Dress for a Mexican Fiesta
Whether it's Cinco de Mayo or a summer evening party, a festive
Mexican dress is the perfect choice!
The streamers are fluttering, the lights are strung, and the pretty
party food looks tempting. Friends and family gather 'round for a special
celebration, a fiesta, an event. Now for the big question: What will you
The traditional Mexican peasant dress is an ideal choice. It has the cotton comfort of a sundress, but gorgeous
embroidery makes it a party gown of classic elegance.
Make your own, super-easy Mexican Fiesta Dress with my downloadable
If you can cut out rectangles and operate a sewing machine, you can make
this stunning Mexican Fiesta Dress. If you'd like to have
fun with embroidering this dress so that it becomes a work of art, my
booklet shows you how, step by step. With 34 detailed illustrations
and photographs, I take you through the simple steps that go into cutting,
sewing and embellishing a traditional Mexican dress.
You can read complete pattern details here to learn how I created
this booklet and how suitable it is even for a beginning seamstress. I cut
and assembled my Mexican dress in 1 evening. I embroidered it in 4 days.
I can now clothe myself beautifully for any Mexican fiesta or spring/summer
party and I want to share this with you.
Read more or download now:
Price: $5.00 per PDF download
How to Dress for a Mexican Fiesta
Simplicity is key here. Remember that understatement is the key to
true elegance. Go for natural, not theatrical, and the end result
will be far more pleasing. An oatmeal scrub made of oats and a little
water mixed in the blender will polish your face so that it has a
soft glow, and a little olive oil rubbed into the hands
will make them soft and smooth.
Once you have created your beautiful party dress,
you can think about a complementary hairstyle. Wash your hair so that it
is clean and shiny. A single braid down the back would be traditional,
or two braids as shown here. You can tie them with a matching ribbon
for a nice finish.
A braided chignon, wore low on the head, is a traditional way
in which Mexican women arrange their hair. Part hair in the middle
in front with a fine comb. Make one long braid down
the back and carefully coil it up, securing with combs or bobby pins.
Women with abundant hair will find the super-sized bobby pins to be
most helpful in keeping the hair in place.
If you are more skilled with arranging your hair, or have a friend
to help you, you can also make a figure 8 bun on the back of your head
for a fuller look. Tuck a single real or
artificial flower such as a camelia into the hair behind one ear for
a finishing touch. For a fancier finish, you can buy handcarved, handpainted
or jeweled hair combs for an accent.
If you prefer to pile your hair higher on the head, you have a couple
of options. It all starts with a rubber band or pony tail holder. Make
a ponytail up at the very back of the top of the head. You can either
coil this as is and secure, or, you can braid the pony tail for a lovely,
braided bun. Simply coil the hair round in a circle that grows wider the
farther out you go on the braid or pony tail.
Bobby pins or combs will keep your bun in place, and a nice
touch would be to ornament it with 3-5 small flowered hair pins or
real flowers. Little blooms like forget-me-knots, pansies or winter
daisies would work. Metallic, beaded hairpins give a nice twinkle, too.
Accessories to go with your Mexican Party Dress
The Mexican Dress for which I'm offering this how-to instruction booklet
looks wonderful when complemented with a shawl. Do you know that you can
make a shawl in just a couple of hours? Go to the fabric store and choose
a stunning fabric...lace, chiffon, gauze, linen? Your heart will tell you
what's right when you see the perfect bolt of cloth. My Mexican dress
is embroidered with red, green, golden yellow and blue flosses. Pick one of
the colors that you like best to wear, and make the shawl in a solid in this
color. Gold, silver or white lace would also be lovely.
Simply cut a large square of fabric and do a rolled hem along all four edges to
prevent the fabric from fraying. Or, you could make a stole by cutting a long
rectangle. And, that's all there is to it! You've got a shawl
you would have spent tons on if you bought it at a store, but you've had the
fun of making a unique garment, just for you. You could embroider it to match
the dress, or embellish with beads, ribbons or trims that you like.
When it comes to choosing shoes to wear with your Mexican Fiesta dress, sandals
or mules are the correct choice. Black, brown, or tan will be fine, or
you can be fancier with a colored shoe that matches one of the hues in the
embroidery of the dress.
Jewelry should be kept basic for an authentic look. A simple gold cross
and chain would be appropriate. A string of real beads of garnet, jade
or lapis lazuli would be a beautiful complement to the dress. Silver and
turquoise jewelry create that southwestern look so many people enjoy.
I believe that one of the greatest virtues of folk clothing is that it
does not sacrifice comfort. Mexican folk clothing is incredibly elegant,
but will also keep you feeling at your best all day, unlike so many garments
that are sold as party clothes. After all, how much can you enjoy yourself
in ill-fitting, impracticle clothing when you wind up feeling cross wearing
it and can't wait to change out of it? I guarantee, you will never feel this
way wearing my traditional Mexican Fiesta Dress...a gift from our neighbors
in the south for women of all ages!
Attention to neatness and a few finishing touches like the above will
see you dressed in excellent taste for any family party or Mexican-themed fiesta.
Get started today by Downloading My Easy Mexican Dress Instruction Book!