Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Brasilia by House of Pinheiro

Rachel put out a dress test call for her free Brasilia dress pdf, due for launch at Christmas. Rachel is currently hosting a Dakota sewalong which has a great discount from Minerva Crafts, if you're interested in joining Rachel.
I decided my Brasilia would be my make a garment a month piece. 
I checked the pattern dimension for my shape as it comes in 1 size only and I did a muslin in calico to check the dimensions.
The back view shows the results of the sway back adjustment. 
You can also see the top of the body was long so I took the fullness out - 3cm.
 The front bust darts were too long for me so I shortened them.
Again I took 3cm out of the top of the body at the front.
The armholes were then in the right spot. Not too high and not too low. 
And I opened the waist to hip at the side seams. I now have a great fitting woven pattern.
 
Brasilia is fitted and designed for stretch wovens. I used a stretch woven remnant from Pitt Trading (that stash still exists) to make my first version.
This all-over print is very forgiving and didn't need to be matched. Well, how could you, really. When I first tried it on, it was big and baggy so I took out the seam allowance and it worked perfectly. 
And I managed to finish Brasilia in time for a quiet night out.
We went to Salt n Pepa at the State Theatre and we had a ball - sore feet and temporary deafness are a good indicator of a great night out.
The State Theatre is a heritage building and this theatre hosted hip hop really, really well. 
You can see the dress print hides the internal darts and side panel features. They do sit in the right spot for me.
I used binding for the neckline and armhole finishes. By the way, DH is taking part in Movember. You can sponsor him here.
Thank you Rachel for developing this dress. It was the perfect dress for a night of non-stop dancing.

26 comments:

House of Pinheiro said...

Fits you beautifully. Thanks for showing your alterations, it will be very helpful for others trying this out.

Jacq C said...

It really suits you, and I love that print :)

yoshimi said...

Oh I really love all your creations! They are so gorgeous and you look fab in them. This dress is no exception.

Kirsty said...

What a perfect dress to wear to Salt n peppa!! I bet you had a great night. The dress looks fab.

Louise said...

love the fabric,the dress looks great.

Alexandra said...

Beautiful dress! I love how the fabric hides construction details so all we see is a perfectly fitting dress.

Emma said...

Wow great dress, fantastic fabric and fit!

theseedsof3 said...

wow!!! you look dynamite!!! Lovely, lovely dress and you got the fit spot on. I love this pattern.

Linda said...

Your dress looks great!

Gabrielle said...

Such a lovely pattern! Looks like you achieved a really good fit, and I'll bet it was fun to wear out to see Salt'n'Pepa...

Margo Bergman said...

Love this pattern! Your alterations made for a perfect fit as well. You look great!

Diana said...

Your dress is lovely and as usual fits you so well. I love it!

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

wow I love this, what a sharp dress, perfect fabric choice. I am so getting this pattern when it is available.

Lori said...

That is a great dress, perfect fabric.

L said...

Beautiful dress; great fabric. Thanks for sharing.

Kristy said...

Fab dress, I love a good fitted sheath dress. I can just imagine you dancing around at a Salt Pepe concert, very cool!

SarahLizSewStyle said...

That is a really nicely shaped dress - it's going to be useful for much more than a great night out. I guess all the panels make for lots of areas to adjust fit. I love the print - where did you find it? :)

(I'll add it to the November round up).

BeaJay said...

Wow - that is a GORGEOUS dress. I LOVE the fabric too. Great fit and lovely dress. Great to see it was put to good use on your night out.

The Nerdy Seamstress said...

This looks amazing on you! I love the fit of the dress. I'm glad to see some one else making this dress! I love your fabric choice as well! Great job!

Gail said...

Maria, this is my favourite of your 2013 pieces. The seam lines and the fabric choice make this a winner.

Sue said...

You have achieved a great fit. Lovely dress and the concert sounds like a lot of fun.

prttynpnk said...

Really sharp! Love the print!

Sandra said...

Your dress looks fabulous Maria, it fits you well in all the right places. While a print fabric does hid the design features but I think the pattern lends itself to a print.

Irene V. said...

What a nice print you chose! And it fits you perfectly!
MammaNene @ SergerPepper.com

Joy said...

The dress looks perfectly fitted,and the interesting print is good for the simple sheath. And it sounds like you had a great night out!

Sew Blessed Maw [Judy] said...

Love your dress, Looks great on you. Happy sewing.

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