I think I mentioned a while ago that I was working away making my niece a skating costume. She is 8 and figure skates competitively.
The music for this new program is "The Mexican Hat Dance" and so she required a costume that would continue that theme. I Googled around for Mexican skating costumes, and didn't find much, so for inspiration, I Googled for traditional Mexican dresses and found lots of pictures of fancy, be-ribboned dresses like these:
Meanwhile, my sister ordered a pattern for me to use. This one, to be exact:
I can't really recommend that you try one of these patterns unless you 1. Know what you are doing or 2. Have their instruction manual. The instructions that are provided are extremely sketchy, at best. Thanks to some youtube videos, and your advice, I got through it, though.
I selected red lycra 4-way stretch fabric and then hunted all over town for different colored strings of sequins. I decided to use sequins instead of the ribbon on the traditional costume, as sequins are more eye-catching. I also thought that the lace on the traditional costume was an important element, so I found some silver sparkly lace.
The skirt flounces wonderfully when she moves and spins. I asked her what her favorite part was, and she said the sleeves. Best of all, it fits! She has a bit of growing room, too, which is good at that age.
I'm pleased with how it emulates the traditional dress nicely, but is still a skating dress. I can't wait to see video of her first performance in it, which is Saturday. (We weren't cutting it close, not at all, ha ha.)
I'm even more pleased that it is finished and now I can get back to sewing on cotton. I'm off to retreat tomorrow!!
Have a great day!