our immediate future, and we really hope that you guys fall as hard as we have! As ever, we can't wait to see how you make her, so please feel free to tag us, email us, and generally just bombard us with your Zeena Dresses - you can find us on Facebook, follow us on Instgram & Twitter or ask us anything by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The smallprint ~ the Zeena Dress is multi-sized sewing pattern - UK6 / US 2 - UK 20 / US 16. To make the Zeena Dress, you will need to download the PDF file to your computer upon purchase in order to print it out and assemble at home. This can only be done from a computer or laptop - smartphones and tablets won't work!