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« on: December 06, 2008 01:24:56 PM »

I've been lurking on here for years, getting ideas for christmas gifts and more recently, belly dance costumes. Sadly, there doesn't seem to be many bellydancers on here. Bellydancing costumes are usually around $250 and up, so diy is often the only option. Here's my past few costumes.

This one was my second bra top for our big recital. It was a tribal-y, techno-y thing where we all got a different bright color. I ended up being orange, and though I tried to make it less halloween, it was still perfect for my roommate's first viewing of Rocky Horror. I used a black bra base and added the lace (very quickly), beading, and orange material.

Here it is again for another show. I just cinched a bell-sleeved shirt over it to suit my dance.

I used part of the infinity dress tute to make this one. I used a jersey knit to sew on the two panels, then added some beads at the bottom to jazz it up a bit, then tied it in as many ways as I could come up with. It doesn't look like much compared to my friend's professional cabaret bra, but mine was a zillion times cheaper and hers doesn't come with pride.

That's it for now. I couldn't find many good pictures (I'm not so great at taking them), but when I get some more I'll add the rest of my costumes.
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2008 01:58:15 PM »

They look amazing. I love the black and orange combo, and it doesn't look halloweeny which is great.

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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2008 03:12:35 PM »

I love your tops!  Belly dancing is one of my side hobbies.  Although I don't have the guts to wear a top like that, I can definitely appreciate it on you.  You have such a cute little body too. Smiley

« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2008 05:48:55 PM »

Hi! I belly dance too Smiley nice to see another on here Smiley

I really like your black/orange design, it's not halloweeny!!  I've been making a few of my own costumes which aren't quite done yet, but I'm planning on posting them soon.  I love your idea of altering the infinity dress Smiley It really suits you Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2008 10:50:02 AM »

They look great!! I'm only starting to learn belly dancing but I am going to sew my own costumes too, even on ebay they are mega expensive!
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2008 12:37:31 PM »

I'm glad there are so many bellydancers! I was uncomfortable showing off so much skin at first (especially my belly), but after more practices and a group performance I was more confident. I love my body a lot more since I've started dancing, even when I gain that extra bit in the winter.

I'd love to see the costumes you come up with StarryFerrari! Don't forget to post them!
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2008 03:19:10 PM »

yay for belly dancing ! .. I wanna learn how .. your costumes look great .. and I like your top better than your friends

« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2008 02:38:27 AM »

Nice tops! I love the orange peeking outof the black -definitely eyecatching! The last one is my favourite - I use that style all the time from an old 1970s pattern haltertop. I will now go ald look at the infinity to play around with as it looks so nice.
Been Bellydancing about 12 years now -still love it even though Ive had to take time out because of broken ribs Angry
Those coin bras are cute too but can wreck your other fabrics. I prefer using a base and covering it then sewing on coins or beads - much more secure and they don't hook in veils(try unhooking a veil from your bra while spinning! Shocked)
Anyway, using a base and then embellishing it also allows you to....ahem....pad it out a bit if you are like me- two fried eggs on an ironing board Wink
I hope you keep on showing what you are doing
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2008 01:37:47 PM »

Yeah, most dance costumes are just too overpriced!!  You've done a nice job here, converting an old bra is a great way to make a top!
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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2008 01:53:42 PM »

YEAH!! other belly dancers!!
The tops look great!! 
As I do love craftsters... but I have joined Tribe.net  as there are soooo many belly dancers on there (its worth taking a look!!)!!
(and belly dance forums just for the DIY belly dancers!!)
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