Southbank Sweater Dress by Jenny

Southbank Sweater Dress by Jenny


I was delighted to be asked to blog for Loubodu! I have been so happy with all of the fabrics I have purchased from them in the past and so getting to blog for them is brilliant. However, most of my other makes have been for my kids, so it is great to have the excuse to make something for myself.

For my first make I decided on the Southbank Sweater dress from Nina Lee London – a popular make if you read the other blogs! It has also been in my pattern stash for some time, but I just didn’t have the perfect fabric for it.

The pattern suggests knit fabric with a two way stretch so I chose the checked ponte roma in black from the website. I love working with ponte roma – it is more forgiving than a jersey and generally has a bit more body to it. I am between sizes with Nina Lee patterns, but opted to make the size 6.

The fabric was lovely to work with. It is a lovely heavy weight and has a subtle check throughout which makes a nice chance to all of my other plain black garments! I opted for a stretch stitch when sewing it, which seems to have worked well. The pattern suggested a zig zag stitch, but I find a stretch stitch to be more secure – especially if the garment is going to get loads of movement when working with the kids. I also opted to finish all my seams with the overlocker, even though this is not necessary with a knit fabric, but I like the finish it gives.

The pattern itself was very simple to follow with very clear instructions. This is my first time using this pattern and I found it very easy to construct. It was also a very quick sew – I completed it in one evening. Though best of all it has pockets! If making it again I might add a little length to the overall dress, but only an inch or so. I will definitely make this pattern again – it is super -versatile for running around with the kids and also cosy for the colder weather.

Thanks for reading,


If you enjoyed reading about the Southbank pattern then see what Holly did with hers here.