Whatever your feelings regarding Romani or Gypsy people may or may not be, there is no doubt that over the years they have been a big influence on design. Their nomadic lifestyle, tendency to live outside of society’s rules, and traditions of dance and music, inspire designers, artists, and musicians. In this post, I’ll share a few old photos I found and will list the photographer when I can find it. At the end of the post, I’ll post a few sewing patterns I found that can be reinterpreted by you, in case you are inspired by gypsy style, too. Maybe the gypsy style will inspire your summer sewing!
Stay tuned for next month when I will be taking a three week trip to Spain. I’ll be visiting some of my favorite towns there, including Sevilla and Jerez De La Frontera to see some flamenco shows.
By Joseph Koudelka
Flamenco Dancers, Spain. These girls are most likely Spanish. Although Flamenco is considered the national dance of Spain, it was originated by the gypsies who lived there. Flamenco artists .Photo: Richard Whalen
Below are my pattern picks for sewing with a gypsy or Spanish flair.
I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to make this! Although I would NOT be able to fit this on the carry on bag I plan on packing. But nevertheless this is one of the most beautiful skirt patterns I have ever seen.Flamenco Dress Folkwear
I used to take Flamenco lessons and making this dress would be perfect if I ever consider starting again. Plus, flamenco dresses are incredibly expensive to buy.
Swirl maxi burdastyle. More hippie than gypsy, but I love the design on this.
Layered Max Dress Burdastyle. This would be fun for summer.
And while I couldn’t find ONE ladies peasant dress sewing pattern that I would ever consider sewing I did like this one from the forties because it has a fitted waistband and doesn’t look like a mu-mu. This is inspiring me to create my own design. Certainly it couldn’t be too difficult to come up with a flattering one?
I leave you with some Gypsy high style, from the seventies, the high point of Bohemian fashion.