Tribe Patterns & Billie

unspecified-1rachelI’m back from balmy NYC just in time to share my latest collaboration. You may be thinking… What? Another pattern collaboration Rachel? I feel very blessed to be able to share them with you.  So firstly THANK you if you have bought any my previous patterns (or made my Brasilia free dress). Considered yourself virtually hugged and loved for life.




I have enjoyed each individual challenge of these different pattern collaborations. The steps of the design have varied with each pattern company. All proportioned me unique and memorable experiences. Hopefully I feeding it all back by contributing & inspiring many sewists journeys. I think a lot about clothes. It’s only natural that I want to share with you what I think are fun sewing experiences. Patterns that act as blank canvas. I would love to see how you would make each of my patterns your own.

For this pattern collection I came up with an umbrella design for the dress. The neckline and sleeve shape, the overall fit on the bust and waist, and the volume on the hips which I wanted semi full without being the traditional circle skirt. Foldline took the theme and transformed into these lovely collection.

 “The pattern comes with four versions: two dress variations, a top and a  pleated skirt.“The two dresses have bust darts as well as open ended fish-eye darts at the front and back, so no waist seam needed. The open ended fish-eye darts make fitting easy as these can be adjusted to the contours of your body shape plus they create a fuller skirt. You can finish them at the waist or hip depending on which suits your body shape. The neckline is angular in shape and the stylised shoulders also come with the option of adding a contrasting fabric insert. There is also a full facing and of course pockets. The dresses close with an invisible zip at the centre back.”-Foldline

I really admire Rachel & Kate for creating a welcoming and inclusive community with The Foldline. They want to make pattern-making approachable. Instead of having their aesthetic guiding the designs everyone is invited to join this incredible opportunity. On Saturday they will delve more about how everyone can participate.

The Billie Holiday Pattern is available as PDF & a limited quantity printed pattern.


Rachel took these pictures of me after our lovely lunch in town a week before NY. I have been super exhausted with life commitments. Who never felt really run down and less than fabulous? I wasn’t blog picture ready at all but wearing this embroidery leather number did cheered me up. There is no denial that handmade clothes make us happy. I have a few pointers to talk about the fabric & my personal pattern fitting alterations for my tall frame on my next blog post.

  • Congratulations! The pattern is lovely!

    • houseofpinheiro

      Awwww thank you beautiful

  • Lovely dress and I really like the way you styled it with camel shoes and coat.

  • Congrats! It looks really lovely! The fabric you used for your version is gorgeous. x