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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Wedding Dress for a Flamenco Dancer Bride on: October 17, 2013 11:18:17 AM
beautiful work.  What is it like sewing crochet to fabric?

Thanks a lot! I carefully hand stitched the sleeves to the dress, no trouble at all.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My First Wedding Dress for a Flamenco Dancer Bride 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!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sleeves That Let You Move - Instructions for changing your sleeve pattern on: March 02, 2009 01:22:48 AM
Thank you very much for the kind comment!

Yes, the sleeves do look "normal". To get an idea check out the photo gallery at my website => www.flamencreaciones.com/photos
In the sections "Dresses", "Separates" and "Tops" there are plenty of examples of sleeves, all sewn using the technique described.

Have a great day!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / How to Make Ruffles - a Quick Guide for Frill Seekers 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!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sleeves That Let You Move - Instructions for changing your sleeve pattern 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 :-)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New Flamenco Dresses 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"

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: pattern making classes? on: October 21, 2008 05:23:29 AM
has anyone ever attended pattern making classes or hired a seamstress to teach you one on one? I have ideas for clothing I want to draft but I'm horrible at necklines! I can upsize a pattern and make my own skirts and such but tops in general I have a real problem with.

Hi there,
I personally have never taken a pattern making class but I can recommend a book "Metric Pattern Cutting for Womens Wear" (http://www.amazon.com/Metric-Pattern-Cutting-Womens-Wear/dp/1405175672/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1224591468&sr=8-1)
that teaches how to go about it. Once you get the hang of it it could be a good idea to try pattern making software (takes the tedious parts out of the task :-). There is a huge selection available - from simple click and print to sophisticated, whatever suits you.
Either way it is a lot of fun making your own patterns. I haven't bought a commercial pattern since learning to make my own :-)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Flamenco Dresses on: October 12, 2008 04:07:35 PM
beautiful! The blue and green one is to die for!

Thanks! Actually, the blue is a dark purple, it just never comes out right on photos ..
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: the little black dress design contest on: October 12, 2008 02:29:09 AM
I entered a contest for a local boutique in which I had to design and produce a little black dress in about a month's time. (or if you are me you will cram most of the work into a week or less) I didn't win, but I did do the best of everyone close to my age, which was encouraging. Also encouraging was the fact my dress was in the shop window when I walked by this after noon.

My vision: black on black plaid with a silk dupioni collar.

if you'd like to see more/detailed/bigger photos (i've tried to make this post load fast for you) and read more about the contest etc:


thanks for looking!

Simply adorable! I love the overall line of the dress but also all the subtle details that make it special. Great job!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sleeve Chaos! Someone Help! on: October 11, 2008 07:54:41 AM
This is pretty much what I had in mind with the second "quick fix". Thanks for the photo, it illustrates it perfectly.
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