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True Bias The Southport Dress
The Southport dress is as easy to wear as a coverup at the beach or pool as is it is to wear around town.
The Southport comes in two versions. View A is short and hits 20″ from the waistline and View B is maxi length falling 42″ from the waist. Both versions have a simple button up feature at center front and a drawstring waist. It’s a tank style dress using single fold bias tape to finish the armholes and the neckline. View B also adds a bit of drama with a center front slit.
The Southport is considered intermediate because of the more difficult techniques of adding bias facing and buttons/buttonholes. That being said, a confident beginner could definitely tackle this dress especially if they chose easier fabrics.
Suggested fabrics are lightweight woven fabrics such as cotton voile, crepe de chine, rayon challis, and lightweight linens. Pretty much you want something with some drape and movement so that the drawstring waist doesn’t get bulky.