Hot! Flamingo Dancer

Given my daughter's exposure to my dresses (both vintage and home-sewn) it's only natural that Penelope has become incredibly vocal about what she wears. I wear jeans all the time but she won't touch them. She's incredibly picky about her school outfits and if she doesn't like something I've bought, she *won't* wear it. Given this stubbornness, there's only a short list of Halloween costumes she'll approve. 

Up until a couple weeks ago, she wanted me to make her another Rapunzel costume (yes, she still wears this one). Simplicity came out with a Disney-sanction Rapunzel pattern this year and THAT'S THE ONE SHE WANTED. Making princess costumes for around-the-house wear is something I'll get behind. For Halloween, I just have to make something a bit more unique. 

While we were shopping for birthday party supplies, she wandered over to the cheap wall-o-costumes display and pointed to a flamenco dancer costume. "I want to be that." Given how she loves to dance and how I actually love flamenco dresses, I felt comfortable with that choice. So flamenco dancer it was.

So, I found a simple enough pattern (and modest) and headed to Jo Ann's to shop for red polka dotted fabric. It was there — shopping with Pen — that I realized that every time she spoke about her flamenco costume, she called it a "flamingo dancer." I'd correct her and she's say it again. She was adamant that she was right and I didn't have the energy to argue with her. So that's when the idea of a flamingo dancer costume was born.

The headpiece was quite simple to pull together. It's a flamingo head that I made from stitched felt, stuffing and a floral wire mounted to a headband. Using a glue gun, I glued part of a pink boa on top of the head band. 

Frankly I was amazed that she liked the head piece. She's very particular about being "accurate" and none of the photos of flamenco dancer she's seen have ever had anything like this on the top of their heads.

But she did seem to love it! 

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Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Amusingly enough, Ben and I were just talking about how one of us (I won’t say who) needs a fan like a Spanish lady. So don’t be surprised if one of us (I won’t say who) calls dibs on part of your daughter’s Halloween costume.

  2. margueritedesigns

    I’d be a flamingo dancer over a flamenco any day!

  3. As a life long flamenco dancer I’ve long lost patience over inaccurate ‘spanish dancer’ costumes but I’ve gotta tell you-this is the cutest thing I’ve seen in ages…and I might rip off the idea next halloween! (at first glance I had a moment of: “of course tongue-in-cheek of my pet peeve! why haven’t I thought of it before?!”)

  4. That’s so adorable. And can I just say, you’re daughter looks just like a mini you! So cute!

  5. Who wouldn’t love to be a flamingo dancer! such a cute idea and a fab story to bring up when she’s 21.

  6. Pen certainly looks pleased as punch with her ‘flamingo dancer’s’ costume. Rightly too, I say. So darn cute.

  7. Penelope is adorable..What a pretty flamingo dancer !!!!
    Hope she has lots of fun tonight and the rest of the year, playing dress up..

  8. My inner child wants to be a flamingo dancer right now. And grown up me wants to be one too!

  9. Awww so adorable, she’s quite the cutie pie! Well done mom!

  10. Oh man, this is actually some awesomely cute inspiration for next year! (This year I was a ‘slutty yeti’, and one only needs to wear that little clothing once in a lifetime)

  11. so adorable!

  12. LOVE that headpiece!

  13. I’m awarding “World’s Greatest Sewing Parental Unit” award. I wish I had some sort of tag you could wear. That costume will be remembered with love forever. Major win for both of you.

  14. Awesome costume; your daughter looks super cute!!! I think it’s beyond adorable that she’s such a stickler for accuracy =)

  15. Oh…I love it! I’m a Spaniard and my daughter is Penelope too. Your daughter looks absolutely adorable.

  16. That is so cute! One of my daughters was obsessed with what she called” Flamingo dancers” too after I took her to Spain when she was 3 and we saw a show.I think your daughter is very adorable, like a mini you ! I made the same daughter a costume with a feather headpiece too this year too. She was a swan princess.