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Flamenco Reloaded!

Added Mar 27, 2013

by cris orange

Vienna, Austria






I bought this yellow fabric 7 years ago in Spain. I wanted to make (not myself!) of it a typical Spanish trail dress “bata de cola”, and because this kind of dress requires very much fabric, I bought 10m of it! Now I discovered the fabric again in my closet and decided to make (now myself!) of it a dress which includes flamenco elements. A peplum dress seemed to be the perfect choice for this purpose – and I love peplum anyway!
I chose a Vogue Pattern V8849 and started with size 8, but the bodice was to small so I ended up with 10 for the bodice and 8 for the skirt. Now I make always a muslin, because the Vogue sizes seem to vary with the pattern.

For the first time I dared to change some details in the pattern: I wanted the peplum to be a typical flamenco valance, and I made 2 of them, both double-layered white+yellow. The white fabric is a nice cotton damast with woven polka dots, this detail matches the polka dots on the yellow fabric!

In the first version I put the white valance at the top, but my husband said: “you look like a cook”. Even though he needles me sometimes with his brutally honest verdicts, this time I had to admit: this looked like an apron! So I put the yellow valance on the top, but it was too ruffled and my husband said again: “you look like you go swimming”. And again he was right, it looked like a floating tire! I must say, in the meantime my dear husband has advanced to a competent critic, no blemish escapes to his eyes and he makes me definitely no false compliments :-)

During the work I had the idea to use piping and, unbelievable: I found in internet a nice yellow piping with white polka dots! Well, obviously I made myself a difficult life with this idea!
I wanted also absolutely to include a detail that I totally love: a long visible zipper! This turned out to be very practical, because I can now step into the dress!




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear

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    Mar 31, 2013, 04.43 AMby marloncosta

    Another stunning successful project! I love your fabric choices!

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      Mar 31, 2013, 10.10 AMby cris orange

      thank you again :) yes, I am a “fabrics-victim” :) when I go to the fabric store just for a zipper, I come out after 1 or 2 hours, because I must look all that stunning fabrics, I could buy them all :)

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    Mar 28, 2013, 03.30 PMby Moimisie

    I love the dress! The color is gorgeous and the detail you put into it really gives it something extra…. Hihihi, it does seem that the husbands are our critics…. I often have quarrels with mine when we can’t agree on a garment that I’m making… but they make good critics with there brutal honesty! ;))

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      Mar 28, 2013, 06.52 PMby cris orange

      thank you for loving my dress, this makes me happy! yes, our husbands, what should we do without their critic? mine brings me to lough with his sentences :)

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    Mar 28, 2013, 08.53 AMby Gigette

    Waouuuuh!!!! So beautiful ;)

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      Mar 28, 2013, 06.49 PMby cris orange

      merci beaucoup :)

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    Mar 28, 2013, 04.17 AMby baum

    wow, your dress is so cool! I really like it:)

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      Mar 28, 2013, 06.49 PMby cris orange

      thank you so much, I´m so happy that you like it!

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    Mar 28, 2013, 12.00 AMby Mary Athey

    stunning dress, i love everything about this from the fabric to the piping. the work you put into this dress shows as its just beautiful. i love this so much xx

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      Mar 28, 2013, 06.48 PMby cris orange

      thank you mary for appreciating my work :) indeed this dress made me sick after the last stitch, I was exhausted. but now I´m happy about it :)

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    Mar 27, 2013, 11.43 PMby ariation

    Beautiful dress…………..especially all the details! Well done :)

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      Mar 28, 2013, 06.46 PMby cris orange

      thank you for your kind comment!

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