August 17, 2015

True Bias Southport Wedding Dress

Ok, ok ATTENDING a wedding dress (Mum, don’t get too disappointed!).

Recently I had the massive fortune of being invited down to lovely Crafty Fox Katy‘s wedding in Mexico – she really had to twist my arm, I tell ya. I headed on down with a contingent of Crafty Foxes –  Laney, Carrie and dear blogless Sarah – and of course, being the sewists that we are, a lot of me-mades were on display.

I had a little bit of a panic about what to wear – I knew it would be boiling hot and the ceremony was on a beach, so everything I already had just seemed too heavy, or sombre, or not Mexican-wedding-enough ( you know the feeling, I’m sure). So, luck would have it that I was in NYC for the bachelorette party the week before and oops! Found myself in Mood. And immediately saw this amazing silk. And that was that.

My third True Bias Southport dress! Cue the Beyonce wind machine!

True Bias Southport Dress

I made a few alterations to the pattern – I eliminated the front button placket (just cut on the fold.. easy peasy!), used my already-FBA-ed bodice, added 2 inches to the front center as it was pulling up in previous versions, and moved the front slit to be two side slits so that I didn’t have to do pattern matching. As the silk was a little opaque I also lined it with cream crepe de chine to make the colours pop. This let me have a lovely clean neckline finish, and I used more cream bias to finish the sleeves. For the skirt, I made a thigh-length under skirt out of the crepe, so that it doesn’t show through the slits.

True Bias Southport Dress

I LOVES IT SO MUCH I WANT TO WEAR IT ALL THE TIME.  (Also, I think I need a turquoise wall, because they’re excellent. I think now I know the secret to Tilly’s success!)

True Bias Southport Dress

Amazing hair entirely thanks to Carrie – I haven’t had “long” hair since I was about 19 and hence have absolutely no idea what to do with it. I’ll be honest, I still have no idea as Carrie sneakily did this on the top of my head where I couldn’t see. One day I’ll learn….


And of course, we were a veritable rainbow butterfly as a Crafty Fox team on tour:

True Bias Southport Dress

Blogless Sarah (Southport/Simplicity 1615 hack), Carrie (By Hand London Anna and my hat), Laney (RTW), MOI

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on endless cocktails, swimming with cenote laser sharks, and nights on our balcony gossiping in the breeze. Katy, we’ve decided to join you in celebrating your vow renewals next year – same time, same place?

What patterns do you favour for weddings? I feel like By Hand London has a veritable stable of them, but I’m sure there are tons of great ones.

24 thoughts on “True Bias Southport Wedding Dress

  1. Lovely- I haven’t been a wedding guest for AGES, very jealous! As for hairdos that you can master for yourself, try Lilith Darkmoon on youtube. She’s amazing.

  2. Sewrachel says:

    That looks great! And YES we should all have an amazing turquoise wall! Hope you all had fun in Mexico!

  3. Katie says:

    Beautiful and Mexico beach wedding perfect (hope you had an amazing day, Katy!). I’ve got two wintry weddings later this year so already planning what to make – a BHL Sophia and perhaps a vintage Vogue reissue…

  4. waldherrro says:

    Love the dress!!! It’s flowy and the color really suits you =D Also kind of in love with your hairstyle here

    Rosie’s Life

  5. Marike Smit says:

    Love the whole look – Care free and fabulous!

  6. gilliancrafts says:

    My kingdom for a turquoise wall! Everyone looks good in front of them. For now I’m stuck with beige… 😉
    Beautiful dress, great hair, and looks like a really fun celebration!

  7. splendidcakes says:

    You look amazing!!! I feel bad saying this, but (whispers) your dress is the best 🙂 The cut and color are great on you. Beautifully done!

  8. Lori says:

    Beautiful dress and your hair is gorgeous.

  9. Stunning all the way! Hair, dress, scenery…….. so jealous!

  10. amcclure2014 says:

    Lovely dress and fabric.

  11. Sarah says:

    Fabulous. I’ve done a New Look 6000 and an out of print cowl front and back silk jersey number for my wedding frocks. Yours looks perfect for the occasion and infinitely rewearable.

  12. This dress is PERFECTION! Seriously, I want to reach through my screen and caress that silk. And I love your hair like that!

  13. Beautiful! I can see why you couldn’t resist that silk, what an amazing print! Great idea to line it with cream too, lining colour choices can make such a difference overall

  14. shannon says:

    Oh that fabric is awesome! I love to make something new to wear to weddings–it’s fun and commemorative and you don’t have to worry about someone showing up in the same outfit! (Although with a bunch of sewists in attendance, maybe the same fabric!) And then when I wear whatever it was I made later, it’s the outfit from X’s wedding and it feels all special and nifty! Anyhoo…I’m rambling. Just wanted to say that’s a very lovely dress!

  15. Margo says:

    Oh…you look so great! And silk….swoon…. I really like your buttonless version! Much quicker to sew up as well, I’m sure.

  16. gingermakes says:

    Gorgeous dress! I love love love it! And your hair looks awesome! I’m totally unskilled when it comes to hair, so I’m extra impressed by the plaits!

  17. Kathy says:

    Beautiful Dress!!

    What did you do with the draw string in this version? Replace with elastic? I don’t see the ends dangling.

  18. Cyn says:

    Love, love the dress and you’re looking cool and breezy in that dress and hair!

  19. Gwyn Whitacre says:

    I know this is 2021 but I LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress!!

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