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We just launched three new sewing patterns for kids and it's cuteness overload!


We are giddy with excitement today as we launch three new patterns, especially for kids! Please welcome Little Anna, Little Hannah and Little Flora! Just a heads up, things are about to get heart-crushingly cute up in here...

Little Anna

Little Anna is an effortless transseasonal dress featuring double pleats on the bodice, kimono sleeves and a panelled A-line skirt. Variations include both bateau and V-neck options that are super quick and simple to make.

Fese wears the bateau neck variation of Little Anna made in a floral ex-designer cotton sateen from Selvedge & Bolts and Leela wears the V-neck variation of Little Anna made in a cobalt blue tencel from Fabric Godmother


Recommended fabrics - Lightweight woven fabrics with a bit of body are ideal, such as viscose rayon, floaty silks and wool crepe. However, stable fabrics will work beautifully too such as quilting cotton, lawn, batiste, shirting, voile, linen and broderie Anglaise.

Little Hannah

Little Hannah is the quintessential easy breezy wrap dress! With a scoop wrap neckline, gently gathered skirt, and three unique sleeve options, you can have all the fun in the world coming up with your own drastically different variations! Best of all, this dress pattern has no zipper or lining so she can be whipped up in a matter of hours!

Isabel wears the tulip sleeve variation of Little Hannah made in a spotty viscose linen from Sew Me Sunshine, and Fese wears the bishop sleeve variation of Little Hannah made in an orange tencel crepe from Sister Mintaka

Recommended fabrics - Hannah can handle a wide variety of fabrics, so feel free to have fun and experiment! Light to medium weight cottons, linens, silks and viscose will all work beautifully.

Little Flora

Feminine and fun with a voluminous dipped hem circle skirt, a simple tank bodice and three supercute shoulder strap variations, Little Flora is the definitive party dress!

Ruby wears the tie strap variation of the Little Flora dress her twin sister Leela wears the plain strap variation and Isabel wears the ruffle strap variation, all dresses made in check Irish linen from Rainbow Fabrics

Recommended fabrics - Lightweight woven fabrics with a bit of body are ideal, such as viscose rayon, floaty silks and wool crepe. However, stable fabrics will work beautifully too such as quilting cotton, lawn, batiste, shirting, voile, linen and broderie Anglaise.


Our kids range starts from 2T (the "T" stands for "toddler") and goes up to 13 years. Needless to say, just like grown-ups, kids vary massively in height and measurements as they grow, so we know that these patterns won't fit all kids straight out of the proverbial box, without taking measurements and height into account, and possibly making an alteration or two. The good news is that kids patterns come with a lot more "wearing ease" (the extra space factored in to the final fit to allow for comfort and movement) than adult patterns, so there's plenty more wiggle room - literally! - to begin with. This extra ease is important as kids need lots of space to feel comfortable running around and living their busy lives! Plus a bit of space to grow is always a good thing if you want their clothes to be worn for as long as possible ;)

Start by looking at the size chart below and circling your kid's (or the child you're sewing for) measurements. If their measurements fall into different size groups you may need to grade between sizes, and we always recommend you start by making a toile you can tweak before cutting into your main fabric!

We are so thrilled to be releasing these patterns - we've been working really hard on them for the last six months (and the idea has been on the back burner for years!) and it feels like such an achievement to be sharing them with the world. It's a bleak moment in our history, and now more than ever sewing is saving us (Jess and me, and hopefully you too). We hope these patterns bring you as much joy as they have for us, and more than anything we hope that your little people love wearing them as much as we have loved creating them!

If you want to share pictures on social media, please use the hashtags #BHLkids #bhlLittleAnna #bhlLittleHannah #bhlLittleFlora and #byhandlondon so we can find you!

Thank you... our incredible team without whom any pattern release would be impossible!

Jess, my right hand woman, about to celebrate one whole year at BHL! Jess is the driving force behind these kids patterns - her winning "can't be that hard" attitude alongside her trunk of talent made these patterns happen when I had relegated them to the "one day" pile!

Ellie, our brilliant graphic designer who has gone above and beyond to make these patterns (and some other still top secret shenanigans) happen.

Anna, the master behind the BHL fashion illustrations! Anna, don't EVER leave us please - our patterns would never be the same without your secret ingredient!

Elodie, the beauty behind the camera who is responsible for making our photoshoots such a joy.

Poppy, hair and makeup artiste extraordinaire, specialist in natural and organic beauty so all our models get the proper pampering experience!

Our incredible crew of pattern testers and fabric sponsors who relentlessly go above and beyond to support us. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!!

And last but never least, our wonderful models! Mummy and daughter duo Dibs & Fese, twin sisters Ruby & Leela, and Jess' youngest, little Isabel - thank you for bringing our patterns to life!

Comments on this post (2)

  • Sep 29, 2020

    These are adorable! And THANK YOU so much for extending the sizing up to tween sizes! I

    — Michelle

  • Sep 29, 2020

    These are absolutely precious. Congratulations!

    — Janet

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