May 12, 2008


I was poking around the interwebs and came across this wonderful website, The Mexican Dress. You can download a pattern to make a billowy cotton dress, tunic or peasant blouse for you to embroider in colorful, fanciful designs. Living in Austin I often see Mexican embroidery, and it's truly inspiring with its flourishes, florals and birds. A dress like this makes a great canvas.

5 comments:

  1. wow!
    what a great find, thanks for sharing it. i have a couple of these dresses they are so nice to wear in the hot weather.

    the embroidery on them is absolutely amazing, lots and lots of embroidery all done by hand!

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  2. This is an awesome project! Thanks for sharing the link!

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  3. I LOVED to wear Mexican dresses when I went to college in SA. However, I think they weren't the most attractive style for everyone. After a fraternity put on a skit where all the guys were wearing one of the dresses and singing, "Pretty Woman," but with the words changed, I never wore one again! However, I have noticed that an updated style is appearing in stores now.

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  4. Mexican-style embroidery on shirts is all kinds of popular in New York lately - I see it everywhere. I like how sometimes the embroidery can be very ragged-edge and not so nit-picky.

    I actually bought this pattern a few weeks ago and used it to create a miniature version for a monkey I'm making (don't laugh) for a friend:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/floresita/2458155678/

    Right now, it's the embroidery part I'm stuck on (of all things!) ;)

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  5. I just found this website this morning...what a great find PLUS all of the embriodery stuff too!
    Let's see...I got the sewing bug, the quilting bug..now the embroidery bug...hope no one finds a cure!!!

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