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. Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 1.09.01 PMFor 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. Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 1.12.34 PMI 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.Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 1.12.20 PM 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. Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 1.10.00 PM


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. Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 1.51.54 PM

Also this purple tank dress I’m working on by Sew Caroline. Which just happens to be the giveaway for this week’s episode of The RLD Podcast.
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Oh, and I also made this new wide, ironing board cover with that bright colored fabric. I’m loving it! Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 1.52.08 PMThat’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