Today I’m enjoying homemade mince pies and a few many glasses of sherry with my loved ones. Such a special time to reflect and be thankful.
I am thankful of many things related to this blog, specially of the people I have met (and yet to met) though here, sharing a important part of my life and allowing me to be part of theirs. Friendships that cross different locations, backgrounds, ethnicity, age…. a special bond indeed. Thank YOU!
It took a whole year for the Brasilia dress to develop. I started the process of designing in January however by easter the project was parked. The project remained a UFO till Fall for Cotton challenge and a inspirational trip to my hometown: Brasilia.
Finally the Brasilia dress is ready to be downloaded here.
The pattern is free, available at one size only in a downloadable PDF format. The finished measurements are: Bust: 95cm Waist: 78.5cm Hips:103cm. The pattern has minimum ease and no seam allowances. Even if you have similar measurements, I advice you making a muslin as the pattern was design for 6ft tall ( 1.81cm)
I’m recommending for this pattern: 1.5m of 150cm wide fabric. You will need more if you are lining, sewing a facing or pattern-matching a print. Additional notions: 24″(60cm) invisible zipper and small hook & eye. Optional: 1m piping and topstitching thread.
If you do choose to sew a facing – then you will need light-weight interfacing. NB: The pattern pieces do not include a facing – you will need to feel confident enough to draft these yourselves after grading the pattern.
We all know how important good instructions are but due lack of time and resource availability I won’t be providing them. A fair trade since the pattern is free.This pattern is relatively easy, but was made for an intermediate sewist in mind. I will be sharing a visual tutorial of all the tricky parts in the future.
A special thank you to all my beautiful testers. I will she sharing their makes on the blog next year. Search the tag #brasiliadress on instagram and twitter.
This project wouldn’t look so professional without the help of sewist extraordinarie Claire. She digitise the pattern for you on PDF format. She made sure was easy to print and saved paper! She is a star and a great inspiration! Kat and Mel were the two genius that helped me with the envelope. Don’t you love collaborations? I do!!!!
More information on the pattern:
Top level directions or your own personal preference:
Stay stitch necklines and armholes
Sew bodice darts
Sew CF together
Sew side cut-outs to bodice front
Sew back darts
Sew invisible zipper to the back
If using facing (Interface/ sew the facings “all in one method”)
Sew side seams
if binding (bind neck and arms)
Enjoy the holidays!