I’ve been busy sewing these past few weeks and I finally sewed up a pattern that I’ve been eyeing for a bit, the Southport Dress by True Bias. I made it in two different fabrics: a black and gold cotton and a polyester in a red fabric. They are both from Walmart and although I’m a huge advocate for buying things from local mom & pop shops I no longer have the availability of those around me *tear*. So, I can either drive to Hancock Fabrics which is 30 minutes away, Joann’s which is an hour away, or hop on over to Walmart which is 2 minutes away. So most of the time I go to Walmart. They seem to have pretty good fabric and lately they’ve had a great amount of new fabric come in in great prints. For these two dresses I noticed that the red poly fabric went much better because it was not as heavy as the cotton and had much better drape to it. The cotton was just a bit too thick which made the gathering of the dress not as smooth as in the red one. If I do decide to make it again with a cotton I’ll probably use a smaller sized skirt to lessen the amount of gathers. The red one came out perfectly but as you’ll see in the pictures I pull the gathers to the front sides and flatten the front. I found that this worked much better for my body type and slimmed it down a bit also. I want to apologize for the fact that the maxi is wrinkled, it just came out of my luggage from our 4th of July trip and I didn’t have a chance to press it before taking a pic. Anyways, in the maxi version I added buttons for the top in order to add a bit of something at the top. For the red dress I cut out the bodice thinking I had enough time to do the buttons but it was the night before my weekend trip and I decided to just stitch it together at the fold line, fold under the extra seams for what was supposed to be the button placket, and then topstitched a couple lines next to the middle. It actually came out quite nice and the detail was very pretty. I also left the bias tape out instead of folding it towards the inside like the armholes and I liked that also.
Overall this pattern was a very easy and fast sew-up and I will definitely make more, probably in knits and fabrics with more drape. I loved it and definitely recommend everyone out there to add it to your handmade wardrobe! Also, I wanted to share with y’all a few things currently on my sewing table: this bright, new, yellow and grey fabric I just bought to make this cute apron with.
Oh, and I also made this new wide, ironing board cover with that bright colored fabric. I’m loving it! That’s it. Lots of sewing happening here. What have you been sewing and have you sewn the Southport dress yet?
Until next time y’all, Stay creative!
ღ Reyna Lay ღ