Traditional Mexican Dress

Added Nov 15, 2010

by madebymeg

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When I was living in Mexico City , I fell in love with the patterns and colors of the traditional Mexican dresses sold in the plaza near my house. I knew from experience, however, that I would never wear box-shaped clothing like these dresses, which were also three times my size. I bought one anyway and, borrowing my señora’s old Singer, I cut it up and refashioned it into this dress. The skirt conserves the original color and traditional embroidery, gathered into a band of black elastic that connects it to the top, which was loosely based off of a McCall’s pattern . The ample fabric gave me plenty of yardage to work with. The dress slips over the head and is complete with pockets.

As an added bonus, when swine flu hit I used some leftover white fabric to make a face mask .

Material Notes

embroidered Mexican tunic from a street market
elastic for waistband
stretch cotton for bodice

Difficulty

Novice

Categories

Season
Summer
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Casual, Classic, Ethnic
Material
Cotton, Knits/Jersey

Credits

McCall's

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    Nov 16, 2010, 02.00 AMby ellohdesign

    great idea!

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    Nov 15, 2010, 08.45 PMby walkingwardrobe

    It’s beautiful, such a good idea.

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    Nov 15, 2010, 11.18 AMby janul

    I love the embroidery (also on another mexican skirt of yours), I wish I could buy the dress somewhere…

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