If you follow me on Instagram, you would have already seen this dress. Adele loves it!
I purchased this awesome fabric from Darn Cheap Fabric in Melbourne while I was down there for Frocktails. They had only just shown it on Instagram and I knew I need to get to DCF just for this fabric. It is so cute!
The fabric is a little odd, but the cute factor make up for the interesting poly knit composition. It feels more like a thin scuba than a traditional knit and it doesn’t have much stretch. It’s very stable and easy to sew with, but more importantly it does not need to be ironed. Don’t you just hate ironing kids clothes? I have trouble keeping up with my own ironing, let along worrying about them looking like they are orphans.
The Mini Southport dress pattern by True Bias is a great frock pattern for little girls. No over the top frou frou. Just a simple, well fitted tank dress. Now I made this dress for Adele on the same day that I made her nighties here. I was a little over sewing for others by then, so I did take a few shortcuts with this pattern. The first is that I didn’t sew button holes. Those buttons are just stitched through the placket as she can get it over her head without undoing them. The other short cut, which also prevented a dodgy sew, was that I didn’t stitch the waist band to the skirt as drafted as I used a woven contrast for the waist band and a knit for the dress, and I wasn’t convinced it would attach neatly. Instead I slightly increased the depth of the waist band, folded it in half and inserted it into the waist seam with an opening a the front for the tie.
Adele adores this dress. She has barely taken it off since I made it for her and it goes perfectly with her new Saltwater sandals. I still have a little of this fabric left, so may even venture into a top for myself with it. Do you think I can pull off an ice-cream top??