My journey into sewing with PDF Patterns is well underway. I’ve sewn two patterns from the True Bias Pattern Company. I made the Rio Ringer T-shirt and the Southport Dress. I’ll share about the t-shirt in another post, but today is all about the dress.

Southport Dress Pattern Review & Inspiration

I decided to try different Independent Pattern Designers to get some experience working with PDF Patterns. After asking on my Instagram page for recommendations, I received lots of feedback, including companies that offer free PDF Patterns. I’ll be sharing more about that in the coming weeks and months as I continue exploring PDF Patterns.

I chose to start with the True Bias Pattern Company because they have a lot of cute patterns that I want to try. So after ordering the Rio Ringer T-shirt, I went back and ordered five more patterns.

Southport Dress Pattern Review & Inspiration

I ordered the Southport Dress, Calvin Wrap Dress, Hudson Pants, Lander Pants, and Roscoe Blouse. Then I sent them all off to be printed by If you missed my tutorial about preparing PDF Patterns, you can watch the video HERE.

Last Saturday, August 8th, was my birthday, so I wanted to wear the Southport Dress. So I stayed up until 1:00 in the morning to finish the dress. My sons and I had plans to watch movies all day and they surprised me with flowers and my favorite treats.

Southport Dress Pattern Review & Inspiration

I wore the dress all day long while watching movies and it was very comfortable. I used a 100% Rayon Silky Print that I had in my fabric collection for two years. It’s very lightweight with lots of drape. Here are some options for RAYON PRINTS.

The dress comes in two lengths, maxi and above the knee. There is a button front opening on the bodice, gathered waist with self tie (or you can purchase a tie), pockets and bust darts. View B, the maxi dress, has a center front slit.

Southport Dress Pattern Review & Inspiration

I cut a size 10 but I may try an 8 next time because I had a bit more room than I needed in the bodice. Thinking it would be too short, I added 1″ to the length but I really didn’t need it so I sewed a deeper hem. Purchased bias binding from my stash was used to finish quicker. But I would prefer using self-made bias binding with the fashion fabric or a contrasting fabric of the same weight. I don’t really care for the stiffness of the purchased binding.

Southport Dress Pattern Review & Inspiration

The company recommends that you have Intermediate sewing skills to complete this project. I believe Advanced Beginners should be able to sew the dress. If you’re a new beginner, however, I suggest checking out my Beginner’s Sewing Course before attempting to sew the Southport Dress.

Southport Dress Pattern Review & Inspiration

There is a written sew-along on the True Bias website if you need guidance. Also, the instructions that come with the pattern are easy to follow.

Southport Dress Pattern Review & Inspiration

If you are not a fan of PDF Patterns, the Southport Dress is also available in paper copies on the website.

Southport Dress Pattern Review & Inspiration

If you’d like to see how the dress moves, I’ve created a Pattern Review Video on my YouTube Channel. You may watch the video HERE.

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  8. Shirley Ontiveros

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  9. Judith A Graham

    Cute dress. I am still not loving the PDF patterns but thank Goodness for PDFPlotting! You have inspired me to try to use. Your sons are so handsome and joyful. I know you are proud of them! Happy Birthday.

    1. Anita Morris

      I hear you, Judith! It has taken me a LONG time to give this a try. I’ll print the patterns with 20 or less pages. Anything above that goes to the printing service. LOL! Yes, I’m very proud of my sons. Thank you.

  10. Juanita Williams

    Now you got me going to make the dress! You look happy and your soul is shining through. Handsome sons too, the one is super tall lol. Thanks for inspiring people you don’t even know!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Juanita! Yaaay! Have fun making your Southport Dress. I can’t wait to make another one. So glad to hear you’re inspired.

      Yes, my son took after my husband with his height.

  11. Alania Sheeley

    Beautiful dress. Looks like you had an amazing birthday. I keep threatening to wear an evening dress to the grocery store.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you, Alainia! LOL! I love that you have thought of wearing an evening dress to the grocery store. LOL!

  12. Trish

    Anita, I love the dress. and the print you selected. May God continue to bless you in everything you do.

  13. Dar

    Anita YOU look so pretty. That Beautiful smile is the icing on the cake! Thank God for your sons who love and celebrate Mom. God Bless you with Many More Birthdays!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Dar! Thank you so much for your beautiful words. God bless you too.

  14. Dianne Andres

    Happy Birthday Anita! What a wonderful gift you had being able to spend your special day with your adorable sons ❤.
    I too have been sewing with indy patterns of late. I’m also enjoying the journey.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Dianne! Thank you so much. I’m just so happy that I can get them printed. What a joy!

  15. Jeanne

    Oh I think I’m going to have to make this so cooling. Every time I see you you remind me of Toni Braxton. One of my favorite ladies. I’m not really a beginner on sewing but I might take that class.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Jeanne! Awesome! It is a very cool dress for warmer months. Well, you know, we’re always learning so who knows. You may learn a tip or two you haven’t tried yet. Enjoy!

  16. Doris Mays

    This is a cute dress pattern. You look marvelous as always. A beautiful family. I love the print of the fabric. Stay safe and be blessed!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Doris! Thank you so much. You stay safe and blessed too.