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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 us explain a little bit about it all. You may have heard us say before that we are inspired most by the real-life women around us. This is why we decided we would name and base each of the designs in our collections on stylish ladies we know and admire. We have begun by using erm, well…ourselves! So, without further ado, let us introduce the Charlotte Skirt and the Elisalex Dress:

Charlotte Skirt

A high waisted pencil skirt with peplum and hem ruffle variations. This skirt has been designed with an hourglass figure in mind, allowing a generous amount of ease at the hips.

This straight talking Dutch girl dreams of running her own business empire, believes art and culture changes lives and is a sucker for a sleazy RnB beat. A lover of short stories by American men and oversized gold earrings, the US of A generally holds a special place in her heart. However, moving to London at a young age, it is this city, and its people, which have had the most profound influence on her style and thought. A child of the 90s she spent her teens trawling markets and charity shops in search of diamante bindis, shag bands and skater trousers – as well as happily hacking up her own clothing. She’s now a little more neatly dressed though and, fittingly, her absolute favourite look ever is a high cinched in waist.


Elisalex Dress

An elegant dress with a low scooped back, princess seamed, fully lined bodice, box pleated tulip skirt and exposed zipper at centre back. There are three sleeve variations and the bodice is designed with very little ease to enhance the waist.

Lifelong West London girl Elisalex is half Italian, an obsessive maker and proud mama to her beautiful four year old boy. She shamelessly enjoys a touch of the 50s housewife – sewing, baking and romance being just a few of her favourite things. However, don’t let that fool you, this girl left a bit of her heart in Nashville a while back and loves nothing more than dancing all night to country music or getting down to some 60s reggae. As much as she loves summer, for this pale beauty nothing beats a stormy winter evening with real wood fires and knitting at hand. A firm non believer in the concept of being overdressed, if you spot someone in a ballgown and heels workin’ it on the dancefloor of an East London dive bar – well, it’s probably our girl.

All photos by Richard Round Turner

Our very first collection of sewing patterns – the Charlotte skirt & the Elisalex dress – will be available to buy at the end of October 2012! For up-to-date information, keep up with us here, on Twitter @byhandlondon or like our Facebook page By Hand London.


37 comments on “By Hand London’s very first collection!

  1. Joanne
    September 19, 2012

    Oh WOW congratulations guys – love both these designs!!!! Can’t wait to see the patterns – how will you produce – PDF or paper or both? How exciting!

    • byhandlondon
      September 19, 2012

      Thank you Joanne!! We are SO excited! We’ll be producing good ole fashioned paper patterns for the main collections, some simple free downloadables soon and something else we’re keeping quiet about for now… 😉

      • Joanne
        September 19, 2012

        music to my ears…!

      • Marie
        September 19, 2012

        This all sounds very exciting and congratulations on your first beautiful collection!!!

        • byhandlondon
          September 19, 2012

          Thanks Marie! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  2. Leillah
    September 19, 2012

    I love the 2 at the top. And also the long sleeved dress. Waiting to see how easy it will be to make. Exciting!

  3. Alice Harper
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations you two!!! This is a fabulous achievement. Can’t wait to try to make these…..

  4. Rachel Richardson
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations, lovely collection! Will definitely ordering the Elisalex Dress once released. I love the tulip skirt and different bodices!

  5. sewbusylizzy
    September 19, 2012

    Gorgeous!!!! I looooove that dress! Wanna make that asap

  6. Heather Lou
    September 19, 2012

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! So loverly! Elisalex may remember my hyperventilations for her ruffled pencil skirt about 6 months ago so seeing it here makes me VERRRRRRYYYYY happy (I love the peplum variation)! And the dress! So many possibilities!!! Well done girls – what a fabulous start! (Sounds of hands clapping and cries of “Bravo“)

  7. Lizz @ A Good Wardrobe
    September 19, 2012

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to the release!

  8. byhandlondon
    September 20, 2012

    Ladies, thank you so very much for your comments! So encouraging and inspiring. Hurry up printers!!!

  9. yesilikethat
    September 20, 2012

    These are both great! I was looking for a pattern for a peplum skirt the other day and couldn’t find anything I liked, so can’t wait for this one to come out. The dress is beautiful as well – I love the retro tulip skirt shape. I’m glad you’ll be offering paper patterns too. x

  10. oonaballoona
    September 20, 2012

    BEAUTIFUL and so much fun!!! that gold skirt is a holiday party if ever i saw one.

  11. gingermakes
    September 20, 2012

    Oh my gosh, these are absolutely gorgeous!! Great job, guys!!!!

  12. Pippa @ Beads and Barnacles
    September 20, 2012

    Ohh love these, might even have to get one of them even though i dont have time to make it for a long time!

  13. dixiediy
    September 20, 2012

    so exciting! great variations!

  14. Nothy
    September 20, 2012

    Oh, wow! I am getting both as soon as they are available! Congratulations! And thank you for putting out such fabulous patterns!

  15. Inna the Wall (@thewallinna)
    September 21, 2012

    Love love love! Your patterns are so different from what’s out there! Congratulations 🙂

  16. Sew Little Time
    September 21, 2012

    how exciting – love the designs! congratulations!

  17. orsola
    September 21, 2012

    wish i could sew !!!

  18. byhandlondon
    September 21, 2012

    Ladies, all of you, thank you thank you THANK YOU for such lovely comments!!! We are obviously excited to smitherines but this is made all the more thrilling knowing that you guys are feeling it too! We are OVERWHELMED by all the love.


  19. caroline van der lande
    September 24, 2012

    WOW they look awesome!! Very good job!! I’ll definitely need the gold skirt! Charlotte, are you coming over in october to Holland? Maybe some space left in your handluggage…. 🙂 Hope to see more very soon!

    • byhandlondon
      September 26, 2012

      Thanks cousin! I will definitely be there in October for the reunion, with the boy as well. If we the patterns are out then I will make sure to bring some for you! x

  20. redstaggerwingdesigns
    October 4, 2012

    Nearly dropped my phone when i saw that dress!!! stunning even on my iphone screen! cannot wait for this release!

    • byhandlondon
      October 4, 2012

      Ahhh thank you!!! What a compliment (but don’t break your phone on our account!)… We’re so excited too!! 🙂

  21. Trixie Lixie
    October 4, 2012

    These patterns are gorgeous, I can’t wait to stock them on our website!

  22. Lucinda - sew wrong
    October 4, 2012

    I’m loving that skirt with the different flounce options! Wow, this makes me want to create my own pattern line. Your designs are really inspiring, and it’s great to see more indy pattern companies available to modern stitchers.

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  24. Sewing Sveta
    October 18, 2012

    Congratulations! I like both items! Very cool!

  25. misscrayolacreepy
    October 18, 2012

    Both are gorgeous!!!!!!

  26. Scruffy Badger
    October 19, 2012

    Wowzer! I have just seen your style post at Stitch and Witter & I think I’ve become quickly smitten! Fabulous designs! Cant wait to see more & for these to be released 🙂

    • byhandlondon
      October 19, 2012

      Thank you!! Massive compliment coming from you – we are big fans of the badger here!! X

  27. Poppy
    October 29, 2012

    Congratulations on your very first collection! So exciting… Keep up the good work, the clothes are gorgeous!

    • byhandlondon
      October 29, 2012

      Thank you!! SO exciting – hard to believe that we’ll be laying our hands on them fresh from the printers by the end of this week…!!!!

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