A few weeks ago I saw Gail’s post on the mini Southport dress. Her version is lovely, the fabric choice for the pattern is as always spot on, and I was reminded that not only had I bought the pattern but also traced it out.
N went away last week (on yet another trip–a school trip this time–without parents!) and with a little bit of extra time on my hand I was able to finish this.
N had chosen the fabric before she left–it’s something I purchased locally a while ago. I realised that it is on the sheer side while cutting it, and almost lined the skirt but then decided not to at the last minute. A good idea I think because I love the way it looks and I wonder if that would have somehow changed the look.
I cut a size 6 but increased both the bodice and skirt length to 7. It’s on the shorter side but the style goes well with the length and I think in a few days she can even wear it with a teeshirt underneath and tights below.
It has been a while since I have sewed from any pattern other than Oliver+S or Japanese pattern books. I am happy to say that Kelly’s instructions for the pattern were excellent. If I may so so myself, I am pretty pleased with the neckline and armhole binding and that this is my best experience so far on attaching a single fold bias tape in these places :-) Also, I discovered this much later, but if you need extra help with the binding she even has a tutorial on her blog.
N wore this dress through the day right after she got back and so here are a few pictures from around the house through the day.
I think I may need to make a few more of these soon. It’s a really straightforward pattern, easy to make,and would look lovely in different kinds of fabric. Perhaps my next one is going to be in flannel!
Have you tried out any new patterns recently that you loved?