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1  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!

2  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!
3  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 :-)
4  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"

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flamenco Dress - One of my Favourites 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 :-)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Flamenco Dresses 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:

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flamenco Dresses on Stage 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
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flamenco Skirts & Bata de Cola 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!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Little Flamenco Dancers 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 ..

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flamenco Dresses on: October 01, 2008 03:22:22 AM
I'd like to share a few of my flamenco dresses. And there are lots more where these came from .. Hope you like them.

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