This is my first attempt at a True Bias pattern. I love the silhouette, and the fact that it can be casual or dressy depending on fabric and styling. Very few pattern pieces made this dress come together quickly too.
PATTERN. Southport dress by True Bias. I like that the button band is part of the bodice rather than separate pieces to sew on later. I also love the size of the pockets, even though I'm not someone who needs pockets in dresses. I'd like to take the bodice of this dress and pair it with other skirts.
FABRIC. Batik print with seashells and seahorses from Les Fabriques in Charlottesville, VA. The Southport dress is also described as something you can wear as a cover-up to the beach, so the print seems fitting!
NOTIONS. 4 plastic buttons.
MODIFICATIONS. None, but I did turn up the hem about a 1/2" less than instructed.
EXTRA NOTES. I made my own self-fabric bias tape.
The one thing I'm not overly crazy about is how the fullness from the lower front bodice moves towards the center where the opening of the drawstring casing is. The fabric forms a subtle V and collects right there. I've seen this on other versions. Not a big deal, but I find myself wanting to adjust it (which I did for these photos).