Thanks to Diane, some time ago I knew that Rachel (@ House of Pinheiro) was giving away her Brasilia Dress pattern to be (eventually) graded and tested. I remember seeing  the photo she was inspired from, while I was collecting Pins about The Sixties for one of our Stitch Once, Rip Twice Sewing Challenges.

When I’ve seen she drew the pattern (and we have roughly the same body measurements) I was really pleased to sew it!

The part I love about sewing someone else pattern, is to let my personality peak out, while trying not to change too much the pattern. Well, this time, I feel like my personal goal is achieved (pat pat on my shoulder): check my creative way to

finish armholes and neckline!


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I’ve started with using a solid black fabric (in my mind, this was supposed to be my new LBD) but I was hoping to have a not-that-plain final result , so I started topstitching in red all the vertical lines (not the horizontal ones, that would end making me look like a whale), then I took the arrow-shaped side detail and topstitched parallel lines every 1/4” (aka the machine feet width).

Now the detail was showing his best! Rachel suggest to add a piping detail, instead, to make details pop!


Last, but not least, I decided to change the finishing of armholes and neckline: Rachel talked about the possibility of adding an all-in-one facing, while she used a bias binding.

I felt too lazy to create my bias and too out-of-money to go out and buy some, so I made some “shopping” on my Sewing Room’s Old Clothes Stash and I’ve found an old LilPotato’s red T-shirt that perfectly matched the red thread I used for the topstitching. I cut strips 2 cm height, large as the shirt, fold in half along the length and pressed well.

Serger-Pepper-Brasilia-Dress-testing-armholes-neckline-cut strips

I’ve paired the original side seam of the t-shirt (or the middle point of the strip) with the shoulder seam and pinned the strip along the armhole; marked the underarm seam on the strip and cut, leaving 1/4” of seam allowance.


I’ve sewn Right Sides Facing, then I pressed seam open, folded and pinned the rest of the cuff.


Then I serged these tiny cuffs to armholes and neckline, ending with a small red border all along.


Lastly, I topstitched in black and pressed well.


Then I’ve repeated the same steps on the neckline, starting from the center front.


I’m really in love with this kind of details… simple but fun. What do you think about it?


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