Thursday, 29 March 2012

Mad Mexican Dress - 2 Challenges in One!

 I've managed to do two challenges in one project this month - is that cheating?

This is my Mad Mexican dress ('mad' because it's so over the top), which I made using some Alexander Henry fabric which I acquired way before Christmas, and which has been burning a hole in my stash ever since. So, that satisfies my stash busting challenge set by Miss Katie over at Little Red Squirrel. The dress isn't quite finished yet - the skirt and lining still need hemming - but there was a strict deadline to meet!

The second challenge this project meets is the Sew Hollywood challenge set by Debi at My Happy Sewing Place. The design of the dress is inspired by Linda Darnell's character Chihuahua in 'My Darling Clementine':

Linda looking sultry in front of a HUGE cactus...

... and me, posing with a less impressive specimen, from Ikea!
As you can see from the poster and the film still, the ruffly sleeves and gathered skirt are the character's signature look in the film. When the dress is complete, I'll provide you all with some more detailed pictures, and further information about the film and why I chose this outfit.

But for now, I'll leave you with details of the pattern I used for the top:

Simplicity 5962 - The version on the bottom right became the bodice of the dress
And some further views:
Back view

Close up of bodice
More details soon!

AND DON'T FORGET!  My snood and earrring giveaway closes on the 30th, so make sure you leave your comment in order to be in with a chance of winning!


  1. That print is amazing! It would have burned a hole in my stash too haha. Congrats BTW!

  2. super super cute! and freeking genius combining the challenges! i never do challenges because i like to take my time =-)

  3. wow! you look great, love the hair too

  4. Oh yes ! Gorgeous. Loving the belt too.

  5. I love everything about this dress and this look! You did great. Just now found your blog via katie's UFO stash. Looking forward to more of your posts and creations!

  6. This is amazing you look fab! :)

  7. Thank you all for your fabulous comments! Nicole x


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