Nina Lee – Southbank Sweater Dress

I think I’ve found the perfect snuggly winter outfit!

southbank sweater dress worn

The Southbank sweater was released last year and it was mega popular. I bought the pattern towards the end of winter so I never got round to making one last year. I knew that I definitely wanted to make one this year though as it’s the kind of thing that I will wear a lot. It’s the perfect piece for lazy Sundays or running errands. Put on some thermal leggings and boots and you’ve got a cosy outfit.

The pattern has 3 options: a cropped sweater, a normal length sweater and a dress length. I don’t do cropped anything with my stomach but I love sweatshirts and sweater dresses. The instructions are really detailed and easy to follow. It’s a really simple sew and it even has pockets! Winner! In my opinion, it’s a good first knit project or just a lovely quick and easy make.

southbank sweater dress start

The fabric I used was a lovely sparkly sweatshirt fabric from Pin & Sew, which is a new (I believe) fabric store in  the UK that specialises in knit fabrics. They appear to have sold out of the fabric I used but have loads of other suitable fabrics.

I’m so pleased I’ve finally made one of these dresses and I think it will be worn a lot!

southbank sweater dress complete


Name: Southbank Sweater

Company: Nina Lee London

Description: The Southbank Sweater and Sweater Dress is a cosy yet stylish knit pattern designed to become a winter wardrobe workhorse. With a slightly oversized fit, funnel neck and drop-shoulders, Southbank is on-trend, comfortable and flattering. Oh, and unbelievably quick and easy to sew!

Printed or PDF: Available in both. I have the printed version.

Sizing: 6 – 20. I made a 14.

Alterations: None

Fabric: I used a sparkly sweatshirt fabric from Pin & Sew. It can be made in any medium weight knit fabric.

Difficulty rating: Beginner

Difficulties encountered: None

Time taken: A couple of hours

Recommend: YES!

What would I change: I’m not sure pockets work as well in this fabric as it’s quite thick. They don’t sit as well as they would in a lighter weight fabric. But then I do love pockets!

My favourite thing: The sparkly fabric and the cosiness of the dress!

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