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DIY Day of the Dead: Part 1 – The Face

We’ve found ourselves at a bit of a loss these last couple of days… Everything has gone to print (aaarrrgggg!), designs for the next collection of sewing patterns have been … Continue reading

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By Hand London’s very first collection!

Ok, so we’re trying to keep it together, but we are so damn proud and excited to share our very first collection of sewing patterns with you! But first, let … Continue reading

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We’ve moved!

Just a quickie to let y’all know (in case you didn’t already!) that we’ve moved our WordPress blog to a proper website – – where you can not only … Continue reading

December 3, 2012

DIY Day of the Dead: Part 2 – The Accessory

To complete our Dia de los Muertos inspired Halloween costume (see the sugar skull face paint tutorial here), we’ve adapted the traditional veiled flower garland headband associated with the Mexican … Continue reading

October 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

We’ve gone to print!

Sooo, after a few sleepless nights, some sweaty palms, hard liquor and vats of coffee… the packaging is off to the printers! We really can’t wait to show you the … Continue reading

October 12, 2012 · 9 Comments

DIY gathered skirt

Observant types amongst you may have noticed that here at By Hand Studios, we love making skirts. A quick project with infinite possibilities, minimal drafting required (omitting wiggle skirts of … Continue reading

October 8, 2012 · 4 Comments

The perfect waistband

Full skirts and their infinite variations can be the quickest and most satisfying sewing project, whip-uppable in under an hour. That is, once you’ve mastered the basics that make up … Continue reading

October 4, 2012

Charlotte and Elisalex: The illustrated edition

One of the things we love most about vintage sewing patterns are the illustrations on the front (check out our Pinterest for some of our favourites). These illustrations are incredibly … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · 9 Comments

3 ways to gather

Gathering, or ruching, is a technique used to bunch together a length of fabric to create a ruffled effect. Gathering is most commonly associated with gathered skirts (aka Dirndl skirts) … Continue reading

September 27, 2012

Ladies we love #3: Madeleine

Next up on ‘Ladies we love’ is Dalston based fashion stylist and proud Norwegian, Madeleine Ostlie. As we rifled through her e.x.t.e.n.s.i.v.e wardrobe, we talked a bit about men, how … Continue reading

September 26, 2012 · 6 Comments

Happy Birthday Charlotte!!

Today there’s minimal work going here at By Hand HQ as we celebrate Charlotte’s 28th birthday! It’s not even midday and we’re already feeling a distinct sugar slump after having … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · 6 Comments

Ladies we love #2: Orsola

Orsola de Castro is mama to By Hand co-founder Elisalex and general inspirational creative businesswoman. A passionate and lifelong pioneer of sustainable lifestyle and upcycling, she founded her very own … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · 10 Comments

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