I love to spend hours browsing the internet looking for amazing dress styles to inspire my projects. Lately I have been seeing a lot of beautiful Spanish style Flamenco dancing dresses. I’m drawn to the way they move, bounce, flow and cling to a curvy shaped body. Below on the left, is a screen shot photo that inspired my color palette. Next was the search for the perfect fabric.
I found the perfect fabric on Girl Charlee, an online fabric store that sells knits. The fabric is called Ponte De Roma knit. Once my 8 yards of fabric came I sketched my design from inspiration photos I found online.
I used a 1970s knit dress pattern from cut and copied from an actual dress for the sleeves and body shape and then draped the rest on my dress form. It was messy but so much fun cutting up 8 yards of fabric! All those flounce ruffles are large circles.
Here I’m making adjustments. Cutting out the large flounce ruffles, lining them and making them even on both sides was not easy.
The construction was really easy! I did it all on my serger. I learned how to sew my hems on my serger with fishing line, also known as a curvy hem or lettuce hem. This gives my hemlines a stiff wave that stands out on the flounces. I searched for days online for tutorials on how to do this and wound up using an old VHS tape that came with my serger that walked the through the entire process.. I also used ribbon in the shoulders to stabilize them and keep them from stretching out. (The last photo)
Need a lesson on you serger, message me! I can get you sewing with ease and success.
Last I try on the dress to check for fit. I got really lucky here.
Professional photos by RP3 PhotoWorks and modeling is the beautiful Phimomina.
Behind the scenes~
I’m making another one for a customer next week. I am supper excited.
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