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1  My First Wedding Dress for a Flamenco Dancer Bride in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by htgerman on: October 17, 2013 08:10:50 AM
I've made a number of dresses for people invited to a wedding but never for the bride herself, so I was thrilled when this flamenco dancer bride approached me ..

I crocheted the bruges lace sleeves and used a mix of materials for the dress. Enjoyed it from start to finish!

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2  How to Make Ruffles - a Quick Guide for Frill Seekers in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by htgerman on: November 07, 2008 12:19:44 PM
Since I am specializing in making flamenco dresses I finish hardly any dress or skirt without "volantes", ie. frills or ruffles.

I often get asked what types of ruffles there are and how to make them. There are two basic types of ruffles: Circular ruffles and gathered ruffles.

Circular ruffles, as the name suggests, are cut from a circle which has a smaller circle cut out of the middle. The size difference between the two circles determine the amount of volume the ruffle will have. A small inner circle creates a full ruffle whereas a larger inner circle achieves a more wavy, softer ruffle.

Gathered ruffles are cut from one or more long stripes of fabric where one large side is gathered. Obviously, the more you gather the more volume the ruffle will have and the longer your fabric strip needs to be in order to get to the desired length of the ruffle. Ususally you'll want to cut a fabric strip 1.5 to 2 times longer than the ruffle length.

For full instructions check out the tutorial => http://budurl.com/ruffles

Now let your imagination go wild and have fun!
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3  Sleeves That Let You Move - Instructions for changing your sleeve pattern in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by htgerman on: October 30, 2008 09:49:17 AM
As a dressmaker for flamenco artists I usually make very fitted dresses. Sleeves are also cut very slim and if I used a "normal" sleeve pattern with normal sleeve cap height the dancers simply wouldn't be able to lift and move their arms they way they need to in flamenco.

So how do I change the sleeve to achieve the required freedom of movement?
In short, the angle at which the sleeve is set into the dress needs to be changed:

For instructions on how to change the sleeve pattern check out the full tutorial => http://budurl.com/4sm7

I use this technique not only for flamenco dresses but also for any fitted outfit I make for myself (no, I am unfortunately not a flamenco dancer :-)
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4  New Flamenco Dresses in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by htgerman on: October 29, 2008 03:49:50 PM
Here are a few new flamenco dresses.

1. Two friends - one dress, just different colours

2. These photos were sent to me by a client who lives and dances in Germany.
For the dresses we used fairly unusual fabrics but the right accessories give them the necessary "flamenco touch"

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5  Re: Sleeve Chaos! Someone Help! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by htgerman on: October 11, 2008 02:18:21 AM
Alright so I wanted to make this dress from an inspiration of a couple things and it is almost done besides a couple hems...however when I sewed in the sleeves I could of almost screamed.


The sleeves slide off my shoulders... leaving virtually no support to keep the dress up besides keeping my arms tucked under my arms.
* It can go up, it just doesn't have the will to as shown in this picture


I seriously need some help here my fellow crafters....please help. I do have this choker necklace that is not pictured that ties around my neck. Maybe i can connect something to that to hold up the sleeves? I'm not sure but please help! ( also sorry for the shaky pictures)

Hi! To start, the top is really cute. The sleeves do need some changes though. The neckline is very wide and sewing the sleeves that far out to the side leave them with "nothing to hold on to". The red line in the pic below indicates where the sleeve should sit but even then, considering the slope of your shoulder (the blue line), it might slip down.

Two things I can suggest you try:
  • if you think of wearing a bra you could sew a little loop (closed with a press button) from the inside to the top of the sleeve and pull the loop through the bra strap so the bra strap holds up the sleeve. This is often done for flamenco dresses to prevent the sleeve from slipping down when dancers drop the shoulders while dancing. Considering the wide neckline this might not be great though since the bra strap would probably sit where the red line in the pic is and show
  • you could connect the tops of the sleeves with a strip of fabric - perhaps elastic, skin colour or from the material of the top - and wear it behind the neck. With the choker on it might not show too much or you make it a design detail.
Obviously, these are "quick fixes". They are easy to try and might work. Alternatively, you'd have to make some not so trivial changes to the neckline/sleeves.

If you want to stick with the very wide neckline consider something along these lines

It is closed at the back and you might not want that but it would definitely work for the shape of your shoulder. While you're at it, a square neckline a little lower than yours is very flattering:

You could also leave the top without sleeves. When it is a bit cold for wearing a sleeveless top add a back part to the sleeves and wear it a bit like a short cardigan over the top.

Hope this helps you finish this beautiful work.

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6  Flamenco Dress - One of my Favourites in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by htgerman on: October 10, 2008 11:02:44 AM
This dress is special to me. I have known the dancer for some time and made a number of outfits for her. So when her best friend came to me saying that her friends and students wanted to surprise her with a flamenco dress for her birthday I was more than happy to get creative. It wasn't hard and I had a lot of fun because I knew the girl, knew the way she is dancing, knew her taste and the other outfits she has.

I never forget her face when she unwrapped the gift at the party (which was a surprise too :-)
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7  Flamenco Dresses in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by htgerman on: October 10, 2008 09:28:05 AM
One thing I love about flamenco is that there is space for dancers of all shapes and sizes. What counts is whether you can move your audience to tears rather than the size of clothes you wear.

Here are a few examples:

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8  Flamenco Dresses on Stage in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by htgerman on: October 03, 2008 05:07:34 AM
It is always difficult to take reasonable pictures during a performance (especially when one isn't an expert photographer and only uses a simple digital camera .. ) but here is one that turned out more or less ok..

The dress ..

.. on stage
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9  Flamenco Skirts & Bata de Cola in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by htgerman on: October 02, 2008 02:44:16 AM
Today I'd like to share some pics of flamenco skirts and bata de colas. Hope you like them!

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10  Little Flamenco Dancers in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by htgerman on: October 01, 2008 09:13:47 AM
Usually I make flamenco dresses for grown ups but well, the little ones want to dance too ..

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