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 is The Best 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.
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)
Choose a fabric for your festive skirt. Make sure the item you choose is fun and brightly colored, and purchase the appropriate amount for your height. You should not need more than two yards of fabric for children under four feet tall. Select a fabric bolt wide enough to cover the skirt’s length.
Cut two to three strips of approximately four-inch wide fabric from the entire length of the material.
Make a thick “rainbow” out of the remaining fabric. Upon inversion, the rainbow forms a circle skirt with the underside of the rainbow corresponding to the girl’s waist. It is essential to ensure that the piece is deep enough to give you the length of skirt you desire.
Create a funnel by joining the two sides of the rainbow fabric, the right sides, together. To create the basic skirt, sew these two sides together.
Add ruching to the garment. Make a ruffle by sewing the cut pieces of fabric along the bottom of the skirt in as many layers as you like, gathered every few inches.
Put the finishing touches on the skirt’s top. Four 1-inch incisions should be made at the waist to make a simple drawstring closure. Turn the dress inside out and wrap the drawstring or cord around the waist.
After identifying the front of the skirt and ensuring the drawstring ends will emerge from the show, fold the top of the dress over the cord, then sew the sections together.
Ensure that only four to five inches of the drawstring remain visible from the skirt by clipping the ends. It would help if you hemmed the skirt. Folding under the raw bottom edge and sewing it all the way around creates the dress’ hem.
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.
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
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.