Southport Dress

Southport Dress :: Dandelion Drift

So my friends and I went on a little girls beach trip a couple weekends back and we started talking about clothes.  One friend defined my style as simple, and I would have to agree with her.  I don’t like to put a ton of effort into getting dressed everyday, but I do want to look like I’ve actually tried.  I want to look pulled together without having to work at it.  Does that make me lazy?  Efficient?  I don’t know, but I love to find clothes that can make me look good (without having to do any hard thinking).

Southport Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Dresses are it for me.  They are a “one and done” outfit.  I only have to reach for one hanger, and not have to think about what coordinates with the dress.  And with the hot summer, dresses keep me cooler (temperature wise, I’m pretty sure in my 30s I am far from cool, ha!).

Southport Dress :: Dandelion Drift

So the southport dress.  It’s the newest pattern from Kelli at true bias and this pattern is love!  It fits with my one and done, simple style mentality!  I might just sew a handful more before the summer is up!

Southport Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I helped Kelli test the pattern (but this is not my tester versions).  After testing the pattern, I knew I wanted to make this pattern out of rayon challis.  I ordered a few yards from the imagine gnats shop and got to work!

Southport Dress :: Dandelion Drift

For this version, I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern (other than shortening the hem).  But my next sew (I will definitely sew this pattern again) I think I need to do a SBA.  I’ve never done one before, but Kelli drafted the pattern for a C cup, and I’m no where near that, ha!  Either that or size down in the bodice.

Southport Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed a size 4, graded out to a size 6 at the hips.  I’ve recently seen more people share their measurements and I think it’s pretty helpful when seeing how a garment fits on different bodies.  So here’s mine: 34 – 27 – 37.  .

Southport Dress :: Dandelion Drift

When I was cutting out the pattern, I was trying to conserve as much of the rayon challis I possibly could so I could make a sutton blouse out of the fabric (which you can read about here).  So I cut the pockets out of a lightweight chambray, which you can see the tiniest peak of in this picture.

Southport Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Alright, details….that’s what I’m loving when I sew nowadays.  I love the button placket, drawstring waist, pockets, bartacks (to keep the pockets from pulling on the seams), and the long front slit.  Have I said I love this dress and all it’s details yet?  Kelli has this maxi length and a shorter, above the knee version as part of her pattern.

Southport Dress :: Dandelion Drift

What have you been sewing lately?  Any style confessions (or maybe realizations)?

  • I adore this dress, it looks so chic but yes, simple as well. I hadn’t considered this pattern as I’m trying not to buy any new patterns but you’re really testing my will here with this version, I might just be persuaded! My style has definitely changed since becoming a mum, the problem is I’m not quite sure what to yet – I feel I’m getting to it slowly, but surely.

  • Hélène

    What a great summer dress! You look incredibly tall. Are you?

  • This is gorgeous on you! Fabulous!

  • Clover

    This is pretty much perfection. I have already ordered the exact same fabric and will be moved to the top of my list. My measurements are pretty much the same as you. I have never done a SBA. Have you?

  • It’s gorgeous! I love that blue. It’s so deep and vibrant. I agree, it feels so liberating to be able to slip on a dress in summer and be done. This only works in warm weather though, because as soon as you add tights, it’s not so simple any more (but I don’t really like tights).

  • Teresa, you are a gorgeous woman, and in my books you are totally cool 🙂 You know what works for you, and you make things that compliment you very well. I also am not the one to put too much though into my outfits. I like to look put together though, and I appreciate comfort. I snatched this pattern when it first came out and I have a feeling this dress will be one of my staples for next summer. It looks breastfeeding friendly, which is a bonus. For now I will just go crank up the heater haha

  • Such a simple look that looks perfect for chilling at the beach.

    Not made anything properly this year yet – am hankering over my sewing machine which is back at my parent’s place. I must drag it out and get crafting!

  • Your blog is lovely as usual! Miss you.

  • The simplicity of the fabric you’ve chosen goes well with the dress and really highlights the details. Looks fab on you!!

  • so beautiful on you! You are the best.

  • It’s really pretty! I love that blue color. I ‘ve been sewing with rayon lately too, and really like the feel of it. I’m not sure what type of rayon it is, though!

  • Kristie

    Thank you for including your measurements and the size you made. I hate trying to figure it all out. Especially when I think it looks cute on someone who looks my size on the internet.

  • This looks SO comfy!! Such a versatile piece, too. I bet it would be great to wear lounging around or dressed up. Great job!

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