June 29, 2015

I am so excited to introduce my second children’s sized pattern today – the Mini Southport Dress. Just like the Mini Hudson Pant, the Mini Southport is patterned after the women’s sized Southport Dress, but has been simplified and adjusted to be age appropriate for children and ranges in sizes from 2T – 10.

The Mini Southport is designed with a button opening at the center front of the bodice and the armholes and neckline are finished with single fold bias tape. For extra comfort and ease the waist is cinched in with a combination elastic and faux drawstring.

To keep this dress child appropriate, it was designed to work best with fabrics that are sturdier, easier to sew, and easier to wash / take care of.  The recommended fabrics are quilting cotton, cotton voile, linen, and double gauze. My samples are sewn up in Nani Iro double gauze and Robert Kaufman artisan batik quilting cotton.

Because of the simplifications made and the easier fabric suggestions, I think that an advanced beginner could definitely tackle it. The more difficult sewing techniques that you will use with this pattern include bias binding and buttons / buttonholes.

I will not be doing a sewalong with this pattern because so much of it has already been covered in the adult sized Southport Dress Sewalong. I will, however, be covering a couple of the new steps in a post in a few days to help out.

You can get $2 off the pattern price until Friday July 3rd at midnight EST with the code LAUNCHWEEK. To purchase the pattern or learn more about it, head on over to my shop here or click on the Mini Southport Image in the sidebar.

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  • Reply Emma - Crafty Clyde June 29, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    This is so cute, need to make as gifts!

  • Reply Nikki June 29, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Is there a maxi option on this one as well?

  • Reply Tilly June 29, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Oh my goodness, this is just ADORABLE. I might have to find a small child to make one for… Erm and I might just be wearing those exact same sandals right now 🙂

  • Reply MadeByMeg June 29, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Very cute Kelli!

  • Reply Jenn June 29, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    I love the tester version I made and will be making many more shortly! Such a great straightforward pattern with potential for so many different looks.

  • Reply kristin June 29, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    eep eep eep! so cute! i love that you start with the grown up versions and then shrink them – it makes for such a cool vibe. this is also great because you know it’ll look great on a girl that’s a bit older than yours – my 7 year old is starting to seem a little grown up for a lot of the designs that suited her as a preschooler, so i’ve been on the lookout. THUMBS UP!

  • Reply Amanda June 29, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Seriously adorable! Particularly in love with that striped version.

  • Reply katie June 29, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    So sweet! I think I’d actually like the raised neck and elasticised back for myself too, ha ha. It’s a gorgeous pairing with the Nani Iro gauze, too.

  • Reply Sarah June 29, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Beyond cute! Congratulations.

  • Reply emily marie June 30, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    This is so incredibly cute! Congrats on the release. I too, am wearing red Saltwaters- they’re a lifelong staple!

  • Reply Rae June 30, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    So, so adorable!!! Congrats on the mini-Southport (and the big one too — they are both fantastic)!!!!!

  • Reply Teresa July 1, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Super cute Kelli!

  • Reply Heather July 2, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    So cute!! You daughter looks adorable!

  • Reply gail July 6, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    Seriously great dress, and she’s adorable in it!

  • Reply Ginger July 8, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    And my obsession with A’s wardrobe continues… SO CUTE!

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