By gum – it’s a By Hand London giveaway!

I’ve long been a fan of Elisalex from Stitch Me Softly‘s style. Just check out her interview on this very blog for more details. A little bit boho, a little bit inner city and a lot of glam combines into one very unique look. And I know I’m not the only fan out there.

So when Elisalex announced months ago that she was launching By Hand London – a new independent pattern company – with her chum Charlotte, my heart soared. I couldn’t wait to see what they came up with and with the release of their first two patterns I couldn’t be more pleased.The Elisalex dress and the Charlotte skirt are sassy, sexy and sophisticated. I cannot WAIT to use these patterns post baby bump!

But that’s not all. By Hand London have not only very generously sent me a couple of patterns to try out next year (thanks guys – you rock), I also have another two to give away here! How exciting! Let’s take a closer look at each pattern.

Elisalex dress

The Elisalex dress features three variations of a princess-seamed bodice and box-pleated tulip skirt. It’s fully lined with a cinched in waist for extra definition. The instructions come in a separate booklet, are clear and concise with extra tips and golden rules scattered throughout and feature very clear graphics and a space for your own notes. It’s a multi sized pattern from size 2/6 (US/UK) to a 16/20.

Charlotte skirt

The Charlotte skirt is an absolute darling of a pencil skirt, featuring an optional peplum or hem ruffle (or both if you feel like being a touch dramatic). It’s marked as suitable for beginners. Even better, By Hand London will be starting a sewalong for the skirt in the New Year so your first make of 2013 couldn’t be easier! Again, it’s a multi sized pattern from size 2/6 (US/UK) to a 16/20.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these beautiful patterns, simply comment below letting me know which one you’d like to get your hands on and more importantly – why. The giveaway is open to international peeps and closes midday Sunday 9th December 2012 GMT. The two winners will be selected at random and announced here on the blog soon after (as long as we are not interrupted by an early visit from the stork!). Good luck!


96 thoughts on “By gum – it’s a By Hand London giveaway!

  1. Love the skirt, have some perfect fabric in mind for it! I’m a beginner, so thought it would be best to try that, especially if there is a sewalong! Advice along the way, even better!!

  2. I love both of these patterns, but I especially need a good pencil skirt pattern. And the fact that it is drafted for a curvy bum is a bonus! Thanks for bringing my attention to this new pattern line.

  3. Ooh, definitely the dress, the neckline is perfect and it’s harder to find vintage looking patterns with princess seams, great for the FBAers among us!

  4. Something about the photography/styling/models for these patterns is so appealing. Something a little bit carefree, womanly, and a little 80s? I don’t know, but I love it. I would love a chance to win the Elisalex dress – I think the skirt shape and the dipped neckline in back are so flattering.

  5. I love both of the patterns. I have been reading the byhandlondon blog and the patterns look really lovely. The Elisalex dress is the one I really want. Its not just lovely but I think it would lovely on me.

  6. OOoooh, i love the dress. can see it being a good un for the office, or in a different jazzier fabric would be perfect for a night out. πŸ™‚ cant wait to see what else By Hand London come up with…

  7. I’ve been in love with the Elisalex dress for ages… it’s so classic but really striking at the same time and gives you so many options!

  8. ooo wow! how generous! I really enjoyed your interview with her and that is atcually how i found out about these patterns. I would love to win the elisalex dress as I start a new job in January and i think it could be made to look business casual and super chic at the same time. (i actually have it on my list for that purpose). πŸ˜€

  9. Oooh lovely the Elisalex dress pattern would be my choice Its a very unusual design with the tulip skirt and the pleats. One of my reasons for sewing clothes, is completing something unusual and flattering and I think this pattern fit’s the bill.

  10. I’d love the Elisalex dress – smart but not too smart, and short enough so that my guide dog puppy doesn’t chew the skirt

  11. I bought the skirt and am in LOVE with the adorable packaging! I would love to add the dress, too. I will probably break down and buy it as a presentation to myself, but winning would be even better.

    • Sorry, my login did something weird with my name (Amy)! Just in case, my email is amym710(at)gmail

  12. The dress looks so gorgeous! Maybe its because the model has such a tiny waist, but I can imagine that it will make me look like that too…

    Love the giveaway, thank you so much!!! πŸ™‚

      • Haha! Congrats! (On the baby and on the waist πŸ˜‰ haha!) Honestly though, this dress is LOVELY, I think I might need to place an order just in case I don’t win! Thank you Stitch and Witter for introducing such a cool pattern company and thank you ByHandLondon for making such pretties πŸ™‚

  13. I really dig the dress. I’m currently focused on sewing things that would work for singing gigs I have. I think that would be just the ticket!

  14. I would love to win the Elisalex dress! It looks so cute and i can imagine it in a bunch of different fabrics. I’d love to make the long sleeved version they show on their site. Please count me in!

  15. I’d love the dress, because not only is it SO pretty and all my sewing of separates recently has made me yearn for an excuse to sew a dress, but I’ve got the Charlotte skirt and it’s ace!!!

  16. I love both, but I’d have to pick the dress if forced to narrow it down. I love the seaming, the tulip skirt, and the nipped in waist. It’s perfect!

  17. Love love love the Elisalex dress. Working a set of 7 night shifts and the sight of this beautiful pattern has got my creative side all excited! Can’t wait to see the daylight and get my hands on this fabulous design!

  18. Ooh it’s the dress my days what a beaut! I think it would be my New Year make. I’m off to a prince party so a super synchy dress in purple would be fabulous with a good chuck of pearls obvs πŸ™‚

  19. Thanks for the great giveaway. If I was the lucky winner, I would love the skirt pattern. I’m new to sewing, really just starting out and I love the versatility of this pattern. There are so many ways to make this skirt that I could see it as a great pattern where I could work on fit until I had it perfect and then make it over and over again in different fabrics and styles. It looks like a perfect compliment to my body shape.
    Plus – the sew-along is a perfect way for me to start to improve my sewing skills.
    Thanks again so much – I hope I’m the lucky winner.

  20. Both of these patterns are GORGEOUS but I love the Elisalex pattern most! I think if I won the Elisalex pattern I would probably make one in 5 different fabrics and wear them constantly…maybe even make one in a brocade fabric for NYE!

  21. I’d love to have a go at the dress, just because dresses are making up far more of my wardrobe than separates at the moment (and princess seams are brilliant for getting a spot on fit!)

  22. Thanks for the intro to By Hand London! The Charlotte skirt is so pretty. Would be v flattering, I think, so feminine. I’d love to enter for that one, please! πŸ™‚

  23. I love the Elisalex dress! It is classic and feminine design. I would make a great evening out dress for New Year’s Eve.

  24. Love the dress – so pretty and girly. (Well, it would be if I made it. If a dress isn’t floral, it’s not worth owning. πŸ˜‰

  25. Oh my goodness I would love to get my hands on the Elisalex dress because it looks to be a pattern I could interpret in many ways – and it’s gorgeous!

  26. I love both patterns and would be ecstatic if I won either.
    I would like to win these patterns because I adore Elisalex’s style – romantic, sexy and feminine.
    I want to make her “tulle” skirt.

  27. I think I would like to try the Charlotte skirt. My daughter would really like a pencil skirt and we have yet to find a good pattern.

  28. Wow, please make it a harder decision! I would be delighted to win either! I adore the dress – and have it in my head to make for my London trip in 2013 (I’m an Aussie) and doing a blog photo somewhere completely ‘London’… then again I am an absolute sucker for a pencil skirt. I guess if it comes down to it I would pick the skirt as it’s a bit sassy and I do have a lot of dress patterns and no so many skirt patterns… if I did win the skirt I know that I would end up buying the dress pattern anyway. LOL. can’t help myself…

  29. Hello! I love the Elisalex dress – I have two weddings to go to next summer and am fed up of never finding dresses on the high-street that fit me! I would love to turn up in something I had made, and hope that it looks that good….!

  30. The dress is stunning, but I am in love with the skirt and would love to make a whole bunch of them in lots of different colours!
    eleanorkrause87 at gmail dot com

  31. Ooh, I would love to try the Elisalex dress! It’s so pretty and the shape is gorgeous – in at the waist and then a lovely tulip skirt – perfect for an ample-bottomed girl like me! x

  32. O what an impossible choice! I think I’d go for the Elisalex dress though, it looks like just the pattern I’ve been looking for to make a dress for my boyfriend’s brother’s wedding next year!

  33. Woohoo! Wonderful giveaway! I’ve been following By Hand London eagerly since your interview. I’m quite partial to the Elisalex dress, though both patterns are to die for. Good luck to all!

  34. I’d love to try that dress! I think it would suit my pear shape well (disguise hips and emphasize the waist!). The skirt is tempting too, though with twin toddlers I’d have to have a special occasion to wear it!

  35. I’d love both of them… which one to choose, I think the elisalex dress, since I have pencil skirt patterns already (though I will be getting the charlotte skirt at some point!)

  36. The skirt looks darling and peplum… Definitely! We need to support Indie pattern companies especially when they make clothes as pretty as these. xox

  37. Oh, I’d love to try one of these! The Elisalex dress in particular has caught my eye – it looks like it would be a fun dress to make and wear, and easy to alter for different variations. Thanks for the chance to be in to win! I’ll be waiting to see what By Hand London come up with next, it’s always exciting to see a new independent pattern maker start out. πŸ™‚

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