Saturday, 14 February 2015


No one can be a true Flamenco enthusiast without appreciating the beauty of Flamenco dresses, skirts and - RUFFLES! Having said that, I recently came across a lovely collection showcased in 2014 Mercedes-Benz fashion show. It's a fairly long video and while I'm unaware of the names of all the designers, I quickly fell in love with some of the more modern designs combined with traditional Andalusian aspects!

In this video, my favorite collections begins on or around 11:20 and continues through to about 22:20.

In the interest of not making this post solely about my personal appreciation of the designs, I wanted to ask if anyone, at any point, has attempted to create their own practice skirt - and if your answer is 'yes' - what ruffles do you prefer?

My knowledge of ruffles extends as far as circular ruffles, gathered ruffles and lastly continuous circular ruffles. It's hard to say which type I prefer the most because it all depends on how the ruffles are structured on the outfit.

There are also many ways to hem ruffles, such as using over-lock edge stitch, bias tape, cording (piping), trim or even fishing line!

Please share your preference or even lack thereof!


Anke said...

Circular ruffles definitely are more common for dance skirts. Gathered ruffles are a great choice when you are looking for a more "old fashioned" or antique look, or when you are short on fabric (they need a lot less) and/or want a light weight skirt.

Ana Ling said...

Thanks so much for your feedback, Anke. It's always great to hear a designer's perspective!

Haha. I am guilty of falling back on gathered ruffles when I don't have a lot of leftover fabric for cutting circular ruffles. (^_^;)