My latest hack go-to is the By Hand London Holly bodice with the Nina Lee Kew skirt. I love this hack because it’s versatile – it’s a bit of a blank canvas since it’s such a classic shape and you can easily add any type of sleeve. It also only uses about 2 metres of fabric (sometimes a bit more depending on sleeves) which means I’ve ended up making many of them!
This fabric is one that I missed out on the first time round when Rifle Paper Co released it, it’s from their first collection, Menagerie. I saw that Minerva Crafts were selling it so I just had to get it. I wanted to make something with a bit of a 70s vibe so I added volume to the sleeves with elastic at the cuffs and a fake button placket.
To do the button placket I cut the front piece on the fold and stitched straight down with the fabric still folded in half. I then ironed it flat and stitched at each side of the button placket. I added some big pearl beads from eBay.
For the skirt, I cut the front piece on the fold instead of in two pieces and I cut the back piece in two and added seam allowance so I could add an invisible zip.
Overall, I’m really happy with the dress and think I’ll wear it in all seasons. I love the simplicity of the Kew skirt so I’ll definitely be pairing this with other bodice patterns too.