Pattern: Mini Southport Dress PDF
Designer: True Bias
Fabric: Minerva Crafts, Linen Look 100% Cotton £7.99pm
Time Taken: 5 Hours, with homemade bias binding.
Although over the years I have made a fair few dresses for my daughter, they all tend to be party dresses, suitable for a special occasion. I was really happy to find this one, its a great summer dress pattern for everyday wear.
I opted for the PDF again and got it printed and cut out in one night. For the bias binding I chose to make my own from some stripy cotton I had in my stash. I actually used the Bias binding kit that I got for Christmas a few years ago, which made it really easy.
The only bit that I found slightly tricky was the button holes, the buttons were so tiny and the fabric quite thin, I found my Husquvarna machine buttonhole attachment struggled, so I opted to use my Mum's Janome which has a better button hole foot.
The elasticated waist with ties is a very practical for this age group, as it draws the wait in without relying on the ties.
The pattern instructions were clear and well written and it made this little dress a lovely project to sew. She has already requested a pink one for our summer holiday!