Folks, it's getting truly cold here in the UK...so I made a dress fit for Spring! I'm not even going to try and understand why - though I've convinced myself a navy cardi and matching tights will make it Winter appropriate - so just humour me please.
Initially, I was lined up to test the Kim Dress - The latest offering from By Hand London - but my granddad got sick and all sewing plans went out the window. The girls were kind enough to let me try Kim out in my own time though and I was more than happy to oblige.
Kim is an interesting combination teetering between sexy and sweet, with really low front and back necklines and a choice of two skirts. Predictably I went for the fuller skirt, but decided against the sweetheart neckline to avoid a complete sugar rush. I also omitted the pintuck hem as I think it's a lovely detail that would have been lost on my busy print.
Having seen Elisalex's stunningly vampy version, I'm now desperate for a bolder Kim in my life and I'm even tempted to break the habit of a lifetime and try the pencil/petal skirt next.
As always with By Hand London patterns, Kim's instructions are spot on and her construction is surprisingly easy. True to form, Kim ends up looking beautiful both inside and out - the bodice is fully lined and I added a skirt lining to mine because my fabric is quite sheer.
Speaking of fabric...don't you love mine? It's Queue for the Zoo, a Liberty Tana Lawn, kindly gifted to me by Susan at Sewbox, as part of the By Hand London pattern testing process. I must take a minute to wax lyrical about Susan, who is so helpful and accommodating! I was first partnered up with Susan back in March during the Flora Dress testing and even though I didn't end up using the beautiful fabric I picked from her selection, she graciously let me keep it. Although I fully intend on putting it to good use, I still haven't had the chance, but Susan didn't hold this against me when our Kim partnership came around. Thank you Susan for being so understanding and so generous!
One personal 'issue' I have with Kim, is the low front neckline. Although I love the way it looks, I'm not sure how comfortable I'll feel in public with so much skin on display. It's not because I'm some frigid weirdo, I promise. It's just that being both buxom and short means that most people look down to speak to me and low necklines expose a lot of cleavage from that angle, often eliciting unwanted attention. So it's just easier to cover up the ladies than deal with stupid idiots thinking I'm 'up for it'!
To make my Kim a little more wearable for me, I actually reduced the seam allowance all along the neckline to just 0.5cm. I think it's made a decent difference and it's also resulted in slightly wider straps, which are better at covering my scaffolding!
Righto, I'm going to leave you with this amusing out-take. It's the moment I went to tinker with my camera's timer and realised our neighbour was waving to me from her ladder. She must think I'm such a dick!
Anyway...what's your take on the Kim Dress? Don't worry if you missed the presale, Kim will be available again by Friday 28 November!