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Topic: Bellydance costumes (tribal/tribaret/casual)  (Read 10152 times)
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« on: June 21, 2007 07:12:14 PM »

I bellydance, and while I specialize in American cabaret with an increased interest in Turkish-rom, many of my dancing friends dance Tribal style.

For the last few years, my yearly birthday gift to my friend Anaan has been that I'll make a corset belt, using the Tepest Corest pattern, with the fabric of her choosing.

This year she waited 11 months before cashing in. She emailed me that she wanted something deconstructed and "ethnic albino" to go with an off-white costume she was gatheirng parts for. I mailed back asking "Your grandmother's unreveling silk dresses from time gone by meets tribal?"

Yup.

And after some emails back and forth:



And then, for a recent duet I made this belt and halter (halter my own pattern) out of traditional Japanese fabrics.


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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2007 07:47:16 PM »

I am in love with these belts. I've been inspired to start belly dancing purely because of my infatuation with the costumes, and these are making me itchy to go practice so I can have an excuse to wear something as pretty as those!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2007 07:52:53 PM »

I just posted in your other bellydancing costume topic, but I just had to post here too, because I am absolutely in love with these belts.  I would love to use the idea of the individual segments of these belts to make a small purse (like a passport pouch, or some such), if that's alright with you?

Again, beautiful work!

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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2007 08:10:56 PM »

I just posted in your other bellydancing costume topic, but I just had to post here too, because I am absolutely in love with these belts.  I would love to use the idea of the individual segments of these belts to make a small purse (like a passport pouch, or some such), if that's alright with you?

Again, beautiful work!

-Sarah

The belt idea and pattern comes from a dancer named Tempest:
http://www.meddevi.com/dance/boutique/corsetbelts.html

(I always make sure to credit her. I'm thinking about making some with ribbon embroidery similar to traditional samourai armor, and I'll probably contact her for permission to sell if it turns out to be something I can make in a timely manner. As I live in Japan we've got many dancers fusing traditional to tribal/cabaret.)

In tribal style there's a lot of similar lace-up styles going on, so I'd say it's fair game for inspiration. Craft on!
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2007 09:17:48 PM »

Absolutely amazing! Great job.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2007 09:19:17 PM »

WOW! What a great costume! I love it.

I really want to take up bellydancing and try to get my post baby x's 3 belly under a bit more control.

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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2007 10:01:09 PM »

I fully endorse bellydance to any crafters..heck, to anyone in general.

It's amazingly accessable to a full range of body types and fitness/dance levels. It's not the sort of thing you have to take up at age 4 (but I am jealous of second and third generation dancers). It's not to say that it is easy, it's challenging, but it is highly enjoyable at all levels.

I have lost a few clothing sizes since I started 4 years ago, but anything that gets you up and moving and feels fun helps with that, but even more than the weight loss was just feeling good in the body that I had, at all times over the last 4 years.

And, it gives me more excuses to go to craft stores and fondle the merch.
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2007 11:33:15 PM »

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I love them. I've always wanted to try belly dancing, any suggestions for a newbie?
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2007 01:04:32 AM »

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I love them. I've always wanted to try belly dancing, any suggestions for a newbie?

If possible, find a class. There are many good instructional dvds aimed at beginers, but it is also easy to develop bad posture/execution habits if you've never had someone looking at you and making small adjustments. The dvds available are good for suplementing your knowledge and practice one you have a very basic grasp of things.
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2007 01:36:04 AM »

beautiful!
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