Updated Fabric Suggestions for 142 Old Mexico Dress

This 16th-century Spanish colonial style is quick and easy to make, with just four pattern pieces. Make it as a below-knee dress or a top-of-the-thigh blouse, then fancy it up with the embroidery stitches on your sewing machine, or with other fun and colorful decoration.  The 142 Old Mexico Dress pattern does not include embroidery patterns or motifs, however you can use your own designs or find them on-line, or you can purchase our embroidery pattern to go with this pattern. We have one available as a PDF!  Typical of this style of garment, this embroidery is easy to create and add to the yoke of your Old Mexico Dress.

Suggested fabrics: Woven cottons and cotton blends, such as muslin, shirting, batiste and voile (for breezy, airy summer looks), damask, chambray, lightweight denim; rayon; lightweight linen and linen blends; silks and silk blends.

PLEASE NOTE: These suggested fabrics are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written, and may go out of stock from store at some point.  If link is invalid for specific product, there may be another fabric from the supplier that you can substitute.


Folkwear currently has a beautiful yarn dyed organic linen in stock (limited quantity) that would be perfect for this dress or blouse.  Note: all fabric sold by Folkwear is in half yard units!

This Nirvana Triple Gauze at Bolt Fabrics would be a very nice wearable weight and a great canvas for embroidered designs.

This white cotton chambray shirting from Stonemountain and Daughter Fabrics has a little bit of texture, but could stand up to an embroidered embellishment around the neckline or sleeves.

Additionally, Vogue Fabrics carries a lovely variety of colorful Cotton Gauze.

For a gorgeous selection of hand dyed embroidery threads, take a look at House of Embroidery.  They even have color collections and floss boxes prepared and ready for you to choose from!