by Hand London's new Flora dress. Somehow this is the first pattern that I have sewn of theirs, and I have certainly been missing out. I love the feminine silhouettes of their designs. They all feel young and on trend with just the slightest touch of retro inspiration. I have plans to make up their Charlotte skirt really soon too. flora dress is a fun party dress with a box pleated waistline. One thing that I love about the cut of this dress is that it is a cross between a circle skirt and a pleated skirt so it's much more flatterning - and less boxy or full around the waistline - than a normal pleated skirt. It hugs the hips perfectly and swishes when you walk - all of things you want in a good party dress. I chose to do the higher neckline version although I also think that the wrap top option is pretty great too. I did make a couple of changes. Due to some pattern cutting error on my part, I ended up needing to scrap the back length. So in the end I just made the entire skirt knee length - I had to lengthen the front by a couple of inches too. I also added pockets. I love pockets in a dress, but I am wondering if I should have left them out. It does add a little bit of bulk to the hips which are otherwise very flat. Mood NYC. I first spotted this fabric on a friend's instagram and couldn't get it out of my mind. It's very different than anything that I normally sew with so I had a few freak out moments about whether or not I had chosen wrong, but in the end I love it. It's a gorgeous soft linen with a beautiful drape. It's much more colorful than what I normally wear, but I love the color combo and the large scale of the print. I just feel so feminine when I wear this dress. It's so fun. By Hand London's pinterest account to keep track of them all. I am always amazed to see so many completely different versions of the same pattern. p.s. It was 40 degrees when I did this photoshoot and I also had to change clothes on a balcony, in a side alley, crossing my fingers that none of my neighbors were watching. I get a good laugh just thinking about it.