Pattern Swap with True Bias

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I'm excited for what I've got to share with you today! When I was getting ready to release the Blue Ridge Dress, Kelli from True Bias mentioned that she'd like to join in a blog hop if I did one. Well, I opted not to do a formal blog hop other than the tester tour for a couple of reasons, and instead decided to do a monthly feature where I swap patterns with another indie designer. I call it... drumroll....

Pattern Swap! Yes, my creativity astounds me.

It's a way for me to promote my pattern while simultaneously promoting other designers and giving me a chance to work with some of my most admired internet people. And of course, to sew up some amazing patterns. I'm happy to have Kelli as the first of many Pattern Swap features! I was a fan of Kelli's before she started designing patterns and I became even more of a fan after I sewed up her Hudson Pants (which I'm wearing as I type this). Her patterns are perfectly on trend and her illustrations and pattern layout are just my style- clear, concise, a bit minimalist- perfection. Plus I think her blog name is the coolest. You can check out Kelli's post about the Blue Ridge Dress

Kelli's latest pattern release is the Mini Southport Dress, which is what I have to share today. The Mini Southport is a child version of the Southport Dress. It is a tank style dress featuring a combination elastic and drawstring waist and button front. I sewed it up in this large scale red gingham for Charly, my lover of all things red.



The neck and arm holes are finished with single fold bias tape, which I love. I'm on a bias tape kick still from my many Blue Ridge dresses so I was happy to keep that party going! It gives it a nice finish, and her method for finishing the seam allowance under the arms means pesky seam allowances won't irritate the skin.

back collage

I managed some wicked good pattern matching in back! It's a bit hard to see because of my amazing skills (ha!) but there is actually an elastic casing at the center back that was accidentally (nearly) perfectly matched to both the bodice and skirt where it joins. Can you see it??! I'll never get sick of patting myself on the back for that one.

side collage

I love the easy wear style of this dress. The fit was perfect! I sewed up a size 3 for my tall and skinny 4 year old. Her chest measurement is 54cm, for reference. I should have lengthened it so it will likely get passed down to her sister who has nearly the same chest measurement but is a bit shorter. I plan to pair it with tights and a cardigan for fall and I think it will transition seasons nicely.

Kelli's instructions were exactly what I'd expect from her- easy to follow without leaving out important details like seam finishing and under stitching. The finished result is a lovely garment.


As usual, my little nature lover couldn't help but collect a few specimens and insist that I photograph them. Mushrooms are about as exciting as gold around here!


I'm officially a fan of the Mini Southport dress, and I think you will be too! You can purchase it from Kelli's shop here, and of course you can check out her blog True Bias and all the amazing things she sewing up here.

Kelli sewed up the Blue Ridge Dress for her daughter- head on over there to see her version and see what she has to say about the pattern!