The Mini Southport is designed with a button opening at centre front and a combination elastic and drawstring waist. The neck and armholes are finished with bias tape. The dress is designed to hit a little above the knee.
My tester dress is a simplified version of the Mini Southport Dress as I've omitted the button opening. My machine just won't do buttonholes anymore. It also coughs a lot. And skip stitches. Perhaps she's trying to tell me something?!
When skipping the front opening I believe that you need to use some sort of stretchy fabric to make sure that the dress will be able to pull over the child's head - but honestly I'm not sure if that's necessary. I haven't tested in a woven fabric, though. I also lengthened the dress a bit.
So, here you go - a leopard printed jersey pull over version of the Mini Southport Dress. As always Kelli makes great instructions so you'll be guided through every little step. To make a pull over dress you just place the centre front - it is marked on the pattern - at fold. This is not explained in Kelly's instructions but it's easy peasy. You might want to consider going down a size if you make it in a knit fabric.
You did it again Kelli. Created an awesome pattern. I think I'm going to love this (almost) as much as your Mini Hudson's.
Until tomorrow you can get a $2 discount on the Mini Southport Dress pattern with the code LAUNCHWEEK.