Brasilia Dress in Review

a0263-cotton260sDressesI recently had the opportunity to test the Brasilia dress pattern by Rachal of House of Pinheiro.  With the alterations and waiting on my daughters to be available for fittings, it’s taken me longer than planned.  It’s been well worth it.  This is a simple look with awesome details.

Originally, I had planned to use stretch fabric as Rachal had, but was drawn to the ’60’s’ inspiration and really wanted to make this in a wool.  After two muslins, there is finally a dress.  Since I’m still not certain I have the FBA’s where I want, I saved the wool and made this dress is in baby wale corduroy.  It’s fully lined with Bemberg lining.


BetsyBrasiliaDetailsCollageThe details on the front of the dress show up subtly and beautifully in this fabric.  There’s still one alteration I need to make and that is to smooth the hip line out a bit more.  Photo at left shows pucker at hip line.  The upper back still appears a bit long, but that will have to be an alteration for next time.

I would love to figure how to make that full bust adjustment and still nip it in at the waist.  Not quite enough definition yet.  I’ll be working on that..again, for next time.

These photos don’t do justice as I’m fighting to find decent light.  I think I found all the shadows instead!

Pattern AdjustmentsPattern AdjustmentsBust

For those working on this pattern, I’ve made a FBA adjustment, and shortened through the bodice and the hip for a 5’2″ frame.  The adjustments look something like this.

Pattern:  Brasilia Dress by Rachal of House of Pinheiro

Fabric:  Baby wale corduroy / Bemberg Lining


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