Sunday, 1 September 2013

Stripes and Mexican vibes

This summer my parents made a trip to Mexico to visit my little sister, who is currently living there. I asked for some colourful fabrics as a souvenir and here's what they brought me. Fabulous, huh? I just love the vibrant colours and patterns on these.


I chose the fabric on the left for my first project. It wasn't the easiest fabric to work with as the weave is quite loose. There wasn't any material info, but I believe it could be at least part agave fibre. I was also scared to pull the embroidery threads loose, as they kept getting stuck on my nails and pretty much everything.

mexican inspired dress from traditional mexican fabric at Vintage Follies

I chose a pattern from one of my 50's sewing magazines. I wanted to play with the positioning of the stripes and this one fit the bill. 

mexican inspired dress from traditional mexican fabric at Vintage Follies

mexican inspired dress from traditional mexican fabric at Vintage Follies

I'm quite happy with the result, despite the difficulties I had with the super fraying and wiggling fabric. It's not a sale piece so it doesn't matter too much.

26 comments:

  1. Lopputulos on mieletön! Hmm.. Jatkossa voisikin pyytää tuliaisina kangasta... :)

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    1. Kankaat on mahtavia tuliaisia! Tulee ainakin uniikkeja vaatteita. Aina, kun matkustan johonkin, tuon vähintään yhden parin kenkiä ja kassillisen kangasta :D

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  2. I have had a dress like this in mind for a while. Have seen examples on adverts for mexican patterned patio dresses which are swoon worthy. I have some Bolivian cloth, but so hard to come across anything with stripes or this intricate style of design.

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    1. Have you tried searching Etsy or Ebay for fabric. I've sometimes made great finds there :)

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  3. What a lovely fabrics!

    I love how you placed the stripes in your dress! Fabulous work!

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  4. Wow, you look gorgeous. The pattern seems to be made for the fabric, just a perfect dress that fits you so very well.

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  5. That dress is to DIE for!! Gorgeous! It works with the fabric perfectly. Love it.

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  6. You did an amazing job with the stripes - it looks fabulous on you!

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  7. You did such a great job! I love fabric with wild (to me, anyway) patterns, but I never know quite what to do with them. You of course have used them perfectly. I love this dress!

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    1. Thank you Kristin! I love all kinds of wild patterns and bright colours too, but rarely use such dresses everyday. They tend to be more like party dresses for burlesque events and such for me :)

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  8. eeeeeek! this dress is fantastic. i love the colourful fabric and you really did an great job on playing with the stripes on the top. i'm quite sad to hear, that this little treasure isn't for the shop. ;)
    can't wait to see what your talented hands will create from these other beautiful fabrics.

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    1. Thank you! The fabrics are so narrow that the 5 meters I had was only enough for this one dress. I was planning on making a skirt with the blue one. Don't know about the other black stripe fabric yet though :)

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  9. Nice work! Fantastic fabric. Looking forward to see what you will make with the other ones.

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    1. Thanks! :) I'm thinking a skirt of the blue fabric, but haven't got a clue about the black one yet.

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  10. Great work! and that fabric is just super cheerful. :)

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  11. You made yourself a really pretty dress. I love the fabric!

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  12. I love it!! Good work!

    Regards from Spain

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  13. Frida Kahlo (one of my favourite artists) is what this brings to my mind! I especially love the detailing on the neckline, how you matched the stripes to go around the neckline. Fabulous!

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  14. I just took a trip to Mexico City this past January. I purchased some of the same material. I tried to make a top for my daughter and it just fell apart after stitching it up! Do you have any tips or tricks on how you got this fabric to behave? Did you use a special thread? Needle? or did you use a fusible interfacing? I have yards of this stuff and love the color, but can't figure out how to make it work.

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    1. Hi,
      The material frays very easily so it's important to leave enough seam allowance and interlock stitch all edges if possible. I didn't use fusible interfacing, but I lined the top part completely with cotton.

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