If you had told me a few years ago that I would soon be sewing garments to mark special occasions such as the first day of school, I would have laughed. I never dreamed my sewing journey would come this far, and now I feel like I’m only just getting started.
Months ago I sewed myself a gorgeous dress of from this colorful striped fabric and was very pleased to see I had plenty left over to make something for Caroline as well. (I still haven’t gotten around to taking pictures of my dress because I am wearing it so often! Hopefully soon…) When the first day of school was quickly approaching and I was in between sewing projects for myself, I decided a tried and true pattern was the way to go to make her something special without a huge time investment.
The mini Southport dress was a perfect option. I sewed up my first version last summer and Caroline has worn it tons. She has been begging me for a maxi dress, and I thought a maxi version paired with this lovely fabric would be a perfect choice for the first day of school. I adore the final garment and so does Caroline! In fact, before I had even finished hemming it, she was begging me to take photos of her in it. It is rare that she’s the one requesting a photo shoot so that is pretty telling.
Since I have already posted about the mini Southport dress pattern before, I’ll direct you there for my specific thoughts about pattern and fit. This is such a solid choice and I know I’ll be making Southport dresses for both Caroline and myself indefinitely!