Kim Dress PDF

By Hand London


Buy the Kim Dress sewing pattern from By Hand London. Kim is sexy and slinky, but also demure and girly. The fully lined, princess seamed sleeveless bodice, which comes with a choice of a simple scooped or vintage sweetheart necklines, also has two very different skirt options. Variation 1 boasts a wrap-style pencil skirt with a curved, petal-like overlap, while the gathered skirt with pintuck hem of Variation 2 nods nostalgically to dresses of the 50s.

Suggested fabrics: A smorgasbord of woven fabrics will be suitable for your Kim: cotton lawn and quilting cottons, cotton voile, cotton poplin, seersucker, cotton silk, brocade, jacquard, taffeta, dupion silk, silk satin, silk crepe, silk habotai, silk noil, wool crepe, wool tweed, eyelet lace, viscose rayon, among others. For the bodice lining we recommend 100% cotton lawn.

Fabric requirements: 150 cm (60”) wide fabric: variation 1, 1.6 m (1.75 yards); variation 2, 2 m (2.2 yards); lining, 0.5 m (0.6 yards) // 115 cm (45”) wide fabric: variation 1, 2 m (2.2 yards); variation 2, 3.4 m (3.65 yards); lining, 0.6 m (0.65 yards).

Sizing: UK 6 – 20 (US 2 – 16). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: 16” invisible zipper; hook and eye.

This sewing pattern is available in PDF format. The PDF pattern will be available immediately for download after purchase.

PDF pattern includes: Digital pattern compatible with both US letter and A4 paper sizes; copy shop file; step-by-step illustrated instructions.

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Jacquard / Brocade, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Silk / Satin / Sateen, Wools / Suiting


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

All day

Pattern format


PDF Printing

11 pages (bodice), 13 pages (full skirt), 25 pages (wrap skirt)

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    Kim Dress


    So this By Hand London Kim Dress is an absolute stunner once she’s made up. I went for the sweetheart neckline combined with the mock wrap skirt, sewn in a Rifle Paper Co. cotton.

    There are two bodice variations to chose from with the Kim, and a full skirted or wrap skirt. On the advice of my better half I went for the mock wrap. Which is really not what I would usually go for, I was a bit intimidated by this closer fitting skirt. I was worried I would mess up the fit and it would be either too saggy or too tight! I shouldn’t have worried, those By Hand London ladies seriously know their stuff. The darts in the skirt shape it perfectly and the little knife pleats were so easy to make.

    The bodice was also a little intimidating at first. It’s made from 3 front panels and 2 back panels which form figure hugging princess seams. It’s fully lined and closes with an invisible zip. Again, I just kept calm and followed the instructions, it came together just fine.

    The fit was fabulous and I felt like a 50s screen siren wearing it!

    The only adjustments I had to make were:
    – After making a bodice toile in sweedish sewing paper I realised I am NOT a By Hand London UK 12. It came up pretty teeny, so I graded up to a 14.
    – I added a bit of extra width to the back bodice panels as they were pulling the front a bit making the mock wrap open up in a rather risque way!
    – I added BRIGHT GOLD bias tape to hem the skirt panels (this did mean starting it off before basting the front panels to the bodice and having long dangling pieces of bias in the way, but it looks great on the final thing!).
    – I employed a safety pin at the wedding I wore this to, that mock wrap can get a bit um… flashy on the dance floor! Perhaps I should have made bright gold knickers to go with it! The pattern instructions do suggest you might want to stitch the wrap section down a little. I think I’ll do that before I wear it again.

    All in all a fab, straight forward pattern which is so glam yet super wearable.

    Happy sewing!
    Lotty xoxo

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    Kim Dress


    Here is my Kim dress which I made using the Outback Wife barkcloth.

    I made a couple of changes to the pattern. Firstly I added about an inch to the length of the bodice. Secondly, I used one piece of fabric across the the full width to gather up for the skirt. So the skirt isn’t as full as the pattern directs, but with a fabric like this you don’t need the extra bulk at the waist.

    For some more images and a more in depth review see the blog post here….

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    Kim Dress


    I am tall, with broad shoulders and an asymmetrical bust. I am size 16 on the top and size 20 at the waist and size 16 to 18 at the hip. It sounds as if I am apple shaped.

    Size: I made two bodice toiles. One size 16 and the other 18 (UK sizes) Size 16 fitted well whilst size 18 ‘swam’ on me at the shoulders and bust but was too tight at the waist. I felt both were far too short in the body for me as I am tall at 1.76m (5.9’). I am asymmetrical on my shoulders (they slope in different ways! I also have one breast slightly larger and higher than the other, owing to necessary medical interventions.

    The instructions said that you should go for the size which best fits your waist size. This matched with size 18 and so I chose to do that. I created a lot of work for myself but I was satisfied with the end result. Indeed I did actually have to increase the waist size to size 20, which made a strange looking bodice but does fit me.

    Owing to the gaping at the arms I did a number of things: a small bust adjustment, an armscye dart and lowering of the armscye. This addressed the issue of the gaping front. Even now, with the completed ‘dress toile’ (which is wearable) I think I should have removed more fabric to get the princess seam at the top, chest level, tighter. I thought I would be getting myself into very deep water if I tried to ‘move the dart into the princess seam’ as they tell you. I guess I need to study what this really means!

    I lowered the armscye to true up this area as I had to significantly reduce the amount of shoulder strap. I think I must have removed 5 to 7 cms! As I was having to make a lot of adjustments to the shoulder seams I decided I would not follow By Hand London’s suggestion of turn the bodice through the completely sewn shoulder seam. I was so glad that I did not do it their way as it gave me a lot of adjustment room, which I now know I need on the shoulders.

    I did hand finish the shoulder seam and it looks fine, in my opinion! I also had significant sway-back issues which I took out on the dress fabric. In the end I think that the bodice was about the right length originally and the problem is that I have a ‘tall gal’ mind-set so believe that everything will be too short for me. The lining was fine, although I did try to line the skirt with some rubbish fabric and in the end I removed it. Lining the bodice makes it very comfortable to wear.

    The skirt part of the dress went together well… except I really don’t think my knees are very nice to look at, so the next time I make it (and I will), I will swivel the skirt opening more to the side and make less of a curve. It will still be a tulip curve but not so revealing. Apart from the bust area where I could have taken more from the upper area (but just need to stop fiddling), I am quite taken with the dress and it will be lovely to wear on the one hot day of summer we have here in the UK. I will go back and make the size 16 and widen the waist as it fitted so snugly. In future I will go with my bust/upper bust size to choose the size. Interesting to make and encouraged me to solve a lot of fitting issues.

    Update: Since then I have made two more dresses, the latest of which I will be wearing to a friend’s wedding. I love the dress and it is fun to wear.

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    Kim Dress


    Kim dress by By Hand London

    I might have this pattern in my collection for a couple of years or so. I wanted so bad to make it back then but I wasn’t brave enough until now. Kim dress has a very flattering figure with a fully lined fitted bodice, scoop or sweetheart neckline and two skirt variations. Variation 1 has a wrap – style tulip skirt while Variation 2 (the one that I made) has gathered skirt with three pleats just before the hem. It is for intermediate sewers according to the company.

    Sewing pattern: Kim dress by By Hand London
    Size: 10
    Fabric: Cotton poplin (main fabric – outside), cotton lawn for the bodice lining and Viscose lining fabric for the skirt lining
    Notions: 45cm long concealed zipper from my local haberdashery
    Alterations: I lined the entire dress instead of lining only the bodice. I didn’t put the skirt pleats on
    Total cost: ~16 euros (cost of the pattern is ~15 euros, I have the printed version which in no longer available. That is why I’m not sure about the cost of the printed pattern)
    Make another one: Yes, I would love a Kim dress in a solid colour this time

    –>For the full pattern review please go to my blog,! Here is the link:

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    Kim Dress


    To round up this year’s sewing pattern reviews, I thought I’d end on a festive note with my By Hand London ‘Kim’ Dress! The perfect dress for pinup-perfect party style this Christmas.

    To see my full pattern review and images:

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    Kim Dress


    I Love the sweetheart neckline on this pattern. This was the first dress ive ever used princess seams on, and the instructions were great! I also read their blog for a walkthrough of the dress which was great if i got stuck on bits (im still a beginner!) Im definetly converted to use princess seams, much quicker than darts. Since this pattern ive brought a few others from by hand london and cant wait to start them.
    Id recommend this pattern to anyone, the instructions are simple, its a great fit and design.

    I used a quilting cotton fabric 🙂

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