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Quickly Sewing a Flamenco Dress?

Added Jun 25, 2015

by cris orange

Vienna, Austria






Long time bevor I started sewing, my big passion was flamenco dance.
2,5 years ago I dicovered sewing and then stopped dancing. But I couldn´t live completely without dancing, so last september I started again, after a 2 years break…

We studied a „siguiriya“, this is a very sad dramatic music + dance.
And now, after one year of work, the summit: we should present our choreography at the final fiesta in Theater Akzent in Vienna!

For our dance we should all have some purple dress. I had one in burgundy and it was also ok. But 3 weeks before the fiesta all came with their costumes, and my lovely teacher said to me: „your dress is too reddish, but you can sew anyway, so couldn´t you quickly sew a purple dress?“

At the first moment I was desperate, because I wanted to use the last weeks to intensively train the choreography for the stage!

That night I couldn´t sleep. I lay awake in my bed and planned my new dress. Eventually I stand up and drew it. Then I combed through my fabric stash seeking a purple fabric – although I knew there wasn´t any. But I found some beautiful portuguese lace witch imitates the typical flamenco polka dots – great! Unfortunately there were only 5m of it, which is not much for ruffles. After that I looked on ebay for purple fabrics and because I wasn´t sure about colour and thickness I ordered 5 different fabrics!

From those I chose a purple polyester velvet – generally I´m not a fan of velvet, but for a stage costum for a dramatical dance it seemed perfect to me. Above all, the fabric is a 4-way stretch, so it offers complete free moving space.

The pattern is very simple, front and back are equal, the back neckline is just a little bit deeper. Darts and zipper weren´t necessary. From the small amount of lace was only possible a ruffle on the bottom of the dress and one on the sleeves. The other ruffles are made of velvet, they are cut as circles and additionally pleated (totally 4m of fabric were needed). From the last rests of the lace I cut the single circles out and sewed them on the sleeves and neckline.

The whole sewing took 5 days, after that I still had time to train the choreograpy – UFFFFF!

Last Monday 22. it was the big day! Everything went fine, we all enjoyed it very much!
I was very very happy with my new dress: not only I got lots of compliments for it, but it also fulfilled ist function: perfect length – not too short (doesn´t look well) and not too long (one steps on it while dancing) – and absolutely comfortable. After all I am now very happy that I was „constrained“ to sew this dress!

Material Notes

Velvet Polyester




Garment Type
Evening Wear

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    Jun 30, 2015, 02.37 PMby thewallinna

    What aren’t we able to made under pressure!? Your dress is stunning as well as your dancing!

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      Jul 15, 2015, 03.37 PMby cris orange

      oh yes, that´s true, sometimes we NEED the pressure :-) thank you!

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    Jun 27, 2015, 02.52 AMby rita61

    Great dress. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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    Jun 27, 2015, 02.37 AMby RedBelka

    Wow! The dress is gorgeous and fits you perfectly!

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      Jun 27, 2015, 07.45 AMby cris orange

      Thank you! Indeed much better than the burgundy one :-)

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    Jun 26, 2015, 04.23 PMby liliv-1

    All I can say it’s big wow! Love your dress and your dancing poses and the photos! You are really very passionate and talented!

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      Jun 26, 2015, 04.36 PMby cris orange

      Thank you liliv! I love both sewing and dancing and I wish I had more time for both :-)

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    Jun 26, 2015, 12.27 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Very impressive dress!!!

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    Jun 26, 2015, 05.57 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Oh, wow! I’m really impressed! Both with your new flamenco dress and dancing girl..! So nice to see Cris – keep it up and Enjoy :-)

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      Jun 26, 2015, 07.29 AMby cris orange

      Thank you Ellen! Yes, I’ll definitely keep up with my both hobbies, cause I can’t decide which one I love more :-)

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    Jun 25, 2015, 09.17 PMby camelia db

    I am really impressed! The dress, and you dancing….it looks so dramatic and beautiful! Great job !

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      Jun 25, 2015, 09.29 PMby cris orange

      Thank you camelia! Flamenco is indeed dramatic and beautiful!

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    Jun 25, 2015, 06.56 PMby IDia

    Wow, flamenco!!!! A dance so dramatic and passionate as this dress! Chapeau!!!!

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      Jun 25, 2015, 07.00 PMby cris orange

      Muchas gracias!!! yes, for me flamenco is the most beautiful AND challenging dance on earth, because it can express the whole spectrum of human feelings and it´s also very difficult, one never stops learning :-)

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    Jun 25, 2015, 06.30 PMby Mary Athey

    You look fantastic in the photos crossed. You are a woman of many talents.I was a champion winning Irish dancer In my youth, many many years ago lol.I love your dress, you look stunning. Bravo for the dress and the story xx

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      Jun 25, 2015, 06.34 PMby cris orange

      Thank you Mary! yeah, dancing is such a wonderful thing, I can´t imagine living without it, I think I´ll dance as long I live :-) :-) :-)

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    Jun 25, 2015, 12.53 PMby Deanna31

    What a wonderful story! Your dancing pics look great! You really stand out in the dress and the pleats and lace turned out great. I can see its been sewn and pattern made very well.

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      Jun 25, 2015, 06.32 PMby cris orange

      Thank you so much Deanna! indeed I´m soooo happy about this dress! and honestly, the burgundy one doesn´t fit me rightly and I don´t look very well in it :-)

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