Hot! ‘My sister is a clover’ Dress

SW Theme and inspiration: Celebrating Mothers. I choose to celebrate my dear Grandmother Rosa. Although she passed away twenty years ago, her absence is still very much missed. She was such strong woman, raising 7 children by herself with the early death of my grandfather. My mom at the time was only a 3 month baby!
I don’t have many photos of her but when I think of her, her beautiful smile come to my mind.
Here is one of the few photos I have of her in her youth.

She is personal inspiration to me as she was so humble, kind and just. A strong women in character. Don’t even get me start on her domestic talents. She could sew anything and her food was amazing.

Fabric: Accordingly with Suzy, its stretch bio suiting and she paid £3.50 per metre. I got it free on recently London Swap. Suzy used the fabric to sew Colette’s Clover, hence the name of this post. I don’t have sisters, only a very handsome brother. I think that all my sewing friends are like sisters I never had.

Pattern: McCall’s 6308


Notions: Self made bias biding

Time to complete: 3 hours

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. Having consider the changes I made.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very simple.

Did you use new skills or a particular skill: No.

Did you make any alterations or modifications? 
The pattern has gathers under the bust and on the skirt pattern. I didn’t have enough of the fabric to create the full skirt effect where you cut the pattern 4 times, so I just cut a pencil skirt pattern instead. The pattern calls for elasticated gathering on the shoulders too but I liked without, so I ignored it.

First worn: May 2012

Wear again? Yes. For a party not to university. Apologies for my tired face. Full time MBA is killing me.

Will you make it again?  Yes, full length in jersey

Conclusion: This pattern is very versatile and perfect for Brazilian weather. My mom love this style so for mother’s day I will be making her a couple of those dresses.


House of Pinheiro

Brazilian, brainiac ,fashionista ,happy ,creative, tall ,fun ,foddie, perfectionist ,inventive ,passionate, impulsive and highly opinionated ... I am taking a break from my job as 6 Sigma Black belt to take a MBA in Creative Industries .


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  1. This looks like such an easy to wear dress, and I love that it has a “sister.” Lovely. :)

  2. Fabulous fit, Rachel! As always!

  3. So stylish! Not to sound like I was staring at your boobs, but those bodice gathers are divine! Fab job!

  4. Beautiful dress! That’s great that you will be making some for your mom too. I like the alterations that you made. Great job!

  5. Hi Pinheiro, the color looks luscious on and the fabric has a beautiful drape and detail gathers you added.

  6. Awesome dress Rachel Grandmother Rosa would be proud, you look gorgeous.

  7. Thank you for your lovely thoughts. Happy mothers day x