Hot! The “60s vixen” Peony

Hello Fall… my favourite season! I think the combinations of that blue sky with a chilly air with a multitude of colour leaves.. it’s magical for someone that only knew wet or dry season. Also the colours suit my dark skin tone and any small park become a stunning photo backdrop.

Inspiration for my styling was the 60’s. I love playing with my hair and make up and my personal style so I keep trying different looks depending on my mood of the day and the Colette Peony had a MOD feel.

Fabric: 2,5 m Viscose Twill from Goldhalk road. It had beautiful little flowers in a navy backdrop.

Size and alterations: Fit is not easily achieved on this pattern.It does look ok but personally It is not the most flattening shape for me. I really not into boatneck as I got a small neck and large bust so I feel the proportion doesn’t work well. I also prefer the skirt to ‘pencil in’ instead of flare… my hourglass shape get lost If I don’t add a belt, unfortunately the one I choose was too big to do the job. The sleeves are baggy on the biceps and I’m worried if I made it smaller I couldn’t hug anyone.

I added a contrasting facing on the sleeves. Here is my darts almost forming a ‘fake’ princess seam.

In terms of sewing it is true to the denomination however because it needs for too many alterations for many sewists that tried, I would classify this as slightly difficult.

Year: Modern with vintage feel.

Details and Notions: I used a ribbon and button instead of hook and eye and 24′ invisible zipper. Adding my label. I don’t like them much and during the textile exhibition I went this week I got a supplier and beautiful samples so I hope to choose a better one.

Pattern skill: Invisible zipper and pin tucks near the hemline in contrasting red thread.
Time to complete: 4 hours

First worn: Today, a very grey and cloudy english autumn day.

Will you make it again? Unsure.

What did you particularly like or dislike about this pattern: I don’t like gathers on my stomach area so they became darts.

Total cost: £20

Photo shoot camera: Olympus D 475+ Gorilla tripod.


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. Such a pretty dress. Love the photos..Great job Rachel.. Happy sewing.

  2. I love the print! And yes, you are a great 60’s vixen : ) Beautiful photoshoot AND dress.

  3. Love the fabric and your alterations make this dress very flattering. You are really rocking the 60’s look!

  4. looking fine for the cooler months. I like the idea of changing gathers to darts.

  5. Those are great colours on you and I love the little finishing touches.

  6. Beautiful! The fit looks great and it’s nice to see you back after your gradute work load is over (is it over or just a pause?)

  7. Just lovely Rachel, I love this colour on you, you’re a total 60’s vixen. Lovely photos too.

  8. Oh, I love it! I think it looks great!

  9. Love the colours, and the detailing is gorgeous, especially those pintucks. Very pretty on you despite your reservations.