Kaleidoscope Southport Dress

Kaleidoscope Southport Dress

Posted by Helen | July 4, 2016 | Into My Closet
True Bias Southport Dress by Helen's Closet

Do you ever kick yourself for not sewing something sooner?  It happens to me all the time.  I get patterns when they are on sale or pick them up on a whim and don’t get around to sewing them for months!  Sometimes years!  This one has only been waiting a few months, but still, I’m wishing I had made it sooner.  It is already one of my absolute favourite dresses, it’s the Southport Dress by True Bias.

True Bias Southport Dress by Helen's Closet
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The Southport is the perfect summer dress. It is comfortable and loose, while still offering a nice silhouette using the waist ties.   In a fun print like this breezy cotton, it is a statement piece for the season, and it is so much fun to wear!

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I used my ‘fake’ buttons technique with this dress because I have no problem pulling this on over my head.  I simply sewed the button band closed and put the buttons on top.  Look mom,  no button holes!  It is cheating but it is easy, and nobody will notice!  It also stops the garment from gaping at the front, which is always a good thing 🙂  The neckline and arms are finished with bias binding. 

True Bias Southport Dress by Helen's Closet
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This dress gets its shape from a waist tie, so you can choose how tight you want it.  I actually think it is quite cute without the waist cinched too, it has a nice cocoon shape this way.

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True Bias Southport Dress by Helen's Closet

This amazing fabric is from Dressew here in Vancouver.  It is a lightweight cotton that has nice structure without being too stiff.  I was drawn to this print like a moth to flame, but it has been sitting in my stash for a while.  Something this loud needs careful consideration!   I think the Southport was the perfect choice, but look forward to making this pattern again in something neutral and flowy, because I’m sure I will love it just as much!   Dressew has some of those left in a red and yellow colour-way, for you Vancouverites who are interested!

Have you made the Southport?  Send me a link so I can see! Happy 4th of July to all you Americans today!!! 

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Great fabric! It looks like a really comfy summer dress. Good call on not making button holes, too.

Thanks!!

I agree, it’s a super nice pattern. And I like how it looks uncinched – I hadn’t tried it that way. Like you, I faked the button band. Nice dress!

Thanks so much!

Lovely dress!! I have had this pattern since last summer and I am yet to sew it. I do the same thing, I am drawn to something and then it sits in my stash… The dress looks great on you and the fabric is perfect 🙂

Thanks, Anya! I have several more planned, but we will see what actually happens haha.

Super cute. Love that fabric! Am a big fan of True Bias as well.

Thanks Donna! All Kelli’s pattern are awesome 🙂

I love this and I have to add it to my must make list, aka endless pile of patterns! It’s fits beautifully and the fabric is lovely.

Thanks, Rebecca!

Yup, I do that with patterns all the time – the Inari most recently! Actually I made the Southport as a tester and have been meaning to make a solid coloured maxi one for ages so maybe I’ll dig it back out. Yours is really cute, great fabric!

Thanks! I would LOVE a maxi version….in fact, I may have the perfect fabric for that, thanks for reminding me!

Such a great summer dress Helen! I often am the last to try a new pattern too…. I’m sure that I will love this one too, as soon as I get it together to try it.:)

That fabric is fantastic!! The Southport is by far one of my favourite dresses to wear. It’s just so comfy and you don’t have to worry about any special bras or anything like that. Will you try the maxi version?

I really want to try the long version, but I don’t think I am going to get to it this summer, I’ll put it on my list for next spring, though!

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