I sewed this traditional Mexican dress in one evening.
I embroidered it in four days.
In less than one week, I owned a priceless, fabulous Mexican
peasant dress made just for me.
With my easy-to-use, downloadable Mexican dress pattern instruction
booklet, you can do this, too!
Price: $5.00 per PDF download
This downloadable PDF instruction booklet includes:Complete instructions for assembling a traditional Mexican dress
Complete instructions for embroidering the pattern as shown
34 detailed illustrations and photographs of the project
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My instruction booklet is based on an authentic, traditional Mexican
dress which came from Oaxaca and is now a family heirloom. I studied
in detail the construction of this garment in order to create a set of
easy instructions from which I could make more Mexican dresses for
myself. Let me teach you how easy it is to make this fabulous dress!
The story behind this Mexican Dress
I'm not a professional seamstress or an expert embroiderer. However,
I learned sewing basics from my mother who was a professional
wedding dress designer for many years. Like most women, when I know
the hot summer months are coming, I start thinking about my wardrobe,
trying to come up with a brilliant plan for dressing in a way that will
be both cool and lovely. Temperatures really do skyrocket here in
California and this makes it all the more frustrating that every year,
there's an absolute shortage of pretty, comfortable cotton dresses
available to buy.
I don't know who's wearing all the polyester and nylon dresses in
the department stores, but I can't think of any less breathable fabric
choices for hot weather clothing. Pure cotton is our perfect ally from
May-September, but even if you're lucky enough to stumble upon a
cotton sundress at the local mall, chances are, the generic
fit of it won't exactly fit you.
I've always been fascinated by folk clothing. Our neighbors in
other countries know that the best garments promote a comfortable
body temperature, ease of movement and a graceful appearance when
working or playing. And, when it comes to staying breezy when the
sun is shining, the women of Mexico have long cherished a garment
that I call the ultimate sundress: the traditional Mexican peasant
Made of cotton batiste or muslin, nothing could be simpler or
smarter for summer. This gown consists of 5 easy pieces that are
all basically rectangles that are a cinch to cut out: a yoke,
front piece, back piece and two little puff sleeves. I cut out and
sewed my Mexican dress in about 4 hours one evening. The yoke and
sleeves have a wonderfully dainty, elegant appearance, and lower
fall of this dress is so roomy, you can run in it! No hobbling.
No restriction. In this dress, you simply glide!
The traditional Mexican woman's dress is embellished with colorful
embroidery. Never embroidered before? It's easy and amazingly fun.
Choose gorgeous hues and incorporate symbols that have a special
meaning to you, or simply follow the embroidery guidelines included
in my downloadable Mexican dress pattern.
I took my cues from nature,
and have created a scene such as you would find around a cool, woodland
pool. Wildflowers and the soaring blue swallows that are so beloved
in Mexico adorn my dress and make me feel refreshed.
If you can cut out rectangles and operate a sewing machine, you can
make this dress. If you'd like a chance to create something of rare
beauty and superior usefulness, you'll have a ball embroidering your
Mexican dress so that it becomes a one-of-a-kind treasure. Everyone
you meet will want to know where you found such a fantastic gown.
It may even become a family heirloom, like the special, traditional
dresses of Mexico.
After months of searching the Internet for a reliable source for
these fine folk garments, I came up empty-handed. This is what drove
me to puzzle out this pattern for myself, and now I own a dream of
a dress and have the satisfaction of having made it myself. I want you
to have this pleasure too and can't wait to hear from you
sewn your own Mexican dress that is completely unique - like you!
The Native American Triad Dress
I'm so excited to share my newest instruction booklet with you!
In just a few hours, you can sew and embroider this elegant and unique
sun dress which celebrates the three sacred crops of the Native American
Triad: corn, beans and squash.
If you can cut out three rectangles and sew a basic seam,
you can make this beautiful dress. This is a truly unusual
pattern, destined to become one of your favorite sun dresses!
Read All About The Native American Triad Dress Pattern!
The Mexican Paper Flower Embroidered Shawl
Let me teach you how to make this delicate but
ample hand-embroidered shawl in a traditional,
rectangular rebozo shape. Wrap yourself in a garland of
flowers, inspired by the Mexican tissue paper flowers
that are a fiesta favorite.
In just five easy steps, you can make this incredibly
simple, amazingly elegant shawl. If you've already made
my Mexican Dress, you're just going to love this project!
Read All About The Mexican Paper Flower Shawl Pattern!