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1  Re: Jazzing up Coveralls? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by kasihime on: July 13, 2006 04:38:47 PM
Felt Patches is a neat idea.  I got inspired from this to make some beaded appliques for a bellydance costume I'm working on (but I'm lazy and I want to use glue, so right now all it does is shed seed beads everywhere.) 
Awwwe..... your link isn't working.....  Cry

 I decided to something along similar lines, but I didn't want to mess with seed beeds. So I crocheted circles and sewed on cowrie shells.

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2  Bellydance belt tutorial **revised to be more clarified & w/ better pics** in Crochet: Completed Projects by kasihime on: June 06, 2006 04:46:30 PM
Here is one of my completed projects. I crocheted a tassel belt for a dancer I know. I'm trying to learn to dance myself. But sadly full time school and two jobs are very time consuming... And I'm a broke college student...

Anyone else do any bellydance accessories??? Or anything of that nature???

Here's a couple pics... Yeah. That's me modeling it...

Front view:

Frontalish view:

Back view:

Matching hair accessories. (They're meant to be pinned on.)

Layed out flat:

I've made it in other colors as well:

I would love to make one of these....they would be perfect for this craft fair I am doing....any chance of a crochet tutorial?

I apologize in advance, this tutorial will probably be crappy b/c I don't have any experience writing patterns.

Hook: Size I (5.5mm)  double sided afghan hook
Yarn: 2 contrasting colors of Red Heart Super saver. (approximately 1/3 of each skein was used for mine and I'm about a size 8/10) Feel free to use more than 2 colors if you want though!
Notions: Some kind of ribbon or lacing that you like. I prefer a contrasting color.

Base belt portion:
-So the important thing to know how to do is how to wield a double sided crochet hook. You want use the double sided afghan stitch for the base of the belt.

Here is a link to a tutorial on how to do a double sided afghan stitch:

NOTE You will be working from one hip across to the other. So you are working sideways.

The belt base is made of two pieces. A front panel. And a back panel. As far as how many rows to make I just sort of eyeball it. I try to make sure the back panel is longer than the front panel to accommodate my big @$$ and hug over it. You want it to be the width of you hips, where you can feel your hip bone jut out. See pics for more clarification.

Approximately 15 stitches wide. (This will be the height of the finished product)

Stop adding rows when it feel like it will stretch comfortably across your hips.


For shaping of the belt we want it curve ever so slightly so it will hug the body and lay flat.  To achieve that I basically did 1 row increases in various places on the bottom portion of the panels.

Darting (increases):
1 row tall. 4 stitches wide. in middle of the panels. Also do an increase on each hip (kind of where the front and side of your hips meet) [about 3-4 rows in from each end.] also do 2 increases about 1/4 of the length in. I just do approximate measurements for the darting. (I think that's what it's called.)

Here's a diagram I drew and took pictures of. (The old pic was too small so here's one that is easier to see.)

So when you are done with the panels just do a nice slipstitch all the way around the belt in the contrasting color to create a boarder.

So anywho. After the panels were done I just crocheted a net sort of design directly into the belt. Those are the triangular pieces. Basically to do that I crocheted directly into the slipstitched border at the bottom of the belt.
- Basically you will need multiples of 4 (+1 extra stitch) for the netted portion.
Small triangles = 25 stitches across
Large triangle = 53 stitches across

Row 1: Chain 7, skip 3 stitches work into 4th (should be 3 empty stitches between), single crochet into stitch. Repeat until desired width is reached. Turn.
Row 2: Slip stitch next 4 stitches. *Chain 7. Single crochet over next chain area in the middle. (No need to work into actual chain, just crochet around it.)* Repeat from * until you have worked across all chain spaces.

Repeat Row 2 until you have made a complete triangle. It will get narrower as you go until it reaches a point.

Here is a rough sketch of the net pattern.
O = chains
x = single crochet

It's a really rough sketch so it doesn't include the slipstiches. Also, I realized that there is an error in the chart. The first chain space should lead from a chain stitch not a single crochet. But it doesn't make much of a difference.

Then you weave some ribbon through the two sides of the panels (after you lay them out w/ insides touching each other) as if it were a corset and VOILA! You have an adjustable belt!

For the circle medallion thing on the front of the belt I just crocheted a flat circle in alternating colors and sewed some shells on w/ a yarn needle.

Any questions about anything I did feel free to message me or email me @ sk8in72@hotmail.com. Im more than happy to clarify.  =)
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