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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Tribaret bellydance costume finished! (img heavy) on: July 02, 2007 09:46:37 PM
LOVE it Cheesy

So, what are you going to dance to in this FABU new costume?

Oddly enough I can give you the playlist:
This Sunday at Mother Earth Cabaret night in Harajuku:

Amani El Omr (Amani) (5:38)
A slow number that I can't remember where I got it from for veil (2:34)
Nekemtenemmutogato Oro (Besh O Dromo)  (5:30)
Double Doom Drum Solo (Djinn) (4:13)
And a simple finale by Eddie Kochak (2:24)

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Tribaret bellydance costume finished! (img heavy) on: July 02, 2007 06:20:17 PM
Gorgeous as always! 

I love it with the lilac skirt - is that just a cirle skirt?
And how does the belt do up?  Is there just a strip of velcro on the sides?

It's a circle skirt, a simple one.

The belt is two panels. I've overlapped stitched it on one end (but the stitches can be opened up in case of adjustments) and three hooks and eyes on the open end. I never use velcro because most of my costumes are too heavy to use it, it takes up too much space and needs too much flat space, takes more work if you need to make a belt larger or smaller, and I simply don't trust it.

I add the hooks and eyes after lining the costume.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Tribaret bellydance costume finished! (img heavy) on: July 02, 2007 05:39:38 PM
I've finished another bellydance costume.

The bra cup base is hard cups from sugarpetals.com, the belt base is of my own design and cut from thick felt reinforced with interfacing. The fabric is chinese brocade.

Usually I do beading intensive costumes, but this was mostly layers of beaded lamp fringe to speed up the time. The metal accents are kuchi jewelry.

I an currently working on a similar costume and photographing it at most steps.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
(with a navy trumpet skirt)

(with a satin lilac skirt to pick up the light colors in the brocade)
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Completed Bellydance costumes (cabaret) on: June 26, 2007 02:21:46 AM
I am really itching to do a pro-shoot with the coin costume, something retro echoing 60's and 70's album covers, but that's going to take finding juuuuust the right photographer.

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!  Both your costumes and your dancing!  And you would look perfect on one of those 60's/70's album covers!

God, I can't wait till I can dance half as well as you!

That's so nice of you to say. I've really been reluctant about putting any videos of myself on-line, but when I was editing footage for the collective of dancers I work with I figured it was about time.
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Belly dance costume: bra & bedla on: June 24, 2007 10:33:19 PM
Nice work!
I like the fact that you fully covered the bra. My pet peeve with first time tribal/ tribaret looks is people who leave the straps as is, either because they assume they'll always wear a vest or something covering the straps. It's just not as sturdy or versatile that way. So way to go! Great job.
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Bellydance costumes (tribal/tribaret/casual) on: June 23, 2007 04:03:35 PM
looks gorgeous! also... hot body! i've wanted to do belly dancing for a long time, but my parents arent too keen about it.

It is misunderstood with many people in many places. For more conservative folks I do remind them that it is a middle eastern dance with roots in middle eastern folk dance and traditions. I say that it can be a sexy dance, but to reduce it to that is to miss the cultural traditions and the artistry. Costumes don't have to be highly revealing.

It's also a good way to socialize with a range of other women and excersize. I've found it to be very good at helping many of my friends be more comfortable in the bodys that they have. It sure beats having body issues.
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Bellydance costumes (tribal/tribaret/casual) on: June 23, 2007 02:02:45 PM
Do you have children? If you do, I have GOT to start bellydancing

I do not have children. My teacher has one and one my group-mates has two...and they look like before pictures

(teacher, www.mishaal.com)
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Bellydance costumes (tribal/tribaret/casual) on: June 22, 2007 10:46:48 PM
Lovely- the white is gorgeous- I like the jewels on it  Smiley

And the coins are my local 5 yen coins with sew on rhinestones in the center! I've been looking for a chance to use local money.
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Completed Bellydance costumes (cabaret) on: June 22, 2007 10:45:25 PM
Because of the great replies I've had, I give you more links:
Bellydance costuming links:

My favorite site for construction advice, even though Im not crazy about her designs and I often use slightly different materials it is the first place I look when I have a basic question:

This is where I got my first book on covering pre-existing into cabaret bras (Embellished bras: basic techniques) good easy-to-follow pictures and instructions. : http://www.davina.org/

Source for books and info. I don't own them but I like what I7ve seen.

For personal inspiration and instruction, Sarah Skinner is amazing. She's complemented a few of my costmes, which blows me away.: http://www.bellydancer.info/s_costumes3.html

Shiras costuming links, all good:

Tons of patterns and ethnic patterns, but international shipping was an issue lastime I looked so I've never used them:
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Completed Bellydance costumes (cabaret) on: June 22, 2007 10:21:41 PM
Seeing that first one was reassuring-but it was very good, too. My daughter dances and she's been begging me to sew her a costume. These are all very inspirational.It will have to go closer to the top of the must craft list! BTW-what would a Turkish-Rom costume look like? I love Rom music Smiley

Tricky question actually. Performing Turkish-rom dance on a stage or for an audience automatically involves some fusion and alteration. Turkish-rom dance is very much alive as a social dance. Footage of Turkish-rom parties show everyone dancing but usually in street clothing (long skirts, normal t-shirts and tank tops, and something quickly tied around the waist). The moment you start performing that outside of a social setting of peers dancing you start making movements larger as to be better seen, and the clothing gets more dramatic. You fuse. It gets more Turkish oriental.

There are many Turkish-rom dancers who perform in Turkey (I cant check the clip right now but I think it is Reyhan, one young rom dancer who is becoming more popular in Turkish circles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCdX4QlO4c4&mode=related&search= ) and in typical Turkish bellydancer, glitz and alll. There are those who find a middle ground (Sema Yildiz, who isnt Rom but spent her life influenced by local Rom http://www.semayildiz.com/gallery.html) and then there are more folksy versions like Artemis Mourat she tends to go folksy or just performs it straight up in Turkish bellydance costumes (http://www.serpentine.org/artemis/artemis.htm)

Artemis is a good source of historical info on dance roots.

For Turkish folk outfits, Ahmet Luleci has a nice little gallery:

In general, voluminous skirts (although skirt dancing is an American phenomena that comes more from Flamenco than Turkish-rom), simple fringed Turkish bra and belt, and sometimes a Turkish vest or more folksy tops.

Turkish rom music is seductive. I've been lucky enough to take lessons with Artemis, Sema, and Ahmet Luleci
I either dress it way down if its a dancer-for dancer event or else I break out the more earthy tribaret look and big skirts, knowing that I am taking liberties and doing Turkish-Rom-oriental.

P.S. the downtimes at work that allows me to write replies like this are the same downtimes that give me beading time...
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