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Why is gingham called mascota in Spanish?

Scouring the fabric stores for two hours this afternoon, I finally found what I was looking for, black and white mascota ( mascot or pet is the literal translation ). I have no idea why gingham is called mascota in Spanish.

I had shown my daughter the C0501 young girl’s  dress and she liked it. She gave me some ideas on fabrics that she would like. One of her likes was a classic, black and white gingham. Gingham or mascota  is readily available for about $16 a meter or one dollar six cents a yard (at today’s extraordinarily favorable exchange rate of 14 to 1). Unfortunately, it’s a crummy synthetic fabric that feels like nylon to me.

Wanting a quality fabric,preferably one made of cotton, I headed to the basement.El Gran Chapur has a very nice selection of fabrics in the basement of their centro location. The fabrics there are lovely, lots of cottons, tropical weight wool and linen and some gorgeous satins and laces. I found a 100% cotton gingham fabric for $49.99 a meter you can do the math yourself this time imported from the USA.

The pattern envelope gives the yardage for three separate fabrics, the bodice, the skirt and contrast trim. The drawing only shows two, which confused me. Having seen some really cute black and white fabric with red cherries at ModaTelas on Calle 63 x 60 y 58, I went to the ModaTela on the corner of Calle 65 y 58 because it was closer. Stopping at Huacho Martin along the way  to buy some bias tape in cotton gingham and stripe. Having been wanting an opportunity to use patterned bias without having to make it myself,  I bought four meters each of  red and  white check, red and white stripe and black and white stripe. Eventually, I got to the end of the block and Modatela. Alas, while they stocked the algodon reactivo (no, I didn’t ask why it’s called reactive cotton) they didn’t have that particular print.

So back I trudged to Calle 63. Fortunately, all my assorted parcels fit in my bag, along with a binder,clipboard and other IWC related paraphernalia. Husband has resigned himself to the fact that I often sometimes once in  great awhile go fabric shopping on my way home from the meeting. I am not responsible for the fact that all the fabric stores are located between our meeting place and my bus stop. Please don’t even suggest that I go another way, I assure you, it’s the fastest most efficient route.

Not only did I buy the cherry fabric, I found little cherry buttons! How cool is that? Tomorrow is going to be a sewing day. Meanwhile check out the versions that inspired me!

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Hi Catherine! Your blog posts on the dress are what inspired me!I have been dithering back and forth over making the child’s dress or the ladies’ dress, looking at the cute version you made decided me!
    I am going to add a link to your blog posts to this post.

  2. Hi I’ve just finished and blogged the dress (links to my blog chopkins in the section on the vpll1912 website) I didn’t buy a third fabric either. It is for the chemisette and under sleeve. I did have a third pattern Goethe binding tho. I found the lower bodice was too long and flopped over the belt- more detail on the blog. Have fun!

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