Mexican folklore has a skirt with many pleats called the Folklorico, which is made for a particular type of dance. A stylish Folklorico skirt for a young girl is a simple sewing project for families preparing to celebrate. As you construct this skirt, you should keep an image of a traditional dress in your mind. Follow these instructions to create a festive skirt fit for dancing.
What Fabric Is Used in Folkloric Skirts?
Usually, cotton fabric is the best choice for folkloric skirts. Because cotton fabrics are easy to sew and design. As when you dance with the skirt, you would need a lighter fabric. This fluffiness is best with cotton fabrics.
What is The Way to Make a Folklorico Skirt?
Mexican Folklorico Skirt dance dresses are among the most iconic and sensational dresses. A wide skirt flares from the hips, and a fitted bodice tops off this traditional dress. There is much flare to the skirt, embellished with ribbons of different colors sewn along the hem. In addition to the ruffles on the bodice, the dress is floaty and feminine in appearance.
There is no doubt that the skirt of a Mexican dance dress plays an essential part in its overall design. It should have a flaring shape and be voluminous. Making your Mexican dance dress is the best alternative to buying one if you don’t want to spend much money.
How Much Fabric Do I Need for a Folkloric Skirt?
According to your height and width, you have to take a different amount of fabric from others. However, here is a measurement for the folkloric skirt for an average person.
You can take about 1.5x7m or 3x3m of cotton fabric, and 1m reinforcement band for the ‘belt part’ Fringes/ribbons for the bottom. Choose the fabric color according to your choice, but choose a bright and vibrant color.
Things That Required
- Cotton fabric, 3 yards (in color and pattern of your choice)
- Knit fabric
- Sewing machine
- Fitted T-shirt
- Wide Ribbons (in two to three colors)
How Do I Make a Folkloric Skirt
After choosing your fabric, take it as per your height and length. You have to make sure that your piece of cloth is wide enough. Here are a few steps to making a folkloric skirt.
Step 1: if you are holding a sheet of fabric, fold the fabric sheet in half and cut it in half.
Step 2: according to your skirt length, cut the cloth sheet circularly from the corner. Also, cut your waist according to your waist measurement.
To cut the waist, measure the waist, divide by pi (3.14), and again divide the answer you get by half. This will be the measurement; you will cut in the sheet for the waist.
Step 3: Repeat step 2, for the other 3 half sheets and make in total 4 half circles.
Step 4: Next, take the seams of two half-circle sheets and sew them all the way from top to down. In addition, repeat this with the other two sheets as well. This will make two full circles of sheets.
Step 5: After sewing them in the machine, lay them on top of other, with the wrong sides out
Step 6: Now you have to sew about three-quarters from the bottom of the clothes on both sides. Leave the upper part unsewn.
Step 7: After sewing the circles in the machine, sew the ribbons on the skirt according to your preference. Select a bright color ribbon, so that it will highlight the dance.
Step 8: Lastly, grab your waistband, make it at least 5 inches wide, and fold it in half between the skirt’s waist parts. Moreover, hemmed the skirt and sew the dress.
Step 9: you can wear the skirt with a peasant top or a zipper top. Lastly, you just need to enjoy your skirt.
Note: Most of you would think that making a Mexican dance dress would require considerable sewing skills based on its intricate pattern. In a sense, that’s true. However, there are ways to accomplish it with minimum effort. Firstly, make the flared skirt and bodice separately, then sew them together to make a dress.
How Do You Measure a Folkloric Skirt?
For the best fit and flare measure, you have to take it from your waist to your ankles. Once you get your measurement in centimeters or inches, order the next closest size to your measurement.
You have to measure your waist width also for the waist measurements. Moreover, you can also use the chart to find your size.
Who Wears Folklorico Skirt Costumes?
Depending on the region and the dance, Mexican dance costumes differ significantly. Each of them is very beautiful and enhances the performance of the dance. Although traditional dances vary widely, most costumes are influenced by the Spanish conquistadors. Traditionally, Folklorico is a dance that requires intricate costumes that allow the performers to move freely.
Women wear dresses with long, full skirts as much as the dancers themselves. The dresses are often held up to create a picture. There are long, ruffled, and tiered skirts: colorful ribbons, lace trim, and brightly colored or white dresses. Stripes in the Mexican flag’s colors, red and green, are ubiquitous. They are usually off-the-shoulder, ruffled, like a peasant blouse, and trimmed with the same ribbon color.
Frequently Asked Questions And Answers
What Are Folklórico Skirts Called?
Folklórico Falda Dancing Skirts are made in Mexico. Performances and costumes benefit from these skirts. The bottom of each skirt has a different color ribbon. Measuring from your waist to where you would like the dress to end in centimeters will help you select your size.
How Do I Calculate a Gathered Skirt?
To determine where your skirt should sit:
- Measure your waist or hips. This measurement should be increased by 1.5 inches.
- Add 3 inches to your waist/hip size to where you want your skirt to sit.
- Cut one piece of fabric 3 inches in depth by the length of your core.
Does Mexican Folkloric Ballet Exist?
Ballet Folklorico is Mexico’s most revered traditional dance company, founded in 1952 by choreographer Amalia Hernández. Ballet Folklorico has incorporated Mexican folklore’s music, dance, and costumes throughout history, from the pre-Columbian era to the modern day.
Why are Folklórico Skirts so Colorful?
There was a need for more color in clothing during festive events. You look better dressed in vibrant colors. Adding life to the clothing was made possible by these colors. Historically, women wore jewelry reflecting the colors of these dresses.
To make the Folklorico Skirt dress, you must first buy cotton fabric. To give the dress a more vibrant look, choose two or three different colored cotton fabrics. You can begin making the dance dress when you have all your supplies. The process of making a Mexican dance dress is not complex, but it does require a bit of patience. You will be glad you did it when you see the results.