Handmade Holiday – True Bias Southport dress

True Bias Southport dressHi All

So it has been a bit quiet round here recently because I have been on holiday! It has been ages since we had a holiday abroad with sunshine and swimming in the sea and I had an amazing time. It is hard to come back to gray skies and back to school preparations.

Of course I decided that I needed to make new clothes for my holiday and I was sewing up to the last moment – this week I want to show you my two Southport dresses. I intended to take lots of pictures while I was away and I almost entirely failed, so this is mostly from our damp (and increasingly overgrown) garden!True Bias Southport dressThe Southport dress, from True Bias,  has been hugely popular on sewing blogs since it was released earlier this year – I think it has popped up on most of the blogs I follow. It isn’t the kind of thing I usually wear, so until I started holiday planning I wasn’t really thinking about it, but when I was looking for something that would work for beach and sight-seeing, I knew it would be a perfect option.True Bias Southport dressFor the first version in white I cut a 10 bodice, grading to a 12 hip. As several others have done I used the more flared pieces from the maxi skirt, but cut a shorter length. I also raised the neckline about an inch. The white fabric came from Helen at Justsewtherapeutic at the Leeds meet up earlier in the year. This is a slightly odd fabric  – I think it is cotton and I love the embroidery (and the flowers have tiny black sequins stitched into their centres!) The fabric has some texture and has lines running across it with tufts of fabric.  I didn’t have enough to do a lot of pattern matching beyond trying to keep the lines reasonably straight.

The first version is completely wearable, but I found that there was excess fabric in the bodice and the skirt was a bit big. I had initially gone for just below the knee, but I preferred it above the knee and with some of the flare taken out of the skirt.True Bias Southport dressFor my second version I used black and white viscose printed fabric from Abakhan. I found this in the ‘poly mixed’ bin in the remnants section, where I also found the lovely grey dot fabric for my Biscayne blouse. I made a Small Bust Adjustment of about half an inch to the front bodice, cut a 10 for the skirt as well as the bodice and slightly reduced the flare in the skirt.True Bias Southport dress I think the fit is better in the second version while still being relaxed and I wore the dress while wandering round the weekly market and over my swimsuit after an afternoon at the beach. The viscose fabric was so lightweight it was perfect even when the temperature was in the 30s!

I suspect these dresses will now have to be packed away until next summer but they worked out just as well as I hoped for my ‘holiday wardrobe’ and I can’t wait until I have the opportunity to wear them again. True Bias Southport dressI have a bit more holiday sewing to share and then it is time for autumn sewing! What have you made for summer this year?

 

 

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  1. Lovely! Particularly like the white fabric, it’s a beautiful, original design. I can see why these would have been perfect for holidays: comfy yet stylish at the same time.

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou – as soon as I saw it I knew it would make a lovely holiday outfit!

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  2. amcclure2014 says:

    Nice. Yes, the weather doesn’t know what to do! Central heating on, then lovely and sunny today, probably different again tomorrow – and first snow in Highlands. You might get a chance to wear them next week.

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  3. Lovely fabrics, the white one is particularly unique! Nice job!

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou! It is really pretty – as soon as I saw it I knew it would be perfect for a beach holiday!

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  4. Lovely summer dresses. I particularly like the viscose one as it fits beautifully and has a flattering drape. Could you layer it up with a long sleeve tee and tights for autumn?

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou! I hadn’t thought about wearing it in autumn as it isn’t my usual style but I think you are right! It’s already cold enough here so I will be able to give it a go soon I think

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  5. Fingers crossed this posts! Love it: great fabric choice and great dress.

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou! I love both of them – just wish I was still on holiday and wearing them to the beach!

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  6. I’m so glad you found a use for the fabric, both of your Southport’s look lovely. It’s a really lovely pattern and I’ve worn mine a lot (well on the few days it’s been warm enough!) definitely another pattern to add to the TNT list 😊

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou! I loved wearing them both on holiday and I may try the black one with tights soon!

      Louise

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