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